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Yale Research Shows People with a Mental Illness are More Likely to Smoke

April 16, 2014

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New research from Yale University shows that people with a mental illness are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and are less likely to quit smoking than those without mental illness. Those in the United States with a mental illness diagnosis are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and smoke more heavily, and are less […]

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Researchers Uncover Mode of Action of New Multiple Sclerosis Drug

April 7, 2014

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Scientists from the Max Planck Institute and the University of Lübeck have uncovered the mode of action for dimethyl fumarate, a drug that was recently approved in Europe as a basic therapy for multiple sclerosis. Just a few short weeks ago, dimethyl fumarate was approved in Europe as a basic therapy for multiple sclerosis. Although […]

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Researchers Solve a Long Standing Nano Mystery

February 7, 2014

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Researchers solve a long standing mystery of how superheated nanodroplets vaporize when hit by a pulse of ultrasound, this finding may lead to a localized and controlled form of chemotherapy. A technique which may one day be used for tumor therapy and imaging could be greatly improved thanks to new insights obtained by scientists from […]

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Researchers Discover New Link between Processes Associated with a Parkinson’s Related Gene Defect

January 30, 2014

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Researchers from the Max Planck Institute have discovered a new link between processes associated with a Parkinson’s-related gene defect, paving the way to the development of more refined GDNF therapies in the future. Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease involve the death of thousands of neurons in the brain. Nerve growth factors produced by the body, […]

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Scientists Sequence the Genome of the World’s Oldest Continuously Surviving Cancer

January 24, 2014

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Researchers have sequenced the genome of an 11,000-year-old dog cancer, revealing its secrets and origin. Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest continuously surviving cancer, a transmissible genital cancer that affects dogs. This cancer, which causes grotesque genital tumors in dogs around the world, first arose in a single dog that lived about […]

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New Biosensor Detects Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease

January 8, 2014

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Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a biosensor that can detect very small quantities of amyloid-beta clusters, which could open the door to future blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed a new technology that could form the basis of a simple blood test for Alzheimer’s disease. […]

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Nanoengineers Develop ‘Nanosponge Vaccine’ to Fight MRSA Toxins

December 2, 2013

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Nanoengineers from UC San Diego have developed nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA, and have shown that their nanosponge vaccine was safe and more effective than toxoid vaccines made from heat-treated staph toxin. Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) could serve as […]

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Synthetic Molecules Capable of Blocking HIV and Its Replication

December 2, 2013

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(This article has been translated to English) An international team of researchers has designed small synthetic molecules capable of binding to the genetic material of the HIV and blocking its replication. A multidisciplinary team of scientists from universities and research centers in Spain, led by Dr. José Gallego, a researcher at the Catholic University of […]

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Researchers Generate Kidney Structures from Human Stem Cells

November 19, 2013

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Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have generated three-dimensional kidney structures from human stem cells, opening new avenues for the future application of regenerative medicine strategies. La Jolla, California — Diseases affecting the kidneys represent a major and unsolved health issue worldwide. The kidneys rarely recover function once they are damaged by disease, […]

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New Research Changes the View about the Genetics of Leukemia Risk

October 14, 2013

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In a new study, researchers identified the agents that could be responsible for many leukemias without TET2 mutation. This finding could help doctors develop a course of treatment for leukemia patients. A gene that helps keep blood free of cancer is controlled by tiny pieces of RNA, a finding that may lead to better ways […]

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Microbicide Tricks HIV into “Popping” Itself into Oblivion

September 20, 2013

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Researchers from Drexel University have developed a microbicide that can trick HIV into “popping” itself into oblivion, destroying the virus without harming healthy cells. Pinning down an effective way to combat the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, the viral precursor to AIDS, has long been a challenge for scientists and physicians, because the virus […]

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Genomic Test Accurately Distinguishes between Viral and Bacterial Infections

September 19, 2013

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A new genomic test developed by researchers at Duke University School of Medicine can accurately sort between viral and bacterial infections, possibly helping to limit the overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of bacterial resistance. A blood test developed by researchers at Duke Medicine showed more than 90-percent accuracy in distinguishing between viral and bacterial […]

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