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Discovery of a treatment to block the progression of multiple sclerosis

A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a discovery by a team at ...

Scientists ID Cause of Movement, Balance Problems in Multiple Sclerosis

New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty “brake” within immune cells – ...

Freshly squeezed vaccines

Microfluidic cell-squeezing device opens new possibilities for cell-based vaccines. ... Full story

Modern Alchemy: TSRI Chemists Devise Synthesis of Valuable Exotic Compounds

LA JOLLA, CA - Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a broad and strikingly inexpensive method for synthesizing “amines,” a class of organic compounds prominent in drugs and other modern products. ... Full story

Researchers identify mechanisms linking early adversity, disease later in life

Athens, Ga. - Early socioeconomic adversity, such as poverty, low education and disadvantaged community, has both direct and indirect long-term effects on young adults' cardio-metabolic disease risk, according to researchers within the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. ... Full story

Compounds identified in IU-led research are 'lead candidates' for improved cystic fibrosis treatment

INDIANAPOLIS -- A San Diego-based drug maker plans to adapt antibiotic derivatives identified through Indiana University-led research toward improved treatment of bacterial infections and genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis. ... Full story

Novel Drug Combo Improves Function of Cystic Fibrosis Protein

A novel two-drug combination has the potential to target and restore a defective protein underlying cystic fibrosis (CF), according to two phase III clinical trials conducted at 187 medical centers around the world, including Johns Hopkins. ... Full story

Microdomains set the stage for breakthroughs in study of human disease

J. Andrew MacKay builds on his team’s attempt to control polypeptide-based structures ... Full story

New Techniques for Reprogramming Stem Cells Target Neurological Disease Models

New Rochelle, NY —As scientists overcome the technical challenges in reprogramming stem cells to produce biologically precise models of human neurons, these emerging model systems will accelerate research on understanding neuronal activity, brain development, and neurological diseases, and will drive the discovery of new patient-specific, reprogramming-based therapies. ... Full story

New test detects drug use from a single fingerprint

Research published today in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched. ... Full story

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