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A brand new type of insulin-producing cell has been discovered hiding in the pancreas

Researchers have found a brand new type of insulin-producing cell hiding in plain sight within the pancreas, and they offer new hope for better understanding - and one day even treating - type 1 diabetes.


Chemists find that hookah tobacco heated electronically kills 70 percent more lung cells than traditional charcoal

Hookah-tobacco users might want to rethink how they heat up their water pipes, based on research by chemists at the University of Cincinnati.


A New Malaria Vaccine Was 100% Effective in Clinical Trials

A malaria vaccine has been particularly elusive in the medical community because malaria originates from a parasite and not a virus. Therefore, a live but weakened form of the parasite that infects humans was used in the creation of this new investigational vaccine, Sanaria® PfSPZ. The weakened sporozoites parasite was developed by Sanaria Inc. through a clinical study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH)

Largest ever brain cancer study provides key insight into one of its deadliest forms

As far as cancers go, one of the worst is a type of brain cancer called glioma - the disease has a five-year survival rate of just 5 percent, and no reliable method for early detection.



A giant study that pooled genetic data from tens of thousands of people could change that, finding more than a dozen new mutations for physicians to hunt for in an effort to identify who is at risk of developing glioma.


Longer telomeres protect against diseases of aging: A tale of mice and men

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered a key mechanism that protects mice from developing a human disease of aging, and begins to explain the wide spectrum of disease severity often seen in humans. Both aspects center on the critical role of telomeres, protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that erode with age.


Immortal stem cells let scientists create an unlimited supply of artificial blood

Researchers have developed a line immortal stem cells that allow them to generate an unlimited supply of artificial red blood cells on demand.



If these artificial blood cells pass clinical trials, they'll be far more efficient for medical use than current red blood cell products, which have to be generated from donor blood - and would be a huge deal for patients with rare blood types, who often struggle to find matching blood donors.


Scientists discover mechanism that causes cancer cells to self-destruct

Many cancer patients struggle with the adverse effects of chemotherapy, still the most prescribed cancer treatment. For patients with pancreatic cancer and other aggressive cancers, the forecast is more grim: there is no known effective therapy.


It's happening: Scientists can now reverse DNA ageing in mice

Researchers have identified a cellular mechanism that allows them to reverse ageing in mouse DNA and protect it from future damage.



They've shown that by giving a particular compound to older mice, they can activate the DNA repair process and not only protect against future damage, but repair the existing effects of ageing. And they're ready to start testing in humans within six months.


Scientists have turned spinach into beating human heart tissue

Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with veins that can transport blood.



To tackle a chronic shortage of donor organs, scientists have been working on growing various tissues and even whole organs in the lab. But culturing a bunch of cells is only part of the solution - they simply won't thrive...

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