Archive: 22/12/2008

Redesigned protein accelerates blood clotting

Researchers have made several, subtle changes in the structure of a key protein, dramatically increasing its ability to drive blood clotting, according to a study published in a December edition of the Journal of Thrombosis ...

dateDec 22, 2008 in Medical research
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Leptin's long-distance call to the pancreas

Rube Goldberg—the cartoonist who devised complex machines for simple tasks—would have smiled at one of leptin's mechanisms for curbing insulin release. As Hinoi et al. show, the fat-derived hormone enlists the sympathetic ...

dateDec 22, 2008 in
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Better antifreezes to preserve donor organs for transplantation

Chemists in Canada have developed a new approach for producing more effective medical antifreeze fluids for preserving kidneys, hearts, and other organs donated for transplantation. These next-generation antifreezes can decrease ...

dateDec 22, 2008 in
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SNPs of ABC transporter genes linked to lung cancer risk

Individuals with particular variants of certain genes involved in metabolizing the most potent carcinogen found in cigarette smoke have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. That is the conclusion of a new study published ...

dateDec 22, 2008 in Cancer
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When it's not just baby weight

Body image is a tricky thing for many women. Like looking into a funhouse mirror, the way they perceive their bodies can make them think they're thinner or more obese than they actually are. Researchers led by Temple University's ...

dateDec 22, 2008 in Other
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