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Newly discovered antibody may be body's natural defense against Alzheimer's

...nd other age-related neurodegenerative disorders," comments Dr. Marc Weksler, The Irving Wright Sherwood Professor of Geriatrics and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and senior investigator in the Phase I IVIG study that led to this discovery. However, the clear demonstration of the...

New designer lipid-like peptide with lipid nanostructures for drug delivery systems

.... Dr. Anan Yaghmur, first author of the study, comments on the study, “the addition of small amounts of designer lipid-like peptides is sufficient to form systems with excellent potential for various biotechnological applications such as the encapsulation of water-insoluble drugs and the delivery of biolo...

DNA-damage test could aid drug development

... this are what the department was intended to do," comments Griffith, senior author on a paper to be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science the week of May 14. "This is an example of taking fundamental lab science and doing something useful with it," says Lodish, whose lab h...

Scientists discover new life forms in the Arctic Ocean

...y techniques. "It's a very exciting discovery," comments Dr. Lovejoy. "The ocean covers 70% of planet earth and we are only now coming to appreciate its rich and complex biodiversity." The other members of the team responsible for this discovery are Fabrice Not, Khadidja Romari, and Daniel Vaulot from Un...

Genomics throws species definition in question for microbes

...ed in the future. The report is a record of their comments and recommendations. In the late 1800s, in order to make sense of the vast diversity of microbiological organisms, microbial taxonomists developed a system of placing microorganisms into categories in which each organism was granted a "genus" and...

End-of-life care can be improved

...essing and improving end-of-life care in the ICU," comments guest co-editor Mitchell Levy, M.D., professor of medicine at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. Quality End-of-Life Palliative Care A paper by Ira Byock, M.D., a professor at Dartmouth Medical School and director of palliat...

Bitter taste identifies poisons in foods

...ti-cancer properties." Lead author Mari Sandell comments on additional nutritional and practical implications of the study, "Taste has a great impact on food acceptability and choice. A comprehensive understanding how food components contribute to taste is necessary to develop modern tools for both nutrit...

Scientists discover new genetic subtypes of common blood cancer

...proteins within the subgroups "is a huge advance," comments DePinho. "If you know that a certain gene is driving the disease and influences the clinical behavior of the disease in humans, it immediately goes to the top of the list as a prime candidate for drug development." ...

Restoring seagrass beds: Is it for the birds?

...takes have proven successful in the Florida Keys," comments Dr. Heck. "We're placing signs in marinas and along the grassbed borders warning boaters against using their motors in the seagrasses. We'll also monitor the effects the bird droppings are having in the propeller scars in the shoalgrass beds. 'W...

BioMed Central launches Biology Direct

...first authors and a member of the Editorial Board, comments on his experience of the journal's peer-review process: "This experience of 'open refereeing' has been a very interesting and constructive process for me. As a result of this procedure, I have been able to interact directly with the referees, and on...

Soil-bound prions that cause CWD remain infectious

..."Extending the Spectrum of Human Pathogens," which comments on the significance of the discovery. Usually, our immune systems fight off most bacteria and fungi with everyday ease, thwarting infection. But patients with CGD cannot control attacks by certain bacteria and fungi. The disorder prevents immune ...

Scientists discover a new disease-causing bacterium in an immune-compromised patient

..."Extending the Spectrum of Human Pathogens," which comments on the significance of the discovery. Usually, our immune systems fight off most bacteria and fungi with everyday ease, thwarting infection. But patients with CGD cannot control attacks by certain bacteria and fungi. The disorder prevents immune ...

Sweet 'water taste' paradoxically predicts sweet taste inhibitors

...tor and the perceptual phenomenon are remarkable," comments Breslin. "This two-site model should enable a more complete understanding of human sweet taste perception, leading directly to studies of how to stimulate, manipulate, enhance, inhibit, and create synergy of sweet taste." The results will be pres...

New evidence questions the simple link between prion proteins and madcow disease

...eason to believe it would be different in humans," comments Jeffrey. ...

Genetic key to growth of new arteries is identified

... but a very elegant way to deal with the problem," comments Sarkar. "This paper is a very fundamental examination of the mechanisms involved in gene regulation in the growth of arteries." The next research step, according to Sarkar, will be to carry out the same experiments in animal models of the various con...

In SAD patients, autumn antidepressants can prevent winter depression

...n the season, before the development of symptoms," comments Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., Clinical Professor of P...ented can be highly distressing and debilitating," comments Dr. Rosenthal. "In my opinion, the treatment used in the present study offers a valuable new option...

The shape of things to come: Morphology database going global

...ce department. Scientists also will be able to add comments to the images and search comments made by other scientists - a quick and efficient way to communicate research results. "We're hoping...

The first laugh: New study posits evolutionary origins of two distinct types of laughter

...g everyday social interaction in response to banal comments and humorless conversation is now being studied," write Matthew Gervais and David Sloan Wilson. "The unstated issue is whether such laughter is similar in kind to laughter following from humor." Using empirical evidence from across disciplines, incl...

Experimental shingles vaccine proves effective in nationwide study

...les can result in months or even years of misery," comments study leader Michael N. Oxman, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at the San Diego VA Healthcare System and the University of California, San Diego. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by reactivation of the virus that causes chicke...

Hospitalizations because of chicken pox down dramatically since implementation of vaccine

....A.P.P., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, comments on the study by Zhou et al. "?these findings do not conclusively confirm that childhood varicella vaccination is as cost-effective as originally anticipated, for several reasons. First, the cost of the vaccine has increased more than $10 per dose in...

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