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The Pawsitive Effect of Therapy Dogs in a Hospital Emergency Department

The overwhelming majority of people attend a hospital ED for pain. The harsh ED environment, including long wait times and stark lighting, has been shown to increase patients’ perceived pain. In 2015, Saskatoon St. John Ambulance therapy dogs and their human handlers were the first to... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 14, 2023
Gut microbiota drive anti-viral immunity

The bodies of multicellular organisms, including humans, are covered with commensal microbes, also called the microbiota. The majority of these are bacteria located in the gastrointestinal tract. The gut microbiota maintain many physiological functions including the development and maturation of the immune system. The microbiota... click to read more

Views 1002
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 5, 2023
How platelets pull the strings

No matter if it is a nosebleed, a scratch, or a cut – we regularly rely on our body’s innate ability to stop the loss of blood from injured blood vessels. This task is mainly done by little cells in our blood stream called "platelets”.... click to read more

Views 1297
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 28, 2023
Finding the straw that breaks the cancer's back?

The pancreas has two main functions: 1) it regulates blood glucose levels by producing insulin and glucagon and 2) it produces digestive enzymes to allow us to utilize the food we eat. Every day, up to two liters of digestive juice are passed into the... click to read more

  • Hazal Köse | PhD student at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Matthias Wirth | Principal Investigator at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Views 1241
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2023
A blood cell atlas to guide us toward transplant success

Blood and bone marrow contain a variety of cell types that execute diverse functions, from transporting oxygen (red cells) to immune defense against pathogens (white cells). All cell types in a person have the same DNA, but what differentiates them are the proteins each expresses.... click to read more

Views 1778
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 8, 2023