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2009-06-18 15:39:51

Researchers have identified a group of proteins that are targeted by parasites to cause malaria. "This study reveals the identity of a novel protein trafficking apparatus ... and hence, provides an 'Achilles heel' for anti-malaria drug developers," Brendan Crabb at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia and colleagues wrote in the journal Nature. Researchers from Australia and the United States noted the discovery of an encasing vacuole that is located inside infected cells. Parasites...

2009-05-26 08:38:00

BETHESDA, Md., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- New Health Sciences Inc. (NHSi) has won a two-year award of $1.9 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a groundbreaking blood-storage system. The project aims to develop the Hemanext Anaerobic Storage Platform, which delivers higher quality blood for transfusion therapy and extends the shelf life of blood for transfusion. NHSi has demonstrated that this new technology can deliver...

2009-05-14 10:05:00

Clues about how blood forms could yield new strategies for treating blood diseases Biologists have long wondered why the embryonic heart begins beating so early, before the tissues actually need to be infused with blood. Two groups of researchers from Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) -"“ presenting multiple lines of evidence from zebrafish, mice and mouse embryonic stem cells -"“ provide an intriguing answer: A...

2009-04-01 08:25:58

For the first time, scientists have shown that amniotic fluid (the protective liquid surrounding an embryo) may be a potential new source of stem cells for therapeutic applications. The study was prepublished online on February 12, 2009, in Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology. "Building on observations made by other scientists, our research team wondered whether stem cells could be detected in amniotic fluid. We looked at the capacity of these cells to form new...

2009-03-31 09:55:00

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, scientists have shown that amniotic fluid (the protective liquid surrounding an embryo) may be a potential new source of stem cells for therapeutic applications. The study was prepublished online on February 12, 2009, in Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology. "Building on observations made by other scientists, our research team wondered whether stem cells could be detected in amniotic fluid. We...

2009-01-02 13:07:00

The Red Cross asks you to help save lives by donating blood regularly VOORHEES, N.J., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A blood drive is being held on Tuesday, January 6th from 2 pm to 8 pm in honor of Evan Goldglantz of Gloucester City, New Jersey. To make an immediate appointment for this blood drive, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081216/DC52619LOGO ) Goldglantz suffered 3rd degree burns over 92% of his body on November 17,...

2008-12-29 09:12:22

A gene that directly affects a certain type of hemoglobin production may lead to methods of modifying the severity of blood disorders like sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to tissues in the body. Patients with sickle cell disease have abnormal hemoglobin that sticks together causing the red blood cells to become stiff and sickle-shaped. They then can block blood vessels and rob tissues of necessary blood and oxygen. Patients...

2008-12-06 12:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study assessing the quality of care for patients with sickle cell disease in a variety of hospital settings will be presented at a press conference on Saturday, December 6, at 9:30 a.m., during the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, CA. Two other studies on screening methods that help determine stroke risk in children with sickle cell disease, as well as a study examining the effects of long-term...

2008-12-03 09:25:00

New St. Jude treatment alleviates long-term anemia and organ damage in mice and paves the way for human applications MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using a harmless virus to insert a corrective gene into mouse blood cells, scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have alleviated sickle cell disease pathology. In their studies, the researchers found that the treated mice showed essentially no difference from normal mice. Although the scientists caution that...

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2008-12-03 11:15:00

New St. Jude treatment alleviates long-term anemia and organ damage in mice and paves the way for human applicationsUsing a harmless virus to insert a corrective gene into mouse blood cells, scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have alleviated sickle cell disease pathology. In their studies, the researchers found that the treated mice showed essentially no difference from normal mice. Although the scientists caution that applying the gene therapy to humans presents significant...


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