Exciting news from the world of imaging!! MRI just might be able to discern cancer cells from non-cancer cells!! Researchers at Johns Hopkins have been studying cancer cells in-vitro (in a petri dish) and in mice to see if their detection method works. They have taken advantage of particular biology, in

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We all have learned to avoid things that are unpleasant. It could be that pasta dish that coincided with a bad case of the flu, or a particular place where a bad experience happened. We are “conditioned” to avoid, or fear an uncomfortable feeling. What prevents that feeling from becoming

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Using antioxidant gene therapy, scientists are slowing down vision loss and cell death by boosting photoreceptor cell's own antioxidant powers. Rods and cones (photoreceptors) allow us to see light and transmit the information to the brain. When these cells get too much oxygen, such that occurs in a disease process

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A new drug has been developed for brain tumors, gliomas to be precise, and is on the verge of clinical trials. Glioma is a type of aggressive brain tumor. Even though surgery can take care of most of it, gliomas actually send out tentacles into healthy brain tissue which makes

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Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) is a heartbreaking disease that effects small children and in most cases does not let them see birthdays past the teen years. NPC, or "Childhood Alzheimer's" is genetic but babies appear perfectly normal until the child enters school where learning and functional problems begin and persist

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Opossums are surprising us again! This time, researchers are looking to opossums to potentially create a better antidote for snakebite victims. Interested? Read on! Researchers found that opossums have a specialized protein in their systems that protects them from certain types of snake venom. The protein binds with snake venom and

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Roundworm infestation in humans can be pretty nasty. But a particular case prompted researchers to dig a little deeper- they found a 63-year-old man with these parasites, and he had a stomach lesion that the worms seemed particularly interested in. The worms attached themselves to this lesion, which turned out

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Peanut exposures are a much feared part of life for many families. Four out of every 100 children have a food allergy - some life threatening. Peanuts and mice might not seem to be related, but they are! Mouse models are consistently and reliably similar to human allergy, thanks to the

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Cannibal shrimp? Yes indeed, and there is an explanation why these animals turn on their own kind. They have been infected with a parasite that turns them into constant eaters!! Researchers from University of Leeds, Queens University of Belfast and Stellenbosch University wondered why these aquatic creatures were ingesting other shrimp.

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Forgetting is something that many of us worry about as we get older. Then we start to wonder if we are getting Alzheimer’s disease or something else. Relax. It probably isn’t Alzheimer’s, but the natural way our brain ages. The brain cells called neurons lose their connections between each other

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