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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Health Research: Nasal spray device for mental illness ♦ Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding ♦ Blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early

Scientists reveal cellular clockwork underlying inflammation Researchers have uncovered key cellular functions that help regulate inflammation -- a discovery that could have important implications for the treatment of allergies, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. The discovery explains how two particular proteins, Tollip and Tom1, work together to contribute to the turnover of cell-surface receptor proteins that trigger inflammation.
Nasal spray device for mental illness Researchers have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose. This method was found to deliver medicine to the brain with few side effects.
Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion.  The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana
DNA 'clews' used to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells Researchers have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model.
Important steps toward developing a blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States and has a 5-year survival rate of only 6 percent, which is the lowest rate of all types of cancer.  This low survival rate is partially attributed to the difficulty in detecting pancreatic cancer at an early stage.

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