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Cell Mechanism Discovered That May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have found that defects in how cells are squeezed out of overcrowded tissue to die, a process called extrusion, may be a mechanism by which pancreatic cancer begins. From these...
27-Jan-2015 6:00 PM EST

Immune System Promotes Digestive Health by Fostering Community of “Good” Gut Bacteria

1.4 million Americans suffer from uncomfortable abdominal cramping and diarrhea that come with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The condition is associated with an imbalance among the thousands of species of “good” bacteria that inhabit the...
16-Jan-2015 2:00 AM EST

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father...
8-Jan-2015 7:00 AM EST

Defying Textbook Science, Study Finds New Role for Proteins


Results from a study published on Jan. 2 in Science defy textbook science, showing for the first time that the building blocks of a protein, called amino acids, can be assembled without blueprints – DNA and an intermediate template called...
29-Dec-2014 2:00 AM EST

Meth Users Face Substantially Higher Risk for Parkinson's Disease

In addition to incurring serious dental problems, memory loss and other physical and mental issues, methamphetamine users are three times more at risk for getting Parkinson’s disease than non-illicit drug users.
16-Dec-2014 12:00 PM EST

Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen


Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the host’s bloodstream. Supported by experimental evidence, these findings,...
8-Dec-2014 1:00 AM EST

New Research Shows Fewer Deaths Related to RSV than Previously Thought

It’s a virus that has long been characterized as dangerous and even deadly, but new research shows infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are actually quite uncommon in the 21st century. Researchers at the University of Utah have...
8-Dec-2014 12:05 AM EST

Research on a Rare Cancer Exposes Possible Route to New Treatments

A study by researchers at the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute has discovered the unusual role of lactate in the alveolar soft part sarcoma, while also confirming that a fusion gene is the cancer-causing agent in the disease
21-Nov-2014 5:00 PM EST

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