Monthly Archives: February 2012

American Academy of Dermatology's position statement on vitamin D reflects IOM's findings

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has updated its position statement on vitamin D based on the results of a review of the increasing body of scientific literature on this vitamin and its importance for optimal health recently conducted by … Continue reading

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ISCT launches commercial development focus group addressing Cell Therapies for Peripheral Vascular Disease

In keeping with its commitment to connect industry, regulatory experts, therapeutic societies and translational centers to advance emerging cellular therapies, ISCT announces its first commercial development focus group addressing Cell Therapies for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). "As we enter the … Continue reading

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No robust conclusions possible on advantages or disadvantages of PET

Malignant gliomas are fast-growing brain tumours with poor prospects of recovery depending on disease stage. Experts hope that the examination of patients by means of positron emission tomography (PET) is more helpful in the choice of the right treatment than … Continue reading

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ZIOPHARM's darinaparsin receives EMA COMP orphan drug designation for treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., announced today that The Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) within the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive opinion for darinaparsin (Zinapar?„? or ZIO-101) designation as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of peripheral T-cell … Continue reading

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Venture philanthropist invests $3.5 million to thwart Alzheimer's disease

Retired San Francisco real estate developer Douglas Rosenberg says he has a new job – helping to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Through the Ellen and Douglas Rosenberg Foundation, the venture philanthropist is betting at least $3.5 million that … Continue reading

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Scientists convert adult skin cells into cardiomyocytes using direct reprogramming strategy

Scripps Research Institute scientists have converted adult skin cells directly into beating heart cells efficiently without having to first go through the laborious process of generating embryonic-like stem cells. The powerful general technology platform could lead to new treatments for … Continue reading

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Research shows nestin regulates formation of neuromuscular junction

In a study published in the Jan. 30, 2011, advance online edition of Nature Neuroscience, Salk Institute of Biological Studies investigators led by Kuo-Fen Lee, PhD., show that nestin has reason for being in a completely different cell type–muscle tissue. … Continue reading

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