Skin cells may help to repair nerve damage in Multiple Sclerosis

IAS News 27 February 2018 | 0 Comments

This form of personalized treatment for MS may be one step closer, due to new research that presents how a person’s own skin cells could be used to repair nerve damage that is caused by the condition. Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK led the study. They took skin cells from adult…
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Stem cells zapped with radiation can protect mice from cancer

IAS News 16 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Joseph Wu and his team at Stanford University have discovered that a mouse’s immune system can be primed to identify and target Cancer cells by vaccinating them beforehand with stem cells. This method was motivated by evidence that cancers grow much like embryos, re-awakening genes crucial for fast growth during pregnancy that had been switched…
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Could your genes cause mental health problems?

IAS News 9 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder all seem to have similar effects on the brain. Researchers have analysed post-mortem brains of hundreds of people with schizophrenia, bipolar, autism and alcoholism as well as healthy controls, to learn how gene expression develops within diseased brains. David Amaral, the director of research at the Neurodevelopment Disorders institute at…
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Long-term Metformin in PCOS benefits women of all weights

IAS News 29 January 2018 | 0 Comments

New findings present that Metformin improves the menstrual cycle and reduces body mass index, testosterone and luteinizing hormone within 6 months of trails in women who are diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who are a normal weight and are overweight. This particular study investigates into the long-term effects of Metformin, which was taken daily…
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Researchers develop a technique to regenerate the mouse thymus

IAS News 23 January 2018 | 0 Comments

The thymus gland is an organ in the lymphatic system serves a vital role within the immune system. In a study published by Science immunology, researchers found a growth protein called BMP4, that is created by the endothelial cells within the inner wall of the thymus and is critical for it’s repair in mice. Scientists…
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Researchers reduce the severity of hereditary deafness in mice with CRISPR

IAS News 2 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Hearing loss in mice with a form of progressive deafness has been slowed by a one-off treatment using the CRISPR genome editing method. This advance may lead to a treatment that aids to prevent hearing loss with certain inherited deafness. Our body contains almost two copies of every gene, but in some situations a mutation…
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The Amish gene, living 10 years longer and avoiding diabetes

IAS News 17 November 2017 | 0 Comments

A gene variant that arose decades ago within an Amish community seems to make people live ten years longer, as well as making it less likely that they will develop diabetes. The gene is called Serpine1, and is known to create a protein that promotes ageing, known as PA-1. However, a faulty variant of this…
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Body Clock Scientists Win Nobel Prize

IAS News 2 October 2017 | 0 Comments

Three scientists who revealed how our bodies tell time have won the 2017 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The body clock – or circadian rhythm – is the reason we want to sleep at night, but it also drives huge changes in behaviour and body function. The US scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and…
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