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2012-03-14 13:55:20

With every meal, immune cells in the intestine stand like sentries at a citadel, turning away harmful bacteria but allowing vitamins and nutrients to pass. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the cells that chaperone food antigens, or proteins, in the intestine so that the immune system doesn't mount an attack. Their discovery, in mice, sheds new light on the function of goblet cells that line the intestine, and provides scientists...

2012-03-08 13:42:25

Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, working with Shriners Hospital for Children and other institutions, have identified a promising new treatment for a rare and sometimes life-threatening bone disorder that can affect infants and young children. Known as hypophosphatasia, the condition upsets bone metabolism, blocking important minerals such as calcium from depositing in the skeleton. In the March 8, 2012, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine,...

Scientists Confirm Yoga Can Reduce Stress, Medical And Psychological Conditions
2012-03-07 11:12:55

A new study provides a theory for how stress-related and psychological conditions may be reduced with yoga. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (CCPS), and the New York Medical College (NYMC) posted their theory and findings in the journal Medical Hypothesis. The researchers believe that yoga, in conjunction with standard medical practices, can provide aid and relief for many medical and psychological conditions, such...

2012-03-06 11:59:52

A new marker of Alzheimer's disease can predict how rapidly a patient's memory and other mental abilities will decline after the disorder is diagnosed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. In 60 patients with early Alzheimer's disease, higher levels of the marker, visinin-like protein 1 (VILIP-1), in the spinal fluid were linked to a more rapid mental decline in the years that followed. Scientists need to confirm the results in larger studies,...

Antibiotics Do Not Help With Sinusitis: Study
2012-02-15 05:51:33

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri have found that antibiotics do not significantly help in the healing of sinus infections. According to Jay. Piccirillo, MD, professor of otolaryngology and the study´s senior author, “Our results show that antibiotics aren´t necessary for a basic sinus infection – most people get better on their own.” Statistics show in the United States that one-in-five antibiotic...

Sleep Problems Could Affect Your Memory
2012-02-15 04:59:40

The amount and quality of sleep you get at night may affect your memory later in life, according to research that was released this week and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28, 2012. "Disrupted sleep appears to be associated with the build-up of amyloid plaques, a hallmark marker of Alzheimer's disease, in the brains of people without memory problems," said study author Yo-El Ju, MD, with Washington University...

2012-02-09 10:45:10

DNA sequences from tumor cells can be used to direct the immune system to attack cancer, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The research, in mice, appears online Feb. 8 in Nature. The immune system relies on an intricate network of alarm bells, targets and safety brakes to determine when and what to attack. The new results suggest that scientists may now be able to combine DNA sequencing data with their knowledge of the triggers and targets...

New Guidelines Proposed For Diagnosing Early Alzheimer's
2012-02-07 09:45:02

Nearly all people who are currently diagnosed with a mild form of Alzheimer´s would be considered to not have the disease at all, if new criteria for the diagnosis of cognitive conditions are to be applied, a new study suggests. Mild cognitive impairment is seen by many doctors as a first sign of early Alzheimer´s. But now, under the new proposals, people diagnosed as having “very mild” and “mild” Alzheimer´s would be reclassified as having mild...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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