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Peptide Has Promise for Treating Spinal Cord Injury

December 3, 2014 4:57 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve scientists have developed a new chemical compound that shows extraordinary promise in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The compound, which the researchers dubbed intracellular sigma peptide (ISP), allowed paralyzed muscles to activate in more than 80 percent of the animals tested. Read more...

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Scientists Describe New Herpes Treatment Strategy

December 3, 2014 4:49 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a novel treatment approach for persistent viral infections such as herpes. Read more...                                                     

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PET Scans Help Identify Effective TB Drugs

December 3, 2014 4:41 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Sophisticated lung imaging can show whether or not a treatment drug is able to clear tuberculosis (TB) lung infection in human and macaque studies, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and their international collaborators. Read more...          

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Chemo Effect on Brain Cells Identified

December 3, 2014 4:27 pm | by UNC | News | Comments

UNC School of Medicine researchers have found for the first time a biochemical mechanism that could be a cause of “chemo brain” – the neurological side effects such as memory loss, confusion, difficulty thinking, and trouble concentrating that many cancer patients experience while on chemotherapy to treat tumors in other parts of the body. Read more...

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European Drug Regulator: Novartis Flu Vaccine OK

December 3, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Europe's drug regulator said there is no proof that a flu vaccine for the elderly was linked to side effects, including deaths in Italy. Read more...                   

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Pregnant Women to Get Better Info from Drug Labels

December 3, 2014 1:09 pm | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is revamping those confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which are safe to use. Read more...                 

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MS Research Finds First Evidence of Rogue Protein

December 3, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The Surrey-led research, published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, has identified a rogue protein in multiple sclerosis that attacks the body's central nervous system. Read more...                                                  

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Study: Strengthening Evidence of Connection Between Statin Use, Cataracts

December 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Few classes of drugs have had such a transformative effect on the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as have statins, prescribed to reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. However, some clinicians have ongoing concerns regarding the potential for lens opacities (cataracts) as a result of statin use. Read more...

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Cancer Uses Abdominal Stem Cells to Fuel Growth, Metastasis

December 3, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

New research from Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center shows how ovarian tumors co-opt a specific type of adult stem cell from abdominal tissues to fuel their growth. Read more...

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Vitamin May Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

December 3, 2014 12:20 pm | by Weill Cornell | News | Comments

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3. This discovery has important implications not only for preventing hearing loss, but also potentially for treating some aging-related conditions that are linked to the same protein. Read more...

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Researchers Study Alzheimer's Investigational Drug

December 3, 2014 12:13 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) are among those who have accepted the challenge of easing the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. They are conducting a research study to assess the effect of a new investigational drug on memory and activities of daily living in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Read more...

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New Approach Holds Promise for Dengue Fever

December 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Monash University announced a partnership for the development of a drug called fenretinide which can treat dengue fever.. Read more...                    

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World-First Aspirin Study Reaches New Milestone

December 3, 2014 10:07 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Australia’s largest clinical trial is a step closer to revealing in 2018 whether healthy older people should or should not take aspirin to prevent or delay certain diseases. Read more...             

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Study Links Vitamin D Deficiency With Depression

December 3, 2014 9:57 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

University of Georgia led an international study that discovered depression was linked with a vitamin D deficiency. Read more...                      

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New Cause of Child Brain Tumor Identified

December 3, 2014 9:41 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists from The University of Manchester have identified changes in a gene, which can increase the risk of developing brain tumors in children. Read more...               

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