Extraordinary Case: 4 People Get Cancer From Donated Organs

There are rare instances wherein organ donors unwittingly pass infectious diseases to the organ recipients, but an even rarer occurrence is passing cancer through the transplant. In Europe, four people who received organs from a single donor develop breast cancer […]

Dangerous blood pressure spikes among blacks happen five times more often than average

Black adults experience dangerous spikes in high blood pressure, called a hypertensive crisis, at a rate that is five times the national average, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions, an annual […]

Infectious Theory of Alzheimer’s Disease Draws Fresh Interest

Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ? The search for the cause of […]

Caffeine consumption may extend life expectancy for people with kidney disease

A new study in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation indicates that consuming more caffeine may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease. An inverse relationship between coffee consumption and mortality has been reported in the general population. […]

Study: Kidney stones have distinct geological histories

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A geologist, a microscopist, and a doctor walk into a lab and, with their colleagues from across the nation, make a discovery that overturns centuries of thought about the nature and composition of kidney stones. The team’s […]

Reprogramming skin cells to repair themselves

Skin grafts are risky in an increasing number of patients, partly due to rising rates of diabetes This method by the Salk Institute could avoid dangerous outcomes UC San Diego biology professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte explains his work People […]

Swarms Of Tiny Magnetic Nanobots Could Be Used To Treat Blood Clots In The Near Future

In the future, nanobots will save lives. Scientists from Hong Kong have made a breakthrough in controlling swarms of minuscule robots to treat blood clots. A team of scientists has designed and implemented a strategy using oscillating magnetic fields to […]

An egg a day may keep hair loss at bay, according to dermatologists in Japan

An egg a day may keep hair loss at bay, according to dermatologists in Japan. A series of studies, in which human hair follicles were implanted into mice, found that egg yolk stimulated the growth of new human hair cells. The research, […]

Scientists Are Retooling Bacteria to Cure Disease

By manipulating DNA, researchers are trying to create microbes that, once ingested, work to treat a rare genetic condition — a milestone in synthetic biology. A newborn is tested for PKU, a rare inherited blood disorder, at a hospital in […]

Cellular pumps protect the gut from toxins

Cells that provide structural support to the intestine’s interior lining also have special defenses against toxins DUKE-NUS MEDICAL SCHOOL The master regulators of gut stem cells, called intestinal myofibroblasts, have pumps that protect them, and thus the gut, from the […]