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2010-06-15 14:16:25

Discovery may lead to a new treatment McMaster University researchers have identified a specific chemical that may trigger remission in patients with the debilitating disease of ulcerative colitis. The team from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute has found that people in long-term remission of ulcerative colitis have elevated levels of the same chemical, prostaglandin D2, which they previously found to be important in promoting healing and maintaining remission of the...

2010-06-04 13:17:29

McMaster researchers discover chemical clue directing Staphylococcus aureus McMaster University researchers have discovered a central controller or processing unit (CPU) of a superbug's weaponry. An article on the breakthrough appears in the high-impact journal Science today. The team from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has revealed that a small chemical, made by the superbug Staphylococcus aureus and its drug-resistant forms, determines this disease's...

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2010-06-03 07:46:09

Findings reveal characteristics of "hidden order" in unusual uranium compound and demonstrate new method for investigating long-standing physics problems Using a microscope designed to image the arrangement and interactions of electrons in crystals, scientists have captured the first images of electrons that appear to take on extraordinary mass under certain extreme conditions. The technique reveals the origin of an unusual electronic phase transition in one particular material, and opens the...

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2010-05-26 13:54:05

Women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drank sugar-based energy drinks, a McMaster study has found. The study appears in the June issue of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. "Resistance training is not a typical choice of exercise for women," says Stu Phillips, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. "But the health benefits of resistance training are...

2010-05-14 04:55:00

Embedding a "super" microprocessor from video games into cars will provide drivers with traffic management information HAMILTON, ON/> and MARKHAM, ON/>, May 14/> /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - McMaster/> and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have launched a research project to investigate how the automotive industry can connect a vehicle's multiple microprocessors, which currently work in isolation, to create a "cognitive car" that can predict vehicle failures before they happen, redirect drivers to...

2010-04-11 14:17:15

Researchers identify the specific mechanism that triggers resistance to vancomycin A new study led by the scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has uncovered for the first time how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to a powerful antibiotic used to treat superbug infections. Gerry Wright, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University in collaboration with colleagues at the John Innes...

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2010-04-09 08:06:50

Women are susceptible to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, but scientists have been puzzled as to how it finds its way into the female reproductive tract. One theory has been that trauma, such as a little tear during intercourse, causes HIV to cross epithelial cells "“ the protective barrier that keeps out infection. There is also the suggestion an unknown mechanism is at work. For the first time, researchers at McMaster University have discovered the culprit could be HIV itself and what...

2010-03-30 14:45:00

Hamilton, ON -- Aspirin, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) remain the most common treatment to relieve symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. But despite their widespread use (around 2.5 million Canadians have osteoarthritis) these medications are also known to cause severe, sometimes life-threatening adverse effects within the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. A novel anti-inflammatory drug being developed and commercialized...

2010-03-26 10:06:34

For many years it's been known that the fever, achiness and other symptoms you feel during the flu are triggered by a viral molecule that travels through the body acting like a toxin. But what scientists haven't understood is how this molecule "“ known as double-stranded RNA "“ is recognized and taken up by cells. New research from McMaster University has identified how specific proteins on the surface of cells, known as class A scavenger receptors, bind to double-stranded RNA and...

2010-03-13 08:20:49

If you're the type of person who invokes the "not enough time" clause when it comes to exercising, it's time to find a new excuse. Researchers who have been studying interval training have found that it not only takes less time than what is typically recommended, but the regimen does not have to be "all out" to be effective in helping reduce the risk of such diseases at Type 2 diabetes. The study appears in the March issue of The Journal of Physiology. "What we've been able to show is that...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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