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Colorectal cancer rates are rising in adults younger than 50 with the biggest jump, more than 5 percent, recorded in those ages 20 to 29, a study found. People older than age 50 began getting tested routinely for the disease in the mid-1980s, leading to a 2.8 percent yearly decline...
Your immune system plays an important function in your health — it protects you against viruses, bacteria, and other toxins that can cause disease. In autoinflammatory diseases, however, the immune system goes awry, causing unprovoked and dangerous inflammation. Now, researchers from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin...
HOUSTON – A rare, deadly developmental disorder of the lungs called alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV) that usually kills the infants born with it within the first month of life results from deletions or mutations in the FOXF1 transcription factor gene, said a consortium of researchers...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – High cholesterol levels are considered to be a risk factor not only for cardiovascular disease including stroke, but also for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, many cholesterol lowering drugs, including statins, have been developed in recent years. In addition to the cholesterol reducing effect of...
Researchers studying the bleeding disease hemophilia in mice have increased the rodents’ ability to produce a crucial blood-clotting protein, a new study says. Their success may pave the way for human trials. Past studies have successfully introduced a gene into animals’ cells to make the clotting protein, Factor VIII, which...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — At the ends of chromosome are special pieces of DNA called telomeres. Think of it as the little tip that caps off a shoelace. The telomeres send signals to the cells to let them know it’s the end point, not a break that should be repaired....
A new study shows that a large majority of patients who present with advanced colorectal cancer that has spread to other organs (stage IV) don’t require immediate surgery to remove the primary tumor in the colon. Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) presented their data today at the American...
A research team led by a University of Iowa investigator has generated DNA-like compounds that effectively inhibit the cells responsible for systemic lupus erythematosus — the most common and serious form of lupus. There currently is no cure for this chronic autoimmune condition that damages the skin, joints and internal...