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Risk of lymphoma increases with hepatitis C virus infection

...t step in finding ways to reduce its incidence and lessen mortality." HCV causes hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver. The HCV virus is carried through the blood and is passed from person to person through the exchange of bodily fluids -- via shared needles, open wounds, and sexual contact,...

Columbia scientists determine 3-dimensional structure of cell's 'fuel gauge'

...n rodent models has shown that AMPK activators can lessen the pathologies associated with diabetes, including problems that diabetics have regulating blood sugar. Dr. Shapiro explained that researchers do not yet know how to activate AMPK without activating other proteins and causing potentially toxic si...

Fight weeds with plant pathogens

...r to prevent the development of resistant weeds or lessen the impact of herbicides on the environment," she said. Weed management is important due to the amount of damage weeds can cause to agricultural productivity. Weeds can reduce crop yields by as much as 12 percent (causing up to $32 billion in losse...

An artificial cornea is in sight, thanks to biomimetic hydrogels

...ation. A tissue-engineered artificial cornea could lessen or eliminate the need for donor tissue. At least a dozen groups worldwide are working to develop artificial corneas, Myung says. "Only two or three are on the market, but they are only used in last-ditch efforts [when transplants are rejected]," he...

UVa researchers seek to unlock broccoli's cancer fighting secret

...od for you and that it contains compounds known to lessen the occurrence of some types of cancer. We want to know how these compounds work and what their specific targets may be," says Janet V. Cross, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Cross and her c...

Cutting calories slightly can reduce aging damage

...slim the waistline - a new study shows it may help lessen the effects of aging. Scientists from the University of Florida's Institute on Aging have found that eating a little less food and exercising a little more over a lifespan can reduce or even reverse aging-related cell and organ damage in rats. The ...

Hopkins scientists show hallucinogen in mushrooms creates universal 'mystical' experience

...acebo would influence subjects' perceptions. To lessen the former, each subject met several times, before drug sessions began, with a reassuring "monitor," a medical professional experienced in observing drug study participants. Monitors stayed with them during the capsule-taking sessions. Actual trials ...

Avian flu modeled on supercomputer, explores vaccine and isolation options for thwarting a pandemic

... might spread and what intervention strategies may lessen the impact of a real outbreak," said Jeremy M. Berg, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. "This new work exemplifies the power of such models and could aid policymakers and health officials as they plan for a possible futur...

Gene variation increases SIDS risk in African Americans

...ify children at high risk and teach parents how to lessen the likelihood of secondary challenges. We have already begun to evaluate drugs that may mitigate the risk." SIDS -- the sudden and unanticipated death of an infant with no detectable lethal disorder -- is the leading cause of infant deaths in the ...

Nanotechnology may find disease before it starts

...ans to screen for tumors very quickly, and perhaps lessen the need for a biopsy in many cases," Liu said. Nanoparticles are smaller than any cell in the human body, so they may pass through the walls of the leaky blood vessels, or capillaries, of tumor tissue and actually infiltrate the tumor. "Until now,...

Scientists design potent anthrax toxin inhibitor

...ith a toxin inhibitor might act synergistically to lessen or halt anthrax symptoms, notes Dr. Kane. Using the same technique of placing multiple peptides on a liposome, the researchers also created a polyvalent inhibitor of cholera toxin that functioned well in test-tube experiments. In the next phase of ...

Shorter colds, milder flu may follow from newly revealed immune mechanism

...ophages more effective to shorten recovery time or lessen symptoms." The ability to decrease the severity of lung infections may also have important implications for asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other chronic lung diseases, according to Holtzman. "We commonly see children, for...

Cancer drug slows poxvirus in mice

...ng CML. To learn whether Gleevec could prevent or lessen vaccinia's ability to spread in a living organism, the researchers treated mice with either saline solution or with Gleevec at a dose equivalent to that given to humans being treated for CML. Next, they exposed the mice to ordinarily lethal amounts o...

Major new UNC-based drinking water study suggests pregnancy fears may be overstated

...ence in a reassuring direction and should serve to lessen concerns." Because of the overall negative results, he and his colleagues do not plan to make policy recommendations to water managers and municipalities, he said. If possible, future comparable studies ought to include methods for determining actua...

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