Alzheimer’s: Are we on the right path to new drugs?

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With the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease expected to almost triple by 2050, the race is on to find a treatment that can prevent or slow the condition. But last week saw another crack emerge in the already rocky path toward an effective Alzheimer’s medication; pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly announced the failure of […]

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

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Administering anti-cancer drugs redefined Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication […]

New asthma pill reduces troublesome symptoms

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Asthma is a burdensome disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. But for the estimated 39.5 million people in the United States who have been affected by this disease, hope may come in pill form. Credit: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312188.php According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 39.5 […]

Zika Vaccines Offer Full Protection to Monkeys

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has completed a second round of preclinical studies on a promising Zika vaccine candidate and found it to completely protect rhesus monkeys from experimental infection with Zika virus. The Pilot Bioproduction Facility at WRAIR […]

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

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A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new […]

Patch delivers drug, gene, and light-based therapy to tumor sites

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In mice, device destroyed colorectal tumors and prevented remission after surgery Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in the U.S. In Europe, it is the second-most common form of cancer. The most widely used first line of treatment is surgery, […]

Portable diagnostic tool rapidly detects Zika virus

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In the earliest days of the most recent Zika virus pandemic, researchers around the world set out to understand every facet of a contagion that seemed almost uncontrollable. While some researchers and physicians studied the pathophysiology of the virus and the seemingly minor illness it caused, ecologists and entomologists sought out the virus’s origin and […]

Simple Method Developed to Characterize Immune Cells in Tumors

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Despite recent achievements in the development of cancer immunotherapies, only a small group of patients typically respond to them. Predictive markers of disease course and response to immunotherapy are urgently needed. To address this need, researchers at The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a new […]

Zika epidemic will end in three years, study suggests

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The current Zika epidemic is likely to end within three years because there will be too few people left to infect, a team of scientists is predicting. Writing in the journal Science, they said this could lead to a gap of 10 years before the next epidemic. The Imperial College London team created a model […]

Scientists just discovered we’ve been looking at cancer growth all wrong

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A new study has found evidence that brain tumours use fat as their preferred source of energy, bringing into question the decades-long assumption that sugar is their main fuel source. If confirmed, this could fundamentally change the we treat cancer in the future, because until very recently, scientists have been focussing their efforts on ways […]

‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

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The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. A T-cell (orange) on the attack, Credit: SPL US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people. Experts said the treatment, published in […]

Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika virus

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species responsible for passing the virus to humans. A strain of Aedes aegypti mosquitos feed from a membrane of blood in Matthew Aliota’s research lab insectary. Credit: Jeff Miller […]

Herpesviruses could be eradicated with gene-editing technique

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Herpesviruses are responsible for an array of infections and diseases, including cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, and even some forms of cancer. Now, new research reveals how a revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 could eliminate these viruses once and for all. Researchers say the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool shows promise for the elimination of herpesviruses. Study […]

Chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not your head

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Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. Credit: https://www.ten.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/pil08-fatigue-pushing-the-boundary1.jpg […]

Possible psoriasis drug target identified

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Researchers have discovered a protein involved in psoriasis, a highly common skin disease, opening up new potentials for therapy. Psoriasis is one of the most common human skin diseases. People with severe cases sometimes resort to immunosuppressive treatment to quell the skin scaling, itching and joint arthritis that are hallmarks of the disorder. But long-term […]

The FDA just approved the first human trials of a Zika vaccine

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first human tests of an experimental Zika virus vaccine, the makers of the drug announced on Monday. https://d1o50x50snmhul.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/f0127511-zika_virus_in_blood_illustration-spl-1200×800.jpg Called GLS–5700, the medication will be used in a clinical trial involving 40 healthy people, and represents the first major step towards ultimately immunising people against Zika […]

Allergy Season – what causes hay fever and how do we treat it?

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ACHHOOOO! ‘tis the season to be sneezing folks. But why does the summer cause some of us to have red eyes, a runny nose and constantly sneeze? Allergies can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening. The most common allergy that most people experience is hay fever, or its medical term, Allergic Rhinitis.  During this […]

Research may point to new ways to deliver drugs into bacteria

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An exhaustive look at how bacteria hold their ground and avoid getting pushed around by their environment shows how dozens of genes aid the essential job of protecting cells from popping when tensions run high. For centuries, biologists have considered cells the irreducible unit of life, and cells require various types of envelopes to contain […]

Experimental drug shows promise against deadly MRSA infections

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The race to find new treatments against deadly MRSA has a new contestant in the form of an experimental drug that successfully treated the infections of the drug-resistant bacteria in animals. The compound, called TXA709, also restored the effectiveness of Cefdinir – an antibiotic in use for nearly 20 years that had lost its ability […]

Cancer-preventing protein finds its own way in our DNA

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Geneticists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that tumour protein TP53 knows exactly where to bind to our DNA to prevent cancer. Once bound to this specific DNA sequence, the protein can activate the right genes to repair damaged cells. Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that the protein TP53 knows exactly where to […]

Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens

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It may one day be possible to identify cancer, autoimmune diseases, and a wealth of other conditions from a single drop of blood, after a team from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the creation of a test that holds promise for such a feat. Researchers have created a blood test that they say could diagnose […]

New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study

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Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. MS causes the body’s own immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord, Credit: Thinkstock The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 […]

Scientists have performed the first trials of a ‘universal cancer vaccine’

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Scientists just took a big, “very positive” step towards developing what could be the first ‘universal cancer vaccine’. Credit: Cancer Research UK via Henry Scowcroft/YouTube The results from early trials in humans, along with research in mice, have just been published, and they suggest that the new technique could be used to activate patients’ immune […]

The superbug that experts have been dreading has just reached the US

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A type of bacteria that’s resistant to the last antibiotic we have left against superbugs has made it to the US, and it signals something doctors have been dreading for years – the end for antibiotics. The bacterium, a strain of Escherichia coli, was found in the urine of a Pennsylvania woman. The strain is […]

Fighting cancer with the help of someone else’s immune cells

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A new step in cancer immunotherapy: researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute and University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital show that even if one’s own immune cells cannot recognize and fight their tumors, someone else’s immune cells might. Their proof of principle study is published in the journal Science on May 19th. A human T-cell, Credit: NIH […]

World’s Deadliest Diseases – Smallpox, Botulism & Anthrax

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If you think you’re having a bad day, the following article may cheer you up – count your lucky stars that you don’t have any of the following illnesses. Today’s broadcast will be focusing on the world’s deadliest diseases. Of course there are many diseases that can be considered just as bad as these but […]

Zika: portable, rapid diagnostic test could reach clinical use in months

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A fast, portable test for Zika virus could be in the cards, according to a new study published in Cell, which details how a prototype device was able to accurately detect the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys. Zika virus is primarily spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes […]

The health hazards of space travel

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Space tourism? Why not? See the world as you have never seen it before. With at least 700 people signed up for commercial trips, and scientists figuring out how we can live on Mars, the impossible is becoming real. Are there hazards? Of course. As one researcher puts it: “Space is an unforgiving environment that […]

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Treating sepsis by protecting blood vessels shows promise

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No specific treatment is currently available for sepsis – also referred to as blood poisoning or septicemia – a life-threatening condition that affects 19 million people worldwide every year. Now, a new study shows that protecting blood vessels from the damage caused by sepsis could be a way to successfully treat a condition that poses […]

Editing an End to Malaria?

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The promise, and possible perils, of a new genetic tool Flaminia Catteruccia, shown here in the insectary at Harvard’s school of public health, is plumbing the mysteries of mosquito sex. Photograph by Stu Rosner. At Harvard, experiments involving mosquito sex are the purview of Flaminia Catteruccia, director of the insectary at the Harvard Chan School of […]

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Sweet ‘quantum dots’ light the way for new HIV and Ebola treatment

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A research team led by the University of Leeds has observed for the first time how HIV and Ebola viruses attach to cells to spread infection. Quantum dots are fluorescent crystals in which the color of the emitted light is dependent on the size of the crystal. Credit: Richard E. Cruise, University of Leeds The […]

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Antibiotic Resistance – What is it and how do we stop it?

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Today’s Medical News is filled with stories about cancer, mental problems and obesity, but there is a category that is very often under reported. Its called Antibiotic Resistance. During this report we aim to show you what Antibiotics are, what antibiotic resistance is, why it’s a problem and what we are doing to stop it. Credit: http://www.nesta.org.uk/sites/default/files/bacteria_graphic.jpg Antibiotics have […]

A Potential HIV Cure: Removing HIV DNA From Immune Cell Genome Prevents Reinfection

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In the past four years we’ve heard stories of babies born with HIV who were reportedly cured, only to have the disease return months later. In an effort to find a cure for HIV/AIDS and bring the epidemic to an end, scientists at Temple University have designed a specialized gene editing system that could pave the way to an eventual cure. http://blogs.elca.org/hungerrumblings/files/2011/06/hiv-virus.gif […]

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Scientists look for new antibiotic drugs in unexpected places

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Many of the drugs we use in hospitals – antibiotics, antifungals and anti-cancer drugs, to name but a few – are produced by bacteria that live in the soil beneath our feet. Most of the antibiotics we use were discovered by scientists in the mid-20th century, but as the threat of drug resistant infections increases, […]

Tumors contain the seeds of their own destruction

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Scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery in understanding how the genetic complexity of tumors can be recognized and exploited by the immune system, even when the disease is at its most advanced stages. As a tumour develops, the diversity of its genetic faults can be flagged on the cancer cell surface, as unique mutations appear […]

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Psychoneuroimmunology: laugh and be well

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The idea that a positive outlook on life and a cheery disposition help to stave off illness is as old as the hills. Perhaps surprisingly, this adage is much more than an old wives’ tale. Over the last few decades, the intriguing and pervasive links between neuroscience and the immune system have slowly been uncovered. What might […]