Fighting Disease

///Fighting Disease

Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice

Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The approach works for many different types of cancers, including those that arise spontaneously, the study

2018-02-03T10:39:59+00:00 Tags: |

Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ. “Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said

2018-01-29T15:56:59+00:00 Tags: |

New Therapeutic Strategy Exerts a Regenerating Effect in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is currently the second most widespread neurogenerative pathology. It is a motor disorder caused by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the black substance of the brain. These neurons are the nerve cells that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in the modulation of involuntary movements. The research carried out

2018-01-14T14:57:37+00:00 Tags: , |

Diabetes drug ‘significantly reverses memory loss’ in mice with Alzheimer’s

A drug developed for diabetes could be used to treat Alzheimer’s after scientists found it “significantly reversed memory loss” in mice through a triple method of action. The research, published in Brain Research, could bring substantial improvements in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease through the use of a drug originally created to treat type 2

2018-01-08T07:26:55+00:00 Tags: |

3-D printed microfibers could provide structure for artificially grown body parts

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for a car, a team of Penn State engineers believe they have a way to create the structural framework for growing living tissue using an off-the-shelf 3-D printer. "We are trying to make stem-cell-loaded

2017-12-21T11:30:32+00:00 Tags: |

Healthy mitochondria could stop Alzheimer’s

Using a bioinformatics and experimental approach, scientists at EPFL have found that rendering mitochondria resistant to damage can halt diseases caused by amyloid toxicity, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The study is published in Nature. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and neurodegeneration worldwide. A major hallmark of the disease is the accumulation

2017-12-21T11:33:23+00:00 Tags: |

Why can’t we cure the common cold?

The common cold has the twin distinction of being both the world’s most widespread infectious disease and one of the most elusive. The name is a problem, for starters. In almost every Indo-European language, one of the words for the disease relates to low temperature, yet experiments have shown that low temperature neither increases the

Scientists identify mechanism that helps us inhibit unwanted thoughts

Scientists have identified a key chemical within the ‘memory’ region of the brain that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts, helping explain why people who suffer from disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and schizophrenia often experience persistent intrusive thoughts when these circuits go awry. We are sometimes confronted with reminders of

2017-11-05T08:30:25+00:00 Tags: |

Progress on global poverty and disease at risk, Gates says

LONDON, (Reuters) - Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Wednesday. Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a major provider of global health and development funding, said

Researchers predicted when cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak

Hokkaido University scientists have developed a new mathematical model which accurately forecasted that a devastating cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak by early July, the 26th week of 2017 and the cumulative incidence would be the order of 700-800 thousand cases. Cholera, which is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, infects the small intestine through

2017-08-29T06:47:20+00:00 Tags: |

The Science of Happiness

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. “The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores

2017-08-21T11:53:59+00:00 Tags: |

Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults

Sedentary behaviours are associated with adverse health outcomes in middle-aged and older adults, even among those who exercise. We examined whether the degree of frailty affects the association between sedentary behaviours and higher risk of mortality. RESULTS: We found that for people with low levels of frailty (frailty index score ≤ 0.1), sedentary time was

2017-08-21T11:27:26+00:00 Tags: |

1 in 12 doctors accepts payment from pharmaceutical companies related to opioids

One in twelve physicians -- and nearly one in five family medicine physicians -- accepted payments from pharmaceutical companies related to opioids, according to a new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. This is the first large-scale, national study of industry payments involving opioids and suggests that pharmaceutical companies may

2017-08-15T07:38:08+00:00 Tags: |

Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient’s own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging

2017-08-08T06:32:44+00:00 Tags: |

Tiny implantable “seeds” of tissue produce fully functional livers

Many diseases, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, can lead to liver failure. More than 17,000 Americans suffering from these diseases are now waiting for liver transplants, but significantly fewer livers are available. To help address that shortage, researchers at MIT, Rockefeller University, and Boston University have developed a new way to engineer liver tissue, by organizing

2017-07-23T19:02:22+00:00 Tags: , |

One in three cases of dementia preventable

This remarkable fact was part of a report by the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care that was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 and published in The Lancet. The report also highlighted the beneficial effects of nonpharmacologic interventions such as social contact and exercise for people with dementia. “There’s been a great

2017-07-23T07:58:21+00:00 Tags: , |