Preclinical Studies

Using cannabis or marijuana for medicinal purposes is a hot topic right now among patients and health practitioners. It’s regularly touted as a pain reliever for many chronic illnesses. According to the National Cancer Institute, here are some of the facts about medical marijuana and its suggested uses: It’s grown all over the world. The plant is grown […]

Mutated optic rod photoreceptors have been reprogrammed, using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, reversing cellular degeneration and restoring visual function in two mouse models of retinitis pigmentosa. The study was done by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, with colleagues in China. Retinitis […]

Two new studies have uncovered socioeconomic disparities related to the health of patients with lupus. A study in Arthritis Rheumatology found a link between poverty and worse disease-associated medical complications over time, and a study in Arthritis Care Research discovered that the frequency of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Black and Hispanic patients with lupus is […]

The lungs of extremely premature lambs supported in a closed, sterile environment that enables fluid-based gas exchange grow and develop normally, researchers report. By Tracy Vence | April 25, 2017 … read more at: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49282/title/Artificial-Womb-Supports-Premature-Fetal-Lamb-Development/

A pile of cocaine hydrochloride. Credit: DEA Drug Enforcement Agency, public domain Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have used viruses to infect neurons with genes that allow them to switch on brain receptors involved in suppressing addiction relapse. Results of these preclinical studies were published in the September 28th, 2016 issue […]

Glioblastoma (histology slide). Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Investigational “hunter” immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a deadly brain cancer known as glioblastoma (GBM) infiltrated patients’ tumors and triggered thousands of more T cells once inside, researchers from Penn Medicine reported in a late breaking abstract at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 (Abstract LB-053). […]

A well-known rheumatoid arthritis medication containing the active agent adalimumab, a therapeutic human monoclonal antibody, is also effective for treating non-infectious uveitis, a rare eye disease. This has now been discovered … … read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-tocilizumab-uveitis-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis.html