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Treatment developed by biologists shows promise in fighting fibrotic disease

Treatment developed by biologists shows promise in fighting fibrotic disease

A decade after first identifying serum amyloid P (SAP) as a key protein in human blood that controls routine tissue-related processes from scarring to healing, two Texas A&M University scientists and the biotechnology company they co-founded continue to make encouraging progress in the fight against fibrotic disease, a broad class of chronic conditions associated with an estimated 45 percent of U.S. deaths per year. Texas A&M biologists Richard Gomer and Darrell Pilling have collaborated in recent years on several SAP-related advances, from establishing Promedior Inc Continue reading

Treatment developed by biologists shows promise in fighting fibrotic disease

Treatment developed by biologists shows promise in fighting fibrotic disease

A decade after first identifying serum amyloid P (SAP) as a key protein in human blood that controls routine tissue-related processes from scarring to healing, two Texas A&M University scientists and the biotechnology company they co-founded continue to make encouraging progress in the fight against fibrotic disease, a broad class of chronic conditions associated with an estimated 45 percent of U.S. deaths per year. Texas A&M biologists Richard Gomer and Darrell Pilling have collaborated in recent years on several SAP-related advances, from establishing Promedior Inc Continue reading

BMJ ‘right’ in statins claims row

BMJ ‘right’ in statins claims row

unable to retrieve full-text contentAn investigation backs the British Medical Journal’s handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it published on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins. Continue reading

BMJ ‘right’ in statins claims row

BMJ ‘right’ in statins claims row

unable to retrieve full-text contentAn investigation backs the British Medical Journal’s handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it published on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins. Continue reading

Cancer blood test moves step closer

Cancer blood test moves step closer

unable to retrieve full-text contentA British team of researchers has developed what might be a simple blood test for cancer, scientists from the University of Bradford say. Continue reading

Pre-diabetes label ‘worthless’

Pre-diabetes label ‘worthless’

unable to retrieve full-text contentLabelling people as having pre-diabetes is “unhelpful and unnecessary”, UK and US researchers write in the British Medical Journal. Continue reading

Drinking alcohol provides no heart health benefit, new study shows

Drinking alcohol provides no heart health benefit, new study shows

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest findings call into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol (0.6-0.8 fluid ounces/day) may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health Continue reading

UK facing ‘major’ sperm shortage

UK facing ‘major’ sperm shortage

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe UK is facing a major sperm shortage that may be tempting fertility clinics to accept poorer quality sperm, the British Fertility Society warns. Continue reading

Patients ‘facing longer GP waits’

Patients ‘facing longer GP waits’

unable to retrieve full-text contentLonger waits to see a GP in the UK are “becoming the norm”, the British Medical Association is warning. Continue reading

Sjögren’s Syndrome significantly increases risk of heart attack

Sjögren’s Syndrome significantly increases risk of heart attack

A new study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2014) showed a significantly increased risk of heart attack in patients with Sjögren’s syndrome (SjS), particularly in the first year following diagnosis. There was also a trend towards an increased risk for stroke. Continue reading