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Health - Life Sciences - 19.12.2011
Starving cancer
Starving cancer
A research group has developed a new strategy to fight cancer. Blood vessels in the environment of tumours are killed with a new molecule which leads to the "starvation" of the tumour. Compared to currently applied treatments, this new strategy has a series of advantages. Modern cancer therapeutics produced by biotechnological methods, often are based on antibodies.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.11.2011
Repairing UV damage in the skin
Repairing UV damage in the skin
Scientists have elucidated the mechanisms underlying the repair of UV-induced damage in DNA, which frequently causes skin cancer. The protein structures additionally determined by these researchers will improve our understanding of how the body protects itself against skin cancer. These studies lay the foundations for the development of a new class of anti cancer agents.

Pharmacology - Health - 17.11.2011
New dual-acting class of antimalarial compounds
New dual-acting class of antimalarial compounds
Researchers from Novartis have reported new dual-acting class of antimalarial compounds with potential to both prevent and treat malaria infections. A new class of antimalarial drug candidates inhibits malaria parasite liver-and blood-stages in malaria models. Most current malaria treatments target blood infections but researchers believe both liver and blood infections need to be treated to eliminate malaria.

Health - Pharmacology - 11.11.2011
New therapeutic avenues for obesity
New therapeutic avenues for obesity
Newly discovered mechanisms lay the foundation for a new therapeutic avenues that one day may be beneficial in treating diseases, ranging from muscle weakness and frailty to obesity and diabetes. Researchers from EPFL published a study which highlight on the roles of a nuclear receptor co-repressor, NCoR1.

Health - 14.09.2011
Camera reveals blood circulation
Camera reveals blood circulation
A device shows how blood is circulating in the skin. It already facilitates the work of burn specialists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Health - Chemistry - 01.09.2011
Profiler at the cellular level
Researchers have successfully incorporated a diagnostic biological "computer" network in human cells. This network recognizes certain cancer cells using logic combinations of five cancer-specific molecular factors, triggering cancer cells destruction. Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson, from ETH Zurich, has spent a large part of his career developing biological computers that operate in living cells.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.08.2011
Combating fungal diseases
Combating fungal diseases
Scientists have discovered a potential new approach for inhibiting the growth of pathogenic fungi. Ultimately, immunocompromised patients with fungal infections, in particular, could benefit from this work. As temperatures soar and more and more people cool off at outdoor pools, the incidence of so called swimmer's ear - an infection of the ear canal - also rises.

Health - Physics - 02.08.2011
New method for the diagnosis of cancer
New method for the diagnosis of cancer
Researchers have developed a new breast cancer diagnostic method, and is now carrying out first tests on non-preserved human tissue. This new method should be able to reveal structures that cannot be seen using conventional mammography. Standard procedures only determine the extent to which X-rays are attenuated by various tissue structures.

Health - 06.06.2011
Remote diagnosis for medical ultrasound
Remote diagnosis for medical ultrasound
An ultrasound machine has been transformed into a telediagnosis tool. Specialists in other hospitals can see images in real time, pinpoint the exact zone they're coming from, and interact. Making a diagnosis using ultrasound images often requires advice from experts in other hospitals, particularly in neurology.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.04.2011
HIV: alerts sent by a protein
HIV: alerts sent by a protein
Scientists now understand how the TRIM5 protein works and particularly how it temporarily blocks spread of the retrovirus in humans.

Life Sciences - Health - 11.03.2011
Basic structures of sight deciphered
Basic structures of sight deciphered
During the process of sight, light passes into the eye and triggers a whole series of chemical reactions.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.02.2011
DNA mandalas
DNA mandalas
Mandalas are symbolic illustrations in Hinduism and Buddhism that have been created for religious purposes for many thousands of years.

Pharmacology - Health - 12.01.2011
Pain killers increase risk of heart attack
Pain killers increase risk of heart attack
If you regularly take pain killers - even those available over the counter - you often expose yourself to higher risks of heart attack and apoplexy.