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Jumping Genes’ May Set the Stage for Brain Cell Death in Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

 3/10/17 by Duke University Alzheimer's disease causes neurons in the brain to stop working, lose connections with other neurons and die. Duke University researchers have identified a molecular mechanism that may be responsible for setting the damage in motion. Alzheimer's disease causes neurons in the brain to stop working, lose connections with other neurons and

Laser technique measures the stiffnes of cancer cells

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:03pm by Duke University Biomedical engineers at Duke University have discovered a way to detect signs of cancer on a cell-by-cell basis using two lasers and a camera. Several medical devices currently in use and in clinical trials around the world look for increases in cellular stiffness as an indicator of cancerous

Regenerative Medicine: New Clue from Fish about Healing Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Dr. Francis Collins Caption: Tissue section of zebrafish spinal cord regenerating after injury. Glial cells (red) cross the gap between the severed ends first. Neuronal cells (green) soon follow. Cell nuclei are stained blue and purple. Credit: Mayssa Mokalled and Kenneth Poss, Duke University, Durham, NC Certain organisms have

Everything Worth Knowing About…Stem Cells

Superheroes of the cellular world. By Adam Piore | Monday, July 18, 2016 Every embryo begins as a single fertilized egg, which develops into a human body consisting of trillions of cells, each one specialized to carry out specific functions. Since embryonic stem cells can differentiate into any type of tissue, they have the potential

Bioengineered Blood Vessel Shows Early Promise for Dialysis Patients

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 9:12am Duke University Man-made blood vessels developed by researchers at Duke University, Yale University and the tissue engineering company Humacyte appear to be both safe and more durable than commonly used synthetic versions in patients undergoing kidney dialysis, the researchers report. The findings, published May 12 in The Lancet, resulted from a

Regenerative Medicine Study Underscores Lung Regeneration Capacity

April 28, 2015, Reid D'Amoco In diseases like cystic fibrosis, the lungs undergo constant healing and remodeling due to chronic infections. To better understand the repair mechanisms the lungs go through in diseases like CF and COPD, scientists have paid great attention to studying cellular regeneration. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University have discovered

Lung Cells Can Regenerate Themselves, Finding Could Bring New Disease Cures

By Jim Algar, Tech Times | April 13, 7:58 PM Type 1 cells (green) and Type 2 cells (red)Cells in lung tissue show a surprising ability to regenerate and differentiate to repair lung damage, study finds. Such a process might be stimulated to help sufferers of various lung diseases, researchers suggest. Here, Type 1 cells

Killing Cancer

Mar 29 CBS CORRESPONDENT Scott Pelle 60 Minutes follows brain cancer patients in a Duke University clinical trial of a therapy that uses a re-engineered polio virus to kill cancer cells Editor's Note: For more information on the Duke University polio trial or other brain cancer trials, click here or call 919-684-5301 The following script is from

The Future of Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury

BioScience Technology Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:57pm Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor (Source: SFN/Miguel Nicolelis) There may be hope to get millions of individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) moving again, according to research presented at a press conference at Neuroscience 2014, the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) in Washington, D.C. Spinal cord injury