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Programming probiotics for early detection of liver cancer metastases

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have described a new method for detecting liver cancer metastases in mice. The approach uses over-the-counter probiotics genetically programmed to produce signals easily detectable in...

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New survey shows 36-percent increase in pediatric patients treated with proton therapy

Results from a new nationwide survey announced today indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous...

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Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment

An artist's depiction of the thunder god vine and leptin molecule.An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45% decrease in body...

Deepwater Horizon oil spill contributed to high number of Gulf dolphin deaths

This is one of the stranded dead dolphins that came ashore in 2012 along the Louisiana coast being photographed for study.As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico since the start of the...

People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease

People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, Helena Gustafsson.People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a large study by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, published on 20 May, 2015, in the online...

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Osteoporosis screening: Too common for low-risk women, too uncommon for higher-risk women

Many of those who should get it, don't. And many of those who shouldn't, do. That's the story of a common screening test for osteoporosis, according to new research from...

UCSF-led study explains how early childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk

A team led by UCSF researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer.

Lives could be saved with hepatitis C treatment

In a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia published today, a Monash University-led team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent...

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Key component in protein that causes cystic fibrosis identified

Researchers from the University of Missouri, led by Tzyh-Chang Hwang, Ph.D., have identified a key component in the protein that causes cystic fibrosis. It is a finding that may lay the foundation for the development of new medications and improved therapies.Nearly 70,000 people worldwide are living with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease. There currently is no cure for the condition, but researchers from the University of Missouri have identified...

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Shorter stature appears to lead to higher mortality rates, longer waiting times for lung transplant

Lung transplant candidates who are about 5'3" or shorter have longer waiting times than taller candidates and are more likely to die within a year while waiting for a lung...

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Bacteria shown to suppress their antibiotic-resistant cousins

Vernita Gordon (left) is shown with co-authors Nalin Ratnayeke and Karishma Kaushik (bottom right).Researchers studying a dangerous type of bacteria have discovered that the bacteria have the ability to block both their own growth and the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants. The discovery...

Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in heart failure

24 May 2015: Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in elderly heart failure patients, reveals research presented today at Heart Failure 2015 by Hiroshi Saito, a physiotherapist at Kameda Medical Centre in Kamogawa, Japan. Patients with cognitive impairment had a 7.5...

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Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk

An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers.

Researchers discover molecular approach to promote cancer cell death

Lung cancer researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have discovered a novel strategy to exploit apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, for the treatment of lung cancer....

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Metabolic abnormalities may increase cardiovascular risk more in black women than white women

Large waistline, cholesterol disorders and other metabolic abnormalities may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease more among black women than among white women, according to new research in Journal of...

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COPD is independent risk factor for cardiovascular death, but not risk of stroke

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is associated with increased risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease such as heart failure or a heart attack, as well as diseases not...

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Study finds high risk of sleep apnea in young veterans with PTSD

A new study of young U.S. veterans shows that the probability of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

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Designing better medical implants

Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to...

Gel filled with nanosponges cleans up MRSA infections

Toxin-absorbing nanoparticles are loaded into a holding gel to make a nanosponge-hydrogel, which can potentially treat local bacterial infections.Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA...

Urine-based test improves on PSA for detecting prostate cancer

This is Scott Tomlins, M.D., Ph.D.A new urine-based test improved prostate cancer detection - including detecting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer - compared to traditional models based on prostate serum antigen, or PSA, levels,...

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TSRI scientists link brain protein to binge-drinking behavior

Scripps Research Institute Assistant Professor Candice Contet (right) and Research Associate Melissa Herman were among the authors of the new paper.Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. They found that deleting the gene...

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