Tag: Harvard Medical School

Several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors, perhaps thwarting therapy

Drosophila intestines provide ‘ready-made stem cell microenvironments’ that are ‘difficult-to-impossible’ to create in petri dishes, offering an unconventional screen that allows researchers to test drugs in vivo. Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst                                          Using a new approach to systematically test chemotherapy drugs in an unusual animal model, […]

Ancient humans ‘rampantly interbred’ with Neanderthals and a mystery species in Lord Of The Rings-style world of different creatures

Genome  analysis of Neanderthal and human-like group called  Denisovans It reveals  ancient bedfellows may have included  ‘mystery human ancestor’ Has been  likened to Lord Of The Rings world of creatures which  interbred By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:13 EST, 19  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 20 November […]

Young people who undergo CT scans are 24 percent more likely to develop cancer compared with those who do not, a study published today on bmj.com suggests

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Small cancer risk following CT scans in childhood and adolescence confirmed But the absolute excess for all cancers combined is low The researchers say that in a group of 10,000 young people, they would expect 39 cancers to occur during […]

Folate and vitamin B12 reduce disabling schizophrenia symptoms in some patients

Contact: Kristen Stanton kstanton3@partners.org 617-643-3907 Massachusetts General Hospital Adding supplements to antipsychotic medication alleviated negative symptoms in patients with specific gene variants Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than […]

Salt identified as autoimmune trigger

Contact: Bill Hathaway 203-432-1322 Yale University For the past few decades, health officials have been reporting increases in the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Now researchers at Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute have identified a prime suspect in […]

Skin, soft tissue infections succumb to blue light : 100% Survival of Infections Vs. 18%

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Blue light can selectively eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections of the skin and soft tissues, while preserving the outermost layer of skin, according to a proof-of-principle study led by Michael R. Hamblin of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard […]

Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief

Contact: Bonnie Prescott bprescot@bidmc.harvard.edu 617-667-7306 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Novel experiment illuminates the importance of the doctor-patient relationship BOSTON – A patient’s relationship with his or her doctor has long been considered an important component of healing. Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain […]

Wanted: ‘Adventurous woman’ to give birth to Neanderthal man – Harvard professor seeks mother for cloned cave baby

EEV: Update: Professor Claims his was misunderstood, and is not looking for a Neanderthal Mother: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/im-no-dr-moreau-harvard-professor-says-he-is-not-looking-for-a-woman-to-give-birth-to-a-neanderthal-blaming-reports-on-a-poor-translation-8461707.html By  Allan Hall PUBLISHED: 10:36 EST, 20  January 2013 |  UPDATED: 12:49 EST, 20 January 2013 Back to life: This model of Neanderthal Man shows what  the extinct species may have once […]

Preventing prostate cancer through androgen deprivation may have harmful effects

Contact: Jeremy Moore Jeremy.Moore@aacr.org 215-446-7109 American Association for Cancer Research PHILADELPHIA — The use of androgen deprivation therapies to prevent precancerous prostate abnormalities developing into aggressive prostate cancer may have adverse effects in men with precancers with specific genetic alterations, according to data from a preclinical study recently […]

88th Health Research Report 21 AUG 2010 – Reconstruction

Health Research Report 88th Issue 31 AUG 2010 Compiled By Ralph Turchiano http://www.vit.bz http://www.youtube.com/vhfilm  http://www.facebook.com/engineeringevil http://www.engineeringevil.com   http://www.healthresearchreport.me    Editors Top Five: 1. Women who drink beer more likely to develop psoriasis 2. Pharmaceuticals: A market for producing ‘lemons’ and serious harm 3. B vitamins and the aging brain examined […]

Study finds autistics better at problem-solving

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca 514-343-7593 University of Montreal University of Montreal and Harvard University research in Human Brain Mapping This release is available in French. Montreal, June 16, 2009 — Autistics are up to 40 percent faster at problem-solving than non-autistics, according to […]

Illness, medical bills linked to nearly two-thirds of bankruptcies: 77.9 percent were insured, 2/3 Home owners, 3/5 Had College,

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Mark Almberg mark@pnhp.org 312-782-6006 Physicians for a National Health Program Harvard study finds 50 percent increase from 2001 Medical problems contributed to nearly two-thirds (62.1 percent) of all bankruptcies in 2007, according to a study in the August issue of the American […]

Mother Nature, Version 2.0

Welcome to the world of synthetic biology, where micro-organisms can be programmed to invade and destroy cancer cells By    SCOTT GOTTLIEB It once seemed that the most profound feats stemming from DNA-based science would spring from our ability to read and detect genes, which we call the science […]

Compelling evidence that brain parts evolve independently

Contact: Morwenna Grills Morwenna.Grills@manchester.ac.uk 44-161-275-2111 University of Manchester An Evolutionary Biologist at The University of Manchester, working with scientists in the United States, has found compelling evidence that parts of the brain can evolve independently from each other. It’s hoped the findings will significantly advance our understanding of […]

Researchers detail chemotherapy’s damage to the brain” Chemotherapy drugs used to treat a wide range of cancers were more toxic to healthy brain cells than the cancer cells they were intended to treat

Re-post from 2008: This is not the watered down Chemo brain article released 5 Sep 2012..4 years later contact: Mark Michaud mark_michaud@urmc.rochester.edu 585-273-4790 University of Rochester Medical Center A commonly used chemotherapy drug causes healthy brain cells to die off long after treatment has ended and may be […]

Are America’s war vets ageing prematurely? Alarming study reveals how a young traumatized U.S. soldier can suffer same brain deterioration as a 70-year-old

Consortium in  Boston is studying PTSD in young veterans and those exposed to traumatic brain  injury In veterans  no older than 30, brain imaging sometimes looks like that of a  70-year-old Current  diagnosis includes self-reporting, but scientists hope to create concrete  biological factors for measuring disorder By Beth […]

Scientists successfully awaken sleeping stem cells: ” might be possible to turn on the eye’s own resources to regenerate damaged retinas, without the need for transplanting outside retinal tissue or stem cells,”

Contact: Patti Jacobs pjacobs12@comcast.net 617-868-0077 Schepens Eye Research Institute New hope for regenerating the human retina damaged by disease or injury Boston, MA—Scientists at Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered what chemical in the eye triggers the dormant capacity of certain non-neuronal cells to transform into progenitor cells, […]

Grapefruit compound may help combat hepatitis C infection ” may be able to block the secretion of hepatitis C virus “

Contact: Sue McGreevey smcgreevey@partners.org 617-724-2764 Massachusetts General Hospital MGH study reveals mechanism key to maintaining chronic infection, potential therapy target A compound that naturally occurs in grapefruit and other citrus fruits may be able to block the secretion of hepatitis C virus (HCV) from infected cells, a process […]

N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide, significantly reduced the amount and appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots and uneven melanin distribution

Contact: Shirley Johnson shirley.johnson@mslpr.com 212-468-3292 Manning Selvage & Lee Science finds new fix for UV-damaged skin in arthritis treatment IMAGE:Researchers found that the topical application of a N-acetyl glucosamine (4 percent) and niacinamide (2 percent) complex produced visible improvement in pigmentation after 8 weeks. Photos were taken under […]