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Brain Is Command Center for Aging | The Scientist Magazine®

But, what and when are we going to do about it? Hurry! Inflammation in the hypothalamus may underlie aging of the entire body, according to a study published today (May 1) in Nature. Over-activation of the inflammatory protein nuclear factor kB (NF-κB) in the brain region leads to a number of aging-related changes in mice, … Continue reading

Distinct niches in bone marrow nurture blood stem cells | Science Codex

The future of stem cell research: determine which conditions make the right stem cells in the body work the way we want them to, using stimulating factors for the good and suppressing the bad ones that cause cancer. “What we found was rather surprising,” Link says. “There’s not just one niche for developing blood cells … Continue reading

Umbilical Cord vs. Embryonic Stem Cells

The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) has published the article that was the subject of this blog last week, and which claims that researchers at the University of Texas at Houston have produced the “first transplantable source of lung epithelial cells.” There is no evidence that these cells are “transplantable,” and they … Continue reading

Healing wounds and regrowing tissue

Doctors at the Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas take care of soldiers (and sometimes civilians) who have been severely wounded or burned. I did 3 or 4 rotations at the old BAMC during medical school and residency and I was always impressed with the enthusiasm and care for the patients that all … Continue reading

Texas researchers discover key to heart repair

Texas research team has published a report on the fusion of adult stem cells to damaged heart cells which enables healing of damage. In this case, the stem cells are from peripheral blood – the blood that circulates every day. Presumably, the origin of these cells is the bone marrow. The review at Physorg.com. includes … Continue reading

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