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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:17:35 EDT
Finding new targets to treat vascular damage
There are no established drugs to improve angiogenesis in diabetes. However, researchers now have identified a gene called CITED2 in a molecular pathway that may offer targets for drugs that treat these conditions by strengthening angiogenesis.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:16:03 EDT
Face shape is in the genes
Many of the characteristics that make up a person's face, such as nose size and face width, stem from specific genetic variations, reports a team of scientists.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:15:52 EDT
Targeting low-oxygen patches inside lung cancer tumors could help prevent drug resistance
With the right treatment schedule, medications known as hypoxia-activated prodrugs (HAPs) could help prevent drug resistance in a subtype of lung cancer, according to a study.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:19:04 EDT
Electron microscopy reveals how vitamin A enters the cell
Using a new, lightning-fast camera paired with an electron microscope, scientists have captured images of one of the smallest proteins in our cells to be "seen" with a microscope.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:17:25 EDT
Investigating the relationship between low physical activity and psychotic symptoms
Physical activity can help reduce cardiovascular disease and premature mortality in people with psychological problems. However, there is limited data on exercise in people with serious mental disorders, especially from low- and middle-income countries. This study explored whether complying with the World Health Organization recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous exercise per week is related to psychotic symptoms or the diagnosis of a psychosis.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:17:14 EDT
Newly discovered 'multicomponent' virus can infect animals
Scientists have identified a new 'multicomponent' virus --one containing different segments of genetic material in separate particles -- that can infect animals. This new pathogen was isolated from several species of mosquitoes in Central and South America. GCXV does not appear to infect mammals; however, the team also isolated a related virus, Jingmen tick virus, from a nonhuman primate.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:27 EDT
Altering stem cell perception of tissue stiffness may help treat musculoskeletal disorders
A new biomaterial can be used to study how and when stem cells sense the mechanics of their surrounding environment. With further development, this biomaterial could be used to control when immature stem cells differentiate into more specialized cells for regenerative and tissue-engineering-based therapies.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:06:12 EDT
Immune system infighting explains pancreatic cancer's aggression
Conflict between cell types explains why the immune system struggles to recognize and attack pancreatic cancer, report researchers. Curbing this infighting has the potential to make treatment more effective, according to a study.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:04:44 EDT
Recommended daily treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis underused
Topical intranasal steroid therapy continues to be underused for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) despite practice guidelines that recommend daily use, according to a study.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:35:24 EDT
New technique takes guesswork out of IVF embryo selection
Researchers have successfully trialed a new technique that could aid the process of choosing the "best" embryo for implantation, helping to boost the chances of pregnancy success from the very first IVF cycle.
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