“Reverse vaccine” fights type-1 diabetesby Federica Mastroforti - 2013.07.09
The "reverse vaccine" is a new vaccine developed to help type-1 diabetes young sufferers produce their own insuline. It seems to act on the immune system, killing its "bad" cells that destroy the pancreatic ones of type B. This is the proposal of researchers from the Stantford University of Medicine, who published their paper in Science Translational Medicine. Also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, according to the WHO, 3% of the world population are suffering from this metabolic disease. The Professor Lawrence Steinman, coordinator of the research, says that it could be possible to fight diabetes through immunotherapy, modifying the response of immune cells. The analysis, conducted on patients with diabetes for at least 1-3 years, showed those who had been vaccinated were able to produce increased amounts of insulin (the hormone that transports glucose in the blood). On the contrary, those who had not been treated, did not. Harmful cells, however, vastly decreased.
How to provide relief to sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder
Just watching other people wash their hands provides relief to sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder and might be enough to reduce the urge to perform the action in real life. The findings, led by Cambridge University scientists, could lead to video-based apps designed solely for sufferers. If proven in further Read More.
Modification of human DNA brings hope for fighting rare diseases
American researchers have just succeeded in completing a series of experiments that involve genetic editing of human embryos. The results demonstrate that it might be possible to someday correct defects in DNA associated with congenital rare diseases. This outstanding study conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University, utilized a Read More.
Serious risk of colorectal cancer for obese teenagers
Adolescents with obesity problems risk more than their peers, as adults, colorectal cancer. The alarm has been sounded by a maxi-research released by the Rabin Medical School and Tel Aviv University. They have monitored the state of health of more than two million adolescents who underwent screening and clinical examinations Read More.
Nobody beats Italy when it comes to rare diseases
Italy represents the highest number of centers of excellence in Europe for rare diseases. The country’s network of these highly specialized centers (ERN – European Reference Networks): amounts to 189 out of a total of 942 in Europe (about 20%). Representation of patients in European Patient Advocacy Groups (ePAGs),is also Read More.
Pet-therapy in Milan airports to reduce stress
Pet-therapy in Milan airports to help the small and big passengers relax before takeoff. This is the initiative launched by SEA together with the association Amici Terapeuti Onlus. In fact, for the entire summer, in the boarding areas of Linate and Malpensa, little four-legged friends will make the waiting time more Read More.
Instagram helps women break the silence around miscarriages
Create a space for women who had a miscarriage so they can share their experience. A chance to break the taboo, and the resulting silence that surrounds this traumatic experience. Such is the idea launched by American psychologist, Jessica Zucker, which led to "Ihadamiscarriage”. The initiative is actually an Instagram page Read More.