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Alcoholics take part in anti-drinking drug research with fake bar
Medical Daily
Alcoholism is a permeating problem laced through every corner of society without a dependable solution. So, scientists at the National Institutes of Health set up a bar inside its hospital to help, but it isn't for them — it's to test a new drug on participants. The specialty bar is dimly lit and stocked with bottles full of water dyed to look like alcohol, which is designed to create an accurate atmosphere for the alcoholics.
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The US has a drug shortage — and people are dying
Fortune
Medicinal drugs in the U.S. are in short supply. Some are so scarce — medicines for heart problems, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, Lyme disease and tuberculosis as well as antibiotics and crucial saline solutions for patients too sick to eat or drink — that patients are dying because they can't get access to them. The shortage goes back at least a decade and shows disturbing trends.
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New technique uses graphene to deliver 2 doses of anticancer drugs
Science Daily
A drug delivery technique has been developed by an international team of scientists that utilizes graphene strips as "flying carpets" to deliver two anticancer drugs sequentially to cancer cells, with each drug targeting the distinct part of the cell where it will be most effective.
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Stem cell transplants may halt progression of multiple sclerosis
National Institutes of Health
Three-year outcomes from an ongoing clinical trial suggest that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person's own blood-forming stem cells may induce sustained remission in some people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. RRMS is the most common form of MS, a progressive autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord.
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Skin microbes trigger specific immune responses
Medial Xpress
New research in mice shows that the immune system in the skin develops distinct responses to the various microbes that naturally colonize the skin, referred to as commensals. A team led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that each type of microbe triggers unique aspects of the immune system, suggesting that immune cells found in the skin can rapidly sense and respond to changes in microbial communities.
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Animal study points to a treatment for Huntington's disease
Neuroscience News
By adjusting the levels of a key signaling protein, researchers improved motor function and brain abnormalities in experimental animals with a form of Huntington's disease, a severe neurodegenerative disorder. The new findings may lay the groundwork for a novel treatment for people with this fatal, progressive disease.
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How enzymes from white blood cells function
R&D Magazine
As a part of the human immune system, white blood cells create a number of enzymes that help fight disease. Sometimes, these enzymes damage tissues in inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and heart disease. Now, researchers have determined that one of these enzymes, known as MMP12, does not remain outside of cells while it fights infections, but rather it can travel all the way to the center of cells..
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Amino acids in protein can be assembled without DNA and mRNA: Study
Tech Times
It has long been textbook knowledge that the DNA serves as the blueprint that gives out the instructions for the production of proteins inside the body, but new research findings defy this gospel in molecular biology by providing evidence that some proteins have the ability to make other proteins.
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