Stressing cancer with spice

A new study by scientists in Japan and Indonesia reports how an experimental drug agent stops cancer cells from growing. A little over a decade ago, Indonesian scientists first reported pentagamavumon-1 (PGV-1), an analogue of a molecule found in turmeric and that has been since discovered to have anti-cancer effects. In the new study, tests on cancer cells and animals […]

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Patients with diabetes still require more hospitalizations for infections

(HealthDay)—Rates of hospitalizations for common infections requiring hospitalization remain substantially higher in adults with diabetes compared with adults without diabetes, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Diabetes Care. Jessica L. Harding, Ph.D., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues used the 2000 to 2015 National Inpatient Sample and the National Health […]

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Polymerized estrogen shown to protect nervous system cells

Spinal cord damage that causes paralysis and reduced mobility doesn’t always stop with the initial trauma, but there are few treatment options to halt increased deterioration—and there is no cure. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a promising new biomaterial that could offer targeted treatment to the damaged spinal cord and tissue, preventing further damage. In research published today […]

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Protein movement in cells hints at greater mysteries

A new imaging technique that makes it possible to match motor proteins with the cargo they carry within a cell is upending a standard view of how cellular traffic reaches the correct destination. The research, which focuses on neurons and sheds light on some neurodegenerative diseases, was published in the current edition of the journal Traffic. “What we see is […]

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Humans’ ‘inner salamander’ capacity could regrow cartilage

Humans have the ability to regrow cartilage, a new study has found. In a way similar to how salamanders and other creatures can regrow lost limbs, humans have the capacity to repair and regenerate cartilage in their joints, researchers at Duke Health discovered. “We believe that an understanding of this ‘salamander-like’ regenerative capacity in humans, and the critically missing components […]

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Your personality as a teen may predict your risk of dementia

(HealthDay)—Could your personality as a teen forecast your risk for dementia a half-century later? Very possibly, say researchers, who found that dementia risk is lower among seniors who were calm, mature and energetic high schoolers. “Being calm and mature as teen were each associated with roughly a 10% reduction in adult dementia risk,” said study co-author Kelly Peters, principal researcher […]

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Dementia and eating disorders: it is a problem of (semantic) memory

For the first time, it has been shown that deficits of semantic memory, an ability we use to recognize objects and use them correctly, are involved in specific eating disorders shared by patients suffering from dementia. This is suggested by a study conducted by the Laboratory of Professor Raffaella Rumiati of SISSA in Trieste just published in the Journal of […]

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First generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from domestic cats

Researchers have reported for the first time producing feline induced pluripotent stem cells (fiPSCs) from adult cells of domestic cats. The methods and implications of this research are published in Stem Cells and Development. Luke Dutton, Jayesh Dudhia, Deborah Guest, and David Connolly, Royal Veterinary College, University of London (Herts) and Animal Health Trust (Suffolk), U.K. coauthored the article entitled […]

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