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You Need Vitamin D to Live. How Could This Woman Survive With None in Her Blood?

In 1992, a 33-year-old Lebanese woman had just immigrated to Canada and went to see a doctor. She was hunched over, and had limited mobility in her lower back, neck, shoulders and hips. Her doctor, Raymond Lewkonia at the University of Calgary, diagnosed her with ankylosing spondylitis, a medical condition that causes vertebrae in her… Read More »

The 3D shape of a protein involved in regulating blood pressure has been determined

A team of researchers led by Cardiff University has solved the 3D structure of a protein involved in the regulation of blood pressure, an advance that will facilitate the discovery of new antihypertensive drugs. Blood pressure levels are tightly regulated by many enzymes in the body, including two proteins known as SPAK and OSR1. Various… Read More »

Squishing blood stem cells could facilitate harvest for transplants

Scientists at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Tech have found that modulating blood-forming stem cells’ stiffness could possibly facilitate mobilization procedures used for stem cell-based transplants. Temporary squishiness could help drive blood-forming stem cells out of the bone marrow and into the blood, but the cells need to… Read More »