Health sciences

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The health sciences study all aspects of health, disease and healthcare. This field of study aims to develop knowledge, interventions and technology for use in healthcare to improve the treatment of patients.

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    Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are rare, inherited metabolic disorders that result from defects in lysosomal function, for which treatment options are limited. Here, Platt provides an overview of LSDs, approved and potential therapeutic approaches and agents currently in development. The challenges associated with LSD diagnosis, drug development and treatment are discussed.

    • Frances M. Platt
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    Sphingolipids, specifically ceramide and sphingosine-1-phosphate, have opposing roles in regulating cancer cell death and survival, respectively. This Review discusses the mechanistic and clinical studies of sphingolipid signalling and metabolism in cancer, highlighting current and emerging therapeutic strategies to target these bioactive lipids.

    • Besim Ogretmen
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    The causes of migraine remain unknown despite the high prevalence and societal burden of this disorder. Here, the authors highlight how advances in imaging and genetic studies of migraine provide insights into the underlying mechanisms of this disorder; furthermore, they discuss the potential for genetic and imaging biomarkers to improve our ability to prevent and treat migraine attacks.

    • Dale R. Nyholt
    • , David Borsook
    •  & Lyn R. Griffiths
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    Inadequate remyelination is central to degeneration and disability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS); however, all currently approved therapies for MS are primarily immunomodulatory. Here, Martin Stangel and colleagues review our current knowledge of remyelination in MS, discuss results from clinical trials of remyelination-enhancing therapies, and evaluate the opportunities for future regenerative treatments.

    • Martin Stangel
    • , Tanja Kuhlmann
    • , Paul M. Matthews
    •  & Trevor J. Kilpatrick
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    Ischaemic injury during an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) event is followed by an intense inflammatory response that occurs after reperfusion. The inflammasome is a protein complex involved in the regulation of this inflammatory response. In this Review, Toldo and Abbate summarize evidence supporting the therapeutic value of inflammasome-targeted strategies in the context of AMI.

    • Stefano Toldo
    •  & Antonio Abbate

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