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May 5, 2015

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May 5, 2015

Shell-Less Chicken Eggs for Multiple Myeloma Research

May 4, 2015 — Scientists have grown miniature tumors on eggshell membranes. The EU project succeeded in developing an urgently needed drug screening system for bone marrow cancer, the scientists say. Multiple ... read more

Generic Transplant Drugs as Good as Brand Name, Experts Say

May 3, 2015 — Scientists have found that generic formulations of tacrolimus, a drug used post-transplant to lower the risk of organ rejection, are just as good as the name-brand ... read more

US Clinics Avoiding Government Oversight of 'Stem Cell' Treatments

May 1, 2015 — Clinics across the United States are advertising stem cell treatments that attempt to take advantage of what they perceive as exceptions in FDA regulations, according to ... read more

New Potential Melanoma Drug Target Discovered

May 1, 2015 — A new treatment for melanoma could be on the horizon, thanks to a recent finding. In the study, authors report that they found high levels of an enzyme in melanoma samples that they believe is a ... read more

May 1, 2015 — The CRISPR/Cas system, which is based on chemically synthesized small RNAs and commercially available Cas9 enzyme, has enabled long gene-cassette knock-in in mice with highest efficiency ever ... read more

May 1, 2015 — A novel, truly biocompatible alginate hydrogel has been developed that can be synthesized using 'click chemistry' towards better delivery of drugs, growth factors and living cells for ... read more

Researchers Create DNA Repair Map of the Entire Human Genome

May 1, 2015 — When common chemotherapy drugs damage DNA in cancer cells, the cells can't replicate. But the cells do have ways to repair the DNA and the cancer drugs aren't effective to do so. ... read more

Genome Library, Blood Test Aim to Minimize Statin Side Effects, Maximize Benefits

May 1, 2015 — In the midst of the growing and often conflicting data around the benefits of statins, researchers are developing gene-based resources to help improve statin efficacy and cost-effectiveness and to ... read more

Lymphatic Pump Treatment Enhances Antibiotic Effectiveness for Treating Pneumonia

May 1, 2015 — Lymphatic pump treatment (LPT) shows promise in managing pneumonia when combined with antibiotic treatment, according to a new study. Researchers performed LPT on infected rats three times a day ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — HIV-1 continues to spread globally. While neither a cure, nor an effective vaccine are available, recent focus has been put on 'treatment-for-prevention', which is a method by which ... read more

Settling an Old Debate: Researchers Solve a Lingering Mystery of Cancer Cell Biology

Apr. 30, 2015 — German biologist Theodor Boveri observed early in the last century that cancer cells often harbor multiple copies of a subcellular structure that he had previously named the centrosome. He was also ... read more

Boosting the Body's Natural Ability to Fight Urinary Tract Infections

Apr. 30, 2015 — Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, and widespread antibiotic resistance has led to urgent calls for new ways to combat them. Researchers report that an experimental drug that stabilizes a ... read more

Study Results Promising for Hepatitis C Patients Awaiting or Completing Liver Transplant

Apr. 30, 2015 — Hepatitis C patients who are awaiting a liver transplant or have completed one are a difficult group to cure because hepatitis C can come back after transplant. A recent trial showed that a large ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A clinical trial for patients with degenerative eye diseases is the first to test the safety of an embryonic stem cell therapy for people of Asian descent. The study, which followed four individuals ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Swine farmers are six times more likely to be carriers of staph bacteria, including the MRSA strain, than others, new research shows. S. aureus is a type of bacteria commonly found on the skin as ... read more

New Mechanism Controlling Cell Response to DNA Damage Discovered

Apr. 30, 2015 — DNA can be damaged by different environmental insults, such as ultraviolet light, ionizing radiation, oxidative stress or certain drugs. If the DNA is not repaired, cells may begin growing ... read more

Screening for Bacteriuria in Pregnant Women: Benefit Unclear

Apr. 30, 2015 — It remains unclear whether screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women causes more benefit or harm. The results of studies from the 1960s are not applicable to the current situation, ... read more

Engineering New Blood Vessels in People Is One Step Closer to Reality

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists moved a step closer toward coaxing the body into producing its own replacement blood vessels after discovering that suppressing parts of the innate immune system may raise the chances of a ... read more

Researchers Use 'Knockout Humans' to Connect Genes to Disease Risk

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers are helping to make precision medicine a reality by sequencing entire exomes of people to assess chronic disease risk and drug efficacy. For years, scientists have been using a method ... read more

Drug That Can Prevent Onset of Diabetes Is Rarely Used

Apr. 30, 2015 — Few doctors are prescribing a low-cost drug that has been proven effective in preventing the onset of diabetes. New research finds that only 3.7 percent of U.S. adults with pre-diabetes were ... read more

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