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Immunotherapy already in clinical trials for cancer could slow progression of Parkinson's disease

Immunotherapy already in clinical trials for cancer could slow progression of Parkinson's disease

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have identified a protein that enables a toxic natural aggregate to spread from cell to cell in a mammal's brain — and a way to block that protein's action. [More]
UTHealth researchers to investigate potential of mild tDCS in treating schizophrenia patients

UTHealth researchers to investigate potential of mild tDCS in treating schizophrenia patients

A safe, noninvasive weak electrical current delivery called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) will be investigated for its potential in treating schizophrenia patients in a study led by Raymond Cho, M.D., M.Sc., at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. [More]
Researchers uncover key factor for promoting wound healing after corneal injuries

Researchers uncover key factor for promoting wound healing after corneal injuries

In cases of severe ocular trauma involving the cornea, wound healing occurs following intervention, but at the cost of opaque scar tissue formation and damaged vision. Recent research has shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) — which can differentiate into a variety of cells, including bone, cartilage, muscle and fat cells — are capable of returning clarity to scarred corneas; however, the mechanisms by which this happens remained a mystery — until now. [More]
Imaging agent linked to risk of AKI may be less hazardous than previously thought

Imaging agent linked to risk of AKI may be less hazardous than previously thought

A new analysis indicates that radiocontrast, which is commonly used during selected imaging tests may be less hazardous than previously thought. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, suggest that imaging studies that might help save or improve lives are being unnecessarily withheld from patients owing to exaggerated fears. [More]
Combined treatment using complementary medicine and standard care helps reduce preoperative anxiety

Combined treatment using complementary medicine and standard care helps reduce preoperative anxiety

A new study conducted at the University of Haifa has some complementary things to say about complementary medicine. [More]
ADDF awards $2.1 million grant for clinical study of cancer drug in Alzheimer's patients

ADDF awards $2.1 million grant for clinical study of cancer drug in Alzheimer's patients

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation announces a $2.1 million grant awarded to R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, of Georgetown University Medical Center to conduct a phase II clinical trial of low-dose nilotinib (marketed as Tasigna for use as a cancer therapy) in patients with Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Cell migration occurs by intermittent bursts of activity, researchers find

Cell migration occurs by intermittent bursts of activity, researchers find

Cell migration is a central process in the development and maintenance of multicellular organisms. [More]
FDA approves automated insulin delivery device for type 1 diabetes

FDA approves automated insulin delivery device for type 1 diabetes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device that automatically monitors blood glucose levels and delivers insulin when appropriate, for people aged 14 years and older who have type 1 diabetes. [More]
Study finds no link between milk intake and cardiovascular risk

Study finds no link between milk intake and cardiovascular risk

Researchers in Valencia participated in an international study that has debunked the association between milk and dairy products and increased cardiovascular risk. [More]
Recycling existing drugs may help fight several types of cancer

Recycling existing drugs may help fight several types of cancer

Researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered that a drug against kidney cancer possibly can fight several types of cancer. [More]
Seattle Children's pediatrician encourages families to adopt mindful eating to prevent obesity

Seattle Children's pediatrician encourages families to adopt mindful eating to prevent obesity

Traditional advice for helping families ensure their children and teens maintain a healthy weight begins with a focus on balancing calories consumed from food and beverages with calories used through physical activity and growth. [More]
UVA researchers begin first clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat patients with epilepsy

UVA researchers begin first clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat patients with epilepsy

Researchers at the University of Virginia are starting the first clinical trial in the world using focused ultrasound to treat patients with epilepsy. [More]
Researchers reveal how ultrasmall nanoparticles can kill cancer cells

Researchers reveal how ultrasmall nanoparticles can kill cancer cells

Nanoparticles known as Cornell dots, or C dots, have shown great promise as a therapeutic tool in the detection and treatment of cancer. [More]
USC researchers to demonstrate how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment

USC researchers to demonstrate how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment

Researchers at the University of Southern California will demonstrate how using wearable technology and smartphones can improve cancer treatment at a White House event on Oct. 3. [More]
Research findings offer promising treatment target for blinding diseases

Research findings offer promising treatment target for blinding diseases

New research published in Cell Reports identifies a potential treatment target for blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and advanced dry age-related macular degeneration. [More]
Imran Noorani receives Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Abstract Award at 2016 CNS annual meeting

Imran Noorani receives Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Abstract Award at 2016 CNS annual meeting

Imran Noorani MD, MRCS, of Cambridge, England, received the Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Abstract Award at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego. [More]
Alcohol produces same neural and molecular changes as rapid antidepressant drugs

Alcohol produces same neural and molecular changes as rapid antidepressant drugs

Can having a few drinks help people with clinical depression feel better? Yes. At least in terms of biochemistry. [More]
Gene therapy for LPLD patients linked to lower frequency and severity of pancreatitis

Gene therapy for LPLD patients linked to lower frequency and severity of pancreatitis

Up to 6 years after receiving a single treatment with the gene therapy product lipoprotein lipase (LPL), patients with the debilitating genetic disease LPL deficiency (LPLD) had about 50% fewer episodes of pancreatitis than before receiving the treatment. [More]
FDA approves Medtronic's ‘artificial pancreas’ for type 1 diabetes patients

FDA approves Medtronic's ‘artificial pancreas’ for type 1 diabetes patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Medtronic's MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system, the first FDA-approved device that is intended to automatically monitor glucose (sugar) and provide appropriate basal insulin doses in people 14 years of age and older with type 1 diabetes. [More]
Penn researchers search twitter for tweets about cardiovascular disease

Penn researchers search twitter for tweets about cardiovascular disease

For years, marketers and other commercial data-miners have been using Twitter's vast database of "tweets" to gauge consumer attitudes and track events. Now medical researchers are getting in on the trend. [More]
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