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At the University of Cincinnati, researchers have developed a way to reduce the number of antibodies in a patient’s body. This may seem counterproductive without a complete understanding of what antibodies are good (and bad) for. Just ask E. Steve Woodle, MD, a researcher at UC who is also the director of the division of transplantation at the UC College of Medicine. He’ll tell you that antibodies view transplanted organs as threats and attack the organs instead of accepting them.Read More
The heat of summer brings us out into the water and directly in the line of fire of the sun’s UV radiation. Many of us grumble about applying sunscreen and wish it could be simply applied once for the whole summer. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a research team at the University of Cincinnati is developing a topical cream that makes this fantasy possible by taking UV protection to a new level.
As BPA-free bottles started becoming the norm, the Science Market Update published a prophetic article warning about the dangers of the new trend. The article cautioned that BPA substitutes had just as much potential for adverse health effects as the original compound. Recent research from the University of Cincinnati finally provides proof to back up this claim.
Summer is just around the corner, and for many this means more time to spend on outdoor activities. This last Sunday saw an excellent incentive to start the summer biking with the Ride Cincinnati event, an effort to raise money for breast cancer studies while encouraging the public to be active. This annual event awards grants to select cancer researchers in the area; this year five researchers from the University of Cincinnati won a combined $200,000 in grants for their outstanding research.
Untreated or under-treated brain concussions can be deadly. More than 1.7 million people in the United States need urgent medical care for traumatic brain injuries each year; an improved method for the emergency room personnel to diagnose these injuries is a pressing need.
Occasionally the most interesting discoveries are made simply by investigating a chance observation. Take for instance our earlier MSU blog about venom-resistant mice, whose analgesic usefulness was only realized after noticing that they didn’t seem to mind being stung by scorpions. Now at the University of Cincinnati, scientists have discovered a previously unknown property of a junk food ingredient that actually helps remove toxins from the body.
One of the major health concerns for a newborn child is viral and bacterial infection. Prevailing medical belief holds that babies have underdeveloped immune systems and thus are simply unable to fight back. New evidence from the University of Cincinnati overturns this claim and provides insight on a better way to fight these invaders.
Getting blood work done is generally not the most simple or satisfying experience. Often it requires blood to be drawn from a vein, which is uncomfortable even if you don’t have a fear of blood or needles. On top of that, the results of the test take between three and nine months to finally get back to you. A research team at the University of Cincinnati is perfecting a new biosensor that aims to make the process considerably easier to bear.