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Loss of antioxidant protein Nrf2 represses regeneration of muscle lost to aging

Posted March 10, 2014

Good news for lifelong exercisers: Along with its salutary effects on the heart, weight, and other facets of health, physical activity also helps to regenerate muscle mass, which tends to diminish as people age.

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Stem cell breakthrough: Scientists discover way to ‘grow your own’

Posted February 10, 2014

One of the most ethically sensitive issues in American society, save abortion, has been the issue of stem cells and, in particular, the harvesting of them from human embryos, a process which results in the embryo’s destruction. Now, however, scientists believe that they have discovered a “game-changer” in stem cell research: a way for humans to reproduce their own, bypassing the ethical problems associated with their harvesting in the past.

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The heart’s own stem cells play their part in regeneration

Posted November 30, 2013

Up until a few years ago, the common school of thought held that the mammalian heart had very little regenerative capacity. However, scientists now know that heart muscle cells constantly regenerate, albeit at a very low rate. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, have identified a stem cell population responsible for this regeneration. Hopes are growing that it will be possible in future to stimulate the self-healing powers of patients with diseases and disorders of the heart muscle, and thus develop new potential treatments.

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Natural chemical boosts organ regeneration

Posted July 31, 2013

Your body naturally contains a chemical that can boost organ regeneration and speed up wound healing. Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) help new blood vessels to form, so Dipak Panigrahy at Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues wondered whether they might also accelerate other types of growth. To find out, they injected mice with EETs straight after the surgical removal of a lung or part of their liver.

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Hypnosis Provides Effective Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Study Suggests

Posted April 30, 2012

Hypnosis can be a highly effective treatment for the bowel disorder IBS. Studies involving a total of 346 patients conducted by researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, showed that hypnotherapy alleviated symptoms in 40 per cent of those affected — and that the improvement is long-term.

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