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Scratch no more: Gene for itch sensation discovered

...ch as kidney failure or liver disease. It can be a serious side effect of cancer therapies or powerful painkillers like morphine. For some people, chronic itching can be very disruptive, interfering with sleep or giving rise to scratching that leads to scarring. Effective treatment options for itchy patients...

Innovative smallpox vaccine research study to be conducted at Case Medical Center

...d for use on everyone because of the potential for serious side effects in certain individuals. “For example, the current vaccine cannot be used in immune-compromised individuals, such as patients with HIV or individuals with certain skin conditions such as eczema,” says Robert A. Salata, M.D., chief of the ...

Snoring in children might be an allergic type disease

... “Snoring can be an early manifestation of more serious sleep-disordered breathing, so it’s not necessaril...ool children in order to identify potentially more serious obstructive sleep apnoea.” ...

Rising skin cancer rates are more likely to affect wealthy people, says 12-year review

...om malignant melanoma - the least common, but most serious skin cancer - which averages 186 cases a year. Being well-off was a disadvantage when it came to skin cancer. Women living in affluent areas were 29 per cent more likely than people living in disadvantaged areas to suffer from basal cell carcin...

Researchers shed light on shrinking of chromosomes

... of division, because that could expose the DNA to serious mechanical damage.” The extreme condensation of chromosomes towards the end of cell division can also serve as a safety net if something goes wrong with chromosome separation in earlier phases of division. When the researchers added chemicals to t...

Physicist cracks women's random but always lucky choice of X chromosome

...vival and problems with the process are related to serious genetic diseases. Both X chromosomes in a cell have a suicide gene called XIST which, if activated, seals the chromosome behind a barrier of RNA preventing the activation of any other gene. Researchers believe that this suicide gene can be itself ...

Genetic factors are linked to fever following smallpox vaccination

...metimes cause reactions that range from fatigue to serious illness. In recent studies testing the safety and potency of stored smallpox vaccine, which uses live vaccinia virus, some individuals developed fevers. The authors of the study, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and colleagues at Washington Universit...

College students who pull 'all-nighters' and get no sleep more likely to have a lower GPA

...ance. Recent studies associate lack of sleep with serious health problems such as an increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. ...

Could fungal collection hold the key to new life-saving drugs?

...that can be used to point the way to new drugs for serious diseases.” CABI currently uses its fungal collection, along with the expertise of its scientists to offer a range of services to businesses, including fungal identification, sales, preservations, patenting, training and consultancy. The partnersh...

Warning from Asian bees

...intruders themselves could pose the beginning of a serious threat to Australian honey bee populations. Asian...uinea and the Solomon Islands, they could become a serious pest, not just for beekeepers, but of concern to agriculture generally. Bees play a big role in t...

Runners -- Let thirst be your guide

...hons, triathlons, and long distance cycling. This serious condition, known as exercise-induced hyponatremia (EAH), could be prevented if only people would respect their personal thirst “meter,” or would undertake a “sweat test” to determine how much water they actually need to drink in order to replace just...

Potato wart eyed as risk to potato production

...iversity of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, potato wart is a serious disease of cultivated potato that has been detected worldwide. Potato wart is caused by the fungus Synchytrium endobioticum, which is considered to be the most important worldwide quarantine plant pathogen of potato. While not harmful to humans, the ...

Researchers discover 'acquired' DNA key to certain bacterial infection

...obacterium avium – a bacterium which can result in serious lung infections and is prevalent in emphysema and AIDS patients among others – infects tissue cells or “macrophages” and thus compromises the body’s immunity. Results of the study, led by researchers at Oregon State University, will be published onl...

New vaccine prevents CMV infection and disease in mice

... is the leading viral cause of birth defects and a serious problem in patients with compromised immune system...long the virus,” explained Spector. “It becomes a serious problem in developing infants during the pregnancy or in those whose immune system is compromised, ...

Genome of Clostridium botulinum reveals the background to world's deadliest toxin

...fant botulism or wound botulism, both of which are serious human infections. The host can be quickly overpowered and, in some cases, killed by the toxin, and C. botulinum has a new food source. "Although in the same group as Clostridium difficile — the Cdiff superbug — C. botulinum has a genome that is r...

Focused ultrasound relieves fibroid symptoms in women

... than those treated with the original protocol. No serious adverse effects were reported. "We have shown that treating fibroids with an optimized, less restrictive protocol allows for treatment of a greater fibroid volume, which results in even greater symptomatic relief at clinical follow-up," Dr. Fennes...

Human stem cell treatment restores motor function in paralyzed rats

...year. Paraplegia from spinal cord ischemia is a serious complication that occurs in 20 to 40 percent of patients undergoing a surgical process called aortic cross-clamping. When the surgeon works on the aorta, a major blood vessel, to correct a potentially lethal aneurysm, blood flow from the heart mu...

Alien plants attack using 'resource conservation' as weapon, researchers say

One of the most serious and least understood threats to the world's ecosystems is the problem of invasive species-exotic plants, animals and other organisms that are brought into habitats and subsequently spread at a rapid rate, often replacing native species and reducing b...

WHO data confirms low level of resistance to Tamiflu

...uenza Influenza, commonly called the ‘flu? is a serious disease and annual outbreaks and epidemics are caused by influenza A and B viruses. Influenza is a highly contagious viral illness and is characterised by a sudden onset of debilitating clinical symptoms which affect the entire body. Up to 500 milli...

Toxoplasmosis infection trick revealed by scientists

...s, and unborn babies, toxoplasmosis can cause very serious health problems....

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