New research helps explain how progesterone preventspreterm birth

SAN FRANCISCO, FEB. 10, 2011 — Research presented today at the 31st Annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) — The Pregnancy Meeting™ has found that three proteins known as XIAP, BID, and Bcl-2 are responsible in part for …

Discovery halts breast cancer stem cells

BOSTON (Nov. 23, 2010) — Breast cancer stem cells (CSCs), the aggressive cells thought to be resistant to current anti-cancer therapies and which promote metastasis, are stimulated by estrogen via a pathway that mirrors normal stem cell developmen…

New low-cost method to deliver vaccine shows promise

BOSTON (November 16, 2010) — Researchers have developed a promising new approach to vaccination for rotavirus, a common cause of severe diarrheal disease that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths among children in the developing …

What can country of birth tell us about childhood asthma?

BOSTON (October 25, 2010) — Researchers from Tufts University pooled data from five previous epidemiological studies to investigate the prevalence of asthma in children in the Boston neighborhoods of Chinatown and Dorchester. Among children born …

Bioelectrical signals turn stem cells’ progeny cancerous

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass.–Biologists at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences have discovered that a change in membrane voltage in newly identified “instructor cells” can cause stem cells’ descendants to trigger melanoma-like growth in p…

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