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Blood-forming stem cells likely hold the key to curing many types of disease

Science Friday July 20, 2016 · 7:45 AM EDT By Adam Wernick Researchers at Stanford are reviving a technique that can use uncontaminated, blood-forming stem cells to treat a patient with cancer, autoimmune deficiency and other diseases. Beginning in the 1960s, hematopoietic, or blood-forming, stem cells became the basis for bone marrow transplants used to treat cancer patients. Then, in the 1980s and

Stem Cell Research By Stanford Researchers Makes Stroke Patient Walk

By Dipannita- 05 Jun '16 08:22AM A team of Stanford researchers has been left "stunned" by the outcome of the experiment that they carried out on stroke patients. The researchers injected stem cells into the brain of the stroke patients and discovered that the experimental treatment restored the motor function in a few patients. The

X-ray laser experiment could help in designing drugs for brain disorders

August 20, 2015 Scientists found that when two protein structures in the brain join up, they act as an amplifier for a slight increase in calcium concentration, triggering a gunshot-like release of neurotransmitters from one neuron to another. AUG 20, 2015 In the foreground of the illustration, two combined protein complexes — SNARE, shown in blue,

Scientists Say Fetal Tissue Essential for Medical Research

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:00am Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press In this Aug. 10, 2015, photo, Dr. Akhilesh Pandey, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, poses alongside a mass spectrometer in his laboratory in Baltimore. Pandey's research analyzes both adult and fetal tissue, and by identifying which proteins are present, he can get

Scientists Look into Why Most Alzheimer’s Patients are Women

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:13am Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer Amy Shives, right, and her husband George walk their cavalier King Charles spaniel Chester in their neighborhood, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Amy Shives was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and has since been involved with the Alzheimer's Association. Nearly two-thirds

Research Sheds Light on How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

New research involving people diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease sheds light on how individual neurons control muscle movement in humans — and could help in the development of better brain-controlled prosthetic devices. JUN 232015 Studying the brain activity of two patients with Lou Gehrig's disease has given researchers insight into how neurons control muscle movement.

Intelligent bacteria for detecting disease

June 2, 2015 - Another step forward has just been taken in the area of synthetic biology. Research teams from Inserm and CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) Montpellier, in association with Montpellier Regional University Hospital and Stanford University, have transformed bacteria into "secret agents" that can give warning of a disease based solely

Does Amyloid Kill in Alzheimer’s, Heal in MS?

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:30am Cynthia Fox, Science Writer, Bioscience Technology Amyloid beta-peptideTwo groups have recently made strides with amyloid beta (aβ), the supposed main villain in Alzheimer’s disease. But while one group is tackling Alzheimer’s by reducing aβ, the other is tackling multiple sclerosis (MS) by using aβ.“It’s all fascinating,” Stanford University neurologist Lawrence Steinman told Bioscience

Vault nanoparticles show promise for cancer treatment, potential HIV cure

R&D, by Staff ~ August 22, 2014 A multidisciplinary team of scientists from the Univ. of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Stanford Univ. has used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to advances in the treatment of cancer and HIV. The research team was

Scientists use lasers, carbon nanotubes to look inside living brains

R&D, Source: Stanford University ~ August 8, 2014 Some of the most damaging brain diseases can be traced to irregular blood delivery in the brain. Now, Stanford Univ. chemists have employed lasers and carbon nanotubes to capture an unprecedented look at blood flowing through a living brain. The technique was developed for mice but could