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2012-03-30 08:18:53

Children who develop asthma by age seven have deficits in lung function and increased bronchial responsiveness as neonates, a new study from researchers in Denmark suggests. "Previous research on the relationship between neonatal lung function and the development of asthma has been conflicting," said lead author Hans Bisgaard, MD, DMSci, professor of pediatrics at the University of Copenhagen and head of the Danish Pediatric Asthma Centre. "Our study shows that children with asthma by age...

2011-10-21 13:51:19

Professor Qin Wenbin from BaoTou Medical College first identified the hemoglobin (Hb) A2 phenomenon 30 years ago. His first paper on this phenomenon was published in Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica, in Chinese, in 1981. Subsequent research investigating its mechanism was published in Chinese in the Chinese Biochemical Journal and Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1991 and more recently in Electrophoresis, in 2010. Using electrophoretic methods, he discovered that Hb is...

Scientists Discover New Possible Therapy For Sickle Cell Anemia
2011-10-14 06:12:19

Scientists, funded by the National Institutes of Health, have discovered a way to turn on the mechanism that creates fetal hemoglobin. Fetal hemoglobin is in the human body during the fetal stage of life up to around 3 to 6 months after birth. Scientists have known for years that increased levels of fetal hemoglobin reduce the onset of the misshapen blood cells that cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia; symptoms include pain, strokes, organ dysfunction and premature death. The...

Woolly Mammoth Could Give Clues Toward New Artificial Blood For Humans
2011-09-15 07:16:00

  The blood from woolly mammoths–those extinct elephant-like creatures that roamed the Earth in pre-historic times–is helping scientists develop new blood products for modern medical procedures that involve reducing patients' body temperature. The report appears in ACS' journal Biochemistry. Chien Ho and colleagues note that woolly mammoth ancestors initially evolved in warm climates, where African and Asian elephants live now, but migrated to the cold regions of...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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