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Deadly ‘self-eating enzymes’ blocked

Deadly ‘self-eating enzymes’ blocked

24 January 2013 Last updated at 06:03 ET By Smitha Mundasad BBC News Digestive juices normally used to break down food can turn against the body and start damaging it when people are critically unwell, research suggests. The study undertaken in rats looks closely at why the body starts to shut down when facing overwhelming illness. And this research could help explain why vital organs often fail during sepsis and shock, University of California researchers say Continue reading

Right target, but missing the bulls-eye for Alzheimer’s

Right target, but missing the bulls-eye for Alzheimer’s

Jan. 23, 2013 — Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of late-life dementia. The disorder is thought to be caused by a protein known as the amyloid-beta protein, or Abeta, which clumps together in the brain, forming plaques that are thought to destroy neurons. Continue reading

Right target, but missing the bulls-eye for Alzheimer’s

Right target, but missing the bulls-eye for Alzheimer’s

Jan. 23, 2013 — Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of late-life dementia. The disorder is thought to be caused by a protein known as the amyloid-beta protein, or Abeta, which clumps together in the brain, forming plaques that are thought to destroy neurons. Continue reading

Right target, but missing the bulls-eye for Alzheimer’s

Right target, but missing the bulls-eye for Alzheimer’s

Jan. 23, 2013 — Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of late-life dementia. The disorder is thought to be caused by a protein known as the amyloid-beta protein, or Abeta, which clumps together in the brain, forming plaques that are thought to destroy neurons. Continue reading

Less tau reduces seizures and sudden death in severe epilepsy

Less tau reduces seizures and sudden death in severe epilepsy

Jan. 22, 2013 — Deleting or reducing expression of a gene that carries the code for tau, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, can prevent seizures in a severe type of epilepsy linked to sudden death, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., in a report in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience . Continue reading

Complex spinal surgeries with two attending physicians, instead of one, benefit patients

Complex spinal surgeries with two attending physicians, instead of one, benefit patients

Jan. 18, 2013 — Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes — and a new study by a duo at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) demonstrates how having two attending surgeons in the operating room during spinal surgeries can benefit patients in multiple ways. Most spinal surgeries in the United States are performed by teams led by a single attending surgeon — one top-level doctor who has completed medical school, residency and other specialized training Continue reading

Fetal exposure to PVC plastic chemical linked to obesity in offspring

Fetal exposure to PVC plastic chemical linked to obesity in offspring

Jan. 15, 2013 — Exposing pregnant mice to low doses of the chemical tributyltin — which is used in marine hull paint and PVC plastic — can lead to obesity for multiple generations without subsequent exposure, a UC Irvine study has found. Continue reading

Surprising twist to protein misfolding discovered

Surprising twist to protein misfolding discovered

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Surprising twist to protein misfolding discovered

Surprising twist to protein misfolding discovered

Jan. 14, 2013 — An effort to develop software that unravels the complexities of how proteins fold is paying dividends in new findings on how they misfold, according to researchers at Rice University. The study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by chemist Peter Wolynes and his team at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative should be of particular interest to those who probe the roots of degenerative diseases associated with the aggregation of amyloid fibers in the body Continue reading

New York declares flu emergency

New York declares flu emergency

12 January 2013 Last updated at 21:03 ET The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a public health emergency because of the severity of this year’s influenza season. The order makes vaccinations more accessible and allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children. Almost 20,000 cases of flu have been reported in New York state so far this season – more than four times the number of cases last winter. Continue reading