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NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy

NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy

ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2011) — A NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has successfully reduced the painful side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients. In a two-year clinical trial, cancer patients undergoing bone marrow or stem cell transplants were given a far red/near infrared Light Emitting Diode treatment called High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS, to treat oral mucositis — a common and extremely painful side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Continue reading

Relationship between marriage and alcohol examined

Relationship between marriage and alcohol examined

ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2012) — New research examining relationships and the use of alcohol finds that while a long-term marriage appears to curb men’s drinking, it’s associated with a slightly higher level of alcohol use among women Continue reading

Are cardiac risk factors linked to less blood flow to the brain?

Are cardiac risk factors linked to less blood flow to the brain?

ScienceDaily (July 18, 2012) — Metabolic syndrome, a term used to describe a combination of risk factors that often lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, seems to be linked to lower blood flow to the brain, according to research by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Continue reading

Blood-brain barrier building blocks forged from human stem cells

Blood-brain barrier building blocks forged from human stem cells

ScienceDaily (June 24, 2012) — The blood-brain barrier — the filter that governs what can and cannot come into contact with the mammalian brain — is a marvel of nature. It effectively separates circulating blood from the fluid that bathes the brain, and it keeps out bacteria, viruses and other agents that could damage it Continue reading

New stem cell technique promises abundance of key heart cells

New stem cell technique promises abundance of key heart cells

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2012) — Cardiomyocytes, the workhorse cells that make up the beating heart, can now be made cheaply and abundantly in the laboratory. Writing this week (May 28, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , a team of Wisconsin scientists describes a way to transform human stem cells — both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells — into the critical heart muscle cells by simple manipulation of one key developmental pathway. The technique promises a uniform, inexpensive and far more efficient alternative to the complex bath of serum or growth factors now used to nudge blank slate stem cells to become specialized heart cells. Continue reading

More power to the cranberry: Study shows juice better than extracts at fighting infections

More power to the cranberry: Study shows juice better than extracts at fighting infections

ScienceDaily (Oct. 28, 2011) — With scientific evidence now supporting the age-old wisdom that cranberries, whether in sauce or as juice, prevent urinary tract infections, people have wondered if there was an element of the berry that, if extracted and condensed, perhaps in pill form, would be as effective as drinking the juice or eating cranberry sauce. Continue reading

Worm studies shed light on human cancers

Worm studies shed light on human cancers

ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2011) — Research in the worm is shedding light on a protein associated with a number of different human cancers, and may point to a highly targeted way to treat them. University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists were studying a worm protein called TFG-1, which is present in many cell types but whose exact role had never been understood. Continue reading

L-lysine may help schizophrenia sufferers cope

L-lysine may help schizophrenia sufferers cope

ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2011) — Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that currently affects about one in every 200 people Continue reading

NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy

NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy

ScienceDaily (Mar. Continue reading

New induced stem cells may unmask cancer at earliest stage

New induced stem cells may unmask cancer at earliest stage

ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2011) — By coaxing healthy and diseased human bone marrow to become embryonic-like stem cells, a team of Wisconsin scientists has laid the groundwork for observing the onset of the blood cancer leukemia in the laboratory dish. “This is the first successful reprogramming of blood cells obtained from a patient with leukemia,” says University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin, who directed a study aimed at generating all-purpose stem cells from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood Continue reading