Discovery could lead to new therapies for asthma, COPD

Researchers have proved that a single “master switch” enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous that clogs the airways of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The enzyme’s action can be bloc…

Measles virus, a weapon against cancer?

GALVESTON, Texas — When most people in the developed world think of measles, what comes to mind is only a dim memory of a vaccination at a pediatrician’s office. But while childhood vaccination has virtually eliminated measles from North America …

A few steps could lead to big gains for hospitalized seniors

GALVESTON, Texas — “You’ll be back on your feet in no time” is a phrase familiar to anyone who’s ever had to spend time in a hospital. Now, a new study has shown that hospitalized elderly patients who literally “get back on their feet” by taki…

Shuttle mice to boost disease research

GALVESTON, Texas — When the space shuttle Discovery lifts off on its final flight Nov. 2, its six astronauts will be joined by 16 rodent passengers on a historic mission of their own.
Riding in special self-contained modules that automatically s…

Burn injuries rapidly deplete vitamin E

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Severe burn injuries in children have been shown to rapidly deplete the levels of vitamin E in their body’s adipose, or fat tissues, a new clinical study has found.
Stored levels of this important antioxidant were reduced more …

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