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Breakthrough MS Treatment Shown To Be Safe And Effective
2013-06-06 14:13:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Northwestern Medicine researchers say they have discovered a big breakthrough that could help people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers completed the first phase of a clinical trial for the first treatment to reset the immune system of MS patients. They found that the patients showed the therapy was safe and dramatically reduced their immune systems' reactivity to myelin by 50 to 75 percent. In MS, the...

2013-06-04 12:47:55

When DNA that turns up in the wrong place in mammalian cells, the innate immune system reacts by secreting interferons. The structure and mode of action of the enzyme that mediates this response have now been elucidated. In animal cells, DNA molecules are normally restricted to the cell nucleus and the mitochondria. When DNA appears outside these organelles — in the so-called cytosol - it most probably originates from a bacterial pathogen or a DNA virus. This is why cytosolic DNA...

2013-05-25 23:01:44

New research by scientists at the Vitiligo Research Foundation now shows that established immunomodulator drugs such as Sodium oxodihydroacridinylacetate may be effective in stopping vitiligo, a chronic autoimmune skin disease which affects nearly 100 million people worldwide. New York City, New York (PRWEB) May 25, 2013 Researchers have been increasingly enthusiastic about harnessing the body´s own immune system to fight cancer and other diseases, and new research now shows that...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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