Tissue-Engineered Spinal Disks Mimic Real ThingTwo-thirds of adults in the US will suffer from back or neck pain during their lifetimes. In this report researchers are getting closer to engineering healthy disk-like structures to implant in humans. In animal trials the disks become stable and well-integrated into the native tissue of the spinal columns several weeks post-surgery.
Antibiotic and Probiotic Combo Successfully Eradicate Resistant BacteriaResearchers have devised a new way to combat antibiotic resistance by combining a probiotic with an antibiotic. Encapsulating the probiotic in a biofilm-inspired shell of alginate prevented the antibiotic from killing it. The combination successfully eradicated two strains of drug-resistant bacteria known to infect wounds.
Does Herpes Cause Alzheimer’s?A new study looks at the possible causal link between the herpes virus and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers report antiviral drugs significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia in patients with severe herpes infections
Whey Protein Best for Helping Seniors Rebuild Lost MuscleWhile exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays.
New 3-D Process Can Print Human Ligaments and TendonsScientists have developed a method to 3-D print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons. A person with a badly damaged ligament, tendon, or ruptured disc could simply have new replacement tissue printed and ultimately implanted in the damaged area.
Nasal Administration of Resveratrol Shows Promise in Lung CancerLung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the world. Resveratrol exhibits chemopreventive properties against cancers of the digestive tract, no shows no effect on lung cancers. Scientists demonstrate that nasal administration of resveratrol shows very promising results in a study conducted in mice.
Human Gut Study Questions Health Benefits of ProbioticsNew research suggests that probiotics might not be as effective as we think. Through a series of experiments looking inside the human gut, researchers show that many people's digestive tracts prevent standard probiotics from successfully colonizing them.
Skin Cancer Linked to Widely-Used Drug AzathioprineThe widely used drug azathioprine, used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, vasculitis and organ rejection, is identified as an important contributor to skin cancer development, especially cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC).
ACE Inhibitors Prevent Memory Loss in Lupus Patients, Study SuggestsActivation of brain cells called microglia contributes to the memory loss and cognitive impairment in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). ACE inhibitors – drugs used to treat hypertension – block this process in mice and might help preserve memory in lupus patients.
Hormone Therapy Can Make Prostate Cancer Worse, Study FindsScientists have discovered how prostate cancer can sometimes withstand and outwit a standard hormone therapy, causing the cancer to spread. The findings may lead to a simple blood test to predict when hormone therapy resistance will occur.
Secret Tunnels Discovered Between Skull and BrainAccording to a new study of mice and humans, tiny tunnels run from bone marrow in the skull into the lining of the brain and may provide a direct route for immune cells responding to injuries caused by stroke and other brain disorders.
New Blood Test for Autism is Highly AccurateOne year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success, with an 88 percent accuracy rate in correctly predicting if a child is on the autism spectrum.
Daily Fasting on 16:8 Diet Aids Weight LossDaily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure, according to a new study that examines the effect of time-restricted eating on weight loss in obese individuals.
Allergen in Red Meat Linked to Heart DiseaseA team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason – a food allergen.
Do B Vitamins Increase the Risk of Getting Cancer?New study reveals a strong correlation between increased risk of lung cancer and long-term B6/B12 supplementation, especially in high doses and among smokers. There are several ways B vitamins may interact with cancer metabolism; more research is needed to determine the exact mechanisms at work.
Fully Reprogrammed Virus Offers New Hope as Cancer TreatmentResearchers have successfully 'trained' a respiratory virus to recognize ovarian cancer and completely destroy it without infecting other cells. The reprogrammed virus could also be used to treat other cancers such as breast, pancreatic, lung and oral.
Vitamin B6 Helps People Recall DreamsNew research from the University of Adelaide has found that taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days could help people recall their dreams.
An inexpensive cocktail of IV vitamin C, B1 (thiamine) and steroids is saving lives from sepsis, an out of control inflammatory response that kills more than 700 Americans every day.
Gut Bacteria Linked to Arthritis, Knee PainBacteria in the gut, known as the gut microbiome, could be the culprit behind arthritis and joint pain that plagues people who are obese, according to a new study published today in JCI Insight.