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The thymus atrophies with age, and since its primary function is to support the maturation of T cells, this means that the supply of new T cells, fresh and ready for action, also declines with age. This contributes greatly to immunosenescence, the progressive age-related failure of the immune system to respond to pathogens and destroy…

A great deal of present day research is in one way or another focused on forms of lowered calorie intake. There are those who seek to fully map the mechanisms by which calorie restriction and intermittent fasting improve health and extend life significantly in short lived species. There are those who are trying to sufficiently…

The snakeskin (Ssk) gene joins the short list of genes that can be manipulated to either reduce and extend life span in a short-lived laboratory species, flies in this case. Loss of Ssk causes intestinal dysfunction, and in flies the intestine is probably the most important organ in late life decline and mortality, much more…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – People who vape and smoke cigarettes are no more likely to drop the nicotine habit than those who just smoke, a new study suggests. Researchers at The Ohio State University studied 617 tobacco users and found no differences in quit rates for “dual users” of both traditional and electronic cigarettes. This research…

The doctoral program ‘CompCancer – Computational Methods in Oncology: Towards Personalized Medicine in Cancer Therapies’ has received approval from the German Research Foundation (DFG). As part of this research program, a new generation of researchers will be developing computer-based tools for use in cancer research. The new Research Training Group is headed by Prof. Dr….

Research on a new way of deploying the immune system against pancreatic cancer, an exceptionally lethal cancer that has so far resisted new immunotherapies, will receive $1 million in initial funding from Stand Up to Cancer. The project led by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine…

WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2018) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $54 million to fund 12 new studies comparing how well different treatments work in improving care for a range of conditions that impose high burdens on patients, caregivers and the healthcare system. “These newest studies will help to…

IMAGE: A blood vessel (center) provides essential nutrients to a melanoma tumor (left) in this artificially colorized microscopy image. Image DOI: 10.7295W9CIL38960 Researchers at the University of Tokyo studied a cell… view more  view more  Credit: Wellcome Images CC-BY-NC-ND http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/38960 Melanoma skin cancer tumors grow larger and are more likely to metastasize due to interactions between…

IMAGE: This is the Abramson Cancer Center. view more  Credit: Penn Medicine PHILADELPHIA – The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that it is joining the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) as its 28th member institution. The ACC joins top academic cancer centers from across the United States in creating the…

IMAGE: University of Houston pharmaceutical scientist Ming Hu is developing a drug that will recycle and stay inside the area it is targeting. view more  Credit: University of Houston A University of Houston pharmaceutical scientist is developing a new drug which could bring relief to children suffering with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), a rare genetic disorder…

Bottom Line: Patients who are diagnosed with adenomas, a possible precursor of colorectal cancer, often do not receive subsequent colonoscopies within the recommended time frame. Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Author: Jessica Chubak, PhD, senior scientific investigator at Kaiser…

IMAGE: Tannishtha Reya, PhD, UC San Diego professor in the departments of Pharmacology and Medicine, is the lead investigator of a study being funded by a $1-million Stand Up To Cancer… view more  Credit: UC San Diego Health Although pancreatic cancer comprises just 3 percent of cancer cases in the United States, it is the nation’s…

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