The new T. rex: A leech with an affinity for noses
A new leech species with ferociously large teeth -- recently discovered in noses of children that swam in Peruvian rivers -- is providing insight into the evolutionary relationships among all the leeches that ...
Reluctant hero? Cleaner fish show it pays to be selfless
Putting yourself in the line of fire is shown to reap huge rewards, in a new study published this week in Science.
Biodegradable particles can bypass mucus, release drugs over time
Johns Hopkins University researchers have created biodegradable nanosized particles that can easily slip through the body's sticky and viscous mucus secretions to deliver a sustained-release medication cargo.
Bacterium with grabber arms stops intruders
Bacteria in drinks such as Vifit stop pathogens by using grabber-like arms to cling onto intestinal walls. This discovery is made by a group of Finnish, Belgium and Dutch researchers, under the coordination of Prof. Willem ...
The making of mucus in common lung diseases
In the lung, mucus is produced by cells known as goblet cells, which are present in small numbers in the walls of the lungs and airways.
Key to potential new treatment for allergy-induced asthma identified
In research that could lead to new asthma drugs, scientists at Yale School of Medicine, Hydra Biosciences of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that a protein may be ...
Cystic fibrosis testing -- next steps
Three reports describing advances in cystic fibrosis genetic testing appear in the May 2009 issue of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.
COPD patients often given wrong treatment
(PhysOrg.com) -- Generally speaking, patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) deteriorate suddenly, in bursts, often as a result of bacterial or viral infections.
Researchers identify a protein that may help breast cancer spread, beat cancer drugs
New research from UC Davis Cancer Center shows that a protein called Muc4 may be the essential ingredient that allows breast cancer to spread to other organs and resist therapeutic treatment. The study, which appears in the ...
'Evolved' virus may improve gene therapy for cystic fibrosis
Hope for preventative treatment for cystic fibrosis lung disease
Heidelberg researchers have succeeded in preventing cystic fibrosis lung disease in an animal model by spraying amiloride into the lungs of young mice. This is the first therapy to successfully attack the root cause of the ...
A Better Mesh: Researchers 'Tighten' Body's Protective Coating
A net with large holes won't catch small fish. Likewise, the microscopic fibers in the protective mucus coatings of the eyes, lungs, stomach or reproductive system naturally bundle together and allow the tiniest ...
Misuse of Vicks VapoRub may harm infants and toddlers
Vicks® VapoRub®, the popular salve used to relieve symptoms of cough and congestion, may be harmful for infants and toddlers. New research appearing in the January issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the Americ ...