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2011-12-01 10:47:45

Joslin study uncovers potential targets for treating disease Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston have uncovered important molecular and genetic keys to the development of soft-tissue sarcomas in skeletal muscle, giving researchers and clinicians additional targets to stop the growth of these often deadly tumors. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study identified two major molecular signaling pathways (the Ras and mTOR pathways) that are...

2010-05-05 09:45:42

In people with insulin resistance or full-blown diabetes, an inability to keep blood sugar levels under control isn't the only problem by far. A new report in the May issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, shows that our arteries suffer the effects of insulin resistance, too, just for entirely different reasons. "We think about insulin resistance in liver, muscle, and fat, but insulin also works on vascular cells," said Christian Rask-Madsen of the Joslin Diabetes Center in...

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2009-04-09 08:19:48

Three studies published Thursday find that the thinly-spread, so-called brown fat that helps keep newborns warm is more common in adults than previously believed.  Once cold temperatures activate the brown fat, it burns calories faster than regular fat -- a discovery that could lead to improved weight-loss treatments, researchers said on Wednesday. Since brown fat is typically so dormant in adults, scientists have long debated whether it was even present at all.  But the three...

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2008-08-21 14:00:00

New research shows that brown fat cells, known as the "good" kind that burn energy, may provide new insights into treatment of obesity. Two teams "“ one from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and the other from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, studied the origins of the brown fat cells, and reported their findings in the journal Nature. The Joslin Center team discovered that a protein important for bone growth helped promote the development of brown fat tissue in mice....

2005-10-04 14:34:46

BOSTON "“ The babies of women with diabetes are two to five times more likely to develop birth defects than offspring of women without the disease. A recent study in animals by scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston helps explain why. The research, appearing in the October issue of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests that high blood glucose levels early in pregnancy deprive the embryo of oxygen, interfering with its development. "Until...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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