Relationship factors affect decisions about contraceptive use among young adults, study finds

The dynamics of a couple’s relationship, including the exclusivity of the partnership, the level of commitment to the partnership and participation in sexual decision-making with their partner, impact young adults’ decisions related to contraceptive use, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Researchers take important step toward gonorrhea vaccine

Researchers are paving the way toward a new therapeutic approach for gonorrhea by shedding light on the mechanism behind important proteins on the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria’s outer membrane. 

Warm-air blowers direct pathogens to surgical site, computer model shows

Warm-air blowers that keep patients at a safe temperature also interfere with operating room ventilation systems, potentially making it easier for microbial skin colonizers to cause infection at surgical sites.

Oregon State University researchers take key step toward new treatment for hereditary blindness

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon State University College of Pharmacy scientists have demonstrated in animal models the possibility of using lipid nanoparticles and messenger RNA, the technology underpinning COVID-19 vaccines, to treat blindness associated with a rare genetic condition.

Oregon State researchers move closer to better care for life-threatening pregnancy condition

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists have produced a proof of concept for a new and better way of caring for women facing the life-threatening situation of ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the lining of the uterus.

Oregon State researchers develop messenger RNA therapy for ovarian cancer, muscle wasting

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have developed a promising, first-of-its-kind messenger RNA therapy for ovarian cancer as well as cachexia, a muscle-wasting condition associated with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

 

Harm from blue light exposure increases with age, Oregon State University research suggests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The damaging effects of daily, lifelong exposure to the blue light emanating from phones, computers and household fixtures worsen as a person ages, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

Nanoparticles developed at OSU show promise for locating, removing endometriosis lesions

PORTLAND, Ore. – Scientists have developed a new nanotechnology approach for locating and removing the painful and dangerous lesions associated with endometriosis, a common gynecological condition in women of childbearing age.

Oregon State researchers identify potential new means of slowing neurodegenerative diseases

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists have discovered a new class of potential drug targets for people suffering from neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Oregon State hemp vs. COVID researcher thinks preclinical trials will happen in ‘next few months’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University scientist who led the groundbreaking discovery that a pair of hemp compounds can block the coronavirus from entering human cells thinks preclinical trials will happen within a few months.

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