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Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplantsUniversity of Florida Health researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants. For patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, a bone marrow transplant can be both curative and perilous.........Go to Health news blog (Added on 6/05/2015 2:18:18 PM)
Measuring treatment response for guiding leukemia treatmentMeasuring the concentration of leukemia cells in patient bone marrow during the first 46 days of chemotherapy should help boost survival of young leukemia patients by better matching patients with the right intensity of chemotherapy. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators led the research, which appears in the March 20 edition of the journal........Go to health news blog (Added on 03/21/2015 4:22:29 PM)
A fundamental malaria discoveryA team of scientists led by Kasturi Haldar and Souvik Bhattacharjee of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases has made a fundamental discovery in understanding how malaria parasites cause deadly disease.
The scientists show how parasites target proteins to the surface of the red blood cell that enables sticking to and blocking blood vessels. Strategies that prevent this host-targeting process will block........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 1/20/2012 6:37:29 PM)
Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkageNew research has observed that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had better performance on mental acuity tests and less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's disease � while "junk food" diets produced just the opposite result.
The study was among the first of its type to specifically measure a wide range of blood nutrient levels instead of basing findings on less precise data........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/28/2011 7:08:18 PM)
Read infant acetaminophen labels carefullyAcetaminophen is one of the most usually used pain and fever relievers for infants and children and is safe and effective when used as directed. However, with recent dosing changes to liquid acetaminophen products for infants, the FDA last week issued a press release urging parents to know the concentration and read the label as the new, less concentrated form of the popular pain reliever arrives on store shelves.
Over the past 12 months,........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 12/28/2011 7:02:30 PM)
Turn Down the iPod to Save Your HearingToday's ubiquitous MP3 players permit users to listen to crystal-clear tunes at high volume for hours on end - a marked improvement on the days of the Walkman. But as per Tel Aviv University research, these advances have also turned personal listening devices into a serious health hazard, with teenagers as the most at-risk group.
One in four teens is in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of these listening habits, says Prof.........Go to the ENT news blog (Added on 12/28/2011 6:58:08 PM)
Morning People and Night OwlsIt's true. The daily grind dealing with bosses, colleagues and repetitive work sours people's moods. But scientists say the cause appears to be something more than the work itself; people's biological clocks appears to be sending a message.
"Though it might seem intuitive to suggest that the decrease in mood level during the midday hours is a result of workday-related stress," said Scott Golder, lead researcher for a study appearing today in........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/4/2011 10:25:00 PM)
New half-match bone marrow transplantHalf-matched bone marrow or stem cell transplants for blood cancer patients have typically been linked to disappointing clinical outcomes. However, a clinical trial conducted at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson testing its unique, two-step half-match procedure has produced some promising results: the probability of overall survival was 45 percent in all patients after three years and 75 percent in patients who were in remission at the time........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 9/1/2011 6:08:40 PM)
Mold exposure during infancy increases asthma riskInfants who live in "moldy" homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7�an age that children can be accurately diagnosed with the condition.
Study results are reported in the recent issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
"Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development," says Tiina........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 8/4/2011 8:10:19 AM)
Compression stockings may reduce OSAWearing compression stockings appears to be a simple low-tech way to improve obstructive sleep apnea in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, as per French researchers.
"We observed that in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, compression stockings reduced daytime fluid accumulation in the legs, which in turn reduced the amount of fluid flowing into the neck at night, thereby reducing the number of apneas and hypopnea by more........Go to the Health news blog (Added on 8/4/2011 8:06:09 AM)
Increased muscle mass may lower risk of pre-diabetesA recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) observed that the greater an individual's total muscle mass, the lower the person's risk of having insulin resistance, the major precursor of type 2 diabetes.
With recent dramatic increases in obesity worldwide, the prevalence of diabetes, a major source of cardiovascular morbidity, is expected to accelerate. Insulin........Go to the Diabetic news blog (Added on 7/28/2011 8:46:01 AM)
Keys to Melanoma ProgressionMelanoma is devastating on a number of fronts: rates are rising dramatically among young people, it is deadly if not caught early, and from a biological standpoint, the disease tends to adapt to even the most modern therapies, known as VEGF inhibitors. University of Rochester researchers, however, made an important discovery about proteins that underlie and stimulate the disease, opening the door for a more targeted therapy in the future.
........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 7/20/2011 10:36:23 PM)
Fast prediction of axon behaviorScientists at Case Western Reserve University have developed a computer modeling method to accurately predict how a peripheral nerve axon responds to electrical stimuli, slashing the complex work from an inhibitory weeks-long process to just a few seconds.
The method, which enables efficient assessment of a nerve's response to millions of electrode designs, is an integral step toward building more accurate and capable electrodes to stimulate........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 7/20/2011 10:31:57 PM)
Trastuzumab and chemotherapy improves survivalThe use of trastuzumab, chemotherapy and surgery among women with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer significantly improved survival from the time central nervous system metastases were diagnosed.
Based on these study results, lead researcher Adam Brufsky, M.D., Ph.D., said, "We clearly now know that these women should get trastuzumab and potentially chemotherapy, even if cancer spreads to the brain."
"Women with HER2-positive breast........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 7/18/2011 8:21:38 AM)
Genetic mutations that lead to colon cancerScientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center say there are at least 70 genetic mutations involved in the formation of colon cancer, far more than researchers previously thought.
Based on the study, reported in the July 2011 Cancer Research (Priority Reports), scientists are suggesting a new approach to colon cancer therapys targeting multiple genes and pathways simultaneously. Current cancer therapys target just one or two known........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 7/18/2011 8:18:58 AM)
Biomechanics of ovarian cellsUsing ovarian surface epithelial cells from mice, scientists from Virginia Tech have released findings from a study that they believe will help in cancer risk evaluation, cancer diagnosis, and therapy efficiency in a technical journal: Nanomedicine http://www.nanomedjournal.com/article/S1549-9634%2811%2900184-5/abstract.
By studying the viscoelastic properties of the ovarian cells of mice, they were able to identify differences between early........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 7/5/2011 8:17:04 PM)
Lifestyle, diet can significantly influence course of macular degenerationEating a diet high in vitamin D, as well as the nutrients betaine and methionine, might help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, as per new research conducted by Tufts Medical Center scientists. Their study of identical twins from the US World War II Twin Registry also observed that the more a person smoked, the higher their risk of developing macular degeneration. The study, "Smoking, Dietary Betaine, Methionine, and Vitamin D in........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 7/5/2011 8:12:06 PM)
Marriage improves odds of surviving colon cancerA newly released study shows that being married boosts survival odds for both men and women with colon cancer at every stage of the disease.
Married patients had a 14 percent lower risk of death as per scientists at Penn State's College of Medicine and Brigham Young University. That estimate is based on analysis of 127,753 patient records.
Similar to studies of other types of cancers, the scientists did find that married people were........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 6/21/2011 11:45:39 PM)
We are all mutantsEach one of us receives approximately 60 new mutations in our genome from our parents.
This striking value is published in the first-ever direct measure of new mutations coming from mother and father in whole human genomes published recently.
For the first time, scientists have been able to answer the questions: how a number of new mutations does a child have and did most of them come from mum or dad? The scientists measured directly the........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:58:49 AM)
Finding genetic mistakes that fuel cancerA dramatically better computer tool for finding the genetic missteps that fuel cancer has been developed by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital � Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project investigators. Scientists are using the new algorithm to help identify the chromosomal rearrangements and DNA insertions or deletions unique to cancer.
The new computational method is known as CREST, short for Clipping Reveals Structure. Using........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:51:51 AM)
Head and neck cancer and second round of treatmentA newly released study has determined predictors that can better identify patients who will benefit from a potentially toxic second course of therapy, which offers a small but real chance of cure in select patients with head and neck cancer. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-evaluated journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings could help guide therapy decisions for head and neck cancer patients.
Radiation is often used to........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:47:13 AM)
Reducing avoidable rehospitalizationsThe rehospitalization of senior patients within 30 days of discharge from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) has risen dramatically in recent years, at an estimated annual cost of more than $17 billion. A newly released study from Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, demonstrates improvements in discharge disposition following a three-pronged intervention that combines standardized admission templates,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:41:27 AM)
Flaxseed no benefit for hot flashesFlaxseed provides no benefit in easing hot flashes among patients with breast cancer and postmenopausal women, as per a Mayo Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) study. The randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted on 188 women between October and December 2009 and found no statistically significant difference in mean hot flash scores between women taking flaxseed and those taking a placebo. Preliminary data........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 6/5/2011 8:48:58 PM)
Single moms entering midlife may lead to public health crisisUnwed mothers face poorer health at midlife than do women who have children after marriage, as per a new nationwide study, which appears in the June 2011 issue of the American Sociological Review
Scientists observed that women who had their first child outside of marriage described their health as poorer at age 40 than did other moms.
This is the first U.S. study to document long-term negative health consequences for unwed mothers, and it........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/2/2011 7:51:40 AM)
Why does flu trigger asthma?When children with asthma get the flu, they often land in the hospital gasping for air. Scientists at Children's Hospital Boston have found a previously unknown biological pathway explaining why influenza induces asthma attacks. Studies in a mouse model, published online May 29 by the journal Nature Immunology, reveal that influenza activates a newly recognized group of immune cells called natural helper cells � presenting a completely new set........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 5/29/2011 2:18:18 PM)
What is a laboratory mouse?Mice and humans share about 95 percent of their genes, and mice are recognized around the world as the leading experimental model for studying human biology and disease. But, says Jackson Laboratory Professor Gary Churchill, Ph.D., scientists can learn even more "now that we really know what a laboratory mouse is, genetically speaking."
Churchill and Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 5/29/2011 2:14:36 PM)
Virtual workout partners Can't find anyone to exercise with? Don't despair: New research from Michigan State University reveals working out with a virtual partner improves motivation during exercise.
The study led by Deborah Feltz, chairperson of MSU's Department of Kinesiology, is the first to investigate the Kohler effect on motivation in health video games; that phenomenon explains why inferior team members perform better in a group than they would by........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/19/2011 8:51:58 AM)
Nanopatch for the heartWhen you suffer a heart attack, a part of your heart dies. Nerve cells in the heart's wall and a special class of cells that spontaneously expand and contract � keeping the heart beating in perfect synchronicity � are lost forever. Surgeons can't repair the affected area. It's as if when confronted with a road riddled with potholes, you abandon what's there and build a new road instead.
Needless to say, this is a grossly inefficient way to........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 5/19/2011 8:43:56 AM)
A better mouse model to study depressionScientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a mouse model of major depressive disorder (MDD) that is based on a rare genetic mutation that appears to cause MDD in the majority of people who inherit it. The findings, which were published online today in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics EarlyView, could help to clarify the brain events that lead to MDD, and contribute to........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 5/19/2011 8:41:48 AM)
Employee flu vaccination ratesA systematic effort to improve flu vaccination rates for healthcare workers has increased flu vaccinations rates from 59 percent to 77 percent at the University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio. A report detailing their interventions to increase vaccination was reported in the recent issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
UHS raised its healthcare worker........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/4/2011 5:38:51 PM)
Protein that could help prevent the spread of cancerA protein capable of halting the spread of breast cancer cells could lead to a treatment for preventing or limiting the spread of the disease.
"Cancer scientists want to design new therapeutic strategies in which the metastasis or spreading stage of cancer can be blocked," explains Andrew Craig, lead researcher and a professor in Queen's Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Research Institute. "Patients stand a much better chance of........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 5/4/2011 4:30:01 PM)
Alcohol, Mood and MeThanks in part to studies that follow subjects for a long time, psychology experts are learning more about differences between people. In a new article published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the author describes how psychology experts can use their data to learn about the different ways that people's minds work.
Most psychology research is done by asking a big group........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 4/29/2011 8:43:28 AM)
Autism redefinedGetting an autism diagnosis could be more difficult in 2013 when a revised diagnostic definition goes into effect. The proposed changes may affect the proportion of individuals who qualify for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, as per preliminary data presented by Yale School of Medicine scientists at a meeting of the Icelandic Medical Association.
The proposed changes to the diagnostic definition would be reported in the fifth edition........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 1/20/2012 6:41:24 PM)
Tiny amounts of alcohol dramatically extend a worm's lifeMinuscule amounts of ethanol, the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, can more than double the life span of a tiny worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used frequently as a model in aging studies, UCLA biochemists report. The researchers said they find their discovery difficult to explain.
"This finding floored us � it's shocking," said Steven Clarke, a UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the senior author of........Go to the Health news blog (Added on 1/20/2012 6:32:14 PM)
New way to ensure effectiveness of TB treatmentA UT Southwestern Medical Center study using a sophisticated "glass mouse" research model has observed that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is more likely caused in patients by speedy drug metabolism rather than inconsistent doses, as is widely believed.
If the study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases is borne out in future investigations, it may lead to better ways to treat one of the world's major infectious diseases.........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 12/28/2011 7:05:29 PM)
BRIDGE trial results presented at TCT Late breaking clinical trial results from testing of cangrelor, an investigational intravenous antiplatelet, showed patients can be "bridged" from the time that their physicians stop their oral antiplatelet drugs until they undergo cardiac surgery. Study results demonstrated cangrelor maintained target levels of platelet inhibition known to be linked to a low risk of thrombotic events, such as stent thrombosis, vs. placebo. The BRIDGE Trial........Go to the Health news blog (Added on 11/9/2011 6:30:32 PM)
Researchers question key quality measure for asthmaScientists studying the first national quality measure for hospitalized children have observed that no matter how strictly a health care institution followed the criteria, it had no actual impact on patient outcomes.
The researchers examined 30 hospitals with 37,267 children admitted for asthma from 2008 to 2010 and discovered that the quality of discharge planning made no difference to the rate of return to the hospital for another asthma........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 10/4/2011 9:57:06 PM)
'Good' prion-like proteins boost immune response A person's ability to battle viruses at the cellular level remarkably resembles the way deadly infectious agents called prions misfold and cluster native proteins to cause disease, UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists report.
This study marks the first discovery of so-called "good" prion-like proteins in human cells and the first to find such proteins involved in innate immunity: the way the body recognizes and responds to threats from........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 8/8/2011 11:00:24 PM)
Why knee osteoarthritis afflicts more women than menA Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon suspects that the nagging pain and inflammation that women can experience in their knees appears to be different from what men encounter, and she has been chosen to lead a novel U.S.-Canadian study to explore the question. The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) and its Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex-Differences (ISIS) Network on Musculoskeletal Health has awarded a group of scientists a $127,000 grant........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 8/4/2011 8:20:38 AM)
Four times more on health insurance costsU.S. physicians spend nearly $61,000 more than their Canadian counterparts each year on administrative expenses correlation to health insurance, as per a newly released study by scientists at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.
The study, reported in the recent issue of the journal Health Affairs, observed that per-doctor costs in the U.S. averaged $82,975 annually, while Ontario-based physicians averaged $22,205 � primarily........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 8/4/2011 8:09:10 AM)
Smartphone making your eyes tired?Several reports indicate that prolonged viewing of mobile devices and other stereo 3D devices leads to visual discomfort, fatigue and even headaches. As per a new Journal of Vision study, the root cause appears to be the demand on our eyes to focus on the screen and simultaneously adjust to the distance of the content.
Scientifically referred to as vergence-accommodation, this conflict and its effect on viewers of stereo 3D displays are........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 7/21/2011 10:29:39 PM)
Help women fight infections during pregnancyA normal but concerning consequence of pregnancy is the fact that pregnant women are more susceptible to infection. University of Minnesota Medical School scientists have identified the underlying mechanisms for this physiologic immune suppression that may lead to new therapies to help ward off infections during pregnancy.
In pregnancy, immune system suppressing cells (called regulatory T cells) increase in number to protect the baby from........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 7/21/2011 9:59:16 PM)
Evolution provides clue to blood clottingA simple cut to the skin unleashes a complex cascade of chemistry to stem the flow of blood. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have used evolutionary clues to reveal how a key clotting protein assembles. The finding sheds new light on common bleeding disorders.
The long tube-shaped protein with a vital role in blood clotting is called von Willebrand Factor (VWF). Made in cells that form the inner........Go to the Health news blog (Added on 7/20/2011 10:18:07 PM)
'Love your body' to lose weightAlmost a quarter of men and women in England and over a third of adults in America are obese. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease and can significantly shorten a person's life expectancy. New research published by BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that improving body image can enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programs based on diet and........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/18/2011 8:25:48 AM)
Folate intake may reduce colorectal cancer riskA newly released study finds high folate intake is linked to a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, a finding consistent with the findings of most prior epidemiologic studies. The study is reassuring, as prior recent evidence has suggested that consumption of very high levels of folate through supplements and from folate-fortified diet may increase risk of some cancers. Nonetheless, the potential importance of folate in colorectal cancer........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 7/5/2011 8:38:51 PM)
Distract yourself or think it over?A big part of coping with life is having a flexible reaction to the ups and downs. Now, a study which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that people choose to respond differently depending on how intense an emotion is. When confronted with high-intensity negative emotions, they tend to choose to turn their attention away, but with something........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 7/5/2011 8:29:44 PM)
Link Between Parkinson's and PesticidesIn a new article reported in the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration, scientists at the University of Missouri School of Medicine take some of the first steps toward unraveling the molecular dysfunction that occurs when proteins are exposed to environmental toxins. Their discovery helps further explain recent NIH findings that demonstrate the link between Parkinson's disease and two particular pesticides - rotenone and paraquat.
"Fewer than........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 6/22/2011 10:52:07 PM)
Stem cell model offers clues to cause of inherited ALSAn international team of researchers led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to reveal for the first time how reduced levels of a specific protein may play a central role in causing at least one inherited form of the disease.
The work, reported in the June 2011 online issue of the journal........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 6/21/2011 11:36:12 PM)
Bariatric surgery among olderThe use of bariatric surgery among older, severely obese patients was not linked to a decreased risk of death, as per a research studyin the June 15 issue of JAMA This study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.
"Obesity incidence has stabilized after decades of rapid increases, whereas the prevalence of patients with a body mass index [BMI] greater than 35 increased 39........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:55:35 AM)
Early exposure to pets does not increase children's risk of allergiesA newly released study reported in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy reveals that keeping a dog or cat in the home does not increase children's risk of becoming allergic to the pets.
Parents of young children frequently want to know whether keeping a dog or cat in their home will increase the risk of their children becoming allergic to their pets.
Led by Ganesa Wegienka, MS, PhD, of the Department of Public Health Sciences,........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:50:16 AM)
Routine screening for autism not neededProposals recommending routine screening of all children for autism gets a thumbs down from scientists at McMaster University.
In a study in the online edition of the journal Pediatrics, the scientists say there is "not enough sound evidence to support the implementation of a routine population-based screening program for autism".
Not only are there no good screening tools or effective therapys but there is no evidence yet that routine........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/13/2011 7:44:27 AM)
New generation asthma drug could improve metabolismFormoterol, a new generation asthma medication, shows great promise for improving fat and protein metabolism, say Australian researchers, who have tested this effect in a small sample of men. The scientists presented their results on Saturday 4 June 2011 at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.
The research team comprises members of Professor Ken Ho's lab from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research as well as........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 6/5/2011 8:59:48 PM)
Women with BRCA mutations can take hormone-replacement therapyWomen with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, which are associated with a very high risk of breast and ovary cancer, can safely take hormone-replacement treatment (HRT) to mitigate menopausal symptoms after surgical removal of their ovaries, as per new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania which will be presented Monday, June 6 during the American Society for Clinical Oncology's annual meeting (Abstract........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 6/2/2011 8:06:38 AM)
Source of key brain functionResearchers at the University of Southern California have pinned down the region of the brain responsible for a key survival trait: our ability to comprehend a scene�even one never previously encountered�in a fraction of a second.
The key is to process the interacting objects that comprise a scene more quickly than unrelated objects, as per corresponding author Irving Biederman, professor of psychology and computer science in the USC........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 6/2/2011 8:00:51 AM)
Children of divorce fall behind peers in math, social skillsDivorce is a drag on the academic and emotional development of young children, but only once the breakup is under way, as per a research studyof elementary school students and their families.
"Children of divorce experience setbacks in math test scores and show problems with interpersonal skills and internalizing behavior during the divorce period," says Hyun Sik Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/2/2011 7:48:50 AM)
Snapshots of Huntington's disease protein Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee have for the first time successfully characterized the earliest structural formation of the disease type of the protein that causes Huntington's disease. The incurable, hereditary neurological disorder is always fatal and affects one in 10,000 Americans.
Huntington's disease is caused by a renegade protein "huntingtin" that destroys........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/19/2011 8:56:09 AM)
Recurring breast cancerWhen women with a history of breast cancer learn they have breast cancer again, one of the first questions they and their doctors ask is: Has my cancer come back, or is this a new case? Now, new data from Fox Chase Cancer Center suggest that both new and recurring cancers will differ significantly from the original tumors, regardless of how a number of months or years women spent cancer-free, and doctors should tailor therapy to the specific........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 5/19/2011 8:54:18 AM)
African-Americans with SLE more responsive to flu vaccineNew research shows that African Americans with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) had a higher antibody response to influenza vaccination than European American patients. Treatment with prednisone, a history of hemolytic anemia, and increased disease flares were also associated with low antibody response in SLE patients who received the flu vaccine as per the study now available in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-evaluated journal published by........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 5/19/2011 8:45:18 AM)
The brain performs visual search near optimallyIn the wild, mammals survive because they can see and evade predators lurking in the shadowy bushes.
That ability translates to the human world. Transportation Security Administration screeners can pick out dangerous objects in an image of our messy and stuffed suitcases. We get out of the house every morning because we find our car keys on that cluttered shelf next to the door.
This ability to recognize target objects surrounded by........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/8/2011 9:53:27 PM)
Positive effects of depressionSadness, apathy, preoccupation. These traits come to mind when people think about depression, the world's most frequently diagnosed mental disorder. Yet, forthcoming research in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology provides evidence that depression has a positive side-effect.
As per a newly released study by Bettina von Helversen (University of Basel, Switzerland), Andreas Wilke (Clarkson University), Tim Johnson (Stanford University),........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 5/4/2011 5:20:06 PM)
To help end dry mouth in cancer patients(Edmonton) For patients suffering from cancer in the mouth or throat, a recent study shows that a therapy called submandibular gland transfer will assist in preventing a radiation-induced condition called xerostomia.
Also known as dry mouth, xerostomia occurs when salivary glands stop working. University of Alberta researcher Jana Rieger likens the feeling of xerostomia to the experience of the after-effects of having surgery and........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 5/4/2011 4:25:44 PM)
Hitting target in cancer fightThe ability to use nanoparticles to deliver payloads of cancer-fighting drugs to tumors in the body could herald a fundamental change in chemotherapy therapy. But researchers are still at a relatively early stage in the implementation of this technology.
Eventhough developing nanoparticles that work as "magic bullets" � selectively targeting tumors while sparing normal, healthy tissues � is still the goal, the reality is that most of these........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 5/4/2011 4:09:21 PM)
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