Archive for the ‘Disease’ Category
From euphoric highs to debilitating lows. That’s life with Bipolar Disorder. For many people the symptoms of this mood disorder first appear in the prime of life and during their prime child-bearing years. Now Lawson Research is offering hope to women with Bipolar, but who worry about the possible consequences during pregnancy.
Technology that’s fueled the gaming world could be a game changer for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Lawson Researchers have developed a virtual world to help people with Parkinson’s perform day to day tasks. It’s a project that could one day be used as a template to help people navigate their everyday world with greater command and confidence.
Scientists from London have identified a way cells could be manipulated to treat diabetes. The team from Western University, Lawson Health Research and Children’s Hospital focused on insulin producing beta-cells and the role of a receptor called c-kit. One of the hallmarks of diabetes is the loss of beta cells, but boosting levels of c-kit produced improved cell function. Their study found that mice treated this way were protected from early onset diabetes. The hope is that this research will pave the way for ways to treat beta cells as a cure for both type one and type 2 diabetes.
It’s a place that cancer patients who come for treatment in London will probably never see. The Tumour Bank. But the tissue samples that patients provide, and that are collected through the Tumour Bank at the London Regional Cancer Program provide an important resource for researchers.