Old drug restores hair in
alopecia areata patients

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have tested a drug that has eliminated the immune cells attacking hair follicles and restored hair growth in a small number of patients. 20 Aug 2014

Restored hair growth in a research subject with alopecia areata over 4 months

Botox can slow tumour growth
Research at Columbia University Medical Center and the Norwegian University of Science shows that cutting off the nerves to tumours using surgery or Botox can reduce the growth of cancer cells. 22 Aug 2014

Microscope view of cells from the anterior (left - with Botox) and posterior (right) halves of the stomach of mice with cancer.

Type-1 and type-2 diabetes are caused by the same hormone malfunction
New evidence from research at at the Universities of Manchester and Auckland shows that juvenile-onset or type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes are both caused by the formation of toxic clumps of a hormone called amylin. 22 Aug 2014

Smartphones to be adapted to monitor and manage stress, nutrition and HIV infection
A multidisciplinary team headed by Cornell University has been awarded a $3million grant to combine microfluidics and smartphone technology for health monitoring and improving patient engagement in their healthcare. 20 Aug 2014

Increase in body weight linked to increased risk of 10 cancers
A study following the health of more than 5 million adults in the UK has found that people with a higher body mass index (BMI) have an increased risk of developing 10 of the most common cancers.

Drawing showing the two forms of the enzyme. Credit: EMBL/Rob Meijers.Bacteriophages could be new tool to fight C. diff infections in hospitals
A class of viruses called bacteriophages can infect and destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile, according to research at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg, Germany, and published in PLOS Pathogens.

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