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Scientists suspect omega-3 fatty acids could slow acute wound healing

... active group also had higher levels of IL-6 and TNF-a cytokines in their blisters over time than did the placebo group, but those differences in levels were not significant. The blisters took an average of 10.7 days to completely heal in the active supplement ...

Clinical trials for shingles drug take an important step forward

... in the U.S., Europe and Japan will be affected by the debilitating condition during their lifetime. It is generally characterised by skin lesions, blisters and rash, and acute pain, and in many cases, post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is a painful and often highly distressing condition resulting from ...

Childhood chicken pox could affect oral health years later

... Americans each year, 50 percent of all new cases of herpes zoster occur in individuals over the age of 60. "Herpes zoster manifests as painful blisters that erupt along the sensory nerves usually on one side of the body or face," according to co-author of the study, M.A. Pogrel, DDS, MD. "It can be a ...

Potential new herpes therapy studied

... the new therapy. The work was published in the Journal of Virology in August. The HSV-1 strain of the herpes virus causes cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth, genital herpes, a deadly but rare type of encephalitis, and keratitis, a scarring of the cornea that leads to vision loss. HSV-2 is ...

Deadly rugby virus spreads in sumo wrestlers

... skin-to-skin contact so it is common among rugby players and wrestlers. Symptoms can start with a sore throat and swollen glands and the telltale blisters appear on the face, neck, arms or legs. The disease is highly infectious, so players who are infected are often taken out of competition to stop the ...

Natural compound in broccoli could treat devastating genetic skin disorder

... basis for therapy in EBS and related conditions? Coulombe was guided by prior evidence that partial redundancy was at work. In EBS patients, skin blisters heal without scarring, correlating with an induction in the expression of the protein K6, to which K5 is related, and of K17 and K16, to which K14 is ...

Gold nanorods shed light on new approach to fighting cancer

... argument that calcium influx caused the tumor cell death. When the nanorod-bearing tumor cells were maintained in a calcium-free nutrient medium, no blisters were formed if the nanorods were exposed to near-infrared light. But when the researchers added calcium to the medium, the blebbing took place ...

Natural chemical found in broccoli helps combat skin blistering disease

... the only current option for EBS is wrapping gauze around trauma-prone areas to minimize breakage, and otherwise avoiding infection and making sure blisters heal properly, then even a mild success would be a significant benefit for these patients. ...

Clot-dissolving agent may be beneficial in treatment of severe frostbite

... write. “Candidates for this therapy are patients who present with severe frostbite as suggested by full-thickness tissue involvement, hemorrhagic blisters and abnormal perfusion on either angiogram or pyrophosphate scanning. Initiation of therapy within 24 hours of rewarming also appears to be ....

Cancer researchers add spice to research against rare neuromuscular disease

... medicine has been putting curry to the test, finding that the spice offers promise against breast cancer, melanoma, Alzheimer's disease and the blisters that come with radiation treatments for cancer. Chang notes that ginger, a family of spices that includes curcumin, is widely used in China as a ...

Scientists stop autoimmune disease without shutting off immune system

... called pemphigus vulgaris lack that protection because their immune system attacks the proteins that hold skin cells together. They develop severe blisters and raw sores as the top layer of their skin falls apart, leaving them extremely vulnerable to infection. The development of drugs that ...

Stress substantially slows human body's ability to heal

... by a two-month interval. During each visit, both the husband and wife were fitted with a small suction device which created eight tiny uniform blisters on their arms. The skin was removed from each blister and another device placed directly over each small wound, forming a protective bubble, from ...

Emerging staph strains found to be increasingly deadly and deceptive

... do know the community strains can cause more severe forms of disease. Mild S. aureus infections such as impetigo, which typically forms small blisters on the faces of children, or cellulitis, an inflammation of skin or muscle tissue, can easily be treated and usually resolve in a matter of days. But ...

Monkeypox mystery: New research may explain why 2003 outbreak in the US wasn't deadly

... as monkeypox. Monkeypox usually produces a less severe illness with fewer fatalities than smallpox. But its symptoms are similar: fever, pus-filled blisters all over the body, and respiratory problems. "Our finding may explain the lack of case-fatalities in the 2003 monkeypox outbreak in the United ...

Achilles heel of the herpes virus possibly found

... can get inside almost any kind of human cell, reproduce in vast numbers, and linger for years in the body, causing everything from recurrent genital blisters to sores around the mouth. Its complications can kill, and it may increase susceptibility to many nerve and brain disorders. But until now, ...

Turning viruses into allies against cancer

... stages of development, including modifications of the virus that causes measles and another, the herpes simplex virus, responsible for those lip blisters known as cold sores. In studies presented this week at the 96th meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), researchers ...
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