Nicotine-mimicking molecule

Source: Stanford University Medical Center Summary: Researchers discovered that a receptor that binds to nicotine and to clusters of beta-amyloid molecules is found on certain types of immune cells that can act as suppressors and regulators of the immune system. A dirty little secret of medical research: Nicotine – a highly addictiveRead More →

Nanotechnology to detect biomarker for osteoarthritis

Source: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Summary: For the first time, researchers have been able to measure a specific molecule indicative of osteoarthritis and a number of other inflammatory diseases using nanotechnology. Hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) – HA is a naturally occurring molecule that is involved in tissue hydration, inflammation and joint lubricationRead More →