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Worrying Levels of Microplastics Found in Northwest Atlantic Fish

A new study, published the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, sheds light on the magnitude of microplastic pollution in our oceans. The study found microplastics in the stomachs of nearly three out of every four mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic — one of the highest levels globally.

These findings are worrying, as the affected fish could spread microplastics throughout the ocean. The fish are also prey for fish eaten by humans, meaning that microplastics could indirectly contaminate our food supply through the transfer of associated microplastic toxins.

Genes Could Reveal Death Time of Crime Victims

Dying, it turns out, is not like flipping a switch. Genes keep working for a while after a person dies, and scientists have used that activity in the lab to pinpoint the time of death to within about nine minutes.

During the first 24 hours after death, genetic changes kick in across various human tissues, creating patterns of activity that can be used to roughly predict when someone died, according to the study published in Nature Communications.

Benefits And Harms of CES For Adult Patients

In this study, researchers evaluated the benefits and harms of CES for adult patients with chronic painful conditions, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Several databases from inception to 10 October 2017 without language restrictions and references from experts, prior reviews, and manufacturers. Randomized controlled trials of CES versus usual care or sham CES that reported pain, depression, anxiety, or sleep outcomes in any language.

HCT in Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Age Does Not Effect the Survival

Results from a retrospective study of 1,629 patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) showed that survival at 4 years following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) for patients age 65 years and older is comparable to patients age 55 to 64 years.

The study demonstrates that age alone should not be a determinant when considering HCT for patients with NHL. The study results will be presented in an oral session at the BMT Tandem Meetings

Human Intestinal Cell Lining Created An Individual's Living Tissue

Researchers have established how cells of a human intestinal lining created outside an individual's body mirror living tissue when placed inside microengineered Intestine-Chips, opening the door to personalized testing of drug treatments.

The findings have the potential to change how patients are treated for debilitating, inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases with a genetic component, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. This study have been published in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology.