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New Stem Cell Research Brings Medical Science One Step Closer to Regenerating Damaged Heart Walls

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at Penn State University reveal they are one step closer to being able to regenerate damaged heart walls using stem cells. In 2012, the team developed a method to generate myocardium, the middle layer of heart tissue. Now, a similar approach is allowing the … Read More »

New Drug Targets Identified for Potential Use in Development of Treatments for Muscular Dystrophy

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at the University of Basel have identified two pathways that hold a potential for use in developing new drug targets for muscular dystrophy treatment medications. The study looked at the AMPK and mTOR signaling pathways that regulate the energy balance and autophagy in cells. … Read More »

Blood Clot Analysis in Kidney Failure Patients Could Predict Risk of Early Death

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Disability Help Group

When a doctor diagnoses a patient with kidney failure, s/he usually also places that person on dialysis to ease symptoms. Once on dialysis, patients have a higher risk of developing fatal cardiovascular conditions. Doctors believe this is due to the altered coagulation of their blood. … Read More »

Zinc Treatment Could Restore Lost Connections in Injured Optic Nerve

Posted on January 6, 2017 by Disability Help Group

Ocular injury and glaucoma are just two of the ways the optic nerve can sustain damage and potentially degrade or block vision. For two decades, various studies have looked at methods of regenerating the injured optic nerve, but with no luck. Until recently, the most … Read More »

Experiment Interfacing Brain Cells to Graphene Allows Detection of Cancer Cells

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Many studies regarding cancer research focus on improving diagnostic tests and early intervention methods. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have recently presented a new diagnostic method of detecting cancer cells that is non-invasive and simple to perform. The researchers used graphene, a … Read More »

Scientists Now Believe Huntington’s Disease Affects the Brain and Muscles

Posted on December 9, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Up until recently, doctors considered Huntington’s disease a progressive, hereditary disease that progressively kills nerve cells in the brain. However, new research from Wright State University and California State Polytechnic University has doctors exploring the disease’s effects on muscles. Before the study, doctors equated the … Read More »

Targeted Immunotherapy Cures Autoimmune Enteritis Caused by Genetic Mutation

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel in Switzerland recently developed a cure for a patient with a rare genetic mutation that causes autoimmune enteritis. The researchers found that a mutation in the CTLA-4 protein caused this patient to suffer from the … Read More »

Stanford Scientists Develop Cell Receptor to Grab and Remove Cancer-Causing Molecules

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Gas6 molecule is a key cancer-causing element in the progression of pancreatic and ovarian cancer. When medical care leaves this molecule alone, it allows these cancers to grow and develop into later-stage disease. Scientists believe stopping these cancer-causing molecules is a key to halting … Read More »

Certain Neurologic Drugs Raise the Risk of Hip Fractures in Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are warning that use of benzodiazepine and similar drugs can increase the risk of hip fracture in Alzheimer’s patients by 43 percent. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, included 70,718 Finnish residents … Read More »

New Research Sheds Light on How We Might Be Able to Better Cell Regeneration

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Regenerative medicine is still a ways away, but researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have made a breakthrough in refining cell regeneration. Researchers have known about cell reprogramming for years, ever since Shinya Yamanaka discovered the process. However, until recently, cell reprogramming … Read More »