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‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV

‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV

unable to retrieve full-text contentScientists say they have made an “exciting” step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body. Continue reading

Early HIV drugs ‘may not stop virus’

Early HIV drugs ‘may not stop virus’

unable to retrieve full-text contentHIV can rapidly form invulnerable strongholds in the body, dashing hopes that early treatment might cure the virus, according to new research. Continue reading

Immune response to infectious disease: New findings on properdin

Immune response to infectious disease: New findings on properdin

University of Leicester researchers — including three PhD graduates — contribute significantly to knowledge in immunology University of Leicester researchers have released evidence substantiating an unexpected dual role of an important component of the immune system. Findings by researchers at the University’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation — including three PhD graduates — are published in a paper for the journal ‘Medical Microbiology and Immunology’ Continue reading

3D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training

3D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. Continue reading

Cause of mysterious food allergy found, new treatment strategy suggested

Cause of mysterious food allergy found, new treatment strategy suggested

New research in Nature Genetics identifies a novel genetic and molecular pathway in the esophagus that causes eosinophillic esophagitis (EoE), opening up potential new therapeutic strategies for an enigmatic and hard-to-treat food allergy. Continue reading

Bacteria hijack plentiful iron supply source to flourish

Bacteria hijack plentiful iron supply source to flourish

In an era of increasing concern about the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant illness, Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a promising new pathway to disabling disease: blocking bacteria’s access to iron in the body. The scientists showed how bacterial siderophore, a small molecule, captures iron from two abundant supply sources to fan bacterial growth — as well as how the body launches a chemical counterassault against this infection process. Their findings appear in a recent edition of The Journal of Experimental Medicine . Continue reading

Wake-up call for more research into cell metabolism

Wake-up call for more research into cell metabolism

More scientific research into the metabolism of stromal support cells and immune cells — and the role of the metabolism of these cell types in the development of diseases — could open new therapeutic avenues for diabetes, inflammatory conditions and cancer. That was the conclusion of a review article by scientists from VIB and KU Leuven in the leading journal Nature Continue reading

Research team pursues techniques to improve elusive stem cell therapy

Research team pursues techniques to improve elusive stem cell therapy

Stem cell scientists had what first appeared to be an easy win for regenerative medicine when they discovered mesenchymal stem cells several decades ago. These cells, found in the bone marrow, can give rise to bone, fat, and muscle tissue, and have been used in hundreds of clinical trials for tissue repair. Continue reading

Proof-of-concept for host-directed tuberculosis therapy established by researchers

Proof-of-concept for host-directed tuberculosis therapy established by researchers

In a new study published in Nature , scientists describe a new type of tuberculosis (TB) treatment that involves manipulating the body’s response to TB bacteria rather than targeting the bacteria themselves, a concept called host-directed therapy. TB remains a major cause of disability and death worldwide as an estimated 8.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.3 million people died from the disease in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. Although TB is curable, adherence to therapy is difficult as treatment requires taking antibiotic drugs for at least six months and sometimes up to two years. Continue reading

Cell division discovery could optimize timing of chemotherapy, explain some cancers

Cell division discovery could optimize timing of chemotherapy, explain some cancers

Research led by the University of Warwick’s Systems Biology Centre and Warwick Medical School in collaboration with groups in Nice and Rotterdam has been able to demonstrate how the cycle of cell division in mammalian cells synchronizes with the body’s own daily rhythm, its circadian clock. The study not only helps to explain why people with sustained disrupted circadian rhythms can be more susceptible to cancer, it may also help establish the optimal time of day to administer chemotherapy. Continue reading