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Researchers find gene that proves psoriatic arthritis

February 9th, 2015
by Tania

Researchers find gene that proves psoriatic arthritisAs part of a European consortium, researchers have identified genetic changes that stress the difference between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)

- a common form of inflammatory arthritis causing pain and stiffness in joints and tendons that can lead to joint damage. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Microcapsules’ treatment could repair osteoarthritis damage

January 28th, 2015
by Tania

'Microcapsules' treatment could repair osteoarthritis damageA team of researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found a novel way to deliver proteins, which could reduce inflammation and damage caused by osteoarthritis.

The protein molecule C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP), which occurs naturally in the body, is known to be able to reduce inflammation and aid in the repair of damaged tissue. Read the rest of this entry »

Toxic element of Ebola protein identified

January 26th, 2015
by Tania

Toxic element of Ebola protein identifiedA toxic protein fragment found in the deadly Ebola virus has been identified by researchers at the Louisiana State University’s New Orleans Medical School.

The fragment is poisonous to many types of cells, and may play a significant role in both infection and subsequent illness, although its precise function has yet to be established. Read the rest of this entry »

Mechanism leading to cancer drug resistance and metastasis

January 24th, 2015
by Tania

Mechanism leading to cancer drug resistance and metastasisA new study has found a mechanism that leads to resistance to targeted therapy in melanoma patients and are investigating strategies to counteract it. 

Using targeted biological therapy can improve the outcome for cancer patients, while reducing the toxicity of the treatment, when compared to the adverse effects of standard chemotherapeutic drugs. Read the rest of this entry »

New protein test could save thousands

January 23rd, 2015
by Tania

New protein test could save thousandsA new test developed by researchers at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh could save thousands of women at risk of suffering a heart attack.

The more sensitive blood test is able to detect even minute levels of a key protein linked to damage of the heart muscles – troponin. Read the rest of this entry »