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Researchers identify novel mechanism that protects pancreas from digestive enzymes

DALLAS – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which the stress hormone FGF21 keeps digestive enzymes from damaging ...

Another molecular clue in the mysterious influence of microbiota in the gut

By focusing on small molecules called microRNAs in stem cells of the intestine, UNC School of Medicine researchers have proposed a new ...

Unveiling the biology behind nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

EPFL scientists have discovered a new biological mechanism behind nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. ... Full story

Testing a New Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

By Anna Williams Patients with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease showed significant improvement on a drug called ustekinumab, according to the results of phase III clinical ... Full story

Gene Therapy for Liver Disease Advancing With the Help of Adeno-associated Viral Vectors

New Rochelle, NY, December 30, 2016—Liver-directed gene therapy delivered using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to treat diseases such as hemophilia have advanced into human testing. ... Full story

UT Southwestern’s first heart-liver transplant saves life of singer diagnosed with rare genetic metabolic disease

DALLAS – Dec. 21, 2016 – Transplant surgeons recently performed UT Southwestern Medical Center’s first heart/liver transplant – saving the life of a singer/musician from a small Texas town. ... Full story

Research Offers New Insight for Developing More Effective Drugs to Combat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

UC Riverside research points to a specific receptor that therapeutic approaches could target ... Full story

Blood pressure medication paves the way for approaches to managing Barrett's syndrome

New ways of using mechanisms behind certain blood pressure medications may in the future spare some patient groups both discomfort and lifelong concern over cancer of the esophagus. This, in any case, is the goal of several studies of patients with Barrett's syndrome at Sahlgrenska Academy. ... Full story

Study links lifestyle factors to formation of high-risk polyps

Lifestyle factors like cigarette smoking and red meat consumption are known to be associated with an increased risk of colon polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer. Polyps are small growths on the lining of the colon, and while some polyps are harmless others can progress to cancer. ... Full story

Unlocking a liver receptor puzzle

Imagine a key that opens a pin tumbler lock. A very similar key can also fit into the lock, but upside down in comparison to the first key. ... Full story

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