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Mutation associated with cleft palate in humans, dogs identified

Mutation associated with cleft palate in humans, dogs identified

Scientists studying birth defects in humans and purebred dogs have identified an association between cleft lip and cleft palate — conditions that occur when the lip and mouth fail to form properly during pregnancy — and a mutation in the ADAMTS20 gene. Continue reading

Modeling tumor dormancy: What makes a tumor switch from dormant to malignant?

Modeling tumor dormancy: What makes a tumor switch from dormant to malignant?

Cancer constantly wages war on the human body. Battles are won, lost or sometimes end in a stalemate Continue reading

Antibacterial resistance a cause for major concern, cystic fibrosis experts say

Antibacterial resistance a cause for major concern, cystic fibrosis experts say

World-leading cystic fibrosis experts, from Queen’s University Belfast, have called for greater research to address the major concern of antibacterial resistance. Professor Stuart Elborn, an international authority on respiratory medicine, said that more funding and further research are required into antibiotic resistance in order to improve patient outcomes for people with Cystic Fibrosis Continue reading

Eating baked, broiled fish weekly boosts brain health, study says

Eating baked, broiled fish weekly boosts brain health, study says

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week is good for the brain, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published online recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , add to growing evidence that lifestyle factors contribute to brain health later in life. Scientists estimate that more than 80 million people will have dementia by 2040, which could become a substantial burden to families and drive up health care costs, noted senior investigator James T Continue reading

Older cancer patients rethink call

Older cancer patients rethink call

19 December 2012 Last updated at 19:52 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News All older cancer patients should get physical and mental health tests so they are not unfairly written off as too old for treatment, a report says. The assessments were recommended by a joint Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK and Department of Health review Continue reading

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2012) — A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors. Prior work by USC professor of gerontology and biological sciences Valter Longo, corresponding author on the study and director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, has shown that short-term fasting protects healthy cells while leaving cancer cells vulnerable to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. Continue reading

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2012) — A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors. Prior work by USC professor of gerontology and biological sciences Valter Longo, corresponding author on the study and director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, has shown that short-term fasting protects healthy cells while leaving cancer cells vulnerable to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. Continue reading

Funding boost for genetics centre

Funding boost for genetics centre

26 August 2012 Last updated at 19:58 ET A centre for research into genetics at Edinburgh University is to benefit from almost £60m of funding. Continue reading

Predicting treatment response in central nervous system diseases: Simple way of avoiding dangerous side effects?

Predicting treatment response in central nervous system diseases: Simple way of avoiding dangerous side effects?

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) — The commonly-used epilepsy drug, valproic acid (VPA), can have a highly beneficial effect on some babies born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic killer during early infancy. But in about two-thirds of such cases it is either damaging or simply has no effect. Continue reading