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BONE UP The skeleton doesn’t just protect important bodily organs, it also talks to them, studies in mice show.
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RED ALERT This micrograph shows how the protein alpha-synuclein (red) builds up in nerve cells (blue) in brains affected by Parkinson’s disease. The immune system can react to parts of the protein, a new study finds.
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INNER CONFLICT In some women, the pregnancy condition preeclampsia, which can cause blood pressure to soar, may be triggered by DNA variations carried by the fetus, a genetic study suggests.