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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

Tiny 'microcapsules' could repair osteoarthritis damage

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Photo: tiny microcapsule containing CNP [20/01/2015] A new 'microcapsule' treatment delivery method developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London could reduce inflammation in cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and reverse damage to tissue. The research was funded by Arthritis Research UK and the AO Foundation. Tiny 'microcapsules' could repair osteoarthritis damage - Read more

Is it possible to reset our biological clocks?

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Photo: Woman with a clock in her hand [19/01/2015] Imagine being able to easily get over all of the discomfort and problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Science is not quite there, but recent work by Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University has opened new therapeutic avenues for improving the synchronization of the body's different biological clocks. Is it possible to reset our biological clocks? - Read more

Do viruses make us smarter?

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Photo: Young female student with a laptop and a book [13/01/2015] A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain.Do viruses make us smarter? - Read more

Researchers grow functional tissue-engineered intestine from human cells

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Graphic: model of an intestine [09/01/2015] A new study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has shown that tissue-engineered small intestine grown from human cells replicates key aspects of a functioning human intestine. The tissue-engineered small intestine they developed contains important elements of the mucosal lining and support structures and even tiny or ultra-structural components like cellular connections. Researchers grow functional tissue-engineered intestine from human cells - Read more

T cell receptor ensures Treg functionality

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Photo: Researcher Christoph Vahl in his laboratory [09/01/2015] T cells play an important role in the immune system, destroying pathogens and controlling the body's immune responses. Every T cell has its own special T cell receptor (TCR) on its surface that only recognizes one specific substance. To protect the body, the majority of these autoreactive cells are destroyed before they fully mature.T cell receptor ensures Treg functionality - Read more

How bacteria control their size

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Photo: MRSA uniform in size [08/01/2015] Staphylococcus aureus are so uniform in size they look like they were made in a factory. How do the bacteria manage to keep their size so uniform? Scientists have traditionally studied bacteria in large numbers, not individually. Working with tens of millions of cells in a culture flask, they tracked their growth by looking at how much the cells dimmed light passing through a tube. How bacteria control their size - Read more

'Glowing' new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery

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Graphic: Nanoparticle carries drug into cancer cell [06/01/2015] Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed.'Glowing' new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery - Read more

Novel biomarker could help pathologists assessing tumors during surgery

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Photo: Two doctors during surgery [06/01/2015] Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) reported the discovery of a novel cellular biomarker that could make it comparatively easy for cancer surgeons to determine if a patient has a potentially lethal mutation in a protein called p53, the most powerful of the body's natural tumor suppressors and often called "the guardian of the genome."Novel biomarker could help pathologists assessing tumors during surgery - Read more

IBD: When genetics and environment interact

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[05/01/2015] T-cells are the guardians of our immune system. When they show changes, it can lead to severe inflammatory responses in the body. It is believed that the T-cells in persons who are affected by inflammatory bowel disease don’t work properly. Two proteins that can be found on activated T-cells and that interact with each other are now being analyzed. IBD: When genetics and environment interact - Read more

Researchers target the cell's 'biological clock'

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Graphic: Cancer cells in the body [05/01/2015] Cell biologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have targeted telomeres with a small molecule called 6-thiodG that takes advantage of the cell's 'biological clock' to kill cancer cells and shrink tumor growth. Researchers target the cell's 'biological clock' - Read more

 
 

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