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The hepatitis healing power of blueberry leaves

A chemical found in blueberry leaves has shown a strong effect in blocking the replication of the Hepatitis C virus, opening up a new avenue for treating chronic HCV infections, which affect 200 million people worldwide and can eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Among the areas of ...

Research yields potential target for cancer, wound healing and fibrosis

New Orleans, LA Research conducted by Allison Berrier, PhD, Assistant Professor of Oral and Craniofacial Biology at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry, and colleagues, provides insights that may help scientists design novel approaches to control wound healing and figh...

Shellfish and inkjet printers may hold key to faster healing from surgeries

Using the natural glue that marine mussels use to stick to rocks, and a variation on the inkjet printer, a team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has devised a new way of making medical adhesives that could replace traditional sutures and result in less scarring, faster recover...

New treatment boosts bone healing and regrowth

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A drug originally used to treat iron poisoning can significantly boost the bodys own ability to heal and re-grow injured bones, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The researchers injected the drug deferoxamine (DF), which is designed to ...

New mechanical insights into wound healing and scar tissue formation

New research published today in the Journal of Cell Biology illuminates the mechanical factors that play a critical role in the differentiation and function of fibroblasts, connective tissue cells that play a role in wound healing and scar tissue formation. When we are injured, the body launch...

Sea cucumbers fast track organ regrowth by healing their wounds

Sea cucumbers are the champions of organ regrowth because they direct their wound healing abilities towards restoring their organs, according to research published in the online open access journal, BMC Developmental Biology. The discovery that Holothuria glaberrima uses similar cellular mechanism...

Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

Bacterial infection is a major health threat to patients with severe burns and other kinds of serious wounds such as traumatic bone fractures. Recent studies have identified an important new weapon for fighting infection and healing wounds: insulin. Now, using tiny nanodiamonds, researchers at ...

Stem cell focus for IBD wound healing

Scientists at The University of Nottingham are investigating whether stem cell markers could have a role to play in speeding up wound healing in patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study could eventually lead to the development of new drugs which use natural molecules ...

Advancement in tissue engineering promotes oral wound healing

Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 3rd, 2009) Oral tissue engineering for transplantation to aid wound healing in mouth (oral cavity) reconstruction has taken a significant step forward with a Netherlands-based research team's successful development of a gum tissue (gingival) substitute that can be used for recon...

Scientists suspect omega-3 fatty acids could slow acute wound healing

COLUMBUS, Ohio A recent study shows that popular fish oil supplements have an effect on the healing process of small, acute wounds in human skin. But whether that effect is detrimental, as researchers initially suspected, remains a mystery. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils are widely...

Licking your wounds: Scientists isolate compound in human saliva that speeds wound healing

A report by scientists from The Netherlands published online in The FASEB Journal ( http://www.fasebj.org ) identifies a compound in human saliva that greatly speeds wound healing. This research may offer hope to people suffering from chronic wounds related to diabetes and other disorders, as we...

Engineer develops detergent to promote peripheral nerve healing

AUSTIN, Texas A detergent solution developed at The University of Texas at Austin that treats donor nerve grafts to circumvent an immune rejection response has been used to create acellular nerve grafts now used successfully in hospitals around the country. Research also shows early promise of the...

Skin care: new research into scar-free healing

New research from the University of Bristol shows that by suppressing one of the genes that normally switches on in wound cells, wounds can heal faster and reduce scarring. This has major implications not just for wound victims but also for people who suffer organ tissue damage through illness or ...

Now, self-healing materials can mimic human skin, healing again and again

The next generation of self-healing materials, invented by researchers at the University of Illinois, mimics human skin by healing itself time after time. The new materials rely upon embedded, three-dimensional microvascular networks that emulate biological circulatory systems. “In the same mann...

ASU researchers test antibacterial effects of healing clays

Clay is most commonly associated with the sublime experience of the European spa where visitors have been masked, soaked and basted with this touted curative since the Romans ruled. If ASU geochemist Lynda Williams and microbiologist Shelley Haydel's research on the antibacterial properties of clay...

Gene therapy accelerates healing of damaged skeletal muscle

A new retrospective study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that young farm children, particularly boys, are about twice as likely as the total population of young Canadian children to die from an injury. Brison and colleagues collected and analyzed Canadian data on fatal agricult...

Nanotubes inspire new technique for healing broken bones

Scientists have shown for the first time that carbon nanotubes make an ideal scaffold for the growth of bone tissue. The new technique could change the way doctors treat broken bones, allowing them to simply inject a solution of nanotubes into a fracture to promote healing. The report appears in ...

UQ researcher tracking key to healing the brain

Stem cells have long been described as the holy grail of bioscientists. These amazing cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body and have to potential to revolutionise medical science. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretic...

Master gene controls healing of skin in fruit flies and mammals

University of California, San Diego biologists and their colleagues have discovered that the genetic system controlling the development and repair of insect cuticle--the outer layer of the body surface in insects--also controls these processes in mammalian skin, a finding that could lead to new ins...

Common allergy drug reduces obesity and diabetes in mice

...when, in a previous study, he found mast cells present in a variety of inflammatory vascular diseases. Mast cells are immune cells that facilitate healing in wounded tissue, primarily by increasing blood flow to the site. However, in certain conditions mast cells build up to levels far beyond what the bo...

Skin-like tissue developed from human embryonic stem cells

...o produce functional tissues to treat oral and skin conditions, like the early stages of cancer and inflammatory disease, as well as to accelerate the healing of recalcitrant wounds," said Garlick. ...

Healing power of aloe vera proves beneficial for teeth and gums, too

... CHICAGO (July 17, 2009) - The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been document...atex contains anthraquinones, which are chemical compounds that are used in healing and arresting pain because they are anti-inflammatory in nature. But, becau...

LSUHSC's Bazan awarded ARRA grant to preserve vision

...eal wound healing. Sustained corneal inflammation may lead to destruction and corneal ulceration, but inflammation is a component of the corneal wound healing process. There is a critical balance between signaling mechanisms that promote either cellular damage or repair. This balance is fundamental to the ma...

Pitt team finds molecule that regulates heart size by using zebrafish screening model

...fibroblast growth factor pathway has broad implications for improving wound healing as well, Dr. Tsang said. For example, FGF2 has been used in treatment of ch... in Japan. Thus, BCI alone or in combination with FGF2 might accelerate the healing process and improve wound repair. ...

Stem cell surprise for tissue regeneration

...ry. The finding challenges the current course of research into muscular dystrophy, muscle injury, and regenerative medicine, which uses stem cells for healing tissues, and it favours using age-matched stem cells for therapy. The study is published in the June 25 advance on-line edition of Nature . Prev...

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2009

...atient's eye membrane, thus tailoring the instrument to the patient's unique pathology. The other tools are the Corneal NanoPunch, used to enhance the healing of abrasions and erosions, and the Cornea Treatment Tool, useful for delivering drugs from the array of glass spikes on the tip of the tool to the exa...

Tulane receives grant to study limb regeneration

...r many decades. The shorter term goal is to modify the body's natural healing process to transition from a scar-forming response to the initiation of a r...ven in adults, bone, muscle, cartilage and skin can independently undergo a healing and regeneration response. "What's missing is a way to coordinate these ...

Adult bone marrow stem cells injected into skeletal muscle can repair heart tissue

...made sense to explore a non-invasive cell delivery approach," said Lee. "An important feature of MSCs is their ability to produce a plethora of tissue healing effects, known as "tropic factors," which can be harnessed for stem cell therapy for heart failure. Lee noted that the multiple trophic factors prod...

Healing wounds with lasers, vehicles that drive themselves, other cutting-edge optics

... Convention Center in Baltimore. RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEETING: healing with Light Vehicles that Drive Themselves Flexible Monitors for Future Ba...ulators World's Highest-Resolution Projector Picosecond Oscilloscope healing WITH LIGHT Star Trek scanners that fix injuries with beams of light may...

New center at Georgia Tech aims to improve recovery of soldiers with severe injuries

...y. Researchers in the center will initially focus on ways to improve the healing of wounds, segmental bone defects and massive soft tissue defects. Traumati...and if they produce or should be paired with molecules that can enhance the healing of the implanted tissues. Center researchers are also investigating whet...

WPI professor receives Fulbright Scholarship to work on tissue engineering in Ireland

...ngineer at Organogenesis Inc. In his research he studies how the mechanical forces due to tissue stretching and cell contraction affect the growth and healing of soft tissue. His goal is to help make engineered skin, heart valves, and other tissues behave more naturally and reduce scarring during healing. Hi...

Rotator cuff tears: Are they all in the family?

...e research results can also lead to future treatment options. "Rotator cuff healing is often incomplete and identifying a possible genetic link to the disease may provide targets for biologic treatments to improve the healing rates," noted Dr. Tashjian. ...

New technology shows promise against resistant staph infections

... and has several important biological functions including killing bacteria, healing wounds, and increasing blood flow by dilating blood vessels. But harnessing...other groups, and the NO-treated group showed evidence of accelerated wound healing both visually and microscopically. After further refining their nanopart...

Canadian biomedical engineering pioneer receives international award

...ncept is revolutionizing medical devices by merging the biopharmaceutical field and medical device sector to deliver implant therapies that accelerate healing associated with serious diseases." ...

American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac -- April 15, 2009

...enturies-old secret Journal of the American Chemical Society Scientists in Michigan are reporting discovery of the secret behind the fabled healing power of the main ingredient in turmeric a spice revered in India as "holy powder." Their study on the ingredient, curcumin, appears in the Journal ...

Separating the good from the bad

...ges of one another that cannot be superimposed. This two-handed quality is called chirality, and in a molecule, it can make the difference between healing and harming the human body. "This discovery could impact our understanding of how water currents affect ocean microbes, particularly with respect t...

Gene therapy appears safe to regenerate gum tissue

... shows potential are periodontal disease and diabetic wounds. Maybe the reason for this is that both diseases result from a compromised or a defective healing environment." The next step for the U-M team is to use the new gene delivery approach in human clinical trials, Giannobile said. The planning stage...

Synthesizing the most natural of all skin creams

...efore and after birth. VC provides 'waterproofing' in utero, allowing skin to grow in wet conditions, while after birth it hydrates and cleanses, even healing when applied to ulcers. Prof. Joke Bouwstra, a specialist in the skin barrier and its synthesis at Leiden University, and her colleague Robert Rimann ...

Multiple route bone marrow stem cell injections show promise to treat spinal cord injury

...ction in blood supply. "BMCs are well known for their ability to grow blood vessels," explained Dr. Silva. "This angiogenesis is necessary for wound healing and establishing a growth permissive environment. We hypothesized that improved blood flow and oxygen supply could contribute to functional improvemen...

Houseplants increase quality of life for retirement community residents

...ome". Future research will assess longer-term impacts as students from this class transition into the core group for ongoing development of an outdoor healing garden at the site. ...
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