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Fighting Cancer: New Microscopic Technique Could Help Detect, Diagnose Metastatic Melanomas

May 04, 2017 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – The fight against skin cancer just got a new weapon. For years, melanoma researchers have studied samples that were considered uniform in size and color, making them easier to examine by more conventional means. But melanomas don’t always come in the same shape and hue; often, melanomas

Biomarker Could Lead to Personalized Therapies for Prostate Cancer

Protein testing could aid clinicians in the proper diagnosis and treatment of the disease April 05, 2017 Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2016, more than 181,000 new cases of prostate cancer were reported in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is one of the earliest ways

Scientists speed up muscle repair – could fight dystrophy

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Baltimore, MD---Athletes, the elderly and those with degenerative muscle disease would all benefit from accelerated muscle repair. When skeletal muscles, those connected to the bone, are injured, muscle stem cells wake up from a dormant state and repair the damage. When muscles age, however, stem cell number and function declines, as

Cancer killers: C dots show ability to induce cell death in tumors

By Tom Fleischman Nanoparticles known as Cornell dots, or C dots, have shown great promise as a therapeutic tool in the detection and treatment of cancer. Now, the ultrasmall particles – developed more than a dozen years ago by Ulrich Wiesner, the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering – have shown they can do something

New Nanoscale Technologies Could Revolutionize Microscopes, Study of Disease

July 19, 2016 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – Research completed through a collaboration with University of Missouri engineers, biologists, and chemists could transform how scientists study molecules and cells at sub-microscopic (nanoscale) levels. Shubra Gangopadhyay, an electrical and computer engineer and her team at MU recently published studies outlining a new, relatively inexpensive imaging platform that enables

Fracking Chemicals and Human Development

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:30pm Greg Watry, Digital Reporter A hydraulic fracturing operation is underway at this drilling pad in the Marcellus Shale gas play of southwestern Pennsylvania. The two beige-colored structures in the middle are well-heads, with pipes coming into them bringing the pressurized water, chemical and sand mixture that is pumped into the well to

Human Development Could be Harmed by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Extraction

Scientists recommend process to examine total endocrine disrupting activity from exposure to harmful mixtures Aug. 27, 2015 Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 15 million Americans live within one mile of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations that combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies

Contrary to Previous Studies, Diabetes Affects Diaphragm, Smooth Muscle Cells Differently

Discovery could lead to better research of respiratory failure in individuals with diabetes Aug. 19, 2015 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – Previous studies have shown that diabetes adversely affects breathing and respiratory function. However, in the past, researchers have not differentiated diaphragm muscle cells and the muscle cells of limb skeletal muscle in

App Helps Patients with Depression, Psychiatrists Manage Mood, Activity Levels

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― Approximately 16 million American adults are affected by depression. However, many patients see a psychiatrist only once every two to three months. Recognizing that patients often forget how their moods vary between visits, a team from the University of Missouri, Missouri University of Science and Technology and the Tiger Institute for Health