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2012-04-02 23:01:33

The Mount Sinai Medical Center and MRC Technology (MRCT), the technology transfer organization for the United Kingdom´s prestigious Medical Research Council, have reached an agreement to collaborate on the development of monoclonal antibodies that can be commercialized as drugs to control infection and treat diseases. New York (PRWEB) April 02, 2012 The Mount Sinai Medical Center and MRC Technology (MRCT), the technology transfer organization for the United Kingdom´s prestigious...

2011-12-06 22:49:15

King's College London researchers produce the first animal product-free clinical grade human embryonic stem cell lines intended for public benefit Stem cell scientists at King's College London will today (Tuesday 6 December) announce they have submitted to the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) their first clinical grade human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines that are free from animal-derived products, known as 'xeno-free' stem cells. The cells, which have the potential to become the 'gold...

2011-09-26 11:22:16

Findings offer hope for better prevention and treatment for lung diseases Scientists have for the first time discovered sixteen new sections of the genetic code that relate to lung health -- opening up the possibility for better prevention as well as treatment for lung diseases. An international consortium of 175 scientists from 126 centres in Europe, the USA and Australia identified genetic variants associated with the health of the human lung. Their discovery sheds new light on the...

2011-07-12 12:50:54

Research provides opportunity for identifying genes linked to autism Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions. The University of Cambridge researchers identified the reduced activity in a part of the brain associated with empathy and argue it may be a 'biomarker' for a familial risk of autism. Dr Michael Spencer, who led the study from the University's Autism Research Centre, said:...

2011-06-24 12:46:41

A side effect of many commonly used drugs appears to increase the risks of both cognitive impairment and death in older people, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). As part of the Medical Research Council's Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS) project, the study is the first systematic investigation into the long term health impacts of 'anticholinergic activity' "“ a known potential side effect of many prescription and over the counter drugs...

2011-04-18 19:51:26

Scientists have discovered that a mother's nutrition during pregnancy can strongly influence her child's risk of obesity many years later, by altering their DNA Scientists have discovered that a mother's nutrition during pregnancy can strongly influence her child's risk of obesity many years later. An international study, led by University of Southampton researchers and including teams from New Zealand and Singapore, has shown for the first time that during pregnancy, a mother's diet can...

2011-03-22 16:02:53

A Cardiff University-led study has discovered that a protein provides protection against the effects of alcohol in the pancreas. The findings of the study, funded by the Medical Research Council, could lead to the development of new treatments to reduce the chances of people developing pancreatic cancer. The protein, calmodulin, is involved in the basic processes that take place in all cells, the building blocks of the body. This study reveals that when calmodulin is missing from cells in the...

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2011-03-03 09:30:00

New research organized by the University of Cambridge in Britain suggests that having diabetes at 50 may reduce a person's life expectancy by an average of six years. The large international study to measure diabetes' toll found the disease also raises the risk of dying prematurely from other serious ailments, including heart disease, breast cancer and pneumonia. The research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), underlines the importance of preventing diabetes, which affects more...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'