Nigeria Ready to be Declared Ebola-Free

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer Nigeria would be declared Ebola-free on Monday, about three months after the Ebola scare, when the virus was spreading like wildfire through Africa’s most populous nation. The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to announce that Nigeria has not had a confirmed case of Ebola for 42 days — or two incubation periods of 21 days — just as it did for Senegal on Friday. The achievement is being welcomed, with no end in sight to the disease that has … http://dlvr.it/7G4G84

Scaling Up Ebola Response

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer European foreign ministers are under pressure to scale up their response to the Ebola epidemic and will meet on Monday. Warnings of the disease becoming the “disaster of our generation” have been issued. Ahead of the talks, Aid agency Oxfam, which works in the two worst-hit countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — issued a stark call for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to the west African epicentre of the outbreak. “There is a very … http://dlvr.it/7G4G62

Aspirin can Improve the Efficacy of Schizophrenia Treatment: Study

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer A new study shows that some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, estrogen, and emfluimucil/emi,/i can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. The study was presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin. For some time, doctors have believed that helping the immune system may benefit the treatment of schizophrenia, but until now there has been no conclusive evidence that this … http://dlvr.it/7G4G4Z

Controlling Genes Precisely - Result of Game-changing Research

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer Turning genes on and off with a new, precise way has been described online October 9, 2014 in two articles in the journal iCell/i. This is likely to lead to a better understanding of diseases and possibly to new therapies, suggest UC San Francisco scientists. The key to the advance is a new invention, called the SunTag, a series of molecular hooks for hanging multiple copies of biologically active molecules onto a single protein scaffold used to target genes … http://dlvr.it/7G4G37

Muscle Fibrosis Spurred by Out-Of-Step Cells Duchenne MD Patients

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer In patients with Duchene muscular dystrophy, muscle cells fail to perform in unison, as if a marching band is falling out of step. A new study in The Journal of Cell Biology reveals how this breakdown leads to the proliferation of stiff fibrotic tissue within muscles. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder affecting around 1 in 3,600 boys. Children with this condition usually don’t show symptoms right away. Instead, their muscles become progressively weaker … http://dlvr.it/7G3bCc

Stop Growth of Tumors With a Gene

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer The answers to isolating cancerous tumors and finding potential new treatments for a host of cancers could be in the dirt in your backyard. University of Iowa researchers have found a gene in a soil-dwelling amoeba that functions similarly to the main tumor-fighting gene found in humans, called PTEN. When healthy, PTEN suppresses tumor growth in humans. But the gene is prone to mutate, allowing cancerous cells to multiply and form tumors. PTEN mutations … http://dlvr.it/7G37xc

Multiple Health Conditions may be Found in Older Women

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer The number of cases of people with multimorbidity or multiple health conditions is increasing, creating significant challenges in healthcare. Higher levels of multimorbidity was found in women, in the first comprehensive systematic review in this field. Equally as importantly, it has revealed the poor quality of evidence on this increasingly critical area of healthcare. The review’s main author, Professor Jose M Valderas, NIHR Clinician Scientist of the University … http://dlvr.it/7G37p7

Theory on Parkinson’s Origin Strengthened

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer While Parkinson’s disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain’s movement center, tracing the origin of the disease led researchers to a different part of the human anatomy. In 2003, the German neuropathologist Heiko Braak presented a theory suggesting that the disease begins in the gut and spreads to the brain. The idea has since, despite vocal critics, gained a lot of ground. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden now present the first direct evidence that … http://dlvr.it/7G37fv