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Nobel Laureate Cooperates with Infinitus to Explore the Potential Roles of TCM in Immune Regulation

GUANGZHOU, China - On 6 March 2017, Infinitus (China) Company Limited, a member of LKK Health Products Group ("LKKHPG"), signed a letter of intent with Professor Jules A. Hoffmann, the Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, in respect of his acting as the consultant of Infinitus. The signing ceremony was held at Infinitus R&D Center in Guangzhou. Infinitus will establish a long-term...

XW Labs Announces Exclusive Licensing Agreement with University of Pittsburgh to Develop Novel Mitochondria-Targeting Compounds

PITTSBURGH and WUHAN, China - XW Laboratories Inc. (XW Labs), a biopharmaceutical Research and Development company focused on neurological disorders with operation sites in Wuhan and Taipei, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with the University of Pittsburgh to further commercialize a class of novel compounds based on pioneering mitochondria targeted bis-nitroxide technology...

Genetically-Engineered Malaria Vaccine May be Used in Liver Cancer Immunotherapy

Scientists have already created weakened strains of the malaria parasite that can be used as a live vaccine against the disease. Now, a research team led by Chen Xiaoping from Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has discovered that the attenuated malaria parasite vaccine may also play a role in immunotherapy for liver cancers. The related research results...

Magellan Diagnostics and PDXWildlife Partner to Identify Lead Exposure in Giant Pandas

BILLERICA, Massachusetts and SICHUAN, China - Magellan Diagnostics, the maker of a point-of-care blood lead analyzer, has announced an agreement to provide its LeadCare? II testing system to PDXWildlife at the Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan, China, for the study of lead exposure in captive giant pandas. Bamboo could be one source of lead exposure threatening the reproductive success of the...

China Able to Detect 300 Known Pathogens within 72 Hours

BEIJING - A system that can detect 300 known pathogens of communicable diseases within 72 hours, has taken shape in China, the Ministry of Science and Technology said on March 21, 2017. This suggests that the gap between China's detection of communicable diseases and diagnostic reagents and the international level has narrowed significantly, Xu Jianguo, an academician with China Academy of...

BioVentrix Announces the 1st Revivent TCTM TransCatheter Commercial Procedure to Treat Ischemic Cardiomyopathy in China

SAN RAMON, Calif., and XIAMEN, China — BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), announced commercialization and the first clinical use of its closed-chest Revivent TCTM System in the People's Republic of China on Mar. 13, 2017. The Less Invasive Ventricular EnhancementTM or LIVETM procedure was performed by Prof. Yan Wang...

New Superbug Could Be Epidemic

Chinese scientists have discovered a new drug-resistant strain of bacteria that can spread stealthily and has epidemic potential. The superbug is a strain of Salmonella typhimurium whose plasmid - mobile DNA that can be easily copied and shared between bacteria - contains the MCR1.6 gene, a newly discovered variant of the drug-resistant MCR1 gene. "This is the first time the MCR1.6 gene has been found in...

Functional Circuits Regulate Activity of Serotonergic Neurons

Dysfunction in serotonin system is involved in multiple mental diseases, especially mood disorders. The antidepressant drug Fluoxetine (Prozac), for example, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) contains most of the forebrain-projecting serotonergic neurons, and is thought to be important for numerous cognitive processes. However, the circuit mechanisms...

SERS Helps to Evaluate DHA Effect on Cancer Cells

In a paper published in Lab on a Chip, Chinese researchers announced that by using a novel method - Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) in a microfluidic chip they managed to develop, they can efficiently evaluate the effect of DHA on a single cell, said the research group led by Prof. Huang Qing at Institute of Technical Biology & Agriculture Engineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese...

China Building World's Largest Multifunctional Nano Research Facility

Chinese scientists are building the world's largest multifunctional research platform for nano-science and nano-technology that could help develop more powerful computers and more intelligent robots. The Vacuum Interconnected Nano-X Research Facility in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, integrates the state-of-art capabilities of material growth, device fabrication and testing in one ultra-high vacuum...

Chinese Researchers Reveal a New Antiviral Defense Mechanism in Rice

Rice stripe virus (RSV) is one of the most destructive pathogens for rice production. RSV has been responsible for numerous epidemics since it was first identified in Japan in 1897. Elucidating the mechanisms of anti-RSV defense in rice will help to control viral epidemics and guarantee food security. Over the past decade, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as key players in plant-microbe...

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APBN Editorial Calendar 2017
January:
Healthcare Focus: LUNGS
February:
War on CANCER
March:
Get to Know TCM
April:
Diabetes: The Big Picture
May:
The Piece of Your Mind - Brain Health/Science
June:
Advocacies in Support of Rare Disease Patients
July:
Food Science & Technology
August:
Eye – the Window to your Soul
September:
Infectious Diseases
October:
A change of heart — Cardiovascular diseases
November:
Diseases threatening our Children
December:
Skin Diseases/Allergic Reactions
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