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New Drug-Delivery Capsule to Inject Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

October 1, 2014

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New Drug Delivery Capsule Can Deliver Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT have developed a new drug-delivery capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those […]

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Biologist Reveal Boost in Certain Amino Acids is an Early Sign of Cancer

September 29, 2014

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Research Shows Boost in Certain Amino Acids is Sign of Early Cancer

Based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,500 people participating in long-term health studies, biologists found that people with a surge in amino acids known as branched chain amino acids were far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within one to 10 years. Years before they show any other signs of disease, […]

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MIT Chemists Use Modified Anthrax Toxin to Deliver Cancer Drugs

September 25, 2014

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MIT Chemists Use Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT show that a modified version of the anthrax toxin can be used to deliver antibody drugs to kill cancer cells. Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers […]

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MIT Engineers Develop New Technologies to Battle Superbugs

September 24, 2014

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New Technologies Could Enable Novel Strategies for Combating Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Using a gene-editing system that can disable any target gene, MIT engineers have shown that they can selectively kill bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease. In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis […]

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New PhenIX Diagnostic Procedure Identifies Genetic Diseases

September 16, 2014

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New Diagnostic Method Identifies Genetic Diseases

A team of scientists has developed a test procedure that significantly increases the prospect of identifying genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms. People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of […]

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Scientists Turn Diseased Cells Against Themselves

September 3, 2014

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Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have adapted a chemical approach to turn diseased cells into unique manufacturing sites for molecules that could potentially treat a host of conditions in a very selective and precise manner, providing highly specific therapeutics that only act when a disease is present. Jupiter, Florida, September 2, 2014 – In […]

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A New Treatment Approach for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

August 26, 2014

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Potential Therapy for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

A team of scientists from the Department of Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute and University Medical Center Göttingen has discovered a new treatment approach for the hereditary neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A is the most common inherited disease affecting the peripheral nervous system. Researchers from the Department of Neurogenetics […]

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Max Planck Researchers Discover New Weapon of the Immune System

August 14, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Immune System Weapon

Scientists have identified a previously unknown component of the immune system, discovering that bacterial virulence factors can not only be neutralized by antibodies, but they can also be directly destroyed by them. Max Planck researchers have discovered a completely new way in which the immune system recognizes pathogens. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor has long been […]

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Yale Researchers Discover New Cancer Cell Vulnerability

July 21, 2014

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Researchers Discover New Cancer Cell Vulnerability

New research from Yale University found that simultaneous inhibition of both telomerase and p21 inhibited tumor growth in mice. Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center researchers have uncovered a genetic vulnerability of cancer cells that express telomerase — an enzyme that drives their unchecked growth — and showed that telomerase-expressing cells depend upon […]

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Newly Designed Nanoparticles Can Deliver Three Cancer Drugs at a Time

April 15, 2014

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Scientists Develop Nanoparticles that Can Deliver Three Cancer Drugs at a Time

In a newly published study, MIT chemists detail how they designed nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time. Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but […]

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Researchers Uncover Mode of Action of New Multiple Sclerosis Drug

April 7, 2014

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Researchers Uncover Mode of Action of New Multiple Sclerosis Drug Dimethyl Fumarate

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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New Retinal Implant Technology Expected to Help Restore Sight

November 6, 2013

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Retinal Implants Expected to Restore Sight to the Blind

In an effort to improve retinal implant technology, researchers have developed a new method that uses microsecond pulses, on-chip counter-electrodes, and controlled firing of electrodes to shape the electrical field, which could help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes. Researchers at the University of Arizona and University […]

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