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Chinese medicine yields secrets: Atomic mechanism of two-headed molecule derived from Chang Shan, a traditional chinese herb

Chinese medicine yields secrets: Atomic mechanism of two-headed molecule derived from Chang Shan, a traditional chinese herb

Dec. 23, 2012 — The mysterious inner workings of Chang Shan — a Chinese herbal medicine used for thousands of years to treat fevers associated with malaria — have been uncovered thanks to a high-resolution structure solved at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Described in the journal Nature this week, the structure shows in atomic detail how a two-headed compound derived from the active ingredient in Chang Shan works Continue reading

Fat influences decisions taken by brain cells for production and survival

Fat influences decisions taken by brain cells for production and survival

Dec. 23, 2012 — Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified two molecules that play an important role in the survival and production of nerve cells in the brain, including nerve cells that produce dopamine Continue reading

Heart calcium scan predictive of diabetes-related death from cardiovascular disease

Heart calcium scan predictive of diabetes-related death from cardiovascular disease

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Stroke drug kills bacteria that cause ulcers and tuberculosis

Stroke drug kills bacteria that cause ulcers and tuberculosis

Dec. 20, 2012 — A drug currently being used to treat ischemic strokes may prove to be a significant advance in the treatment of tuberculosis and ulcers. In a new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal , a compound called ebselen effectively inhibits the thioredoxin reductase system in a wide variety of bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori which causes gastric ulcers and Mycobacterium tuberculosis which causes tuberculosis Continue reading

Research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Dec. 12, 2012 — Research by University of Notre Dame biochemist Anthony S. Serianni is providing new insights that could have important implications for understanding and treating diabetes Continue reading

Steroid hormone receptor prefers working alone to shut off immune system genes

Steroid hormone receptor prefers working alone to shut off immune system genes

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Obesity reversed in mice by manipulating production of an enzyme

Obesity reversed in mice by manipulating production of an enzyme

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — Approximately 68 percent of U.S. Continue reading

Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill diseased cells, modify others

Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill diseased cells, modify others

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Researchers at Rice University have found a way to kill some diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time. Continue reading