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Skeletal muscle disorder

A new UC Irvine study finds that lithium chloride can slow the development of inclusion body myositis, a skeletal muscle disease that affects the elderly.

Awakening stem cells

Scientists have discovered what chemical in the eye triggers the dormant capacity of certain non-neuronal cells to transform into progenitor cells.

Cystic fibrosis promise

New research holds promise for developing innovative therapies against cystic fibrosis and may also serve as a model for future therapies against the HIV virus.

Superbug infection in face lifts

A dangerous drug-resistant bacterial infection has been showing up in a small number of patients who undergo face-lifts, doctors reported on...

Reversing macular degeneration

Leading causes of blindness-age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy can be reversed or even prevented by drugs that activate a protein found in blood vessel cells.

Muscle fibre death

An investigational antiviral drug currently undergoing human trials in Europe for treating Hepatitis C infections may have potential to reduce muscle cell damage.

Parasitic worm disease

A research team has identified chemical compounds that hold promise as potential therapies for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts people worldwide.

Processing images in brain

Scientists believe they have discovered a small part of the brain that processes both the images from a single eye and also the motion of our bodies.

Inflammatory diseases

Investigators have identified a new mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Detecting cancer earlier

Doctors may one day be able to detect early stages of colon cancer without a biopsy, using a new technique developed by researchers.

Job's syndrome insights

Scientists have made another major breakthrough in understanding a rare immune disorder called Job's syndrome.

Promise in HIV switch

If the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is a chess match, then new research gives new insight into one of the virus' most important moves.

New patent system

Biotechnology discoveries are at risk of being unduly hindered or taken hostage by private corporations unless patent systems are brought into the 21st century.

Unconventional counselling

In an effort to broaden accessibility to genetic counselling, researchers are exploring non-conventional counselling methods that challenge traditional approaches.

Does touch affect flavor?

A recent study found that the firmness of a cup seems to have an impact on consumer evaluations of the beverage contained inside.

Origin of sex chromosomes

There are great similarities between the parts of DNA that determine the sex of plants and animals and the parts of DNA that determine mating types in certain fungi.

Emerging disease hotstops

Scientists say the next major disease could occur in any of a number of developing countries concentrated along the equator.

Microbial profiles of ecosystems

A new study provides the first inventories of microbial capabilities in nine very different types of ecosystems, ranging from coral reefs to deep mines.

Pain linked to learning

For the first time, a research team has linked pain receptors found throughout the nervous system to learning and memory in the brain.

Soy offers cancer protection

A compound found in soybeans almost completely prevented the spread of human prostate cancer in mice, according to a recent study.

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