Liver Disease: A Potential Protective Treatment Opportunity

Liver Disease: A Potential Protective Treatment Opportunity

Hepatology September 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM 0 comments

PROTECTION against alcoholic liver disease may become possible thanks to new research surrounding the protein fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). A recent study, conducted by a team of researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston, Massachusetts, USA and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA,Read More

New Therapeutic Target for Liver Cancer Revealed

New Therapeutic Target for Liver Cancer Revealed

Hepatology September 22, 2017 at 1:41 PM 0 comments

PIONEERING research from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, has found a potential link between a relatively under-studied gene and liver cancer. The gene, named SLC13A5, is responsible for the production of a protein that transports citrate into various cells and is mainly expressed in the liver. Dr HongbingRead More

Urinary Tract Infection Resistant Mutation Identified

Urinary Tract Infection Resistant Mutation Identified

Urology September 22, 2017 at 1:39 PM 0 comments

A MUTATION altering the effect that levofloxacin, a quinolone antibiotic, has on pathogens causing urinary tract infections (UTI) has been identified by a study conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. The research was part of a larger study to determine risk factors forRead More

Immunotherapy to Advance Prostate Cancer Treatment

Immunotherapy to Advance Prostate Cancer Treatment

Urology September 22, 2017 at 1:38 PM 0 comments

A NOVEL immunotherapy strategy for the treatment of prostate cancer using DNA-encoded monoclonal antibodies (DMAb) has shown promising results according to a study carried out by The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and traditional treatments are invasive and can reduceRead More

Innovative Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Innovative Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Innovations September 19, 2017 at 9:36 AM 0 comments

INJECTED microdystrophin restores muscle strength and clinical symptoms in dogs with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to new research. This ‘shortened’ version of the dystrophin gene is delivered via a drug vector and may provide a vital method of gene therapy for this common neuromuscular disorder, affecting 1 in 5,000 boys.Read More

Nanotechnology Device Transforms Skin Cells into Any Organ

Nanotechnology Device Transforms Skin Cells into Any Organ

Innovations September 19, 2017 at 9:34 AM 0 comments

GROUNDBREAKING research by an American team has revealed a successful method of restoring damaged organs using a single small chip. This breakthrough in regenerative medicine involves gene delivery in mere seconds and could pave the way for the restoration of entire organs by a noninvasive technique, greatly enhancing the prognosisRead More

Kidney Graft Survival Unaffected by Donor Age

Kidney Graft Survival Unaffected by Donor Age

Nephrology September 11, 2017 at 9:21 AM 0 comments

GRAFT SURVIVAL rate of a transplanted kidney is similar for kidneys from both donors aged >80 years and donors ≤60 years of age, according to a recent Italian study. By highlighting the effectiveness of kidney grafts from octogenarian donors, this research allows for the expansion of the donor-organ pool andRead More

Kidney Function Decline Linked to Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Kidney Function Decline Linked to Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Nephrology September 11, 2017 at 9:20 AM 0 comments

DECREASED kidney function is associated with a greater chance of atrial fibrillation development, new research suggests. Due to the poor clinical outcome of both conditions, this study is of great importance and will pave the way for further investigation into the significant connection between atrial fibrillation and a broad rangeRead More

Internet Trends Elucidate the Link Between Weather Conditions and Joint Pain

Internet Trends Elucidate the Link Between Weather Conditions and Joint Pain

Rheumatology September 4, 2017 at 9:41 AM 0 comments

INDIVIDUALS with joint pain or arthritis have almost proverbially associated weather conditions with varying levels of pain. However, research undertaken as part of what may be the deepest database analysis ever of this claim suggests this could actually be attributed to changes in physical activity levels as opposed to weatherRead More

Largest Ever Sample Study on Arthritis Yields Interesting Results

Largest Ever Sample Study on Arthritis Yields Interesting Results

Rheumatology September 4, 2017 at 9:39 AM 0 comments

TODAY, the average American is twice as likely to be diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis than in the years leading up to World War II, according to a study by Dr Ian Wallace and Prof Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Research was carried out on the largest sample everRead More