Cannabis Raises the Risk of Cancer and Other Deadly Diseases

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Smoking cannabis damages the immune system.

Cannabis damages the immune system, leaving the body open to diseases from pneumonia to cancer, research suggests.  In experiments, THC, the chemical behind the ‘high’ of cannabis fuelled the production of a flood of cells thought to weaken the body’s inbuilt defences.

 

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Mechanism Behind Organ Transplant Rejection Identified

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UCLA researchers have pinpointed the culprit behind chronic rejection of heart, lung and kidney transplants. Published in the Nov. 23 edition of Science Signaling, their findings suggest new therapeutic approaches for preventing transplant rejection and sabotaging cancer growth.

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Gene Therapy for Metastatic Melanoma?

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A potent anti-tumor gene introduced into mice with metastatic melanoma has resulted in permanent immune reconfiguration and produced a complete remission of their cancer, according to an article to be published in the December 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Damaged Organs Linked to Change in Biochemical Wave Patterns

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By examining the distinct wave patterns formed from complex biochemical reactions within the human body, diseased organs may be more effectively identified, says Zhengdong Cheng, associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, who has developed a model that simulates how these wave patterns are generated.

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Bioengineers and the latest Adult Stem Cells Breakthrough!

Finally, the perfect environment provided for stem cell research!

Bioengineers from the University of California, San Diego have achieved the “Triple Crown” of stem cell culture — they created an artificial environment for stem cells that simultaneously provides the chemical, mechanical and electrical cues necessary for stem cell growth and differentiation.

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Embryonic Stem Cell Culturing Grows from Art to Science

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Embryonic stem cells under microscope

Growing human embryonic stem cells in the lab is no small feat. Culturing the finicky, shape-shifting cells is labor intensive and, in some ways, more art than exact science. Continue reading… “Embryonic Stem Cell Culturing Grows from Art to Science”

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Eating Almonds Can Help the Body Fight Off Viruses

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Eating almonds boosts immune system response to viruses.

Eating almonds can help the body to fight off viral infections such as the common cold and flu, according to new research.  A new study has revealed that naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin of the nut boost the immune system’s response to such infections.

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Significant Advances in Two of the Hardest to Treat Cancers

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Lung cancer and melanoma are among the hardest cancers to treat.

Using two opposite strategies, one focused and one broad, scientists say they have made progress in taming two of the most intractable types of cancer.   The focused approach shrank tumors significantly in a majority of patients with advanced lung cancer marked by a specific genetic abnormality.

 

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Women are Greater Hypochondriacs Than Men

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Women are greater hypochondriacs

A report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that women are more likely to report illness than men, but are less likely to die from bad health.  According to information provided by more than 750,000 people on national census forms completed in 2001, “Women were more likely than men to report that they were in “not good” or “fairly good” health, but they were less likely to die during the follow-up period.”

 

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Acne Drug Prevents HIV Breakout

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Johns Hopkins scientists have found that a safe and inexpensive antibiotic in use since the 1970s for treating acne effectively targets infected immune cells in which HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, lies dormant and prevents them from reactivating and replicating.

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Scientists Work on a Vaccine to Prevent Strokes

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An occupational therapist works on balance with a patient who suffered a stroke

Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have been conducting studies on for many years. Among their findings are studies indicating that stroke victims lack a certain antibodies, anti-PC, in their immune systems that normally reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis, a thickening of arterial walls that can lead to stroke.  Their most recent study provides the impetus to move ahead with the development of a preventative vaccine. 

 

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‘Good’ Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections

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Bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae, red) under attack by a neutrophil (blue).

Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why.

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