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New study casts doubt on heart regeneration in mammals

New study casts doubt on heart regeneration in mammals

The mammalian heart has generally been considered to lack the ability to repair itself after injury, but a 2011 study in newborn mice challenged this view, providing evidence for complete regeneration after resection of 10% of the apex, the lowest part of the heart. In a study published by Cell Press in Stem Cell Reports on April 3, 2014, researchers attempted to replicate these recent findings but failed to uncover any evidence of complete heart regeneration in newborn mice that underwent apex resection Continue reading

Factor present in gestational, type 2 diabetes could provide new treatment options

Factor present in gestational, type 2 diabetes could provide new treatment options

New research reveals that both pregnant women with diabetes and with type 2 diabetics have high levels of a fat metabolite that impairs pancreatic cells from secreting insulin. The findings, which are published in the April 1 issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism , suggest that blocking the effects of this fat metabolite may help prevent and treat diabetes. Continue reading

Factor present in gestational, type 2 diabetes could provide new treatment options

Factor present in gestational, type 2 diabetes could provide new treatment options

New research reveals that both pregnant women with diabetes and with type 2 diabetics have high levels of a fat metabolite that impairs pancreatic cells from secreting insulin. The findings, which are published in the April 1 issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism , suggest that blocking the effects of this fat metabolite may help prevent and treat diabetes. Continue reading

Low doses of antianxiety drugs rebalance autistic brain, study shows

Low doses of antianxiety drugs rebalance autistic brain, study shows

New research in mice suggests that autism is characterized by reduced activity of inhibitory neurons and increased activity of excitatory neurons in the brain, but balance can be restored with low doses of a well-known class of drugs currently used in much higher doses to treat anxiety and epileptic seizures. The findings, which are reported in the March 19th issue of the Cell Press journal Neuron , point to a new therapeutic approach to managing autism. “These are very exciting results because they suggest that existing drugs — called benzodiazepines — might be useful in treatment of the core deficits in autism,” says senior author Dr Continue reading

Low doses of antianxiety drugs rebalance autistic brain, study shows

Low doses of antianxiety drugs rebalance autistic brain, study shows

New research in mice suggests that autism is characterized by reduced activity of inhibitory neurons and increased activity of excitatory neurons in the brain, but balance can be restored with low doses of a well-known class of drugs currently used in much higher doses to treat anxiety and epileptic seizures. The findings, which are reported in the March 19th issue of the Cell Press journal Neuron , point to a new therapeutic approach to managing autism. “These are very exciting results because they suggest that existing drugs — called benzodiazepines — might be useful in treatment of the core deficits in autism,” says senior author Dr Continue reading

EA denies games encourage violence

EA denies games encourage violence

31 January 2013 Last updated at 09:12 ET By Leo Kelion Technology reporter The boss of Electronic Arts (EA) has denied there is any link between video game content and “actual violence”. John Riccitiello spoke out on the subject during a conference call with bank analysts following his firm’s latest earnings forecast. But he acknowledged that his industry did face a “perception issue” Continue reading

Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may help stave off dementia, research suggests

Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may help stave off dementia, research suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2011) — Experts agree that long-term alcohol abuse is detrimental to memory function and can cause neuro-degenerative disease Continue reading

Targeting taste receptors in the gut may help fight obesity

Targeting taste receptors in the gut may help fight obesity

Dec. 21, 2012 — Despite more than 25 years of research on antiobesity drugs, few medications have shown long-term success Continue reading

Novel therapeutic agents provide hope for patients with hard-to-treat blood disorders

Novel therapeutic agents provide hope for patients with hard-to-treat blood disorders

Dec. 9, 2012 — Encouraging safety and efficacy data on novel and emerging therapies presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) signal an important step forward in the development of treatment strategies for patients with hard-to-treat leukemia, myeloma, and myelofibrosis Continue reading

New stem cell research, transplant strategies show promise to improve outcomes, reduce complications

New stem cell research, transplant strategies show promise to improve outcomes, reduce complications

Dec. Continue reading