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Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

In a striking advance that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in humans. The experiments, reported on Thursday in the journal Science, may make it possible one day to transplant livers, hearts and other organs from pigs into humans, a

August 17th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , , , |

NIH accelerates the use of genomics in clinical care

New funding awards focus on diverse and underserved populations. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding $18.9 million towards research that aims to accelerate the use of genome sequencing in clinical care. The new awards will generate innovative approaches and best practices to ensure that the effectiveness of genomic medicine can be applied to

August 14th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , |

Malaria drug protects fetuses from Zika infection

Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned that the Zika virus infects the fetus by manipulating the body’s normal barrier to infection. Moreover, they showed that

Eating Fish May Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Eating fish two or more times per week is associated with lower disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a cross-sectional analysis published online June 21 in Arthritis Care & Research. Whereas randomized controlled trials have shown that dietary supplements of fish oil improved tender joint counts and increased remission rates in

June 29th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , |

Trump Keeps Francis Collins, MD, as NIH Chief

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and an appointee of Barack Obama, will keep his job in the Trump administration, the White House announced yesterday. One of Dr Collins' challenges going forward will be protecting the NIH from a massive budget cut proposed by President Donald Trump. The

June 13th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , , |

Even Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Harm the Brain

Source: Even Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Harm the Brain - Medscape - Jun 07, 2017. By Fran Lowry Moderate drinking is associated with pathologic findings in the brain, including hippocampal atrophy, vs no drinking, new research shows. Higher alcohol intake also predicted faster decline in cognitive measures of lexical fluency, although not semantic fluency or word recall, researchers found. "In this

June 13th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , , , |

Type of sugar may treat atherosclerosis, mouse study shows

Trehalose triggers cellular housekeeping in artery-clogging plaque by Julia Evangelou Strait Researchers have long sought ways to harness the body’s immune system to treat disease, especially cancer. Now, scientists have found that the immune system may be triggered to treat atherosclerosis and possibly other metabolic conditions, including fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes. Studying

Drug believed to reduce postoperative pain and delirium does neither

MEDIA CONTACT Judy Martin Finch · · 314-286-0105 AUDIO To blunt postoperative pain and reduce the need for opioid drugs following surgery, anesthesiologists often give patients low doses of the drug ketamine during operations. Recent research even suggests ketamine might alleviate postsurgical delirium and confusion in older adults. But a new study led

Approaching a decades-old goal: Making blood stem cells from patients’ own cells

New technique raises possibility of making all types of blood cells to treat disease Date: May 17, 2017 Source: Boston Children's Hospital Summary: For the first time, researchers have generated blood-forming stem cells in the lab using pluripotent stem cells, which can make virtually every cell type in the body. The advance opens new avenues