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Genomic Analysis Uncovers New Targets for HIV Vaccine

...nses to infections should help us to design better treatments and more effective vaccines." Added Haynes: "CHAVI was designed to do big science, and the results of this analysis represent just the first of what should be many advances. The technology used and collaborative efforts involved were truly remarkabl...

Scratch no more: Gene for itch sensation discovered

...us system. The discovery could rapidly lead to new treatments directly targeting itchiness and providing relief for chronic and severe itching. The "itch gene" is GRPR (gastrin-releasing peptide receptor), which codes for a receptor found in a very small population of spinal cord nerve cells where pain and itc...

Common cancer gene sends death order to tiny killer

...'s a widespread phenomenon, the work could lead to treatments that aim to restore the missing microRNA to cancer cells. ...

Breakthrough developments in rheumatoid arthritis reported

...ify the disease before it starts and perhaps offer treatments to stave off the symptoms. It turns out that those with these antibodies who also have a particular variety of HLA, a complex of genes that regulate immune function, have a 30 times higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those without th...

'Lucky 13' as new gene discovery offers further hope for childhood blindness

...ow exactly which mutation they've got, because the treatments being tested are specific for different kinds of retinal degeneration. All in all its an exciting time for eye research and a very promising one for people with these conditions. This new result is another important step in the right direction and Yo...

U-M researchers discover gene switched off in cancer can be turned on

... genes to identify or monitor cancer, currently no treatments actually target these genes. U-M researchers fo...rom lung cancer has not changed in 30 years. Newer treatments are much less toxic and extend lives by months, but the same people who died from lung cancer 30 yea...

Women well informed about breast cancer, yet lacking knowledge about current treatments

...ld benefit from more information about advances in treatments after surgery.” According to the survey, nearly...s: What kind of breast cancer do I have" Which treatments are available to me" What are the risks and benefits of those treatments" What is my risk that my ...

Potent possibilities for parasite attack

...eatens one-fifth of the world's population and new treatments are desperately needed. In their report in Nature Genetics, published online on Sunday 17 June 2007, the researchers compared the genomes of L. infantum and L. braziliensis, which cause life-threatening visceral and disfiguring mucocutaneous leishm...

Gene responsible for common hearing loss identified for first time

..., said that this finding may be a step towards new treatments for otosclerosis, which affects approximately 1 in 250 people. Otosclerosis is a multifactorial disease, caused by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors. The outcome is a progressive hearing loss as the growing bone in the middle ear i...

Weizmann Institute scientists develop a general 'control switch' for protein activity

... function can lead to the development of drugs and treatments for numerous disorders. For example, the discovery of insulin’s role in diabetes paved the way for the development of a treatment based on insulin injections. Yet, despite enormous research efforts led by scientists worldwide, the cellular function o...

Researchers develop buckyballs to fight allergy

...ic disease in the United States, and while various treatments have been developed to control allergy, no cure has been found. These findings advance the emerging field of medicine known as nanoimmunology. The researchers, from Virginia Commonwealth University and Luna Innovations Inc., a private, Roanoke, Va...

AAAS decries latest stem cell veto

...ly promising approach to developing more effective treatments for devastating conditions like diabetes, spinal c...ly promising approach to developing more effective treatments for devastating conditions like diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson's disease. The bill wo...

Experimental gene therapy 'abolishes' arthritis pain and lessens joint damage

... date, treatment of arthritis is dominated by drug treatments like non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, COX-2...ing and lead to addiction. Taken together, current treatments deliver inconsistent results and new approaches are needed, researcher said. Gene therapy has been a...

'Smart' mice teach scientists about learning process, brain disorders

...n and behavior might aid in the development of new treatments for these and other conditions, Dr. Bibb said. ...d biochemical targets that hold promise for future treatments of a variety of cognitive disorders," he said. The researchers also recorded nerve-cell firings ...

Avian influenza survivors' antibodies effective at neutralising H5N1 strain

...rain of avian influenza may hold the key to future treatments for the virus, according to an international team of researchers. In a study published today in the open access journal PLoS Medicine, the researchers have shown how specific antibodies taken from avian flu survivors in Vietnam can be reproduced in t...

Human stem cell treatment restores motor function in paralyzed rats

...e spasticity is continuous systemic or spinal drug treatments using implanted pumps. These approaches, while effective to a degree, are often accompanied by side effects and eventual drug tolerance that lessens their efficacy. “These research findings could offer great hope to people with spinal ischemic in...

Gene malfunctions cause schizophrenia, depression symptoms in mice

... mice offer a possible animal model for developing treatments for schizophrenia and depression. Also, they said their findings support the theory that the two disorders share common genetic mechanisms. Steven Clapcote, David Porteous, John Roder, and colleagues reported their findings in the May 3, 2007 issue ...

First clinical trial of gene therapy for childhood blindness

...kind and could have a significant impact on future treatments for eye disease. The trial involves adults and ...ery young age and there are currently no effective treatments available. The new technique that will be used in the trial involves inserting healthy copies of...

UQ research heralds vaccine technology breakthrough

...V or those who have weakened immune systems due to treatments such as chemotherapy. "Benefits of the vaccine will include a huge saving in health care costs," Professor Tindle said. "(It will also) relieve the burden of worry on thousands of parents who every year go through all kinds of angst because their...

Genetic roots of bipolar disorder revealed by first genome-wide study of illness

...inicians need more options so that they can tailor treatments to each patient. People inherit different gene va...r disorder, but DGKH is a promising target for new treatments that might be more effective and better tolerated," McMahon said. The finding was enabled by rece...

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