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Diet Enhancing Gut Microbes Shown to Slow Type 1 Diabetes

A diet that produces certain short-chain fatty acids in the gut is shown in lab mice to support the immune system and slow the onset of type 1 diabetes. . . . → Read More: Diet Enhancing Gut Microbes Shown to Slow Type 1 Diabetes

Inhaled Drug Shown Feasible for Postpartum Bleeding

Results from a clinical trial show a dry-powder inhaled form of the drug oxytocin works in the body much like the injected form, given to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, excessive bleeding in some women after childbirth. . . . → Read More: Inhaled Drug Shown Feasible for Postpartum Bleeding

Low-Dose Multidrug Shown Effective in Hypertension Trial

A small-scale clinical trial shows a combination of four current drugs to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure, formulated in low doses, reduces blood pressure to normal levels in four weeks. . . . → Read More: Low-Dose Multidrug Shown Effective in Hypertension Trial

RNA-Nanoparticle Spray Protects Against Plant Viruses

Plant scientists combined synthetic genetic material with clay nanoparticles, which when sprayed on plants provides enduring protection against viruses. . . . → Read More: RNA-Nanoparticle Spray Protects Against Plant Viruses

Trial to Test Drug Combination for Hospital Infections

A clinical trial scheduled for early 2017 plans to assess the activity of two drugs to treat antibiotic-resistant infections often found in health care facilities. . . . → Read More: Trial to Test Drug Combination for Hospital Infections

Gene Therapy Designed for Muscle Wasting Disease

Researchers devised a treatment for a cancer-related muscle wasting disease using gene transfers that in lab mice block signals promoting muscle degradation. . . . → Read More: Gene Therapy Designed for Muscle Wasting Disease

Technique Speeds, Eases Bone Marrow Stem Cell Collection

Research team members, L-R, Chad Heazlewood, senior author Susan Nilsson, and first author Benjamin Cao (CSIRO)

16 March 2016. A lab in Australia developed a process that makes it easier and faster to harvest blood-forming stem cells for treating diseases such as leukemia. The team led by Susan Nilsson at Monash University in Clayton, . . . → Read More: Technique Speeds, Eases Bone Marrow Stem Cell Collection

Stent Implants Demonstrated to Transmit Brain Activity

Stentrode device (University of Melbourne)

9 February 2016. A team of engineers and medical researchers in Australia show it’s possible to safely implant electrodes in the brain to transmit brain activity with a catheter-delivered stent. A description of the device and delivery process with sheep appears in yesterday’s (8 February) issue of the journal . . . → Read More: Stent Implants Demonstrated to Transmit Brain Activity

Test IDs Mesothelioma Years Before Symptoms Appear

(National Cancer Institute)

5 February 2016. A company spun-off from Purdue University designed a test that in a recent study detects cases of mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, several years before symptoms develop. Results of the study conducted by MorNuCo Laboratories in West Lafayette, Indiana appear in the 22 January issue of the . . . → Read More: Test IDs Mesothelioma Years Before Symptoms Appear

Zoetis Inks Deal for Antibiotic Alternative in Animals

(Mutinka, Pixabay)

19 January 2016. The veterinary medicines company Zoetis is gaining exclusive rights to evaluate and possibly license an alternative to antibiotics in farm animals. While some financial details of the agreement with Anatara Lifesciences in Brisbane, Australia were disclosed, dollar amounts were not revealed.

Antibiotics are used to treat disease in livestock . . . → Read More: Zoetis Inks Deal for Antibiotic Alternative in Animals