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New approach to immunotherapy is beating breast cancer

A novel approach to immunotherapy developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has led to the complete regression of breast cancer in a patient who was unresponsive to all other treatments. This patient received the treatment in a clinical trial led by Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Surgery Branch at

2018-06-08T08:08:45+00:00Tags: |

One in every five deaths in young adults is opioid-related in the United States: study

One out of every five deaths among young adults in the United States is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers in Canada. The study, published today in JAMA Network Open and led by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON, found that the percentage of deaths attributable to opioids in the U.S. increased

2018-06-06T08:52:52+00:00Tags: |

Hospital Superbug Uses Tiny Sticky Fingers to Infect Medical Tools and Devices

The antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii bacterium is one of the most globally harmful bacteria that causes nosocomial infections. Researchers at the University of Turku have discovered that the bacterium attaches to plastic medical devices using tiny finger-like structures. The researchers were able to develop antibodies that prevent the bacterial spread. Infections related to hospitals and medical

2018-06-02T07:23:37+00:00Tags: |

Opening a new door to immunity

A new study could have major implications for our understanding of disease processes for conditions such as autoimmunity, atherosclerosis and heart failure, potentially leading to better prevention and treatment. Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh, chairman of the Department of Medicine and director of the Center for Precision Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine,

2018-05-14T08:19:07+00:00Tags: |

Symptoms of osteoarthritis lessened with simple changes to the diet

In the largest, most up to date study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the link between diet and the effective self-management of osteoarthritis. Analysing 68 previous studies in the field, researchers found that a low-dose supplement of fish oil (one and a half standard capsules) could result in pain reduction

2018-05-09T07:29:19+00:00Tags: |

Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis

Researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute have shown a novel relationship between the intestinal microbiome and atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. This was measured as the burden of plaque in the carotid arteries. In order to understand the role that bacteria in the gut may play

2018-05-02T17:02:04+00:00Tags: |

State-of-the-art HIV drug could curb HIV transmission, improve survival in India

An HIV treatment regimen already widely used in North America and Europe would likely increase the life expectancy of people living with HIV in India by nearly three years and reduce the number of new HIV infections by 23 percent with minimal impact on the country's HIV/AIDS budget. The findings from an international team of

2018-05-01T06:41:51+00:00Tags: |

Light-sensitive chips developed at Stanford could one day restore sight to the blind

Age-related macular degeneration, a disease that slowly degrades light-sensitive cells in the retina, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors can’t prevent such loss of sight – but a system that replaces light-sensitive cells designed by Daniel Palanker,

2018-04-24T15:15:16+00:00Tags: |

Antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks, according to new CU Boulder research. The study, published this week in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting

2018-04-24T06:44:49+00:00Tags: |

Addiction Is a Disease That Requires More Medications and Better Treatments

I remember standing on my tippy toes to be eye to eye with the kitchen counter, trying my best not to spill as I poured the orange juice into the glass. Something about the acidity would settle my mom’s stomach, slightly easing her wrenching symptoms of heroin withdrawal—something akin to the stomach flu mixed with

2018-04-18T08:35:54+00:00Tags: |

Germs with unusual antibiotic resistance widespread in U.S.

Health departments working with CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network found more than 220 instances of germs with “unusual” antibiotic resistance genes in the United States last year, according to a CDC Vital Signs report released today. Germs with unusual resistance include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are uncommon in

2018-04-09T07:37:40+00:00Tags: |

A new class of antibiotics to combat drug resistance

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Nosopharm, a biotechnology company based in Lyon, France, are part of an international team reporting on the discovery of a new class of antibiotics. The antibiotic, first identified by Nosopharm, is unique and promising on two fronts: its unconventional source and its distinct way of killing

2018-04-07T09:36:26+00:00Tags: |

Double-drug strategy blocks escape route for most lung cancers

A one-two combo punch using two currently available drugs could be an effective treatment for the majority of lung cancers, a study by scientists with UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center shows. Researchers found that a combination of drugs – one targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and one targeting tumor necrosis factor (TNF) – effectively

2018-04-06T04:02:02+00:00Tags: |

Dietary supplement shows promise for reversing cardiovascular aging

Scientists have long known that restricting calories can fend off physiological signs of aging, with studies in fruit flies, roundworms, rodents and even people showing that chronically slashing intake by about a third can reap myriad health benefits and, in some cases, extend lifespan. From a public health perspective, that advice would be impractical for

2018-04-03T11:26:29+00:00Tags: |

Scientists discover promising off-switch for inflammation

Scientists have discovered a new metabolic process in the body that can switch off inflammation. They have discovered that ‘itaconate’ – a molecule derived from glucose – acts as a powerful off-switch for macrophages, which are the cells in the immune system that lie at the heart of many inflammatory diseases including arthritis, inflammatory bowel

2018-03-29T08:07:10+00:00Tags: |

Vegetable compound could have a key role in ‘beeting’ Alzheimer’s disease

NEW ORLEANS, March 20, 2018 — A compound in beets that gives the vegetable its distinctive red color could eventually help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists say this discovery could lead to the development of drugs that could alleviate some of the

2018-03-29T08:12:48+00:00Tags: |