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Monoclonal antibody increases survival with breast cancer

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Image: Woman with breast cancer [10/12/2015] Giving a monoclonal antibody (denosumab) as adjuvant therapy with aromatase inhibitors in postmenopausal, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer patients reduces the relapse rate by 18 percent. This is the central finding of the ABCSG 18 breast cancer study regarding disease-free survival.Monoclonal antibody increases survival with breast cancer - Read more

Using "big data" to fight flu

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Photo: Woman with flu [10/12/2015] Thanks to "big data", researchers have identified new molecules that are instrumental in the replication of the flu virus. If these host proteins are blocked, influenza viruses are unable to multiply as effectively. The international study therefore makes a significant contribution towards the development of new treatments and flu drugs. Using "big data" to fight flu - Read more

Molecular shift stops stem cells in Drosophila making tumors

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Photo: Eyeless enzyme [09/12/2015] These precisely timed changes in aging stem cells could provide a path to identifying some cancers and targeting therapies, say University of Oregon scientists. They studying neural stem cells in the fruit fly Drosophila have uncovered a molecular change experienced by stem cells as they age. During development of the central nervous system, a protein is expressed that blocks tumor formation.Molecular shift stops stem cells in Drosophila making tumors - Read more

Signaling pathway suppresses brain tumors

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Image: human gliomas [07/12/2015] Researchers at the University of Basel took a close look at a signaling pathway present in most organisms and found that it suppresses the formation of specific types of brain tumor. Their results have been published by the journal "Cancer Cell".Signaling pathway suppresses brain tumors - Read more

Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss

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Photo: Mouse in a labaratory [20/11/2015] Massachusetts Eye and Ear investigators have shown that sound deprivation in adult mice causes irreversible damage to the inner ear. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, suggest that chronic conductive hearing loss, such as that caused by recurrent ear infections, leads to permanent hearing impairment if it remains untreated.Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss - Read more

Thyroid cancer biomarker assays may show inaccurate readings

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Photo: Three researchers in the lab [17/11/2015] Protein biomarkers are used to test for cancer before and after surgeries to remove tumors. To test thyroid malignancy, many biomarkers are tested separately to confirm cancer. However, new research from Michigan Technological University shows that the detection tests that measure two major biomarkers to diagnose thyroid cancer may be inaccurate.Thyroid cancer biomarker assays may show inaccurate readings - Read more

Roadblocks to lab-grown stem cells' maturation

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Photo: Lab mouse [16/11/2015] Johns Hopkins researchers report that a new study of mouse cells has revealed reasons why attempts to grow stem cells to maturity in the laboratory often fail, and provided a possible way to overcome such "developmental arrest."Roadblocks to lab-grown stem cells' maturation - Read more

Novel stem cell line avoids risk of introducing transplanted tumors

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Photo: micrograph, embryonic rat kidney cell [12/11/2015] Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) can become any type of cell in the adult body, offering great potential in disease modeling, drug discovery and creating replacement cells for conditions ranging from cardiovascular to Alzheimer's disease.Novel stem cell line avoids risk of introducing transplanted tumors - Read more

Strangled cells condense their DNA

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Photo: DNA in a cell [11/11/2015] Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) have been able to see, for the first time, the dramatic changes that occur in the DNA of cells that are starved of oxygen and nutrients. The findings provide new insight into the damage these diseases cause and may help researchers to discover new ways of treating them.Strangled cells condense their DNA - Read more

Using microfluidic devices to sort stem cells

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Photo: micropipet for analyzing stem cells [10/11/2015] While there are no cures for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, many researchers believe that one could be found in neural stem cells. Unfortunately, scientists do not yet have a full understanding of how these cells behave and differentiate, which has put a roadblock in the path to potential life-saving treatments.Using microfluidic devices to sort stem cells - Read more

 
 

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