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New technology offers insight into cholesterol

New technology offers insight into cholesterol

With new advanced techniques developed by the Copenhagen Center for Glycomics at the University of Copenhagen it is possible to study cells in greater detail than ever before. The findings have just been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and may, in the long term, improve the treatment of high cholesterol Continue reading

Cell discovery brings blood disorder cure closer

Cell discovery brings blood disorder cure closer

A cure for a range of blood disorders and immune diseases is in sight, according to scientists who have unravelled the mystery of stem cell generation. Continue reading

‘Worm pill’ could ease autoimmune disease symptoms

‘Worm pill’ could ease autoimmune disease symptoms

Experts believe a molecule in parasitic worms could help explain why worm infections can effectively treat a range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The Monash University study, published in the FASEB Journal , successfully identified peptides from parasitic worms that suppress the body’s immune response. Researchers believe this could pave the way for a new drug containing the peptide to provide relief from the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Continue reading

On the frontiers of cyborg science: Development of electronic-brain relationship

On the frontiers of cyborg science: Development of electronic-brain relationship

No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultraflexible circuits. Now taking this human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics and brain signaling with the potential to transform our understanding of how the brain works — and how to treat its most devastating diseases. Their presentation is taking place at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Continue reading

Cell signaling pathway linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes

Cell signaling pathway linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes

A Purdue University study shows that Notch signaling, a key biological pathway tied to development and cell communication, also plays an important role in the onset of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, a discovery that offers new targets for treatment. A research team led by Shihuan Kuang, associate professor of animal sciences, found that blocking Notch signaling in the fat tissue of mice caused white fat cells to transform into a “leaner” type of fat known as beige fat. Continue reading

Curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice: Antibody-based delivery of IL4

Curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice: Antibody-based delivery of IL4

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes painful inflammation of several joints in the body. The joint capsule becomes swollen, and the disease can also destroy cartilage and bone as it progresses. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 0.5% to 1% of the world’s population. Continue reading

Obesity paradox in survival from sepsis

Obesity paradox in survival from sepsis

University of Michigan Health System researchers revealed an obesity paradox among older Americans suffering from sepsis. In a study of 1,404 Medicare beneficiaries, heavier patients were more likely to survive sepsis, a life-threatening infection that can lead to a stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit. Continue reading

Obesity paradox in survival from sepsis

Obesity paradox in survival from sepsis

University of Michigan Health System researchers revealed an obesity paradox among older Americans suffering from sepsis. In a study of 1,404 Medicare beneficiaries, heavier patients were more likely to survive sepsis, a life-threatening infection that can lead to a stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit Continue reading

50-stone man frustrated at op rules

50-stone man frustrated at op rules

unable to retrieve full-text contentA former 50-stone man who lost more than half his body weight after paying £9,000 for surgery in India says NHS bosses in Wales should rethink how they treat morbidly obese patients. Continue reading

‘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