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Researchers show how fatty acids can fight prostate cancer

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Photo: Omega 3 [19/03/2015] Washington State University researchers have found a mechanism by which omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells. The findings, which are at odds with a 2013 study asserting that omega-3s increase the risk of prostate cancer, point the way to more effective anti-cancer drugs. Researchers show how fatty acids can fight prostate cancer - Read more

'Smart bandage' detects bedsores before they are visible

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Photo: Smart bandage [18/03/2015] Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes - and while recovery is still possible. 'Smart bandage' detects bedsores before they are visible - Read more

Life-threatening illnesses: Old blood as good as fresh blood

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Photo: Blood bag [17/03/2015] Just like milk and many other foods, blood used for transfusions is perishable. But contrary to popular belief, new research shows that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood - findings published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.Life-threatening illnesses: Old blood as good as fresh blood - Read more

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

 
 

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