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TSRI researchers identify gene responsible for mesenchymal stem cells' stem-ness'

(Scripps Research Institute) Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute recently published a study in the journal Cell Death and Differentiation identifying factors crucial to mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, providing insight into how these cells should be studied for clinical purposes.

A Response from ADA

Last Friday, I received a phone call from Michelle Kirkwood, Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Media Relations at the American Diabetes Association.  We had a candid discussion about the email that was sent out last week from the ADA with the subject line “Cause of death:  Diabetes“. Show More Summary

Boosting cancer therapy with artificial molecules

Researchers have created artificial molecules that can help the immune system to recognize and attack cancer tumors.

Researchers identify a protein that keeps metastatic breast cancer cells dormant

(Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)) A study headed by ICREA researcher Roger Gomis at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) has identified the genes involved in the latent asymptomatic state of breast cancer metastases. Show More Summary

Microbiome predicts blood infections in pediatric cancer patients

(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Patients who developed bloodstream infections had significantly reduced microbiome diversity than patients who remained free of infection.

Virus shown to be likely cause of mystery polio-like illness

A major review has identified strong evidence that a virus called Enterovirus D68 is the cause of a mystery polio-like illness that has paralyzed children in the US, Canada and Europe.

Improving vaccines for the elderly by blocking inflammation

(University College London) By identifying why skin immunity declines in old age, a UCL-led research team has found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for elderly people.The study, published today in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that an excessive inflammation reaction in older people can obstruct the immune system.

Does It Mean Us?

Photo description: Nurses from th early 1940's Germany standing in front of large wooden doors set into and old brick building. Joe and I went to see The Evidence Room at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibit presented the architectural evidence that Auschwitz was purpose built for death. Show More Summary

MS News that Caught My Eye Last Week: Ocrevus in the EU, Salt and Cognitive Problems, Searching for Myelin, Tecfidera Tolerance

European Commission Approves Ocrevus to Treat RRMS, PPMS Throughout EU This is a biggie. It’s been nearly a year since the FDA approved the use of Ocrevus here in the U.S. Finally, it’s been given the green light in Europe. Canada, Australia,...Show More Summary

New long-acting approach for malaria therapy developed

(University of Liverpool) A new study, published in Nature Communications, conducted by the University of Liverpool and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine highlights a new 'long acting' medicine for the prevention of malaria.

Scientists Determine Structure of Major Cytokine Involved in MS Inflammation

A global collaboration of researchers led by Belgium’s Flanders Institute for Biotechnology has determined the structure of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-23 and its receptor IL-23R, which could be potential targets for treating multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases. Show More Summary

CannaMD Opens 2 Marijuana Clinics in Orlando Area for MS Patients, Others

CannaMD plans two medical marijuana clinics in the Orlando area to evaluate patients for entry in the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry. The first clinic opened Jan. 17 in the suburb of Dr. Phillips; the second will open Jan. 25 in the Lake County town of Mt. Show More Summary

Fox News Meteorologist With MS Claps Back After Viewer Criticizes Her Legs

It doesn’t take much to get criticized for your appearance – especially when you’re a public figure. Whether you’re in movies or on TV, being in the media seems to give viewers the idea that they can voice their opinion whenever they feel like it. Show More Summary

Vicious Death Threat Emailed to Dr. Suzanne Humphries: "I'm gonna F'ing Murder You You F'ing C-word."

By Kim Rossi "This email that came through [last night] was different." Dr. Suzanne Humphries. A vicious death threat email was sent to Dr. Suzanne Humphries from a secure server in Germany that is designed to protect users from tracking....

Heart Disease Prevention - How Would Hypertension Affect Health?

Patients with hypertension are often unaware of their condition because there are usually no obvious signs or symptoms. Uncontrolled hypertension makes one more likely to get not only heart disease and stroke but also other diseases like kidney disease, eye diseases, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Show More Summary

Dispatch from India: Healing HIV with Meditation

In India, the heavily subsidized medication Viraday, are a must for those among us living with HIV. An even more important treatment may be meditation.

Being HIV-positive Saved Me From a Narrow World View

From his slow diagnosis more than a decade ago to now, one man shows how he's grown as a person.

Swallowable test to detect pre-cancerous Barrett's esophagus

Investigators have developed a simple, swallowable test for early detection of Barrett's esophagus that offers promise for preventing deaths from esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Bioengineered soft microfibers improve T-cell production

Researchers have developed a new method for improving T cell manufacture by focusing on the materials involved in this process. Their study uses a polymer mesh to activate the T cells, a critical step for their production. This approach simplifies processing compared to systems in use today. Show More Summary

Genetic discovery may help better identify children at risk for type 1 diabetes

Six novel chromosomal regions identified by scientists leading a large, prospective study of children at risk for type 1 diabetes will enable the discovery of more genes that cause the disease and more targets for treating or even preventing it.

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