UVA Researchers Discover a New Target for “Triple-Negative” Breast Cancer

So-called “triple-negative” breast cancer is a particularly aggressive and difficult-to-treat form. It accounts for only about 10 percent of breast cancer cases, but is responsible for about 25 percent of breast cancer fatalities. Triple-negative … [Read more...]

Susan G. Komen Awards UVA $450,000 for Innovative Breast Cancer Research

Scientist Seeks to Harness Gut Bacteria to Battle Tumors and Stop Their Spread CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 23, 2017 – Researcher Melanie Rutkowski, PhD, can envision a day when doctors prescribe a specific diet to prevent the spread of breast cancer. … [Read more...]

A 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery Sheds Light on Human Health

A peculiar phenomenon observed in pendulum clocks in 1665 also explains how the body times the replacement of disease-preventing cells in our guts, researchers have found. The discovery could help doctors determine when to give drugs, cancer … [Read more...]

Reversing Depression Symptoms in Mice Using Probiotics Found in Yogurt

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the … [Read more...]

UVA Researchers Target Mysteries of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects one in 3,500 boys, stealing their ability to walk by age 12 and typically killing them by their mid-20s. Doctors know what causes the muscle-wasting disease, but, frustratingly, experimental treatments consistently … [Read more...]