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Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:07:16 EDT
Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease
The life-threatening bacteria MRSA can cripple a medical facility since it is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics, instead using light to activate oxygen, which wipes out bacteria. The method also could be used to treat other microbial infections, and possibly even cancer.
Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:56:27 EDT
Insight into development of lung cancer
Lung cancer results from effects of smoking along with multiple genetic components. A new study identifies two main pathways for the role of chromosome 15q25.1 -- a leader in increasing susceptibility to lung cancer -- in modifying disease risk. One pathway is implicated in nicotine dependence. The other plays a part in biological processes such as nutrient transfer and immune system function. The findings increase our understanding of lung cancer cause and development.
Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:56:07 EDT
Chemistry professor develops contaminant detection technique for heparin
In 2008, a contaminant eluded the quality safeguards in the pharmaceutical industry and infiltrated a large portion of the supply of the popular blood thinner heparin, sickening hundreds and killing about 100 in the US.
Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:55:48 EDT
Perinatal hypoxia associated with long-term cerebellar learning deficits and Purkinje cell misfiring
The type of hypoxia that occurs with preterm birth is associated with locomotor miscoordination and long-term cerebellar learning deficits but can be partially alleviated with an off-the-shelf medicine, according to a study using a preclinical model.
Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:55:27 EDT
Students more likely to eat school breakfast when given extra time, new study finds
Using food weighting stations, the researchers collected information on the number of students who ate a school breakfast, how much they ate, and their exact nutritional intake.
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:03:25 EDT
A novel synthetic antibody enables conditional 'protein knockdown' in vertebrates
Researchers have developed a novel synthetic antibody that paves the way for an improved functional analysis of proteins.
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:03:17 EDT
Like shark attacks and the lottery, unconscious bias influences cancer screening
Study shows that doctors with personal experience of cancer are more likely to act against established guidelines to recommend that low-risk women receive ovarian cancer screening.
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:03:14 EDT
HIV and a tale of a few cities
In a pair of new modeling studies, researchers examined how policy reform in terms of drug decriminalization (in Mexico) and access to drug treatment (in Russia) might affect two regions hard hit by the HIV pandemic: Tijuana, Mexico and the Russian cities of Omsk and Ekaterinburg.
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:03:11 EDT
Exploring the relationship between fever and cancer incidence
In a new paper, researchers propose a mechanistic hypothesis that focuses on the potential impact infectious fever has on a particular subset of T cells, known as gamma/delta T cells.
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:03:08 EDT
New way to grow blood vessels developed
Formation of new blood vessels, a process also known as angiogenesis, is one of the major clinical challenges in wound healing and tissue implants. To address this issue, researchers have developed a clay-based platform to deliver therapeutic proteins to the body to assist with the formation of blood vessels.
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