Health Problems

Zeroing in on how a tumor suppressor protein is cast away

Researchers from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have uncovered new details about several proteins implicated in tumor growth and metastasis, opening a potential avenue for the development of treatments for diseases such as breast cancer. The research focuses on the tumor-suppressing function of SMAD4, a transcription factor protein normally involved in the regulation of […]

Health Problems

Deadly heart problem might not be so deadly

An incurable condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be less deadly than previously thought, according to a new study of sudden cardiac deaths among young people. At least 1 in 500 people worldwide are thought to have HCM, though estimates vary. The heart muscle enlarges and thickens, affecting heart function. HCM also can disrupt the heart’s […]

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Your healthcare provider’s expectations on whether a treatment works may impact its effectiveness

If a doctor expects a treatment to be successful, a patient may experience less pain and have better outcomes, according to a new Dartmouth study published in Nature Human Behaviour. The findings reveal how social interactions between hypothetical healthcare providers and patients have the power to influence how patients perceive the effectiveness of a treatment, […]

Health Problems

Reversing polycystic kidney disease

Hereditary and relatively common, polycystic kidney disease (PKD) has long been thought to be progressive and irreversible, condemning its sufferers to a long, slow and often painful decline as fluid filled cysts develop in the kidneys, grow and eventually rob the organs of their function. Once their kidneys fail, PKD patients often require dialysis several […]