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New tumor model helps researchers treat pancreatic cancer

Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer face a poor prognosis because the tumor forms dense scar-like tissue that is difficult for chemotherapy drugs to penetrate, but a new model may help researchers develop new therapies. “More than 85 percent of pancreatic tumors form this fibrous tissue,” explained Assistant Professor Joshua Reineke of the South Dakota State […]

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Researchers hope to be able to replace dysfunctional brain cells

A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet supports the theory that replacement of dysfunctional immune cells in the brain has therapeutic potential for neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which involved repopulating the brain with new immune cells in an experimental disease model, is published in Nature Communications. Macrophages are immune […]

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‘Trojan horse’ antibiotic can kill drug-resistant bacteria

‘Trojan horse’ antibiotic can kill drug-resistant superbugs from WITHIN ‘by hijacking their defences’ The drug, called cefiderocol, works by attaching itself on to iron molecules  Once allowed inside the bacterial cell, it can destroy it from within, experts say Experts now hope it will top up the world’s dwindling arsenal of antibiotics Antibiotic resistance is […]

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Trauma researchers identify characteristics of communities where mass shootings occur

A trauma research team has developed a profile of commonalities among communities where mass shootings have occurred. It includes a shortage of mental health professionals, a relative lack of socialization opportunities, higher rates of income inequality, and relatively high housing costs, according to findings presented today at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018. […]

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Researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster University suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays. The study, published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared […]