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Safer, more effective skin-whitening creams from ancient Chinese herbal medicine

Safer, more effective skin-whitening creams from ancient Chinese herbal medicine

ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2011) — Scientists have reported discovery of the active ingredients in an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine for skin whitening, changing skin color to a lighter shade Continue reading

Negative attitudes toward fat bodies going global, study finds

Negative attitudes toward fat bodies going global, study finds

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) — Stigma against overweight people is becoming a cultural norm around the world, even in places where larger bodies have traditionally been valued. That’s according to a cross-cultural study of attitudes toward obesity to be published in the April issue of Current Anthropology Continue reading

In vivo systems biology: Using computer models, systems biologists can predict complicated behavior of cells in living animals

In vivo systems biology: Using computer models, systems biologists can predict complicated behavior of cells in living animals

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2011) — Biological systems, including cells, tissues and organs, can function properly only when their parts are working in harmony Continue reading

In vivo systems biology: Using computer models, systems biologists can predict complicated behavior of cells in living animals

In vivo systems biology: Using computer models, systems biologists can predict complicated behavior of cells in living animals

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2011) — Biological systems, including cells, tissues and organs, can function properly only when their parts are working in harmony. These systems are often dauntingly complex: Inside a single cell, thousands of proteins interact with each other to determine how the cell will develop and respond to its environment. Continue reading

Colored light sources lighting the way for new in-office and at-home skin therapies

Colored light sources lighting the way for new in-office and at-home skin therapies

ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2011) — While dermatologists have used lasers successfully for years to treat common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and aging skin, it now appears that even non-laser lights may provide some of the same benefits. In fact, lights of different colors are being used in several in-office and at-home therapies that offer consumers an alternative to more expensive laser treatments, but all may not be equally effective Continue reading

Colored light sources lighting the way for new in-office and at-home skin therapies

Colored light sources lighting the way for new in-office and at-home skin therapies

ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2011) — While dermatologists have used lasers successfully for years to treat common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and aging skin, it now appears that even non-laser lights may provide some of the same benefits. In fact, lights of different colors are being used in several in-office and at-home therapies that offer consumers an alternative to more expensive laser treatments, but all may not be equally effective Continue reading

New personalized therapy causes cancer cells to kill themselves

New personalized therapy causes cancer cells to kill themselves

ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2011) — A Wayne State University School of Medicine physician-researcher has developed a personalized therapy to treat a wide range of cancers. Continue reading

Nanotechnology may lead to new treatment of liver cancer

Nanotechnology may lead to new treatment of liver cancer

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — Nanotechnology may open a new door on the treatment of liver cancer, according to a team of Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They used molecular-sized bubbles filled with chemotherapy drugs to prevent cell growth and initiate cell death in test tubes and mice. Continue reading

Nanotechnology may lead to new treatment of liver cancer

Nanotechnology may lead to new treatment of liver cancer

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — Nanotechnology may open a new door on the treatment of liver cancer, according to a team of Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They used molecular-sized bubbles filled with chemotherapy drugs to prevent cell growth and initiate cell death in test tubes and mice Continue reading

Chemical compounds in trees can fight deadly staph infections in humans

Chemical compounds in trees can fight deadly staph infections in humans

ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2011) — Most people would never suspect that a “trash tree,” one with little economic value and often removed by farmers due to its ability to destroy farmland, could be the key to fighting a deadly bacterium. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found an antibiotic in the Eastern Red Cedar tree that is effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a “superbug” that is resistant to most medications Continue reading