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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Health Research: GMO Salmonella promising as anti-cancer therapy ♦ Inactive tumor suppressor gene discovered in lung cancer ♦ New treatment for Barrett's esophagus

New treatment for common digestive condition Barrett's esophagus New research could transform treatments and diagnosis for a common digestive condition which affects thousands of patients.
How gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease  A new study is helping to shed more light on the important connection between the mouth and heart. According to research, scientists have demonstrated that using an oral topical remedy to reduce inflammation associated with periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, also results in the prevention of vascular inflammation and can lower the risk of heart attack.
Wristband that measures rest, activity schedule may help predict response to antidepressants A wristband that records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs such as Prozac
Inactive tumor suppressor gene discovered in lung cancer The PARD3 gene has been identified by researchers as a tumor suppressor that is inactivated in lung cancer squamous type. PARD3 gene encodes a protein that regulates cell polarization and cell junctions. When the gene is inactivated, errors occur in this cell orientation and in contact with neighboring cells. "Any change affecting this structure promotes tumor development,"
GMO Salmonella promising as anti-cancer therapy Genetically modified Salmonella can be used to kill cancer cells, scientists report. For years, researchers have known that certain strains of bacteria, including Salmonella enterica, can kill cancer cells. Specifically Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium has been shown to not only colonize solid tumors, but also to exhibit an intrinsic antitumor effect. However, in order to use Salmonella as a weapon against cancer in humans, researchers must find a balance between allowing it to kill the cancer and be safe for the patient. This bacteria, commonly known for causing severe food poisoning

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