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2012-09-10 11:01:08

Many patients with hypertension are treated with ACE inhibitors. These drugs block the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) that regulates the salt and water balance of the body and raises blood pressure. Recent studies by a research team led by Professor Ken Bernstein (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA) have, however, significantly broadened the enzyme´s known task spectrum: The enzyme also plays a key role in blood formation, renal development and male fertility....

2011-12-21 10:12:46

An analysis of lung and spleen tissue from patients who died of sepsis revealed certain biochemical, cellular and histological findings that were consistent with immunosuppression, according to a study in the December 21 issue of JAMA. "Sepsis is responsible for more than 225,000 deaths annually in the United States. Developing new therapies for sepsis has been particularly challenging, with more than 25 unsuccessful drug trials. Characterized by an initial intense inflammatory response or...

2011-09-20 05:54:17

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Normally, having the flu is little more than a nuisance. Other times, it can spark an exaggerated immune response and turn deadly. The origins of this severe immune response, called a cytokine storm, have now been traced to its source, according to this study. Cytokines are the chemical signals that drive inflammation, and cytokine storms are thought to be the cause of many of the deaths attributed to the 1918 worldwide influenza pandemic and to the more recent...

Cause of Flu Fatalities Pinpointed by Researchers
2011-09-17 05:07:50

  While illnesses such as influenza are often little more than an inconvenience, sometimes they can become fatal, and now researchers at the Scripps Research Institute claim to have found out why that can happen. Writing in Friday's edition of the journal Cell, the Scripps scientists discovered the source of the severer immune-system reaction known as a "cytokine storm," which "floods the tiny air sacs of the lungs with fluid and infection-fighting cells, blocking off airways and...

2011-08-04 06:29:00

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CytoSorbents Corporation (OTCBB: CTSO), a critical care focused company using blood purification to treat life-threatening illnesses, announced that it is exhibiting at the Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care (ATACCC) Conference to be held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Conference Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. CytoSorbents will be exhibiting from August 15-18, 2011 in Booth #60. ATACCC is the Department of...

2011-05-16 20:00:46

An international research team has identified a lung protein that appears to play a key role in smoking-related emphysema and have crafted an antibody to block its activity, Indiana University scientists reported. The research, conducted in mice, suggests that the protein, a cytokine named EMAPII, could provide a target for drugs to treat emphysema, said Irina Petrache, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The research was posted online May 16...

2011-01-22 00:00:43

13therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the company has received a new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health, for $3.0 million. This adds to the six previous grants awarded to the company for various applications of its patented anti-inflammatory peptides, for a total in NIH funding to date of $6.8 million. Wilsonville, OR (PRWEB) January 21, 2011 13therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the company has received a new Small Business...

2009-12-23 15:53:41

Brazilian researchers have performed the first-ever autopsy study to examine the precise causes of death in victims of the H1N1 swine flu. "The lack of information on the pathophysiology of this novel disease is a limitation that prevents better clinical management and hinders the development of a therapeutic strategy," said lead author, Thais Mauad, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of the Department of Pathology at São Paulo University, in Brazil. The results of their...

2009-12-21 15:32:15

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered that a naturally occurring lipid in the lung can prevent RSV infection and inhibit spread of the virus after an infection is established. RSV is the major cause of hospitalization for children in the first two years of life, and is increasingly recognized as a dangerous pathogen in adults with chronic lung diseases, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals. Currently, there is no effective vaccine for the virus. The findings,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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