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2012-01-23 22:46:02

A new gene therapy method developed by University of Florida researchers has the potential to treat a common form of blindness that strikes both youngsters and adults. The technique works by replacing a malfunctioning gene in the eye with a normal working copy that supplies a protein necessary for light-sensitive cells in the eye to function. The findings are published today (Monday, Jan. 23) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences online. Several complex and costly steps...

2012-01-12 14:46:41

Discovery may lead to new ways to replace damaged lung tissues with stem cells Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that tells cells to develop multiple cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move fluids through the lungs and brain. The finding may help scientists generate new therapies that use stem cells to replace damaged tissues in the lung and other organs. "Cells with multiple cilia play a number of important roles, including moving fluids...

2012-01-11 06:35:23

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A young fit athlete who appears no different from the others on his football team dies suddenly during practice on a hot summer day. What could make this happen? According to new studies some physically fit young people could have a genetic mutation that makes them more sensitive to heat. Researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine may have identified a molecule that could reduce that threat. Dr. Susan Hamilton chair of molecular physiology and biophysics...

Experimental 'Couch Potato Pill' May Also Prevent Heat Stroke
2012-01-09 14:12:48

According to a new study in the journal Nature Medicine, an experimental treatment known as the 'couch potato pill' may also help to prevent heatstroke in people genetically predisposed to it. The pill first received its name due its ability to mimic the effects of exercise in inactive laboratory mice, eliciting much excitement in the medical community that it might eventually prove useful in activity-disinclined human patients as well. Yet new research shows that the drug, known to...

New Autism Treatment Appears Promising
2011-11-28 11:39:32

Neuroscientists have homed in on potential differences in the brain cells of autistic people by studying brainlike spheres grown in an elaborate process from skin cells. The scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine studied cells from patients suffering from Timothy syndrome, a rare genetic condition that is associated with one of the most penetrant forms of autism. Most people with the Timothy syndrome mutation have, among other health issues, autism as a symptom. Autism...

2011-11-11 06:51:45

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Hope for better lungs! According to a recent study, the oral medication ivacaftor provides major, sustained improvement in lung function, growth and other signs and symptoms for cystic fibrosis patients. The study marks the first time a drug has been shown to work on the disease process rather than on the symptoms. Cystic fibrosis, which has no cure, is the most common lethal genetic disease in Caucasians. "Ivacaftor represents a significant advancement in the...

2011-11-04 12:42:03

Final stage clinical trial shows significantly improved lung function in subset of CF patients A new study has confirmed that the drug, ivacaftor (VX-770), significantly improves lung function in some people with cystic fibrosis (CF). The results of the phase III clinical trial study, "A CFTR Potentiator in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis and the G551D Mutation," led by Bonnie W. Ramsey, MD of Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, were published today in the...

2011-11-04 10:17:16

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital researcher co-authors major clinical trial Results of the pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial published in the Nov. 3, 2011 (embargoed 5 pm ET, Nov. 2, '11) New England Journal of Medicine, find that the oral medication ivacaftor (VX-770) provides major, sustained improvement in lung function, growth and other signs and symptoms for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The multi-site study marks the first...


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Cystic Fibrosis
2013-07-19 15:03:45

Cystic fibrosis, also called mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of the viscous secretions in the body. In turn, it effects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines, as well as all other exocrine glands in the body. The most common genetic mutation that causes CF is a deletion of three nucleotides that results in a loss of phenylalanine, an amino acid at the 508th position on the protein. It should be noted, however, that there are over a thousand other mutations that...

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Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.