This already prescribed drug may also effectively treat patients infected with Ebola.

by Jennifer Brown The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,300 lives—a stark reminder of the lack of effective options for treating or preventing the disease. Progress has been made on developing vaccines, but there is still a need for antiviral therapies to protect health care workers and local populations inContinue reading “This already prescribed drug may also effectively treat patients infected with Ebola.”

NIH Gears Up for a Closer Look at the Human Placenta

A placenta sustained you and every person ever born for 9 months, serving as your lungs and kidneys and pumping out hormones while you developed in the womb. Problems with this disk-shaped mass of tissue can contribute to everything from preterm births to diseases of middle age. Yet when a baby is born, hospitals usuallyContinue reading “NIH Gears Up for a Closer Look at the Human Placenta”

Protecting new neurons reduces depression caused by stress, and may lead to a new class of molecules to treat depression.

Scientists probing the link between depression and a hormone that controls hunger have found that the hormone’s antidepressant activity is due to its ability to protect newborn neurons in a part of the brain that controls mood, memory, and complex eating behaviors. Moreover, the researchers also showed that a new class of neuroprotective molecules achievesContinue reading “Protecting new neurons reduces depression caused by stress, and may lead to a new class of molecules to treat depression.”

University of Iowa scientists show that ingredient in green tomatoes (tomatidine) may build bigger muscles

A new study has found that a compound in green tomatoes, tomatidine, not only boosts muscle growth and strength, it protects against muscle wasting caused by illness, injury or aging. A research team at the University of Iowa found that healthy mice given supplements containing tomatidine grew bigger muscles, became stronger and could exercise longer.Continue reading “University of Iowa scientists show that ingredient in green tomatoes (tomatidine) may build bigger muscles”

University of Iowa researchers uncover mechanism of infective endocarditis

University of Iowa researchers have discovered what causes the lethal effects of staphylococcal infective endocarditis – a serious bacterial infection of heart valves that kills approximately 20,000 Americans each year. According to the UI study, the culprits are superantigens — toxins produced in large quantities by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — which disrupt the immune system,Continue reading “University of Iowa researchers uncover mechanism of infective endocarditis”

Researchers at the University of Iowa Discover Internal Trigger for Panic Attack in the Previously Fearless

By JAMES GORMAN Published: February 3, 2013 New York Times In the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about fear from a woman who could not experience it. A rare illness had damaged a part of her brain known as the amygdala and left her eerily unafraid. Both in experiments and in life,Continue reading “Researchers at the University of Iowa Discover Internal Trigger for Panic Attack in the Previously Fearless”

Researchers look down a different path for new antidepressants

As a teenager growing up in New Mexico, Zach Weinberg had the same thing for breakfast every day of high school. Next to his tortilla and cream cheese, which he insists is delicious, was a small, round, yellow pill – an antidepressant called Lexapro. By his senior year, the only thing different was the colorContinue reading “Researchers look down a different path for new antidepressants”

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Doctors Reattach Hand and Wrist After Tree Accident

  Roger Batchelder knows what it means to be truly thankful. The 74-year-old LaPorte City, Iowa, retired fire fighter has been a patient at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since Halloween, when a tree-cutting accident resulted in the complete removal of his right hand and wrist. Thanks to the quick action of paramedics onContinue reading “University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Doctors Reattach Hand and Wrist After Tree Accident”