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2012-07-13 07:06:17

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 5 million. That´s the number of people in the U.S. suffering from Alzheimer´s disease, according to a recent CNN article. Scientists recently announced that they had discovered a gene that fights Alzheimer´s. This is a positive step forward as the gene could help develop treatments to fight the disorder. In the journal Nature, researchers explained how the gene that caused an early form of Alzheimer´s could also be...

2012-07-12 23:01:59

National Science Foundation Awards Phase I Small Business Innovative Research Grant for Engineering Cellulase Enzymes. Pasadena, California (PRWEB) July 12, 2012 The National Science Foundation awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to Protabit, LLC, a Pasadena-based spin-out from the California Institute of Technology. The grant will be used to engineer cellulase enzymes that are used in the production of biofuels from non-edible corn stover biomass. Protabit is...

Small Molecule Might Play Big Role In Alzheimer's Disease
2012-07-10 10:58:00

Simulations by UC Santa Barbara researchers improve understanding of plaque formation and suggest new diagnostic and treatment options Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded and debilitating illnesses one can develop. Currently, the disease afflicts 6.5 million Americans and the Alzheimer's Association projects it to increase to between 11 and 16 million, or 1 in 85 people, by 2050. Cell death in the brain causes one to grow forgetful, confused and, eventually, catatonic....

Milk Ingredient Protects Against Obesity
2012-06-06 05:11:23

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Milk ads have long proclaimed that milk does the body good. Now, there may be research that backs this idea of milk as having particular attributes to boost a healthy body. Researchers found that a natural ingredient in milk can help protect against obesity, even when mice consume foods that are high in fat. The findings, published in the June issue of Cell Metabolism, believe that the milk ingredient is similar to a new type of vitamin. The discovery of NR...

2012-05-01 21:19:57

New research reinforces the claim that resveratrol–a compound found in plants and food groups, notably red wine–prolongs lifespan and health-span by boosting the activity of mitochondria, the cell's energy supplier. "The results were surprisingly clear," said David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the study's senior author. "Without the mitochondria-boosting gene SIRT1, resveratrol does not work." Over the last decade, Sinclair and colleagues...

2012-04-18 09:11:37

Light of specific wavelengths can be used to boost an enzyme's function by as much as 30 fold, potentially establishing a path to less expensive biofuels, detergents and a host of other products. In a paper published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, a team led by Pratul Agarwal of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory described a process that aims to improve upon nature - and it happens in the blink of an eye. "When light enters the eye and hits the...

2012-04-03 09:22:40

A previously unknown serine protease forms part of the antibacterial defense arsenal of neutrophil granulocytes Neutrophil granulocytes comprise important defenses for the immune system. When pathogenic bacteria penetrate the body, they are the first on the scene to mobilize other immune cells via signal molecules, thereby containing the risk. To this end, they release serine proteases — enzymes that cut up other proteins to activate signal molecules. Scientists at the Max Planck...

2012-03-08 01:03:09

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Cincinnati, and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have validated the protease cathepsin B (CatB) as a target for improving memory deficits and reducing the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in an animal model representative of most AD patients. The study has been published in the online edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. According to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.