Ophthalmology

Imaging of conjunctival goblet cells helps diagnosis of dry eyes

Goblet cells are epithelial cells that produce mucins and disperse tears which help the surface of eyes maintain their wet environment. Goblet cells are closely related to autoimmune diseases including dry eyes and chemical ...

Medical research

Cystic fibrosis alters the structure of mucus in airways

Mucus is important for maintaining healthy lungs. Inhaled particles, including bacteria and viruses, get trapped in mucus and then cilia—tiny hair like projections on the surface of the airway cells—sweep the mucus out ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study identifies key protein that contributes to colitis

The cause of Ulcerative Colitis, a debilitating disease of the intestine, is unclear. A Yale-led study has illuminated the role of a protein that plays a key part in the development of the condition. The research, published ...

Oncology & Cancer

Research offers insight into cellular biology of colorectal cancer

A study recently published in the journal Carcinogenesis by researchers at the University of Kansas shows a new role for the protein adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) in suppressing colorectal cancer—the second-leading cause ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Bacteria enter via mucus-making gut cells

Cells making slippery mucus provide a sticking point for disease-causing bacteria in the gut, according to a study published on October 3 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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