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A Porcine Dolly

... causes AIDS in humans. Every cell in a pig's body carries some 50 copies of PERV. Even so, this does not necessarily mean the end of pig-organ transplantation. Indeed, PERV-infected mice remain as healthy as immunosuppressed animals can be. Needles to say that the jury is still out on using pigs as a granar...

Sperm washing helps couples – Breakthrough in focu

...hild the problem arises because sexual intercourse carries a 1 in 500 risk of transmitting the virus to the female partner and through her to the fetus. Sperm washing is a risk-reduction option in which infected sperm are washed free of virus before insemination into the female partner at the time of ovulati...

TB coupled with AIDS soars in Africa

...ets when a person coughs or sneezes and the sputum carries the bacteria, which spread the disease. Nearly 2 billion people are currently infected with the TB germ and this figure is one-third the world population!!!!! Africa is the worst hit continent. Nearly 25 million people are HIV positive and 2.5 mill...

Diabetes and Depression often go hand-in-hand

..., researchers say. The June issue of Diabetes Care carries the report of this study. Dr. Patrick Lustman of Washington University School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri headed the research. Whether the diabetes precedes the onset of depression or vice...

Body can reshape heart damage

...n. Because female cells lack the Y chromosome that carries the genetic code for male characteristics, the researchers were able to determine which cells came from the female donor and which belonged to the male recipient. But the researchers found cells throughout the female heart that contained a Y chromo...

Compressed DNA aids gene patients

...ocess. However, infecting patients with viruses carries its own risks, and liposome production is less efficient. The new technique involves taking the long strands of DNA and "scrunching" them up into a more compact package. This tiny ball, 25 nanometres across - 25 millionths of a millimetre - is muc...

Small aneurysms best left untouched

...of the aneurysm before they operate. All surgery carries a risk which has to be balanced against the benefits of having the operation. If the aneurysm is unlikely ever to rupture, then it is not worthwhile taking the risk of surgery. According to this study only aneurysms that have a diameter of 5.5 centim...

Developing HIV fighter

...s used by the virus to enter and infect cells. RNA carries the blueprint for constructing proteins.// Dr. Phillip Sharp, at the University of Texas, said that, if many obstacles can be surmounted this could be a basis for intervention in HIV treatment. The work was conducted in the laboratory, and problems ...

Gene treatment for macular degeneration

...he virus is used to target the bad gene. The virus carries with it the repair mechanism for the gene, which is transferred when the virus "infects" the gene. Even more exciting than being able to use gene therapy, says Dr. Davidorf, is a recently discovered method that makes getting the virus where it has ...

Sepsis treatment functions best in difficult cases

...lood stream.// It is potentially fatal, because it carries the risk of multiple organ failure. In fact, sepsis claims many lives in the intensive care unit, because patients here are very vulnerable to infection. Treatment is usually by anti-inflammatory agents, which can damp down the infection. But succe...

New therapy improves quality of life for cancer

...rease in levels of haemoglobin,// the protein that carries oxygen round the body. The problem with anaemia is that it causes overwhelming exhaustion that is not relieved by rest. Patients find it hard to get the energy together to perform even the simplest everyday tasks. A new treatment, epoetin alfa, mim...

Colon cancer risk linked to genes causing Hemochromatosis

...rs who believe that at least 15% of the population carries at least one copy of the mutated gene, said that this study could lead to improved colon cancer screening protocols....

Y chromosome uses trick to repair its own genes

...f a process called gene conversion. The chromosome carries backup copies of its important genes, and it can use one copy to fix a flaw in the other. The gene-fixing technique comes at a price. When the chromosome makes a mistake in the procedure, it can delete stretches of DNA. Such deletions, occuring in ...

Teen brain changes increase cigarette addiction

... to nicotine in adulthood. And this insatiable use carries on when they grow up. "The results indicate that early nicotine exposure can leave a lasting imprint on the brain," says Levin. "The brain continues to develop throughout the teenage years. Early nicotine use may cause the wiring of the brain to [de...

Oxygen Usage During Exercise Could Indicate Heart Problems

...tbeat increases and continues to rise as the heart carries the oxygen to the blood.// A new study shows less oxygen to the body after the first few minutes of exercise could signal heart trouble. Researchers studied nearly 100 patients between ages 55 and 75 who had mild hypertension. Researchers measured t...

House heads for Medicare drug vote

...ring GOP conservatives to vote for the bill, which carries a 10-year price tag of $395 billion. Conservatives have balked at the price tag, arguing that the measure offers too little in the way of private competition and other measures designed to hold down future costs. "I predict right now it will come o...

Viagra Also Found To Be Effective For Treatment of Lung Diseases

...nvolves extremely high pressure in the artery that carries blood // from the heart to the lungs to pick up oxygen. The disease, also called pulmonary arterial hypertension, can make even routine tasks an ordeal. Viagra the blue pill that treats erectile dysfunction, a common but less than fatal male malady...

A Loving Relationship Found To Improve Heart Health

... study revealed that having a shoulder to lean on carries significant potential to help prevent a second heart attack, and maybe even a first heart attack...

The Importance Of Folic Acid Supplements

New research shows about half of the population carries a gene that puts them at risk for passing on neural tube defects like spina bifida to their offspring.// Researchers say they already know one form of the gene responsible for processing folate in the body is linked to neural tube defects. They specu...

Oxygen Consumption During Workouts Could Indicate Heart Problems

...tbeat increases and continues to rise as the heart carries the oxygen to the blood. Researchers studied nearly 100 patients between ages 55 and 75 who had mild hypertension. Researchers measured the patients’ heart sizes and performance at rest by using an ultrasound and tissue Doppler imaging. They compar...

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