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Neurons: Regeneration in a hostile environment

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Photo: Cross section of rat spinal cord [16/03/2015] Damage to the spinal cord rarely heals because the injured nerve cells fail to regenerate. The regrowth of their long nerve fibers is hindered by scar tissue and molecular processes inside the nerves. An international team of researchers now reports that help might be on the way from an unexpected quarter.Neurons: Regeneration in a hostile environment - Read more

New antibody therapy improves psoriasis symptoms

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Photo: A sample from one psoriasis patient [16/03/2015] Only a single treatment produced what researchers describe as 'rapid, substantial, and durable clinical improvement'.New antibody therapy improves psoriasis symptoms - Read more

Breakthrough discovery in cancer treatment

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Photo: Michail Sitkovsky and a colleague in his lab [05/03/2015] Michail Sitkovsky, an immunophysiology expert at Northeastern University, and his research colleagues have made a breakthrough discovery in cancer treatment. The new approach, some 30 years in the making, could dramatically increase the survival rate of patients with cancer, which kills some 8 million people each year.Breakthrough discovery in cancer treatment - Read more

How much overdetection is acceptable in cancer screening?

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Photo: Woman is going to be scanned in MRI [04/03/2015] People have highly variable views on how much overdetection is acceptable in cancer screening, finds a UK survey. The authors say invitations for screening "should include clear information on the likelihood and consequences of overdetection to allow people to make an informed choice."How much overdetection is acceptable in cancer screening? - Read more

Care model enhances recovery of ICU survivors

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Photo: Man lying in bed at ICU [03/03/2015] The Critical Care Recovery Center care model - the nation's first collaborative care concept focusing on the extensive cognitive, physical and psychological recovery needs of intensive care unit survivors - decreases the likelihood of serious illness after discharge from an ICU.Care model enhances recovery of ICU survivors - Read more

New nanodevice defeats drug resistance

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Photo: Nanodevice, consisting of a hydrogel [03/03/2015] Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy attack against the disarmed tumors.New nanodevice defeats drug resistance - Read more

Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin

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Photo: Tablet with the formula of serotonin [27/02/2015] Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper serotonin is explained as the missing link tying together why vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin - Read more

Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations

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Graphic: Schematic of a combination therapy [26/02/2015] UCLA bioengineers develop platform that offers personalized approach to cancer treatment. Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations - Read more

Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish

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Photo: Man in laboratory [26/02/2015] A team of researchers from Italy, Israel and the United Kingdom has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering.Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish - Read more

Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity

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Photo: Woman sitting in the sun [25/02/2015] People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity - Read more

 
 

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