Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New factor in the development of psoriasis discovered

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin condition. The underlying genetic factors have not yet been sufficiently researched. The skin inflammation is usually triggered by external factors such as infections or stress. A research ...

Neuroscience

In pig brain development, nature beats nurture

Before humans can benefit from new drug therapies and nutritional additives, scientists test their safety and efficacy in animals, typically mice and rats. But, as much as they've done for biomedical research, rodents aren't ...

Oncology & Cancer

Switching off the 'survival protein' for cancer cells

Proteins control almost all vital processes in our cells. If they do not function correctly, if there is too much or too little of them, this can lead to the development of a variety of diseases including cancer. The associated ...

Oncology & Cancer

Predicting success in therapy with individualized cancer models

In the EU alone, 78,800 men died of prostate cancer last year. While tumors discovered at an early stage can often be completely removed by surgery and radiation therapy, the prospects of successful treatment are reduced ...

Medical research

The dark side of antibiotics and what we can do about it

As early as the 13th century, scholars proposed that diseases were caused by 'invisible entities' unseen to the naked eye. However, it was not until the 1670s when Antonie van Leeuwenhoek made his microscope did the theory ...

Medical research

Controlling adhesions in the abdomen

Scars inside the abdomen, known as adhesions, form after inflammation or surgery. They can cause chronic pain and digestive problems, lead to infertility in women, or even have potentially life-threatening consequences such ...

Medical research

Putting a protein into overdrive to heal spinal cord injuries

Using genetic engineering, researchers at UT Southwestern and Indiana University have reprogrammed scar-forming cells in mouse spinal cords to create new nerve cells, spurring recovery after spinal cord injury. The findings, ...

Medical research

Brain state behind social interaction uncovered

The brain's emotion-processing center—the amygdala—is one of several brain regions involved in social behavior. But the exact role that this almond-shaped structure plays in the so-called 'social brain' remains mysterious. ...

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