Health & Medicine

  1. Health & Medicine

    Shuttling medicines via blood cells

    Researchers have developed a way of encapsulating drugs in red blood cells, which can be used to deliver low doses of anti-inflammatory drugs to cystic fibrosis patients.

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    Standing Up to Gravity

    Studies in space can help physicians better understand a disorder in which patients get faint or dizzy while standing.

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    Nerve cells of ALS patients harbor virus

    Fragments of viral genetic material show up with unusually high frequency in nerve tissue of patients with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, suggesting a link between the virus and this lethal illness.

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    Efficient Germ: Human body boosts power of cholera microbe

    Some genes in the cholera-causing bacterium Vibrio cholerae are activated and others are silenced when the microbe passes through the human gut, changes that make the bacterium more virulent.

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    Transplant Triumph: Cloned cow kidneys thrive for months

    Cow kidneys and other tissue made by cloning ward off immune rejection after transplantation into cows.

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    Dieting woes tied to hunger hormone

    A rise in the appetite-enhancing hormone ghrelin after weight loss may explain why dieters regain pounds.

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    Arthritis drug fights Crohn’s disease

    The inflammation-fighting drug infliximab can hold off the painful symptoms of Crohn's disease for as long as a year in many patients.

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    Pudgy? Here’s a Small Benefit

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    Operation overload: Kids’ backpacks

    Sixth-graders in Italy routinely carry school backpacks that equal, on average, 22 percent of their body weight, a finding researchers link to an earlier report that more than 60 percent of children in this age group had experienced low-back pain more than once.

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    Hysterectomy often improves sex life

    A study of more than 1,000 women who had hysterectomies finds that after the operation, women generally wanted and had sex more often, were more likely to reach orgasm, experienced less vaginal dryness, and were less likely to have pain during sex than was the case before surgery.

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    Glutamate glut linked to multiple sclerosis

    The chemical glutamate can overwhelm nervous-system cells called oligodendrocytes, adding to the nerve damage caused by wayward immune cells in multiple sclerosis.

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    Learning from leprosy’s nerve damage

    The bacterium that causes leprosy directly damages a protective sheathing around many nerve cells.