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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...

Inverse benefits due to drug marketing undermine patient safety and public...

GALVESTON, TX -- Drugs that pharmaceutical companies market most aggressively to physicians and patients tend to offer less benefit and more harm to most patients -- a phenomenon described as the "inverse benefit law" in a paper from the Universi...

Researchers find rising levels of hypertension in older Mexican-Americans

GALVESTON, Texas -- A new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston reveals that the prevalence of hypertension in older Mexican-Americans living in the Southwest region of the United States has increased slightly...

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 ...

New undertsanding of gut hormones and gut function sheds light on...

Research on obesity examining the role of hormones and the autonomic functions of the digestive system was presented at the 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American CoIlege of Gastroenterology. Gastric function, as well the activities of the...

Researchers urge reclassification of traumatic brain injury as chronic disease

GALVESTON -- Traumatic brain injury, currently considered a singular event by the insurance industry and many health care providers, is instead the beginning of an ongoing process that impacts multiple organ systems and may cause or accelerate other...

Natural lung material is promising scaffold for engineering lung tissue using...

New Rochelle, NY, August 19, 2010 -- The first successful report of using cell-depleted lung as a natural growth matrix for generating new rat lung from embryonic stem cells is presented in a breakthrough article in Tissue Engineering, Part A, a...

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