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Injectable gene therapy targets blood vessels in tumors

By designing an injectable viral vector that targets blood vessels of tumors, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, have opened new avenues for gene therapy against cancer and other diseases that have abnormal blood vessels.

Study links concussion with Alzheimer's disease brain pathology

Alzheimer's disease has become an increasing burden in older patients, which is why research into its causes is a high priority. Now, a new study links concussion history and Alzheimer's, suggesting loss of consciousness could be associated with the build-up of plaques in the brain.

'Oldest case of sarcoidosis' uncovered in French Revolution leader

Maximilien de Robespierre was one of the most influential and best known figures in the French Revolution. A lawyer and politician who was guillotined in 1794, he might also have been the first described case of the rare immune disorder sarcoidosis.

Over 40 new genetic markers found for rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects the lining of the joints, but it can also affect other organs. In a recent international collaboration, researchers have discovered 42 new genetic markers associated with the condition, which they say could open doors to new treatments.

'No reduction' in deaths caused by aggressive prostate cancer

Death rates from metastatic prostate cancer have remained "mostly unchanged over the past 25 years," a study of 19,336 men with an advanced form of the urological disease has found.Publishing their findings online in the journal Cancer, the researchers from the University of California, Sacramento, had been expecting improvements in these mortality rates.

Potential weight-loss mouth spray for fuller feeling

A chemical naturally occurring in the body, already proven to produce a feeling of being full when administered, has found an effective new route via a spray on the tongue, say health researchers from the University of Florida.

Toxoplasmosis parasite: clues to symptom inconsistency

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have discovered clues as to why a malaria-related parasite, called toxoplasma gondii, can cause blindness in some people but not in others. This is according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.Toxoplasma gondii is a single-celled parasite that causes a disease known as toxoplasmosis.

African-American women need 'greater obesity effort'

Obesity researchers have found that African-American women need to consume fewer calories or do more activity to achieve the same weight-loss rates as Caucasian women who start at a similar size. They cite a lower metabolic rate to explain the greater difficulty in reducing obesity.

Eating peanuts in pregnancy lowers allergy risk for child

Allergic reactions to peanuts and tree nuts can range from mild to life-threatening. But new research suggests that pregnant women who are not allergic to the nuts/legumes and who eat more of them during pregnancy lower the risk of their child developing an allergy to the food.This is according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Breast cancer drugs: real and fake acupuncture 'relieves side effects'

Anticancer drugs are known to cause an array of side effects for cancer patients. But new research suggests that both real and "sham" acupuncture treatments could help mitigate the side effects of these drugs for breast cancer patients. This is according to a study published in the journal Cancer.

3D Technology helps stroke victims' rehab

Sometimes, simple solutions to problems turn up in unlikely places. Researchers from Sweden are drawing inspiration from the movie industry to improve rehabilitation for stroke patients.

'We bring gifts of gold, myrrh, and ovarian cancer treatment'

When you hear the word "frankincense," no doubt you think of the biblical three wise men who presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newly born baby Jesus. But what you may be less familiar with is the medicinal properties of frankincense. Now, new research suggests it may help in the treatment of ovarian cancer.