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In Mice, Purified Blood Stem Cells Improve Success Of Bone Marrow Transplants

January 21, 2018

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have challenged decades of accepted wisdom about bone marrow transplantation with a new study showing that mice receiving purified blood stem cells are less prone to complications than mice receiving stem cells plus purified T cells. The study, led by Judith Shizuru, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was published online Aug. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Bone marrow transplantation has long been a po...

Case Western Reserve University Researchers Receive $1.25 Million From National Institutes Of Mental Health To Study Schizophrenia

January 20, 2018

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received $1.25 million from the National Institutes of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study schizophrenia from an interdisciplinary standpoint. The grant, to be funded over four years, includes three project investigators from three different practice areas. The scientists, Paul Tesar, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, responsible for the ...

Protein Essential For Ebola Virus Infection Is A Promising Antiviral Target

January 19, 2018

In separate papers published online in Nature, two research teams report identifying a critical protein that Ebola virus exploits to cause deadly infections. The protein target is an essential element through which the virus enters living cells to cause disease. The first study was led by four senior scientists: Sean Whelan, associate professor of microbiology and immunobiology at Harvard Medical School; Kartik Chandran, assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; John Dye at th...

Increased Risk Of Birth Defects Linked To Maternal Smoking

January 18, 2018

Babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a cleft palate or lip as those whose mothers didn't, according to research results released today. Although the study confirms earlier findings, it is unique because it did not rely on women's self-reported smoking habits during pregnancy. Instead, researchers used the more reliable method of measuring the levels of cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, in the blood from about 500 pregnant women. "This research i...

Recent Immigrants May Have Lower Risk Of Early Stroke

January 17, 2018

New immigrants to North America may be less likely to have a stroke at a young age than long-time residents, according to a study published in the February 3, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers identified all new immigrants to Ontario, Canada, over a 12-year period and matched them to people of the same age and gender who had lived in Ontario for at least five years. A total of 966,000 new immigrants were mat...