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Image: Schematic flow chart of the effects of prolonged fasting on the immune system (Photo courtesy of USC).

Prolonged Fasting Promotes Immune System Regeneration

A new study suggest that prolonged cycles of fasting trigger stem-cell based regeneration of immune cells and the clearing out of old, damaged cells.  More...
17 Jun 2014

“Nanodaisies” Designed to Transport Drug Cocktail to Cancer Cells

The researchers are from the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   More...
09 Jun 2014

RNA Interference Mechanism May Be Used to Treat Cancer

RNA carried by new nanoparticles can silence genes in many organs, and researchers believe that it could be utilized to treat cancer.  More...
27 May 2014
Image: Figure A shows the location and angle of the coronary calcium scan image. Figure B is a coronary calcium scan image showing calcifications in a coronary artery (Photo courtesy of the [US] National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute).

Aspirin Use for Heart Disease Prevention May Benefit Those with Coronary Artery Calcium Deposits

A recent study found that taking aspirin to prevent heart disease benefits individuals with high coronary artery calcium scores but can actually cause damage from bleeding in individuals with low levels of coronary artery calcium.  More...
21 May 2014

Possible Target for Gene Therapy May Correct Cardiac Hypertrophy

A deficit in the expression of the protein Erbin has been linked to the development of cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.  More...
19 May 2014

Molecules Engineered to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers have engineered a set of molecules with the potential to treat most neurodegenerative diseases that are characterized by misfolded proteins, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.   More...
05 May 2014
Image: X-ray destruction of human breast cancer cells using Cu-Cy particles. The images show the live cancer cells stained green and the dead cells stained red (Photo courtesy of Wei Chen/UT Arlington).

Nanoparticle Created for Cancer Therapy

A physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead developed a new tool for photodynamic cancer therapy.   More...
29 Apr 2014

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