Glimmer of hope for generations of boys born with muscle wasting disease

New research gives hope medics might eventually be able to earlier diagnose and better treat a devastating and lethal muscle wasting disease. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic mutation and affects one in every 5,000 boys born. Because the affected gene is on the X chromosome, girls can develop the disease, but only very rarely (1 in about […]

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Cytoglobin: Key player in preventing liver disease

Researchers have discovered that the use of Cytoglobin (CYGB) as an intravenous drug could delay liver fibrosis progression in mice. CYGB, discovered in 2001 by Professor Norifumi Kawada, is present in hepatic stellate cells, the cells that produce fibrotic molecules such as collagens when the liver has acute or chronic inflammation induced by different etiologies. The enhancement of CYGB on […]

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Guinea declares new Ebola epidemic, first resurgence of disease since 2016

Fox News Flash Headlines February 14 Guinea, the West Africa country, announced Sunday that the Ebola virus has become an epidemic after the deaths of three people and hospitalizations of four others, a report said. Reuters reported that the country’s health system is not faced with the daunting task of responding to outbreaks of COVID-19 and Ebola. The report pointed […]

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Automated imaging detects and tracks brain protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease

Amyloid-beta and tau are the two key abnormal protein deposits that accumulate in the brain during the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and detecting their buildup at an early stage may allow clinicians to intervene before the condition has a chance to take hold. A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has now developed an automated method that […]

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Nutritional scientist studies blackcurrant health benefits and obesity-related disease prevention

Yoojin Lee studied food science and engineering in South Korea. A growing interest in how nutrients affect the body led her to the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources where her research focused on the relationship between obesity-associated diseases and foods that might have protective effects and other positive health benefits. Obesity, a […]

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Discovery of early plasma biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease

A Quebec research team has discovered two early plasma markers to detect Alzheimer’s disease five years before its onset. The results of this recent study led by the doctoral student Mohamed Raâfet Ben Khedher and postdoctoral student Mohamed Haddad, directed by Professor Charles Ramassamy of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), have been published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: […]

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New Parkinson’s disease therapeutics discovered

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have discovered that the protein BMP5/7 offers promising therapeutics that could slow down or halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The findings were published in the clinical neurology journal Brain. Parkinson’s disease, which affects over 1 million people in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide, causes tremors and severe movement impairment due to progressive […]

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Mouse study finds link between gut disease and brain injury in premature infants

Physicians have long known that necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially lethal inflammatory condition that destroys a premature infant’s intestinal lining, is often connected to the development of severe brain injury in those infants who survive. However, the means by which the diseased intestine “communicates” its devastation to the newborn brain has remained largely unknown. Now, working with mice, researchers at […]

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