Combination of immuno- and chemotherapy extends life of aggressive breast cancer patients

Oct 21, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

Finally, there is some hope for triple-negative breast cancer patients, a hitherto essentially untreatable and aggressive form of breast cancer. A new treatment, consisting of standard weekly chemotherapy and immunotherapy medica... Read more

Smoking by fathers may cause health problems in their children

Oct 19, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Studies in mice have revealed that nicotine exposure induces epigenetic changes on the DNA in sperm cells. When the male mice that had received nicotine at the time of sperm production were mated with nicotine-free fem... Read more

Origin of some cancers in young women revealed

Oct 19, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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A new study has found that primordial germ cells (cells that will give rise to oocytes during adulthood) at times do not migrate to the gonads, but end up in the pancreas or the ovaries during embryonic development. He... Read more

Terrorism does not increase PTSD more than other distresses

Oct 17, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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By reviewing more than 400 scientific publications describing the association between acts of terrorism and mental health, scientists conclude that terrorims does not cause more post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) th... Read more

Metabolites predict the risk for obesity-related diseases

Oct 12, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Predictors of future diabetes and cardiovascular disease for a person with obesity can be found among the body’s metabolites, new research shows. Metabolites were analyzed in almost 2400 people and it appeared th... Read more

Noninvasive blood glucose test appears effective

Oct 11, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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In the queste for noninvasive methods to measure glucose in the blood, researchers have now established a laser device that accurately detects glucose levels under the skin. When comparing the results of glucose measur... Read more

Genetic metabolic disease cured in mice by gene editing

Oct 09, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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By using a new genome editing technique, researchers have repaired a gene (phenylalanine hydroxylase) in the liver that causes the metabolic disease known as phenylketonuria. This disease should be diagnosed as soon as... Read more

Aggressive prostate and lung cancers share similar mechanisms

Oct 05, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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The development of late-stage prostate and lung cancers is similar in the genetic mechanisms that underly their aggressivity, according to a new study.

Even if initially they are genetically very differe... Read more

Malaria severity depends on immune cells variations

Oct 05, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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According to new research, the severity of malaria is influenced by the failure of some components of the immune system to effectively destroy infected blood cells.

Basically, a type of immune cells (NK – natural killer) cannot activate a genetic progr... Read more

Resveratrol, found in grapes, protects against lung cancer

Oct 03, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have created a new formula for the application of resveratrol to protect against lung cancer. Resveratrol, which is found in grapes and red wine, was found to be most effective when applied intranasally in m... Read more

Cancers make glucose available to themselves by inhibiting glucose uptake by healthy cells

Oct 01, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Cancer cells have been found to induce a diabetes-like state so that healthy cells take up less glucose, leaving more glucose available for the cancer cells and tumor growth, a new study in mice reports. They do this in two ways. First, tumor cells stimulate fat cel... Read more

Pressing the pause button for breast cancer development

Oct 01, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A team of scientists has discovered an interesting fact about some types of breast cancers: they have a “pause button”! When cancer cells break away from the primary tumor, they travel in the body and event... Read more

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded for cancer therapy

Oct 01, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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This year, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”. The two scientists discove... Read more

New procedure improves outcomes for heart failure patients

Sep 27, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A new clinical trial reported that a minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter mitral valve repair significantly reduced hospitalizations and mortality for heart failure patients. The trial enrolled 614 heart f... Read more

Fecal microbiota transplantation restores beneficial bacteria population in cancer patients

Sep 27, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Fecal microbiota transplantation is a safe and efficient way to restore the beneficial bacteria population in the intestines of cancer patients that underwent antibiotics treatment, a new study shows. Antibiotics are n... Read more

What a virus detection system, microbiota and skin allergies have to do with each other

Sep 26, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Biologists have observed that mice lacking the MAVS gene, necessary for virus detection by the immune system, have an altered composition of intestinal bacteria and severe allergic skin reactions. Transfer of the abnor... Read more

Link between hunger and mood revealed

Sep 26, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Rats that experienced a sudden blood glucose drop suffered more from stress and anxiety, and experience a depressed mood. In a new study, rats received a metabolism blocker to induce the experience of hypoglycemia in o... Read more

Why immunotherapy rarely stops cancer

Sep 24, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have found out why immunotherapy to fight a cancer initially shrinks a tumor, but cannot turn this into long-term silencing or destruction of cancer cells. Cancer cells can apparently hide themselves from th... Read more

Regular sleep hours promote good health

Sep 24, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Parents struggle to offer regular sleep hours for their children, often neglecting to do the same for themselves. A new study shows that adults can also benefit from regular sleep hours. After following almost 2,000 ad... Read more

New therapy for HIV passed Phase 1 clinical trial

Sep 24, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A new therapy for HIV is now tested in humans and it successfully passed the phase I clinical trial. The therapy involves collecting T cells (immune cells) from a patient, multiplying them in the laboratory and then gi... Read more