Research and Development Health News

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10/4/2013
Scientists Say Pressure Allows Herpes Viruses to Infect Cells

New ability to measure that pressure may help lead to treatments, study authors suggest

10/3/2013
New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Shows Early Promise

If proven safe, effective in larger studies, ALN-PCS might someday be used with or instead of statins, researchers say

10/2/2013
Study Questions Discovery of 'New' Hepatitis Virus

Contaminated lab glassware caused confusion, researchers say

10/1/2013
Blood Pressure Drug Might Boost Chemo Success, Mouse Study Suggests

Trial under way on patients with pancreatic cancer

9/30/2013
FDA Approves First 'Pre-Surgical' Drug for Breast Cancer

Perjeta, which seems to shrink early-stage tumors, can now be used before surgery

9/27/2013
Could Antidepressant Combat Lethal Lung Cancer?

Little-used depression drug shows early promise in lab, mice studies

9/27/2013
Stem Cells From Fat Might Improve Plastic Surgery

Early study found 'enriched' transplants from liposuction appeared to last longer

9/25/2013
New Robotic Leg Gets Closer to the Real Thing, Study Says

State-of-the-art prosthesis relies on user's nerve signals

9/25/2013
Obesity Researchers Identify 'Good Fat' in Mice

It's hoped this might lead to personalized human treatments

9/23/2013
Nail Fungus Drug Might Help Against HIV, Study Suggests

Lab research shows the anti-fungal aided cells in elimination of AIDS-causing virus

9/23/2013
Psoriasis Drug May Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes: Report

Alefacept appeared to reduce need for insulin in study

9/23/2013
Could Immune Cell Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?

British study found people with more of certain virus-killing immune cells fared better during swine flu pandemic

9/20/2013
Bacterial 'Autopsy' Could Speed Antibiotic Discovery: Study

Scientists invent faster analysis of chemicals with bacteria-killing abilities; experts stress need for new generation of infection-fighting drugs

9/19/2013
Research Hints at How Alzheimer's Affects the Brain

Mice study shows hallmark protein doesn't just clog circuitry, it gum ups the connections as well

9/18/2013
Gene Testing Helps Sort Out Bacterial, Viral Infections

Results could speed up diagnosis, improve treatment decisions, study authors say

9/18/2013
Advance Seen in Turning Adult Cells Into Stem Cells

Israeli researchers find molecule that blocks the rapid transformation

9/18/2013
Fluorescent Scans May Have Potential to Track Alzheimer's Progression

Doctors would gain ability to monitor ongoing brain changes, study suggests

9/17/2013
Tamoxifen's Mental Side Effects Are Real, Study Shows

But researchers also found drug that may counteract problem from breast cancer treatment

9/17/2013
Protein Found in Blood Might Help Detect Lung Cancer Sooner: Report

Preliminary finding focused on non-small cell lung cancer, Chinese researchers say

9/17/2013
Healthy Lifestyle May Reverse Cellular Aging, Study Suggests

Chromosomes grew stronger as everyday habits improved, but number of participants in project was small

9/16/2013
Cancer Drug May Be Helpful for Diabetes, Mouse Study Hints

Zaltrap is currently used to treat colon cancer, eye disease

9/12/2013
Alzheimer's May Vary, Brain to Brain

Differences in signs, symptoms could be related to 'beta-amyloid fibrils' responsible for plaque, study hints

9/12/2013
Researchers Focus on Likelihood of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Seven tumor-specific genes appear to yield accurate prognosis, study says

9/11/2013
New Registry Aims to Serve People With Down Syndrome

DS-Connect offers a centralized, secure online resource to store and share health information

9/11/2013
'Love Hormone' May Affect Social Connections

Study shows oxytocin alters brain activity in mice; findings support ongoing trials in people with autism

9/10/2013
Novel Drug Shows Promise for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Perjeta might gain quick FDA approval

9/9/2013
Researchers: Protein Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

Discovery might lead to drugs to combat disorder that causes 325,000 U.S. deaths every year

9/5/2013
Gut Bugs May Hold Key to Weight Control, Mouse Study Suggests

Findings hint that obese people might benefit from transfer of stomach bacteria of thinner people

9/4/2013
Antiviral Drug May Extend Brain Cancer Survival, Researchers Say

But further studies needed before recommending Valcyte for treating glioblastoma

9/3/2013
Sleep May Aid in Brain Repair, Mouse Study Finds

Meanwhile, sleep deprivation appeared to harm brain cells

9/3/2013
New Drug Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

It appears to improve blood fat levels and may aid weight loss, researchers report

9/3/2013
Scientists Tally Viruses Living in Mammals

They suspect at least 320,000 viruses exist, and say finding them might reduce toll of human epidemics

8/31/2013
Spouse's Voice Easier to Tune In, Tune Out: Study

But middle-aged adults are better able to ignore the familiar voice of their spouse when asked to, researchers report

8/28/2013
Brain Protein Is a Key to 'Senior Moments,' Study Finds

Age-related forgetfulness is caused by protein deficiency, scientists studying humans and mice say

8/28/2013
Scientists Grow 'Model Brain' From Stem Cells

The tiny 'organoids' have many of the same tissues as nine-week-old fetal brains

8/27/2013
New Drug Combo Helps Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C

NIH study focused largely on black patients, who haven't fared as well with current treatments

8/27/2013
Spinal Fluid Test May Aid Early Detection of Parkinson's Disease

New study findings also might help predict how quickly the disease will progress, researchers say

8/26/2013
New Hope for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

Blood test combined with ultrasound exam may help doctors catch the 'silent killer' early

8/22/2013
Mom's Genes May Play Part in How Children Age

Mouse study suggests mutations in maternal DNA in 'power plants' of cells mean kids may age more quickly

8/22/2013
Scientists Make Damaged Heart Cells Healthy Again in Lab Tests

Ultimate goal is cellular 'patch' after heart attack

8/21/2013
Experimental Treatment May Help Fight Deadly Ebola Virus

Therapy led to recovery in nearly half of study animals up to 5 days after infection

8/21/2013
Brain-Damaged Athletes May Show Mood or Thinking Impairments First

Study adds to understanding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

8/20/2013
Could Blood Test One Day Predict Suicide Risk?

Levels of certain proteins may indicate vulnerability, preliminary research suggests

8/14/2013
Controversial Theory Behind Possible MS Cause Refuted

Canadian researchers report that blocked veins in head, neck don't prompt autoimmune disease

8/14/2013
More Drugs Show Promise in Fighting Hepatitis C

Faldaprevir and deleobuvir are part of effort to develop treatments that avoid harsh side effects

8/13/2013
Alzheimer's Research Takes a New Turn

Study suggests that gummed-up synapses -- not plaque -- may be at the root of aging brain diseases

8/9/2013
Ultrasound Device Might Be a Mood Booster

Experimental brain treatment seemed to help chronic pain patients in small study

8/7/2013
Discovery May Help Pinpoint Risk of Lung Cancer Returning After Surgery

Tumors with specific cell pattern might indicate need for more extensive procedure, study suggests

8/7/2013
Dolphins Remember for Decades, Study Finds

The unique 'signature' whistle that each dolphin uses appears to be recalled by others, even years later

8/6/2013
New Clues to Fibromyalgia's Causes

Condition called small-fiber polyneuropathy may lie behind many cases, research suggests