Structure of Sodium Channels Key to Pain, Cardiac Treatments
Sodium channels are implicated in many serious conditions such as heart disease, epilepsy and pain, making them an important potential target for drug therapies. Unfortunately, there is still much scientists do not know about the molecules. New Univ. of Cambridge research provides fresh and unexpected insights into the structure of sodium channels and, specifically, one of its components - β-subunit molecules - which are responsible for “fine-tuning” the activity of the channel.
Spectroscopy solutions for food and environmental apps and advanced hybrid systems took center stage at Pittcon 2014.
The 65th annual Pittsburgh Conference and Exposition on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) brought together more than 16,200 conferees and exhibitor personnel seeking the latest instrumentation and technology offerings in laboratory science. With 935 exhibitors from 32 countries occupying 1,763 booths, there was plenty of innovation to go around.
Growth Removal Procedure Can Actually Spread Cancer
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.
The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronically powered device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen. Known as laparoscopic power morcellation, the technique is widely used to treat painful fibroids, either by removing the growths themselves or the entire uterus.