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Sensitive new assay detects hepatitis B infection in single liver cells and serum

13-Apr-2018

Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A study describes a new HBV assay that offers advantages over currently used methods because it has the capability to detect closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in serum, single cells, and preserved tissue ...

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Biomarker helps identify 'window of opportunity' for cancer chemotherapy timing

11-Apr-2018

Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, is essential for tumor growth. A new study describes a vascular stabilization biomarker that can visualize blood vessel activity, thus optimizing the timing of anticancer therapies including anti-angiogenics. Combination therapy using angiogenesis ...

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Tiny super magnets could be the future of drug delivery

16-Nov-2016

Microscopic crystals could soon be zipping drugs around your body, taking them to diseased organs. In the past, this was thought to be impossible - the crystals, which have special magnetic properties, were so small that scientists could not control their movement. But now a team of Chinese ...

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Smaller, cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity

17-Mar-2016

A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones. The world's supply of ...

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Taking statins before heart surgery can help reduce post-surgical complications

12-Jan-2016

Using statins before and after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery can help reduce cardiac complications, such as atrial fibrillation, following surgery and also can reduce the risk of death during and after surgery. Key Points: Using statins before and after CABG surgery can help ...

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Biomarker helps predict survival time in gastric cancer patients

09-Sep-2015

Gastric cancer poses a significant health problem in developing countries and is typically associated with late-stage diagnosis and high mortality. A new study in The American Journal of Pathology points to a pivotal role played by the biomarker microRNA (miR)-506 in gastric cancer. Patients ...

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Humans carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals they work with

26-Aug-2015

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a concern for the health and well-being of both humans and farm animals. One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI). Widespread use of ...

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Stem cells help researchers study the effects of pollution on human health

12-Aug-2015

A recent study shows that embryonic stem cells could serve as a model to evaluate the physiological effects of environmental pollutants efficiently and cost-effectively. The use of stem cells has found another facade. In the world we live in today, people are constantly exposed to artificial ...

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Researchers Find Link between Persistent Insomnia and Increased Mortality Risk

02-Mar-2015

A connection between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality has been identified by a group of researchers from the University of Arizona. Their study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk ...

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Amyloid formation may link Alzheimer disease and type 2 diabetes

18-Feb-2015

The pathological process amyloidosis, in which misfolded proteins (amyloids) form insoluble fibril deposits, occurs in many diseases, including Alzheimer disease (AD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). However, little is known about whether different forms of amyloid proteins interact or how ...

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