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How Does Our Immune System Change As We Age?
2014-04-22 10:18:04

Gianine M. Figliozzi, NASA Telling someone to “act your age” is another way of asking him or her to behave better. Age, however, does not always bring improvements. Certain cells of the immune system tend to misbehave with age, leaving the elderly more vulnerable to illness. Because these cells are known to misbehave similarly during spaceflight, researchers are studying the effects of microgravity on immune cells to better understand how our immune systems change as we age. NASA...

Three Scientists Awarded For Their Research On ISS
2013-07-16 16:33:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three scientists were honored today for their research on the International Space Station (ISS) at the second annual ISS Research and Development Conference. The individuals presented their research during the conference, kick-starting a week of discussions about research being performed aboard the orbiting laboratory. Thomas Lang, Ph.D., professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California San Francisco,...

Against-the-clock Rehearsal For International Space Station Immunology Test
2013-04-25 16:42:03

ESA Simply getting anything into space is tough, but doing so against a strict deadline can be really stressful. Researchers in an ESA laboratory nervously checked the clock as they extracted immune cells — beginning a full dress rehearsal to prepare a time-critical experiment for launch. An international team led by a NASA astronaut gathered at ESA´s Life and Physical Sciences and Life Support Laboratory at ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, earlier this...

2010-09-08 14:40:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is enabling biomedical research with National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants that take advantage of the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station to explore fundamental questions about important health issues. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The NIH Biomedical Research on the International Space Station...

2010-04-03 09:39:01

NASA scientists are sending three fundamental life science experiments onboard space shuttle Discovery in hopes of better understanding exactly how spaceflight affects cell growth and how cells fight off infections. Future astronauts on long-term space missions need to understand how wounds heal and cells become infected in space to prevent illnesses during space travel. When space shuttle Discovery hurtles into orbit after its April 5 scheduled launch, in addition to the multi-purpose...

2006-02-10 12:27:08

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding arachidonic acid, a common omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, to culture media causes prostate cancer cells to grow twice as fast as usual, according to a report in the February 1st issue of Cancer Research. "Investigating the reasons for this rapid growth, we discovered that the omega-6 was turning on a dozen inflammatory genes that are known to be important in cancer," lead author Dr. Millie Hughes-Fulford, from the San Francisco VA Medical...

2005-10-13 04:30:09

Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center have identified a set of key immune-response genes that do not turn on in a weightless environment. The discovery is another clue in the effort to solve an almost 40-year-old mystery: why the human immune system does not function well in the weightlessness of space. The researchers, led by SFVAMC biochemist and former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford, PhD, identified a signaling pathway called PKA that in a gravity field responds to the...

2005-08-01 18:17:38

A study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has demonstrated that omega-6 fatty acids such as the fat found in corn oil promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory. The study also identifies a potential new molecular target for anti-tumor drugs: an enzyme known as cPLA2, which plays a key role in the chain leading from omega-6 fatty acids to prostate tumor cell growth. The study was led by Millie Hughes-Fulford, PhD, director of the Laboratory of Cell...


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