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Immune cells drive fatty liver disease and cancer

October 17th, 2014
by Tania

A team from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany, has discovered that immune cells move to the liver, which interact with liver tissue cells and drive the development of fatty liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and cancer in the organ.

They found that these cells are activated by metabolic stress, such as lipids from a high-fat diet. Read the rest of this entry »

Researchers examine hormone in patient responses to ovarian treatment

October 16th, 2014
by Tania

Ovarian cancerResearchers at the Women and Infants Hospital, Rhode Island, may provide valuable insight into how ovarian cancer treatment may be better tailored towards individual patients.

Work conducted at the molecular therapeutic laboratory, directed by Dr Richard Moore from the Women and Infants’ Program in Women’s Oncology, was published in the international science journal Scientific Reports. Read the rest of this entry »

Plant extract offers hope as possible lupus treatment

October 15th, 2014
by Tania

Biomedical engineers at the University of Houston (UH) have offered hope that a new class of drugs could be created to treat lupus, without the adverse risks and side effects often associated with current treatment.

Standard treatment at the moment involves treating patients with steroids as there is only one drug that has been specifically approved to help the condition. Read the rest of this entry »

New therapies suggested for small cell lung cancer

October 14th, 2014
by Tania
Micrograph of a small-cell lung cancerMicrograph of a small-cell carcinoma of the lung showing cells with nuclear moulding, minimal amount of cytoplasm and stippled chromatin.
(Credit: Nephron – Wikipedia)

There has been no significant progress in treatment for patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) in the last three decades, however two new studies could offer hope. 

A research team at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center have published two new studies, which have the potential to advance treatment for this aggressive form of lung cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

New surgical tool assesses progression

October 13th, 2014
by Tania

A new tool has been used to help track the performance and progression of trainee surgeons as they develop their skills in robot-assisted microsurgery.

Published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' (ASPS) journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the study evaluated the effectiveness of the Structured Assessment of Robotic Microsurgical Skills (SARMS). Read the rest of this entry »