Clinical Trials & Research

Leuven researchers have deployed synthetic amyloids to trigger protein misfolding as a strategy to combat the influenza A and Zika virus. Amyloids are particular protein assemblies with properties similar to silk, that serve numerous functions. They also form upon protein misfolding resulting in protein inactivation. Frederic Rousseau and Joost Schymkowitz (VIB-KU Leuven) used these properties
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A team led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researchers has made two major discoveries involving psoriasis, a chronic and debilitating skin disease with no known cure. The researchers found that an overabundance of a protein known as KLK6 can produce and worsen the skin inflammation characteristic of psoriasis, and-;even more significant-;that KLK6
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 5 2020 People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis with increased disease activity are more often affected by thrombosis. A current Swedish study came to the result that among patients with high disease activity, one in one hundred will develop venous thromboembolism within one year, a more than twofold increase compared to
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 5 2020 Announcing a new article publication for BIO Integration journal https://bio-integration.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bioi20200007.pdf. In this review article the author Almando Geraldi from the Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia considers the advances in the production of minor ginsenosides using microorganisms and their enzymes. In this review, various minor ginsenosides production strategies, namely utilizing microorganisms
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, researchers are turning their attention to the virus’ biology, mechanism of action, and possible treatments. One of the targets are a group of immune cells called “neutrophils”, which have been reported to infiltrate the respiratory tract of patients who have died from COVID-19. The idea is that in
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 30 2020 A combination of genetic shuffling and evolutionary selection of near-identical genetic sequences among specific bat and pangolin coronaviruses may have led to the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and its introduction into humans, a new study suggests. The results also showed that the virus’ entire receptor binding motif (RBM), a
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May 30 2020 The COVID-19 crisis is not impacting cardiovascular procedures as heavily as it is other therapy areas, since the majority of these procedures are essential, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData estimates that 96.7% of cardiovascular procedures performed in the US are essential procedures. These essential procedures include surgeries
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Interview conducted by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 29 2020 Thought LeadersDr. Lewis SpurginEvolutionary BiologistUniversity of East Anglia News-Medical spoke to Dr. Lewis Spurgin about a new study that looked at ‘real world’ movement data and social contact to understand the spread of COVID-19. What lead you to research contact tracing and epidemic models? The Royal Society
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May 27 2020 Thought LeadersProfessor Stefan PöhlmannDr. Markus HoffmannGerman Primate Center News-Medical spoke to researchers from the German Primate Center on their research in determining the activation sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Why did you choose to research COVID-19 and possible treatments? We chose to work on COVID-19 because we have a long-standing interest in
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 22 2020 Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) occurs in around 10-15% of pregnancies with twins that share the same placenta. Typically, this syndrome appears before 24 weeks’ gestation due to abnormal vascular communications located on the surface of the placenta. As a result, blood circulation is not balanced between the two
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 22 2020 In complex operations, is there a correlation between the volume of service provided per hospital and the quality of the treatment outcome? This question is addressed in eight commissions on minimum volumes that the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has issued to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in
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May 22 2020 COVID-19 is requiring us to work differently. Research teams have had to work virtually whilst accelerating the delivery of life saving diagnostics and therapeutics. Related Stories Join Ted Tisch, James Broughton and Carley Hendriks, to learn how Mammoth Biosciences, a leading developer of diagnostics and research tools using CRISPR Gene Editing technology,
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May 21 2020 Bioinsider LLC (Bioinsider), a company dedicated to creating a quality, unbiased virtual meeting platform for communication among the scientific, policymaker, and business communities, has opened registration and a call for speaker proposals for its four-part virtual meeting series, Together as One COVID-19 Series. Image Credit: Kira_Yan/Shutterstock.com The series begins Thursday, June 18,
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May 20 2020 Continulus, www.continulus.com, the online video learning platform for health professionals, has dramatically widened its global reach with a new collaboration with one of the world’s most highly respected nursing bodies. Image Credit: FamVeld/Shutterstock.com The Scottish company, run by Dr. Eoghan Colgan who works in the Accident & Emergency department at Glasgow’s Royal
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May 19 2020 Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, a global, high-growth diagnostics company, today announces the release of the T-SPOT Discovery SARS-CoV-2 test kit. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com This kit is for research use only and launched under the T-SPOT Discovery brand. This research kit could make a significant contribution towards the development of a new
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The CSIC’s associated unit in Polymer Technology in Castellón will study the biodegradation levels of the materials developed. The CSIC’s associated unit in Polymer Technology at the Universitat Jaume I, directed by Luis Cabedo from the Department of System Engineering and Design, is participating in a project led by the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 15 2020 As stay-at-home orders are being lifted in some states and extended in others, uncertainty continues to surround the COVID-19 pandemic. Serious measures have been implemented the world over -; from cancellations of major events and large gatherings to closures of schools and non-essential businesses. You might be wondering
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 15 2020 A team of anthropologists, physicians, tribal leaders and local government authorities developed and implemented a multi-phase COVID-19 prevention and containment plan among the Tsimane, an indigenous group of forager-horticulturists in the Bolivian Amazon. The collaborative effort is led by Hillard Kaplan, Ph.D., professor of health economics and anthropology
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Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a rare, chronic, inflammatory disease of the bile ducts and is difficult to treat. Recent studies conducted by MedUni Vienna’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, under the supervision of Michael Trauner, have shown that the administration of synthetically produced bile acids and bile-acid-receptor agonists can be beneficial. These treatment approaches
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