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MicroRNA Treatment Restores Nerve Insulation, Limb Function in Mice with MS

Scientists partially re-insulated ravaged nerves in mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS) and restored limb mobility by treating the animals with a small non-coding RNA called a microRNA. In a study published online March 27 in Developmental Cell, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report that treatment with a microRNA called miR-219 restarted production

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‘Huge advance’ in fighting world’s biggest killer disease

An innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels, say doctors. The results of the large international trial on 27,000 patients means the drug could soon be used by millions. The British Heart Foundation said the findings were a significant advance in fighting the biggest killer in

Table Salt Can Eliminate This Crippling Disease By 2020

When Jim Reimer retired, he did not anticipate the important role he and the company would play in helping millions of Haitians combat a terrible disease. In 2012, Reimer became involved in the University of Notre Dame’s Haiti Program, which works to rid Haiti of lymphatic filariasis (LF) by 2020. LF is a disease spread

Enormous promise for new parasitic infection treatment

The human whipworm, which infects 500 million people and can damage physical and mental growth, is killed at egg and adult stage by a new drug class developed at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and University College London. Current treatments for human whipworm are based on 1960s drugs initially developed for livestock and have

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New antibiotic from bacteria found on Kenyan ant could help beat MRSA

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the John Innes Centre (JIC) discovered a new member of the Streptomyces bacteria family, isolated from the African fungus-growing plant-ant Tetraponera penzigi. They have named the new species Streptomyces formicae and the antibiotics formicamycins, after the Latin formica, meaning ant. Lab tests have shown these new

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Cytotoxins contribute to virulence of deadly epidemic bacterial infections

Beginning in the mid-1980s, an epidemic of severe invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes), also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), occurred in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Potent cytotoxins produced by this human pathogen contribute to the infection, commonly known as 'flesh-eating disease.' A new study reports that the bacteria's full

Low socioeconomic status reduces life expectancy and should be counted as a major risk factor in health policy, study says

Low socioeconomic status is linked to significant reductions in life expectancy and should be considered a major risk factor for ill health and early death in national and global health policies, according to a study of 1.7 million people published by The Lancet. Read more at AlphaGalileo

Feed a cold, starve a fever? Not so fast, according to Salk research

Now, research from the Salk Institute shows how bacteria block the appetite loss response in their host to both make the host healthier and also promote the bacteria’s transmission to other hosts. This surprising discovery, published in the journal on January 26, 2017, reveals a link between appetite and infection and could have implications in

Stem cell ‘marking’ study offers alterative hypothesis of cancer metastasis

Stem cells are among the most energetically activated, migratory and proliferative sub-populations of tumour cells, according to observations by scholars at the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of Salford. Cancerous stem cells are often left behind after chemotherapy with the potential to create new tumours – a process called recurrence and metastasis. In research

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Finding may explain why many Alzheimer’s disease patients wander

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have discovered that the spatial disorientation that leads to wandering in many Alzheimer’s disease patients is caused by the accumulation of tau protein in navigational nerve cells in the brain. The findings, in mice, could lead to early diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s and highlight novel targets for treating this

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Ebola vaccine gives 100% protection, trial shows

After four decades of research, scientists have finally developed an effective vaccine in the fight against Ebola.  "Vaccine efficacy was 100 per cent," the scientists behind the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine wrote in their paper. While not yet approved by any regulatory authority for widespread use, in the trial of the vaccine in Guinea, West Africa, none

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Combination of new drug, CB-839, with everolimus stops advanced kidney tumors growing

Munich, Germany: The first drug to target a key enzyme that cancer cells need to keep them alive has shown that it is effective in controlling disease in patients with advanced kidney cancer when it is used in combination with another anti-cancer drug, everolimus. Read more at EurekAlert

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More than half of US citizens have a chronic health condition

"Just over half of adults in the U.S. have 1 or more chronic condition, mental disorder, or dependence on substances. These conditions commonly overlap with each other and with poverty, which contributes to poor health," Walker said in a journal news release. "In order to promote overall health, it is important to consider all of

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Global Campaign Spotlights Animal-to-Human Disease Transmission

Global organizers today launched the first annual One Health Day to raise awareness that people's health is connected to the health of animals and the environment.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is among the many organizations participating. It is taking part in the hashtag Twitter campaign at #OneHealthDay and has updated irs

A ‘just-add-water’ kit to make instant drugs and vaccines could fix health care access in rural areas

Soon, getting medical assistance to rural areas—where half the world's population still lives—won’t be hindered by power outages anymore. In developing countries (where the majority of the world’s rural residents live), infrastructure is weak, there is a dearth of qualified medical personnel, and resources like electricity are low or sporadically available. As a result, medical

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An Entirely Curable Disease Is A Top 10 Killer Around The World

Tuberculosis, a curable airborne disease, is back on the list of the top 10 causes of death globally, the World Health Organization announced Thursday.TB is now the fifth most common cause of death, following heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It killed 1.8 million people in 2015, according to the

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