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Physicists push new Parkinson’s treatment toward clinical trials

The most effective way to tackle debilitating diseases is to punch them at the start and keep them from growing. Research at Michigan State University,...

Artificial sweetener a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Mannitol, a sugar alcohol produced by fungi, bacteria, and algae, is a common component of sugar-free gum and candy. The sweetener is also used...

Breakthrough in regulating fat metabolism

Scientists at Warwick Medical School have made an important discovery about the mechanism controlling the body's 'fat switch', shedding new light on our understanding of how proteins regulate appetite control and insulin secretion. This research, led b...

Closing in on an ulcer- and cancer-causing bacterium

A research team led by scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is releasing study results this week showing how a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, that causes more than half of peptic ulcers worldwide and that ...

Researchers develop curious snapshot of powerful retinal pigment and its partners

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 28, 2011 -- Science fiction novelist and scholar Issac Asimov once said, "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.' " This recently rang true for...

New marker found for Sanfilippo disease

Sanfilippo disease is a rare disorder caused by the failure of enzymes to break down specific kinds of complex carbohydrates, resulting in their accumulation in cells and often severe physical and neurological problems -- and sometimes early de...

Cancer-causing virus exploits key cell-survival proteins

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A cancer-causing retrovirus exploits key proteins in its host cells to extend the life of those cells, thereby prolonging its own survival and ability to spread, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University...

Researchers discover root cause of blood vessel damage in diabetes

A key mechanism that appears to contribute to blood vessel damage in people with diabetes has been identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Blood vessel problems are a common diabetes complication. Many...

Unexpected find opens up new front in effort to stop HIV

HIV adapts in a surprising way to survive and thrive in its hiding spot within the human immune system, scientists have learned. While the finding helps explain why HIV remains such a formidable foe after three decades of research -- more than 30 m...

Cell binding discovery brings hope to those with skin and heart...

A University of Manchester scientist has revealed the mechanism that binds skin cells tightly together, which he believes will lead to new treatments for painful and debilitating skin diseases and also lethal heart defects. Professor David Garrod,...

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