Cancer

Cannabinoid compounds may inhibit growth of colon cancer cells

Medical marijuana has gained attention in recent years for its potential to relieve pain and short-term anxiety and depression. Now, Penn State College of Medicine researchers say some cannabinoid compounds may actually inhibit ...

Immunology

Observing inflammatory cells in the body

The process of inflammation is complex. The main role is played by immune cells migrating from the blood into the tissue to fight the inflammation. If too many of these cells are active, however, they can just as easily cause ...

Health

New snakebite treatment makes major advance

A University of Arizona researcher developing a therapy to prevent or delay the dangerous results of rattlesnake and other venomous snakebites in humans has shown that a combination of carbon monoxide and iron inhibits snake ...

Genetics

Genetic choreography of the developing human embryo

Years ago, when I was teaching at a state university, I had the privilege to show real human embryos and fetuses to my genetics classes. An obstetrician back in the 1950s had saved them after patients had miscarried, with ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Reducing harmful proteins in the fight against dementia

We probably all know someone who has dementia. By 2025, there will be 1 million people affected by it in the UK. Alzheimer's disease is well known as the most common cause of dementia. But what about the third most common ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Blood test for chlamydia may predict pregnancy outcomes

A blood test that detects antibodies to the sexually transmitted bacteriumChlamydia trachomatismay be helpful in screening infertile women for pregnancy outcomes, according to a new study.

Cancer

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer fears

Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed over fears of a hereditary form of cancer, following her double mastectomy two years ago.

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