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How long should HCV treatment last? Study suggests answers are complex

How long should HCV treatment last? Study suggests answers are complex

As new treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are approved, biomedical scientists are exploring their mechanisms and what they reveal about the virus. An online publication this month in Hepatology is the first to report real-time tracking of viral decay in the liver and blood in 15 patients with HCV Continue reading

Methadone programs can be key in educating, treating Hepatitis C patients

Methadone programs can be key in educating, treating Hepatitis C patients

People who inject drugs and are enrolled in a drug treatment program are receptive to education about, and treatment for, hepatitis C virus, according to a study by researchers at several institutions, including the University at Buffalo. That finding, published online this week in the Journal of Addiction Medicine will be welcome news to health care providers. The paper notes that injection drug use is a primary mode of infection, making for an HCV infection prevalence as high as 80 percent among people who inject drugs. Continue reading

Gene implicated in progression, relapse of deadly breast cancer finding points to potential Achilles’ heel in triple negative breast cancer

Gene implicated in progression, relapse of deadly breast cancer finding points to potential Achilles’ heel in triple negative breast cancer

Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College and Houston Methodist have found that a gene previously unassociated with breast cancer plays a pivotal role in the growth and progression of the triple negative form of the disease, a particularly deadly strain that often has few treatment options. Their research, published in this week’s Nature , suggests that targeting the gene may be a new approach to treating the disease Continue reading

Gene therapy reprograms scar tissue in damaged hearts into healthy heart muscle

Gene therapy reprograms scar tissue in damaged hearts into healthy heart muscle

Jan. 4, 2013 — A cocktail of three specific genes can reprogram cells in the scars caused by heart attacks into functioning muscle cells, and the addition of a gene that stimulates the growth of blood vessels enhances that effect, said researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University Medical Center in a report that appears online in the Journal of the American Heart Association . Continue reading

Scientists decode ‘software’ instructions of aggressive leukemia cells

Scientists decode ‘software’ instructions of aggressive leukemia cells

ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2012) — A team of national and international researchers, led by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists, have decoded the key “software” instructions that drive three of the most virulent forms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). They discovered ALL’s “software” is encoded with epigenetic marks, chemical modifications of DNA and surrounding proteins, allowing the research team to identify new potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets Continue reading

Scientists decode ‘software’ instructions of aggressive leukemia cells

Scientists decode ‘software’ instructions of aggressive leukemia cells

ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2012) — A team of national and international researchers, led by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists, have decoded the key “software” instructions that drive three of the most virulent forms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). They discovered ALL’s “software” is encoded with epigenetic marks, chemical modifications of DNA and surrounding proteins, allowing the research team to identify new potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets Continue reading

Reprogrammed amniotic fluid cells could treat vascular diseases

Reprogrammed amniotic fluid cells could treat vascular diseases

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‘Smoking vaccine’ blocks nicotine

‘Smoking vaccine’ blocks nicotine

27 June 2012 Last updated at 14:00 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Smokers could one day be immunised against nicotine so they gain no pleasure from the habit, according to researchers in the US. Continue reading

New vaccine for nicotine addiction

New vaccine for nicotine addiction

ScienceDaily (June 27, 2012) — Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed and successfully tested in mice an innovative vaccine to treat nicotine addiction. In the journal Science Translational Medicine , the scientists describe how a single dose of their novel vaccine protects mice, over their lifetime, against nicotine addiction Continue reading

Scientists unravel role of fusion gene in prostate cancer

Scientists unravel role of fusion gene in prostate cancer

ScienceDaily (May 22, 2012) — Share this story on Facebook , Twitter , and Google : Other social bookmarking and sharing tools: Story Source: The above story is reprinted from materials provided by New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College , via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. Continue reading