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Young women with polycystic ovary syndrome are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

Young women with polycystic ovary syndrome are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

A leading expert on reproductive health says young women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) have a startlingly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if young and not overweight. The research led by Professor Helena Teede and Dr Anju Joham, from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University analysed a large-scale epidemiological study, called the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health, which revealed the findings. Over 6000 women aged between 25-28 years were monitored for nine years, including 500 with diagnosed PCOS Continue reading

Embryonic stem cells offer new treatment for multiple sclerosis

Embryonic stem cells offer new treatment for multiple sclerosis

Scientists in the University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program have identified a novel approach to treating multiple sclerosis (MS) using human embryonic stem cells, offering a promising new therapy for more than 2.3 million people suffering from the debilitating disease. Continue reading

Embryonic stem cells offer new treatment for multiple sclerosis

Embryonic stem cells offer new treatment for multiple sclerosis

Scientists in the University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program have identified a novel approach to treating multiple sclerosis (MS) using human embryonic stem cells, offering a promising new therapy for more than 2.3 million people suffering from the debilitating disease. The researchers demonstrated that the embryonic stem cell therapy significantly reduced MS disease severity in animal models, and offered better treatment results than stem cells derived from human adult bone marrow. Continue reading

Quest for long-lasting blood: Scientists developing one-size-fits-all artifical blood

Quest for long-lasting blood: Scientists developing one-size-fits-all artifical blood

A team of scientists at the University of Essex are hoping to develop a one-size-fits-all, third generation artificial blood substitute. Every day thousands of people around the world have their lives saved or improved thanks to someone giving blood. But imagine how many more lives could be saved if a long-lasting blood substitute could be found, which could easily be stored at room temperature and available to all patients, regardless of their blood type Continue reading

Broader definition of successful aging explored by researchers

Broader definition of successful aging explored by researchers

An aging population poses challenges for governments around the globe as nations grapple with how to satisfy the physical, social and economic needs of older adults. Continue reading

Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy

Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy

Jan. 7, 2013 — A simple, precise and inexpensive method for cutting DNA to insert genes into human cells could transform genetic medicine, making routine what now are expensive, complicated and rare procedures for replacing defective genes in order to fix genetic disease or even cure AIDS. Discovered last year by Jennifer Doudna and Martin Jinek of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine-Sweden, the technique was labeled a “tour de force” in a 2012 review in the journal Nature Biotechnology Continue reading

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Jan. 3, 2013 — Researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute and Rockefeller University have developed a new technique for precisely altering the genomes of living cells by adding or deleting genes. The researchers say the technology could offer an easy-to-use, less-expensive way to engineer organisms that produce biofuels; to design animal models to study human disease; and to develop new therapies, among other potential applications. Continue reading

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Jan. 3, 2013 — Researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute and Rockefeller University have developed a new technique for precisely altering the genomes of living cells by adding or deleting genes. The researchers say the technology could offer an easy-to-use, less-expensive way to engineer organisms that produce biofuels; to design animal models to study human disease; and to develop new therapies, among other potential applications. Continue reading

Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, offers hope for other immune-related diseases

Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, offers hope for other immune-related diseases

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More plus-size models could change women’s obsession with thin bodies

More plus-size models could change women’s obsession with thin bodies

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — British women’s obsession for thin bodies could potentially be changed if advertising showed more plus size models, suggests a preliminary study published November 7. The Durham University researchers, who studied over 100 women, provide evidence to back calls for models in adverts to be more representative of the actual population. Continue reading