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Presence of enzyme may worsen effects of spinal cord injury and impair long-term recovery

Presence of enzyme may worsen effects of spinal cord injury and impair long-term recovery

Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with few treatment options. Studies show that damage to the barrier separating blood from the spinal cord can contribute to the neurologic deficits that arise secondary to the initial trauma. Through a series of sophisticated experiments, researchers reporting in The American Journal of Pathology suggest that matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) plays a pivotal role in disruption of the brain/spinal cord barrier (BSCB), cell death, and functional deficits after SCI. Continue reading

Grants for children’s mental health

Grants for children’s mental health

unable to retrieve full-text contentGroups offering mental health support to children and young people will be able to apply for government top-up grants, say ministers. Continue reading

Ebola screening for more UK airports

Ebola screening for more UK airports

unable to retrieve full-text contentPassenger screening for Ebola is to be extended from Heathrow to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England says. Continue reading

Ebola vaccine ‘will come too late’

Ebola vaccine ‘will come too late’

unable to retrieve full-text contentUK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline says its Ebola vaccine will not be ready until late 2015 and is “going to come too late” for this epidemic. Continue reading

Cellular self-destruct program has deep roots throughout evolution

Cellular self-destruct program has deep roots throughout evolution

In what seems like a counter-intuitive move against survival, within animals, some cells are fated to die from the triggering of an elaborate cell death program, known as apoptosis. Now, Sakamaki et. al., have honed in on understanding the evolution of caspase-8, a key cell death initiator molecule that was first identified in humans Continue reading

Blood Test Helps Predict Relapse in Patients with Autoimmune Disease Affecting the Kidneys

Blood Test Helps Predict Relapse in Patients with Autoimmune Disease Affecting the Kidneys

In patients with an autoimmune disease that often involves the kidneys, monitoring the blood for autoantibodies may help doctors predict the chance of relapse. The findings are from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ( JASN ). Such measures may help protect patients’ kidney health. Continue reading

Awareness signs in vegetative patients

Awareness signs in vegetative patients

unable to retrieve full-text contentScientists have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state which suggest they might be conscious. Continue reading

Sugary drinks warning posters ‘work’

Sugary drinks warning posters ‘work’

unable to retrieve full-text contentSigns warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off the sugar in fizzy drinks could be a useful tool in the fight against obesity, research suggests. Continue reading

How a molecular Superman protects genome from damage

How a molecular Superman protects genome from damage

How many times have we seen Superman swoop down from the heavens and rescue a would-be victim from a rapidly oncoming train? It’s a familiar scenario, played out hundreds of times in the movies. But the dramatic scene is reenacted in real life every time a cell divides Continue reading

Sugared soda consumption, cell aging associated in new study

Sugared soda consumption, cell aging associated in new study

Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging. The study revealed that telomeres — the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells — were shorter in the white blood cells of survey participants who reported drinking more soda. Continue reading