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Muscle regeneration in early stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

A team of scientists led by Pier Lorenzo Puri, M.D., associate professor at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), in collaboration with Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome, Italy…

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A better way to grow motor neurons from stem cells

Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed.

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New role discovered for enzyme could have implications for cancer and neurologic disease

Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey shows that a new function discovered for a long-studied enzyme could have implications for the diagnosis and treatment of some cancers and…

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Antibiotics being explored for the treatment of cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy have the potential to trigger autoimmune disease

The code for every gene includes a message at the end of it that signals the translation machinery to stop.

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First small left ventricular assist device implant for young patient

“Today, we’re going to make history,” said 18-year-old Eric Ramos on the day UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors operated on his ailing heart.

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Key player identified in motor neuron death in Lou Gehrig’s disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is marked by a cascade of cellular and inflammatory events that weakens and kills vital motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

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Gene implicated in inherited muscle diseases

Skeletal muscle cells with unevenly spaced nuclei, or nuclei in the wrong location, are telltale signs of such inherited muscle diseases as Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, which occurs in one out…

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Potential for future prevention of prion conversion and disease using heparin

Prions are infectious agents responsible for neurodegenerative diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalitis (commonly known as “mad cow disease”) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

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New technique to make muscle cells from human stem cells

As stem cells continue their gradual transition from the lab to the clinic, a research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered a new way to make large concentrations of skeletal…

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Anavex encouraged by scientific data confirming sigma-1 receptor agonist extends survival in ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel drug candidates to treat Alzheimer’s, diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and various types of cancer…

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