Jan 10 2019 Having two or more non-communicable diseases (multimorbidity) costs the country more than the sum of those individual diseases would cost, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Tony Blakely from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and colleagues. Credit: TBIT, Pixabay Few studies have estimated disease-specific health […]Continue Reading ...
Animal diseases that infect humans are a major threat to human health, and diseases often spillover to humans from nonhuman primates. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have carried out an extensive social sciences evaluation of how populations in Cameroon interact with nonhuman primates, pointing toward behaviors that could put people at risk […]Continue Reading ...
USC scientists report that a novel time-keeping mechanism within liver cells that helps sustain key organ tasks can contribute to diseases when its natural rhythm is disrupted. This dual function of the nuclear receptor protein HNF4A offers a potential explanation for diseases such as diabetes and cancers. It also helps explain why such maladies are […]Continue Reading ...
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funding brings together interdisciplinary experts to accelerate understanding Ivan Marazzi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was awarded $2.5 million in funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to further the understanding of the underlying causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s, […]Continue Reading ...
Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $64.25 million in funding and its selection of 17 early career investigators and nine collaborative science teams to launch the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. This new network brings together experimental scientists from diverse research fields — neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, and genomics — along with computational biologists […]Continue Reading ...
There is a large, untapped potential for developing drugs against cancer, fibrosis and cardiovascular diseases by targeting a family of receptors known as Frizzleds, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden believe. In a new study published in Science Signaling, they identify how these receptors are activated in the cell membrane and the processes that are […]Continue Reading ...
An enzyme that normally repairs damaged DNA, may be the key to a new treatment for inflammatory diseases. Inflammatory diseases such as COPD and septicemia (blood poisoning) represent a growing threat to public health. Such conditions are commonly the result of an overactive immune system. This is why the discovery of the drug candidate TH5487 […]Continue Reading ...
A new study conducted by a researcher from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that all infectious diseases are driven by seasonal elements. SpeedKingz | Shutterstock Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Micaela Martinez, gathered data for 69 infectious diseases from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and […]Continue Reading ...
Findings could lead to early diagnosis, better treatment studies An ultrasensitive test has been developed that detects a corrupted protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. This advance could lead to early diagnosis of these conditions […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have made an important new discovery about how the immune system handles infection. Rost9 | Shutterstock The finding could improve understanding of a range of diseases and lead to the development of more effective treatment approaches. Professor Egil Lien (NTNU Centre of Molecular Inflammation Research) […]Continue Reading ...
Living with an autoimmune disease can feel like an insider is attacking your body. An estimated 24 million people in the United States are affected by autoimmune diseases, a group of diseases in which a person’s immune system attacks part of the person’s own body. Now, Purdue University researchers have developed a series of molecules […]Continue Reading ...
Crops worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to pandemics, as diseases hitch rides on global flows of people and goods, hopping from continent to continent. Phloem diseases such as citrus greening are one particularly devastating group of plant diseases that have been wreaking economic havoc globally. However, these diseases can be difficult to study, as phloem cells […]Continue Reading ...
The new LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center at the University of Copenhagen will pave the way to a better understanding, prevention and treatment of skin diseases that plague a quarter of the world’s population. Based on a grant of more than EUR 50 million over 10 years, the center will bring together leading Danish […]Continue Reading ...
A new technology that relies on a moth-infecting virus and nanomagnets could be used to edit defective genes that give rise to diseases like sickle cell, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. Rice University bioengineer Gang Bao has combined magnetic nanoparticles with a viral container drawn from a particular species of moth to deliver CRISPR/Cas9 payloads […]Continue Reading ...
A genetic defect tied to a variety of neurodegenerative diseases and mental illnesses changes how cells starved of sugar metabolize fatty compounds known as lipids, a new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows. The finding could lead to new targets to treat these diseases, which currently have […]Continue Reading ...
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