Science Market Update

Redesigned Molecule at Washington University Leads to Better Treatments for Osteoporosis

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Osteoporosis affects a large portion of the population in the United States. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), over 52 million people currently have osteoporosis or are at the risk of getting it in the future. With such a high amount of people affected, many treatments have been used on patients suffering from bone loss. However, the current treatments for this disease have been linked with an increased risk of getting infections and certain types of cancers later on. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have recently discovered a way to create treatments for osteoporosis that lower the risk of aftereffects.

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New Complex Carbohydrate Training Program at UGA

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Glycans, also known as complex carbohydrates, are essential macromolecules involved in nearly all phsyiological and pathological processes. They cover every living cell in the human body and perform a wide variety of tasks including cellular communication, growth, the spread of many diseases, and are necessary for the organisim's survival. However, there are still many glycans with unknown functions due to a lack of research. With the help of a recently awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Georgia Athens, there will soon be more research into the roles of complex carbohydrates.

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UCSD Life Science Researchers Uncover the Benefits of Free Radicals

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

To many people, antioxidants are simply thought of as a good thing to consume, even if the reason why is not clear.  A new study from the University of California, San Diego, shows that an overdose of antioxidants can actually inhibit the healing process.

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UT Austin in $17 Million Collaboration Researching Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

Nearly 2.5 million Americans are either hospitalized or die from traumatic brain injuries every year, and very rarely do these injuries receive proper treatment. Why? Because there are currently no successful treatments for curing these brain injuries. The Department of Defense has awarded the University of Texas Austin, along with 11 other U.S. institutions, a 5 year award of $17 million to develop successful treatments for these injuries.

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TMC Researchers Find Innovative Solution to Improving Immune System

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Researchers in analytical labs working as part of a Texas Medical Center study have found an innovative solution to stimulating the body’s immune system and thus protecting people against a wide variety of life-threatening diseases.

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Unlocking the Nanoparticle Vault To Kill Tumors at UCLA

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 09, 2014

To get under the skin of a tumor is a very difficult task. If the goal is to invade tumor cells, then classic drugs are simply too large to get through. A bioresearch team at the University of California, Los Angeles is collaborating with a startup company to develop particles small enough for the job.

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USC Scientists Breed Mice to Determine Early Signs of Kidney Failure

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Wed, Oct 08, 2014

Science researchers at the University of Southern California are in the process of conducting groundbreaking stem cell research by developing a new transgenic mouse line that allows USC scientists to capture early signs of kidney failure. This “mouse TRAP” uses early techniques developed by researchers at Rockefeller University that involve attaching a fluorescent tag to the ribosomes of a specific cell. Scientists can then determine which genes are ordering proteins to be made by looking at these rhibosomes.

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Pulmonary Hypertension Research at UCLA Leads to Innovative Solution

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

Researchers are continuously looking for innovative solutions for treating pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition for many Americans that continues to worsen over time. Occurring when the pressure in blood vessels between the heart and the lungs is too high, heart failure is common with this condition. In California, it is estimated that between 5.5 and 6.5 cases of pulmonary hypertension were fatal per 100,000 causes of death in 2010, according to an age-standardized chart by the CDC. Although there is no cure for pulmonary hypertension, researchers at UCLA may have a way to improve treatment for the condition.

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USC Researchers Say Scientific Convergence Improves Research Results

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Mon, Oct 06, 2014

As some life science professionals may have noticed, scientific research today is trending towards more interdisciplinary projects, with a focus on converging the biosciences, the physical sciences and engineering. Scientific convergence makes great synergy possible: math-focused researchers can help scientists understand complex number sets, and scientists make groundbreaking use of these numbers in medical research that can save lives.

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UC Irvine Scientists Give Hope to Patients with Rare Diseases

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Fri, Oct 03, 2014

Patients with rare diseases come to the University of California, Irvine as a last resort to meet scientists like Dr. Virginia Kimonis. Dr. Kimonis, who specializes in rare diseases, is able to give these patients hope with her vast expertise on treatment for rare diseases and her history of managing a section of the NIH’s Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network dedicated to Prader-Willi, Rett and Angelman syndromes.

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