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Scientists identify new disease treatment path

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that means diseased muscle cells literally eat themselves to death.

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Scientists find way to increase length of human telomeres

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have created a novel technique that they say can increase the length of human telomeres by up to 10%.

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Penn study uncovers secrets of a clump-dissolving protein

Implications for new therapies for brain disorders involving misfolded proteins.

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Harnessing gene helps repair muscle damage in muscular dystrophy

Researchers have successfully improved the ability of muscle to repair itself – by artificially increasing levels of the BMI1 gene in the muscle-specific stem cells of mice with muscular dystrophy.

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First lab-grown contracting human muscle

For the first time, scientists have grown human muscle that responds to electrical impulses and drugs, offering an in vitro model in which to test new treatments and study disease.

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Possible new target discovered for treating brain inflammation

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has identified an enzyme that produces a class of inflammatory lipid molecules in the brain.

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Potential treatment for Huntington’s disease suggested by animal study

By adjusting the levels of a key signaling protein, researchers improved motor function and brain abnormalities in experimental animals with a form of Huntington’s disease, a severe neurodegenerative…

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In Duchenne muscular dystrophy stem cells found to be faulty

Like human patients, mice with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy undergo progressive muscle degeneration and accumulate connective tissue as they age.

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New insight into how motor neurons in the brain die during ALS

Researchers look to understand the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the hope of finding new ways to treat the disease.

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A year in medicine: review of 2014

What were the top medical developments in 2014? This is MNT’s year-end rundown of the most important and eye-catching news from another year of medicine and medical research.

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