Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 15, 2002
U.Va. researchers uncover role of platelets in hardening of the arteries
Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a new contributor to atherosclerosis, the most common form of hardening of the arteries.

Mechanism to overcome Gleevec resistance demonstrated
Gleevec has revolutionized the treatment of patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and ushered in an era of promising targeted therapy for cancers.

Neural stem cells carry cancer-fighting protein to track and destroy brain tumor cells
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute in Los Angeles have combined a special protein (TRAIL) that targets cancer cells with neural stem cells (NSC) to track and attack malignant brain tumor cells.

New gene therapy boost immune system to cure cancer
Using a novel gene therapy approach that boosts the body's immune system by blocking the signal of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), a powerful immunosuppressor, in malignant tumors, a Northwestern University researcher has cured cancer in laboratory mice.

Volunteers handling the dead after Oklahoma's 1995 terrorist bombing are more resilient than thought
Stress reactions are known consequences for those handling the dead after a disaster.
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