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Irene Knuesel wins BioMed Central’s category Research Award in Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry

Irene Knuesel of the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland wins a BioMed Central category Research Award

Skeletal muscle_Wikimedia_ Department of Histology, Jagiellonian University Medical College

Tracking disease activity in the autoimmune disease juvenile dermatomyositis

Juvenile Dermatomyositis is a potentially life-threatening disease in children; the protein MRP may serve as a means to track its activity

Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus_Flickr_Dluogs

New lagovirus identified as cause of rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Lagovirus RHDV2 revealed as a cause of potentially lethal rabbit haemorrhagic disease, exhibiting differences to previously identified RHDV

Arabidopsis thaliana_Wikimedia_Quentin Groom

For plants, a soft touch can induce strong disease resistance

Leaf-wounding in cress promotes defence against mould. Researchers now ask how sensitive this mechanically induced defence mechanism is

Kidney stained for podocytes_Germain et al, Orphanet journal of rare diseases,2010,5,30

Stem cell therapy for diabetic nephropathy?

Researchers investigate the effect of mesenchymal stem cells on preventing podocytic apoptosis and injury that is involved in diabetic renal damage

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Metformin as a means to reduce mortality in critical illness

In patients with type 2 diabetes, use of metformin before admission to an intensive care unit is associated with reduced 30-day mortality

Geospatially explicit uncertainty estimates, Asner et al, Carbon Balance and Management,2013,8,7

A bird’s eye view of carbon stocks: mapping carbon resources using LiDAR technology

New technological advances improve the accuracy of carbon mapping – a means to aid resource management

Pouring wine_Flickr_Dave Dugdale

Miguel Martínez-González on whether wine in moderation helps prevent depression

Researchers investigate whether alcohol can have a protective effect on the risk of developing depression

Pseudomonas aeruginosa_Public Health Image Library,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bacterial social networks: computational models probe bacterial social signalling systems

Computational modelling of the quorum sensing systems of Pseudomonas aeruginosa provide insights into the anti-bacterial drug targets

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Can whole-body CT improve survival in severe blunt trauma?

Research probes the impact of whole-body CT on mortality in a retrospective study of severe blunt trauma patients