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Scientists unlock how insulin interacts with cells

Scientists unlock how insulin interacts with cells

Jan. 9, 2013 — The discovery of insulin nearly a century ago changed diabetes from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Today a team that includes researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine announced a discovery that could lead to dramatic improvements in the lives of people managing diabetes. Continue reading

First image of insulin ‘docking’ could lead to better diabetes treatments

First image of insulin ‘docking’ could lead to better diabetes treatments

Jan. 9, 2013 — A landmark discovery about how insulin docks on cells could help in the development of improved types of insulin for treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes Continue reading

First image of insulin ‘docking’ could lead to better diabetes treatments

First image of insulin ‘docking’ could lead to better diabetes treatments

Jan. 9, 2013 — A landmark discovery about how insulin docks on cells could help in the development of improved types of insulin for treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. For the first time, researchers have captured the intricate way in which insulin uses the insulin receptor to bind to the surface of cells. Continue reading

Drug resistance in E. Coli:  ‘Baby steps’ can pay off big

Drug resistance in E. Coli: ‘Baby steps’ can pay off big

Jan. 9, 2013 — Rice University scientists have found that mutations of small effect can turn out to be game changers in the bacterial fight against antibiotic drugs. The discovery came during an exhaustive, three-year effort to create a mathematical model that could accurately predict how specific mutations allow bacteria like E Continue reading

Drug resistance in E. Coli:  ‘Baby steps’ can pay off big

Drug resistance in E. Coli: ‘Baby steps’ can pay off big

Jan. 9, 2013 — Rice University scientists have found that mutations of small effect can turn out to be game changers in the bacterial fight against antibiotic drugs. The discovery came during an exhaustive, three-year effort to create a mathematical model that could accurately predict how specific mutations allow bacteria like E Continue reading

Drug resistance in E. Coli:  ‘Baby steps’ can pay off big

Drug resistance in E. Coli: ‘Baby steps’ can pay off big

Jan. 9, 2013 — Rice University scientists have found that mutations of small effect can turn out to be game changers in the bacterial fight against antibiotic drugs. The discovery came during an exhaustive, three-year effort to create a mathematical model that could accurately predict how specific mutations allow bacteria like E. Continue reading

First oral drug for spinal cord injury improves movement in mice

First oral drug for spinal cord injury improves movement in mice

Jan. 8, 2013 — An experimental oral drug given to mice after a spinal cord injury was effective at improving limb movement after the injury, a new study shows. The compound efficiently crossed the blood-brain barrier, did not increase pain and showed no toxic effects to the animals. Continue reading

Synthetic stool can cure C. difficile infection, study suggests

Synthetic stool can cure C. difficile infection, study suggests

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Synthetic stool can cure C. difficile infection, study suggests

Synthetic stool can cure C. difficile infection, study suggests

Jan. 8, 2013 — A synthetic “poop” developed at the University of Guelph can cure nasty gastrointestinal infections caused by Clostridium difficile , a toxin-producing bacterium. A study on the artificial stool was published January 8 in the inaugural issue of Microbiome , a new peer-reviewed science journal. Continue reading

Pioneering research on Type 2 diabetes

Pioneering research on Type 2 diabetes

Jan. 4, 2013 — While legions of medical researchers have been looking to understand the genetic basis of disease and how mutations may affect human health, a group of biomedical researchers at UC Santa Barbara is studying the metabolism of cells and their surrounding tissue, to ferret out ways in which certain diseases begin. Continue reading