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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

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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

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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

Novel Surgical Technique Paves Way to Restoring Failing Organs

UCSF Study Shows Strategy May Boost Survival of Transplanted Stem Cells By Suzanne Leigh on May 14, 2017 By piercing liver cells with rapid pulses of electricity, scientists at UC San Francisco have demonstrated an entirely new way to transplant cells into organs to treat disease. Because the technique provides a hospitable environment for newly

Biomarker Test for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Useful in Diagnosing Canine Neurodegenerative Disease

Mizzou researchers seek clinical trial participants for further treatment study May 03, 2017 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2009, Joan Coates, a veterinary neurologist, along with other researchers at the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Stem cells edited to fight arthritis

Goal is vaccine that targets inflammation in joints by Jim Dryden•April 27, 2017 ELLA MARUSHCHENKO Using CRISPR technology, a team of researchers led by Farshid Guilak, PhD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, rewired stem cells' genetic circuits to produce an anti-inflammatory arthritis drug when the cells encounter inflammation. The technique eventually

Bare bones: Making bones transparent

April 26, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Ten years ago, the bones currently in your body did not actually exist. Like skin, bone is constantly renewing itself, shedding old tissue and growing it anew from stem cells in the bone marrow. Now, a new technique developed at Caltech can render intact bones transparent, allowing researchers to observe