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Cat Parasite Fights Cancer

July 18, 2014 | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center | Comments

From the litter box to the laboratory, a microscopic organism native to cats shows promise in treating cancer. A mutated strain of T. gondii reprograms the natural power of the immune system to kill cells.             



Access Technologies Acquires Solomon Scientific Product Lines

July 22, 2014 8:29 am | Access Technologies | Comments

Access Technologies, a provider of infusion devices, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Solomon Scientific port, catheter and needle product lines.                       

Immune Cell Role in Intestinal Movement Seen in Mice

July 21, 2014 12:56 pm | by Pennsylvania State Univ. | Comments

Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).                   


Obesity, Inflammation and Insulin Resistance Linked in Mice

July 18, 2014 11:45 am | by Susan Gammon, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | Comments

A study has identified a new signal that triggers the events leading to insulin resistance in obesity. The signal causes inflammation in adipose tissue and leads to metabolic disease, suggesting that blocking this signal may protect against the development of metabolic disease, type 2 diabetes, and other disorders caused by obesity-linked inflammation.


Viral Relics Show Cancer's 'Footprint' on Our Evolution

July 18, 2014 11:29 am | by Univ. of Oxford | Comments

Cancer has left its "footprint" on our evolution, according to a study which examined how the relics of ancient viruses are preserved in the genomes of 38 mammal species.                       


Lipoic Acid Restores, Synchronizes Circadian Rhythm in Aging Animals

July 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Oregon State Univ. | Comments

Researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the surprisingly large range of biological effects that are linked to a micronutrient called lipoic acid: It appears to reset and synchronize circadian rhythms, or the “biological clock” found in most life forms.


Glenbrook's LabScope Chosen by University of Missouri's School of Medicine

July 18, 2014 10:38 am | by Glenbrook Technologies | Comments

Glenbrook Technologies has been chosen by the University of Missouri School of Medicine to design and build a high resolution fluoroscopic x-ray system that has the ability to continuously monitor and record the gullet of a live mouse as it is swallowing. 

Gene Plays a Surprising Role in Combating Aging

July 18, 2014 8:12 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Comments

Scientists have found in animal models that a single gene plays a surprising role in aging that can be detected early on in development, a discovery that could point toward the possibility of one day using therapeutics, even some commonly used ones, to manipulate the aging process itself.


New Route for Ovarian Cancer Spread Discovered in Mouse Model

July 17, 2014 4:58 pm | by MD Anderson Cancer Center | Comments

Circulating tumor cells spread ovarian cancer through the bloodstream, homing in on a sheath of abdominal fatty tissue where it can grow and metastasize to other organs, scientists report.                 


Calorie Restriction with Resveratrol Cleans Up Cell Damage in Rats

July 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Univ. of Florida | Comments

Researchers have found that combining calorie restriction with a supplement of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, dark chocolate and blueberries, could kick-start a cellular housekeeping process, helping heart cells recover from damage, according to a study in rats.


Single Injection Stops Diabetes in Mice

July 17, 2014 11:51 am | by Salk Institute | Comments

In mice with diet-induced diabetes — the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans — a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days.             


Biological Pacemakers Created in Hearts of Pigs

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Cardiologists have developed a minimally invasive gene transplant procedure that changes unspecialized heart cells into “biological pacemaker” cells that keep the heart steadily beating. Findings could lead to clinical trials for humans who have heart rhythm disorders but who suffer side effects from implanted mechanical pacemakers.


Brain Pathways Link Visual Function, Running in Mice

July 17, 2014 11:22 am | by Univ. of Oregon | Comments

A recent study describes a brainstem circuit in mice that may help explain how active movement impacts the way the brain processes sensory information.                           


Worm Study Provides Hope for Deadly Brain Disease

July 17, 2014 10:56 am | by Univ. of Liverpool | Comments

An untreatable and deadly neurodegenerative disease has been modelled and treated in worms, suggesting a cure could be found for humans.                                 


Immune Response to Infectious Disease Advanced Using Mouse Models

July 16, 2014 12:01 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

Researchers have released evidence substantiating an unexpected dual role of an important component of the immune system. Using mouse models, They investigated the differences in immune responses between individuals deficient in properdin and those with normal amounts of the protein.


Getinge USA Appoints New Director of Business Development for Life Science

July 16, 2014 11:40 am | by Getinge | Comments

Getinge USA has announced that Brian Anderson has joined the company to enhance overall market share. His efforts will focus on new business spaces for the Life Science arena.                     


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