Human stem cells promote healing of diabetic ulcers
Treatment of chronic wounds is a continuing clinical problem and socio-economic burden with diabetic foot ulcers alone costing the NHS £300 million a year. Scientists in Bristol have found that human fetal stem cells can effectively be used to treat back leg ischemic ulcers in a model of type 1 diabetes.
New study finds continued abstinence is key to increased survival from alcohol-related liver disease
However, the downside is that up a quarter of people with alcohol-related cirrhosis die before they get the chance to stop drinking. Alcohol-related cirrhosis develops silently but usually presents with an episode of internal bleeding or jaundice - which is often fatal. more
New insight into Rett syndrome severity
A research collaboration between Australia and Israel has identified a genetic variation that influences the severity of symptoms in Rett syndrome. more
India's "holy powder" finally reveals its centuries-old secret
Scientists in Michigan are reporting discovery of the secret behind the fabled healing power of the main ingredient in turmeric — a spice revered in India as "holy powder." Their study on the ingredient, curcumin, appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a weekly publication. more
New imaging analysis predicts brain tumor survival
As early as one week after beginning treatment for brain tumors, a new imaging analysis method was able to predict which patients would live longer, researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found.
New human study reinforces antioxidant benefits of tart cherries
Eating just one and a half servings of tart cherries could significantly boost antioxidant activity in the body, according to new University of Michigan research reported at the 2009 Experimental Biology meeting in New Orleans.1 In the study, healthy adults who ate a cup and a half of frozen cherries had increased levels of antioxidants, specifically five different anthocyanins – the natural antioxidants that give cherries their red color. more
Urine test may determine if a smoker is at risk for lung cancer
Researchers may have uncovered why lung cancer afflicts some smokers and not others, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 100th Annual Meeting 2009. more
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