Tag: U.S. News & World Report

There’s life after radiation for brain cells

Contact: Stephanie Desmon sdesmon1@jhmi.edu 410-955-8665 Johns Hopkins Medicine Johns Hopkins researchers suggest neural stem cells may regenerate after anti-cancer treatment Scientists have long believed that healthy brain cells, once damaged by radiation designed to kill brain tumors, cannot regenerate. But new Johns Hopkins research in mice suggests that […]

Tumors disable immune cells by using up sugar

Contact: Michael C. Purdy purdym@wustl.edu 314-286-0122 Washington University School of Medicine Cancer cells’ appetite for sugar may have serious consequences for immune cell function, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned. The scientists found that when they kept sugar away from critical immune […]

Study links chemicals widely found in plastics and processed food to elevated blood pressure in children and teens

Contact: Lorinda Klein lorindaann.klein@nyumc.org 212-404-3533 NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine Data from nearly 3,000 children shows dietary exposure to certain plastics may play a hidden role in epidemic increases in childhood hypertension NEW YORK, May 22, 2013. Plastic additives known as phthalates […]

Researchers are first to use common virus to ‘fortify’ adult stem cells: “Basically, we’ve helped the cells be ‘invisible’ to the body’s natural killer cells, T cells and other aspects of the immune system”

Contact: Karen Richardson krchrdsn@wakehealth.edu 336-716-4453 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Researchers are first to use common virus to ‘fortify’ adult stem cells Potential uses of engineered cells include organ transplant and brain injury WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – April 1, 2013 – Using the same strategy that a common virus […]

Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV

  March 7, 2013 By Julia Evangelou Strait Joshua L. Hood, MD, PhD Nanoparticles (purple) carrying melittin (green) fuse with HIV (small circles with spiked outer ring), destroying the virus’s protective envelope. Molecular bumpers (small red ovals) prevent the nanoparticles from harming the body’s normal cells, which are […]

Mount Sinai researchers discover how the flu virus tells time; Hides 8 hours in the Cell, then in 48 hours becomes infectious

Contact: Mount Sinai Press Office newsmedia@mssm.edu 212-241-9200 The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine Discovery provides new targets for antiviral drugs and vaccine designs Scientists have discovered that that the flu virus can essentially tell time, thereby giving scientists the ability to reset the virus’ […]

Light exposure during pregnancy key to normal eye development

Contact: Nick Miller nicholas.miller@cchmc.org 513-803-6035 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Contact: Jason Bardi jason.bardi@ucsf.edu 415-502-4608 University of California, San Francisco CINCINNATI – New research in Nature concludes the eye – which depends on light to see – also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. Scientists say the […]

Quercetin blocks hepatitis C infection

Contact: Kim Irwin kirwin@mednet.ucla.edu 310-206-2805 University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences Natural compound blocks hepatitis C infection Finding may lead to a new treatment Researchers have identified two cellular proteins that are important factors in hepatitis C virus infection, a finding that may result in the […]

Surprising finding that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) produce too little airway mucus – rather than too much..Common Medical Belief is Wrong

Shannon Koontz 336-716-4587 shkoontz@wfubmc.edu Bob Conn 336-716-4587 rconn@wfubmc.edu Mark Wright 336-716-4587 mwright@wfubmc.edu Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Surprising finding could lead to new treatment for cystic fibrosis WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The surprising finding that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) produce too little airway mucus – rather than […]