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

The Potential of Immune Cells to Treat Allergy and Infection

The Potential of Immune Cells to Treat Allergy and Infection

Allergy & Immunology August 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM 0 comments

SUCCESSFUL allergy and infection therapies may be possible following recent insights into the development and function of newly discovered Type 1 regulatory (Tr1) cells. With these cells having an immunosuppressive function, scientists believe manipulating them could provide effective therapy for many immune dysregulation disorders. A recent study identified the crucialRead More

Reducing the Harmful Effects of Immune Cells

Reducing the Harmful Effects of Immune Cells

Allergy & Immunology August 29, 2017 at 9:09 AM 0 comments

DISRUPTION of a key enzyme involved in immune cell-mediated damage has been researchers’ focus, in the hope of discovering a novel treatment target for a variety of inflammatory conditions, including autoimmune diseases. A team of researchers set out to reduce the extent of inflammation in these difficult-to-treat conditions by reversingRead More

Kale Increases Cognitive Concentration

Kale Increases Cognitive Concentration

Neurology August 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM 0 comments

LUTEIN, a pigment found in kale, spinach, avocados, and eggs, may work to rejuvenate cognitive function, according to a study from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA. Lutein is a naturally occurring pigment which the human body cannot synthesise and so must be absorbed from food. Nutritionists have aRead More