Category Archives: Health

As influenza looms, Madison firm advances human trials of revolutionary vaccine

Amid predictions that this year’s flu vaccine will offer limited protection, medical researchers are renewing their focus on a universal flu vaccine. A universal flu vaccine would offer more broad…

Presurgical imaging may predict whether epilepsy surgery will work

Rice University statisticians show integrative analysis can predict risk of postoperative seizures HOUSTON – Surgery to remove a part of the brain to give relief to patients with epilepsy doesn’t…

ASK the enzyme: new potential targets for cancer

New understandings of how molecules affect the activity of an enzyme could lead to potential targets for the treatment of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. New understandings of how molecules affect…

New Cellular Approach Found to Control Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that extracellular vesicles – tiny protein-filled structures – isolated from amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) can be used to effectively slow the progression…

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of ALS

Scientists have revealed more details of the molecular mechanism behind neuronal cell death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a step forward to find ways to control progression of the disease….

A kiss of death for prostate cancer

Hokkaido University researchers have uncovered a cellular protein that stabilizes a tumor promoting signaling pathway, suggesting a new target to treat prostate cancer. The drug Gefitinib is used to treat…

Chimpanzee deaths in Uganda pinned on human cold virus

In the wild, chimpanzees face any number of dire threats, ranging from poachers to predators to deforestation. That’s why scientists, investigating an outbreak of respiratory disease in a community of…

Monkeys infected by mosquito bites further Zika virus research

Monkeys who catch Zika virus through bites from infected mosquitoes develop infections that look like human Zika cases, and may help researchers understand the many ways Zika can be transmitted….

How privacy policies affect genetic testing

State-level disclosure laws affect patients’ eagerness to have their DNA tested. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Different types of privacy laws in U.S. states produce markedly different effects on the willingness of patients…

A risk factor for drug-induced skin disease identified

Researchers have identified a type of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) that is associated with the skin disease bullous pemphigoid (BP) in diabetic patients administered with DPP-4 inhibitory drugs. DPP-4 inhibitor…