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Rheumatoid arthritis: Scientists stop tissue damage

People with rheumatoid arthritis have a faulty mechanism in their immune system. Repairing it could stop the inflammation and tissue damage that the disease inflicts on the synovial tissue that lines and protects the joints. Scientists may…

Fasting boosts metabolism and fights aging

The latest study to explore the impact of fasting on the human body concludes that it increases metabolic activity more than previously realized and may even impart anti-aging benefits. A recent study takes a look at how fasting influences…

Antitumor protein can sometimes promote cancer

A protein that plays a key role in protecting the body against cancer also appears to have the opposite effect in some cancers. The tumor-suppressing protein p53 can sometimes drive the growth of cancer cells. New research from the…

Could blocking these immune cells aid weight loss?

Scientists have uncovered a mechanism in a group of immune cells in the gut that can sway nutrient metabolism to favor fat storage over energy use. How does the gut's immune system influence weight loss? The finding may help explain why…

Chinese fir tree compound may help to combat cancer

New research finds that a structural analog of a compound found in an endangered Chinese fir tree has cancer-fighting properties when combined with an existing cancer drug. Scientists devised a chemical analog of a compound from a rare…

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