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Brain cells identified that may be key to unexplained pain

The parabrachial nucleus (red) relays sensory information from the body to different areas of the brain.

Activity of a cluster of neurons is necessary and sufficient to cause a common type of unexplained chronic pain called nociplastic pain.

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Report outlines illicit drug-use patterns across Washington

Fentanyl and methamphetamine are most used, and mostly consumed via smoking, according to a survey of substance users.

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X-chromosome inactivation may reduce autism risk

In mice, the pattern of X-chromosome inactivation in female brains altered the effect of a mutation linked to the disorder.

Umbrella-shaped antibacterial toxins drift toward a bacterial target cell

New class of antimicrobials discovered in soil bacteria

Scientists have mined Streptomyces for antibiotics for nearly a century, but the newly identified umbrella toxin escaped notice.

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Sky-is-falling scenarios distract from risks AI poses today

In a paper, academic ethicists criticize tech leaders and others who emphasize calamity thinking with artificial intelligence.

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Many surgical site infections begin with the microbiome

In a study, many infections after spine surgery were found to be bacteria that had colonized the patient’s body before hospital admission.

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