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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:15:04 EST
Preclinical study demonstrates promising treatment for rare bone disease
Researchers have led a preclinical study demonstrating that the drug palovarotene suppresses the formation of bony tumors (osteochondromas) in models of multiple hereditary exostoses (MHE). The research is an important step toward an effective pharmacological treatment for MHE, a rare genetic condition that affects about 1 in 50,000 people worldwide.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:39:22 EST
Sleeve gastrectomy, common weight-loss surgery, lowers women's tolerance to alcohol
Women who have had gastric sleeve surgery to lose weight may want to consider limiting the number of alcoholic drinks they consume post-surgery. A new study found that after undergoing sleeve gastrectomy, women could be legally intoxicated after drinking half the number of drinks than women who did not have this surgery.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:45:06 EST
Patient-centered medical home model improves chronic disease management
Data from more than 800 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) primary care clinics revealed that national implementation of a patient-centered medical home model was effective at improving several chronic disease outcomes over time.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:45:03 EST
Cell cycle proteins help immune cells trap microbes with nets made of DNA
In your bloodstream, there are immune cells called neutrophils that, when faced with a pathogenic threat, will expel their DNA like a net to contain it. These DNA snares are called neutrophil extracellular traps or NETs. Researchers describe an important step in how these NETs are released and how they stop a fungus from establishing an infection in mice and human cells.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:09:41 EST
Smoking study personalizes treatment
A simple blood test is allowing researchers to determine which patients should be prescribed varenicline (Chantix) to stop smoking and which patients could do just as well, and avoid side effects, by using a nicotine patch.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:09:38 EST
Key signaling protein for muscle growth
Researchers have discovered the importance of a well-known protein, myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88), in the development and regeneration of muscles. Researchers have described the protein's critical role in the growth and repair of skeletal muscles, both in post-natal development and in the regeneration of injured adult muscles.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:09:32 EST
Nanoparticles could allow for faster, better medicine
Gold nanoparticles could help make drugs act more quickly and effectively, according to new research.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:13:39 EST
Scientific research on disasters represents 0.22 percent of global scholarly output
Despite loss of life and economic devastation worldwide due to increasingly frequent natural and human-made disasters, scientific research on disasters represents a small percentage of scholarly output.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:13:22 EST
Zika-related nerve damage caused by immune response to the virus
The immune system's response to the Zika virus, rather than the virus itself, may be responsible for nerve-related complications of infection, according to a Yale study. This insight could lead to new ways of treating patients with Zika-related complications, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, the researchers said.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:13:19 EST
New biology of Alzheimer's disease described by researchers
A unique model for the biology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is now being described by researchers, which may lead to an entirely novel approach for treating the disease.
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