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Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules

Anyone who has suffered an injury can probably remember the after-effects, including pain, swelling or redness. These are signs that the body is fighting back against the injury. When tissue in the body is damaged, biological programs are activated to...

Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis

This is Dr. Jason Bruce from The University of Manchester.Acute pancreatitis involves the pancreas digesting itself resulting in severe abdominal pain, vomiting and systemic inflammation. Every year in the UK around 20,000 patients are diagnosed with the disease resulting...

Diabetes calculator helps identify A&E patients at risk of disease

A new online tool will help doctors predict which patients are most likely to develop diabetes.

Hospitalizations, deaths from heart disease, stroke drop in last decade

U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

'Trojan horse' treatment could beat brain tumors

This is a c cancer cell containing the nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are colored green, and have entered the nucleus, which is the area in blue.A "Trojan horse" treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, which involves using tiny nanoparticles of gold to kill tumour cells, has been successfully tested by scientists.

Scientists demonstrate long-sought drug candidate can halt tumor growth

Kim Janda, Ph.D., is the Ely R. Callaway, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and director of the Worm Institute for Research and Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute.It's a trick any cat burglar knows: to open a locked door, slide a credit card past the latch.

Aberrant mTOR signaling impairs whole body physiology

Activated mTORC1 signaling (top) correlates with increased FGF21 expression (below) in human liver tumor.The protein mTOR is a central controller of growth and metabolism. Deregulation of mTOR signaling increases the risk of developing metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. In the...

Stem cells show promise for stroke in pilot study

A stroke therapy using stem cells extracted from patients' bone marrow has shown promising results in the first trial of its kind in humans.

Ebola outbreak highlights global disparities in health-care resources

This is a colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (green) attached to and budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (blue) (25,000x magnification).The outbreak of Ebola virus disease that has claimed more than 1,000 lives in West Africa this year poses a serious, ongoing threat to that region: the spread to capital...

Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms

New research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) reveals taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing -- and dying from -- the major cancers of the digestive...

Study predicts hepatitis C will become a rare disease in 22 years

This is Jagpreet Chhatwal, Ph.D., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.Effective new drugs and screening would make hepatitis C a rare disease by 2036, according to a computer simulation conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and...

Polio: Mutated virus breaches vaccine protection

Thanks to effective vaccination, polio is considered nearly eradicated. Each year only a few hundred people are stricken worldwide. However, scientists of the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from Gabon, are reporting alarming findings: a mutated virus that was...

Experts denounce clinical trials of unscientific, 'alternative' medicines

Experts writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine on August 20th call for an end to clinical trials of "highly implausible treatments" such as homeopathy and reiki....

Treating pain by blocking the 'chili-pepper receptor'

As anyone who has bitten into a chili pepper knows, its burning spiciness -- though irresistible to some -- is intolerable to others. Scientists exploring the chili pepper's effect are...

Injected bacteria shrink tumors in rats, dogs and humans

This is a gram stain of <I>C. novyi</I>-NT germination in a dog tumor. The darker rod-shaped bacteria are visible throughout the image.A modified version of the Clostridium novyi (C. novyi-NT) bacterium can produce a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumor response in rats, dogs and now humans, according to a new report...

Heart failure is a substantial health burden in low- and middle-income countries

Heart failure is a major public health burden in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with substantial variation in the presentation, causes, management, and outcomes of heart failure across different...

Penn-led expert panel calls for public health research on natural gas drilling

Groundwater and air quality testing before, during, and after natural gas drilling -- which includes hydraulic fracturing -- should be key components of efforts to ensure the safety of communities...

Breech babies have higher risk of death from vaginal delivery compared to C-section

This is Dr. Vlemmix, the author of the breech delivery study.While a rise in cesarean section (C-section) delivery rates due to breech presentation has improved neonatal outcome, 40% of term breech deliveries in the Netherlands are planned vaginal deliveries. According...

Water-polluting anxiety drug reduces fish mortality

A drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety in humans and which regularly finds its way into surface waters through wastewater effluence has been shown to reduce mortality rates...

Vanderbilt finding may aid recovery from spinal cord injury

Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers.

Grizzly research offers surprising insights into diabetes-obesity link

This is a bear sleeping on a log.While diabetes rates are on the rise and are having serious effects on millions of people's health, researchers studying grizzly bears have now discovered a natural state of diabetes that...

Nearly 10 percent of patients with cancer still smoke

This graph shows the percentage of cancer patients still smoking by cancer type.Nine years after diagnosis, 9.3 percent of U.S. cancer survivors were current smokers and 83 percent of these individuals were daily smokers who averaged 14.7 cigarettes per day, according to...

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