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Doctor Who Survived Ebola Received Experimental Drug Treatment

On 28 September, 2014, a 38-year old doctor, who was in charge of an Ebola virus treatment unit in Lakka, Sierra Leone, developed a fever and diarrhea. He tested positive for the virus on the same day. He was placed on a ventilator and on kidney dialysis, and was given antibiotics together with a 3-day course of an experimental drug called FX06 -- a fibrin-derived peptide that has been shown to reduce vascular leakage and its complications in mice with Dengue hemorrhagic shock.
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On 28 September, 2014, a 38-year old doctor, who was in charge of an Ebola virus treatment unit in Lakka, Sierra Leone, developed a fever and diarrhea. He tested positive for the virus on the same day. He was placed on a ventilator and on kidney dialysis, and was given antibiotics together with a 3-day [...]

When You Lose Weight, Where Does The Fat Go? Most Of The Mass Is Breathed Out As Carbon Dioxide, Study Shows

Despite a worldwide obsession with diets and fitness regimes, many health professionals cannot correctly answer the question of where body fat goes when people lose weight.
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Despite a worldwide obsession with diets and fitness regimes, many health professionals cannot correctly answer the question of where body fat goes when people lose weight, a UNSW Australia study shows. The most common misconception among doctors, dieticians and personal trainers is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. “There is [...]

Researchers Identify A Therapeutic Strategy That May Treat A Childhood Neurological Disorder

Dr. Luis Parada
Source: UT Southwestern

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a possible therapy to treat neurofibromatosis type 1 or NF1, a childhood neurological disease characterized by learning deficits and autism that is caused by inherited mutations in the gene encoding a protein called neurofibromin. Researchers initially determined that loss of neurofibromin in mice affects the development of the [...]

Senescent Cells Play An Essential Role In Wound Healing

This image shows Buck faculty Judith Campisi and Postdoc Marco Demaria.
Source: The Buck Institute

Senescent cells have a bad-guy reputation when it comes to aging. While cellular senescence — a process whereby cells permanently lose the ability to divide when they are stressed — suppresses cancer by halting the growth of premalignant cells, it is also suspected of driving the aging process. Senescent cells, which accumulate over time, release [...]

Boosting Healthy Cells During Chemo

Scientists have discovered that adding thymine, a natural building block found in DNA, to normal cells, stimulates gene production and causes them to multiply. Pictured are normal cells producing DNA.
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

It’s well known that chemotherapy helps fight cancer. It’s also known that it wreaks havoc on normal, healthy cells. Michigan State University scientists are closer to discovering a possible way to boost healthy cell production in cancer patients as they receive chemotherapy. By adding thymine — a natural building block found in DNA — into [...]

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