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The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope

24-Oct-2017

In 2004, pneumonia killed more than 2 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the number was less than 1 million. Better access to antibiotics and improved nutrition account for part of the decline. But scientists say it's mostly due to vaccines introduced ...

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Beware doping athletes! This sensor may be your downfall

02-Aug-2017

Scientists searching for traces of drugs, bomb-making components and other chemicals often shine light on the materials they're analyzing. This approach is known as spectroscopy, and it involves studying how light interacts with trace amounts of matter. One of the more effective types of ...

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When proteins court each other, the dance moves matter

16-Mar-2017

At every moment inside the human body, a carefully choreographed dance is being performed. Proteins shake their bodies and wave their limbs, all with the goal of optimizing their interaction with other molecules, including other proteins. These tiny motions, called vibrations, enable the ...

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From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification

16-Mar-2017

A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord ...

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Embryonic gene Nanog reverses aging in adult stem cells

The fountain of youth may reside in an embryonic stem cell gene

27-Jul-2016

In a series of experiments at the University at Buffalo, the gene kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old. The findings also show promise in counteracting premature aging disorders such as ...

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Veggie juice that illuminates the gut

13-Jul-2016

The pigment that gives spinach and other plants their verdant color may improve doctors' ability to examine the human gastrointestinal tract. That's according to a study which describes how chlorophyll-based nanoparticles suspended in liquid are an effective imaging agent for the gut. "Our work ...

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E. coli: The ideal transport for next-gen vaccines?

05-Jul-2016

Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be used to fight disease? Researchers experimenting with harmless strains of E. coli - yes, the majority of E. coli are safe and important to healthy human digestion - are working toward that ...

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Estrogen, antibiotics persisted in dairy farm waste after advanced treatment

12-Feb-2016

When University at Buffalo chemists began studying waste disposal at a dairy farm in New York State, they thought that the farm's advanced system for processing manure would help remove estrogens and antibiotics from the excrement. Instead, the scientists found that the chemicals largely ...

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Huntington's disease protein controls movement of precious cargo inside cells, study finds

20-Oct-2015

We've known for years that the Huntingtin protein (Htt) is responsible for Huntington's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that diminishes a person's mental and physical abilities. Create the protein in the wrong form in the human body, and symptoms develop. But why this happens is a question ...

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Going beyond the surface

21-May-2014

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an effective treatment for easily accessible tumors such as oral and skin cancer. But the procedure, which uses lasers to activate special drugs called photosensitizing agents, isn't adept at fighting cancer deep inside the body. Thankfully, that's changing due to ...

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