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Researchers develop automated melanoma detector for skin cancer screening

Researchers develop automated melanoma detector for skin cancer screeningDoctors have trouble diagnosing melanoma because benign moles look very similar to malignant growths. But in developing a new technology that automatically extracts quantitative data from images of melanomas, scientists hope to help doctors detect the disease earlier and avoid unnecessary biopsies. More »

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New antibody therapy dramatically improves psoriasis symptoms in clinical trial

New antibody therapy dramatically improves psoriasis symptoms in clinical trialOnly a single treatment produced what researchers describe as “rapid, substantial, and durable clinical improvement” in patients. This raises the prospect of a treatment that could put this autoimmune disease of the skin into long-term remission. More »

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Researchers put potent staph killer to the test, hope for new drug treatment

The ever escalating war between evolving bacteria and antibiotics could be taking a promising turn in favor of the humans. Scientists have genetically engineered a powerful killer of one of the most dangerous bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It’s been tested on MRSA in the test tube, on infections in mice and a clinical trial has begun to probe its ability to kill MRSA infected cells from psoriasis lesions in people. Next up, per the recommendation of the FDA, is a test in minipigs. “It’s the start of a new class of drugs,” says the lead researcher, and early signs suggest it’s stronger than anything of its kind currently on the market. More »

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New study of psoriatic cells could fire up the study of inflammation

Psoriasis is one of humanity’s oldest know diseases and one of the more widespread, affecting 2 percent of the U.S. population. But it remains largely a mystery. New work identifies markers that define two types of dendritic cells found in psoriatic lesions, findings that will help scientists isolate and study the most troublesome inflammatory variety. More »

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