Research and Development Health News

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1/23/2013
Why Some Wolves Became Dogs

Key genetic changes allowed certain canines to eat starchy scraps left by humans, study shows

1/23/2013
Controversial Bird Flu Research to Resume

U.S. still on hold, but scientists in other countries ready to end moratorium

1/23/2013
Blood Test Might Help Guide Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Preliminary results show promise for 'individualized' chemotherapy

1/22/2013
Signs of Brain Damage Show Up in Scans of Living, Retired NFL Players

The small study isn't definitive, but hope is the findings could one day help prevent devastating injuries

1/17/2013
Your Genetic Secrets May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Scientists able to identify men who had donated DNA to science by using their Y chromosome, the Internet

1/16/2013
Autism Researchers Surprised by Impaired Brain Connections

Study upends common beliefs, they say

1/15/2013
Mussels' Stickiness Inspires Surgical Adhesive

In tests with rats, synthetic product outperformed current wound healers

1/14/2013
U.S. Launches Extensive Alzheimer's Studies

5-year, $55 million effort will look at exercise, drug treatment as therapies for early disease

1/11/2013
Heart Muscle Cells Regenerate in Kids, Research Shows

Finding may one day lead to new therapies to repair damaged hearts, study suggests

1/9/2013
Stem Cell Transplants in Mice Show Promise for Lou Gehrig's Disease

Rodents with the nervous system disorder increased lifespan, neuromuscular function, study shows

1/9/2013
Pap Test Could Spot Some Ovarian Cancers, Study Finds

Widely used to detect cervical cancer, it might be much-needed screening option for other diseases

1/9/2013
Hearing Restored in Mice With Noise-Induced Deafness

Researchers hope that treating damaged hair cells of inner ear might someday help people with hearing loss

1/3/2013
'Love Hormone' May Aid Women's Recovery After Childbirth

Researchers suggest oxytocin might naturally protect against chronic pain after delivering a baby

1/2/2013
New Pills Show Promise for Hepatitis C

If approved, they'll provide fewer side effects, shorter treatment time, studies suggest

1/2/2013
Study Sheds Light on Evolution of Tree-Dwelling Humans

Lucy, a member of a prehistoric primate species, likely lived both in trees and on the ground

12/28/2012
Scientists Shed Light on Fungus Behind Deadly Pneumonia Strain

The parasite causes Pneumocystis pneumonia in people with weakened immune systems

12/28/2012
New Raccoon Virus May Offer Clues to Human Cancer

Rare brain tumors seen in 12 animals with polyomavirus, researchers say

12/27/2012
Are Rhesus Monkeys Musically Challenged?

Unlike humans, they're unable to detect a beat, study says

12/24/2012
Blood Protein Linked to Depression, Study Finds

But whether it causes mood disorder isn't clear, researchers say

12/21/2012
FDA Panel Recommends Against 1st Drug for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Safety was a concern, and only some patients got relief from the treatment

12/20/2012
Genes Linked to Autism Seem to Have Strong Tendency to Mutate

Study found mutations tied to many disorders tend to cluster in certain areas of the genome

12/20/2012
FDA Panel Considers 1st Drug for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Only some patients got relief from the experimental treatment, experts say

12/19/2012
Scientists Now See 200 Genes Linked to Crohn's Disease

Findings may eventually lead to better treatments, researchers say

12/19/2012
Drugs Hold Promise for Severe Juvenile Arthritis Patients

Children's pain, fever, rash reduced in two studies, but questions remain

12/19/2012
Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Children's Brain Disorder

Treatment targets chemical that wreaks havoc on nerve cells in kids with Canavan disease

12/18/2012
Here's What Keeps Rudolph's 'Nose So Bright'

Study shows tiny vessels pump warm blood there so reindeer can endure freezing temperatures

12/18/2012
Egyptian Pharaoh's Throat Was Slashed During Coup, Research Suggests

Ramesses III probably lost life in attack staged by one of his wives and a son

12/17/2012
Treating Kidneys With Radio Waves May Ease Tough-to-Control Hypertension

Small study found technique seemed to work in patients, but it has yet to win FDA approval

12/17/2012
Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Hand Could Be Breakthrough

Woman paralyzed 13 years from neck down can now move hand without computer assistance

12/12/2012
Blood Cancer Patients May Benefit From New Transplant Technique

Cord-blood expansion method could speed recovery, researchers say

12/12/2012
Gene Study Uncovers More Autism Clues

Scientists spot nearly 100 genes linking the disorder with inherited fragile X syndrome

12/12/2012
Study Finds New SARS-Like Virus Spread Through Bats, Pigs

Finding might help public health officials develop plan to contain possible outbreak

12/11/2012
Porcupine Quill Could Foster New Medical Devices

Barb design might translate to needles, researchers say

12/10/2012
Don't Bother With Ultrasonic Bedbug Devices

Study of 4 products on market found emitted sounds don't keep insects away

12/10/2012
Germ in Cat Feces May Affect Human Brain, Behavior: Study

'Kitty litter' parasite seems to trigger immune reaction linked to mental health problems in people

12/7/2012
Experimental Antidepressant Appears Quick-Acting, Safe

Currently in phase 2 trials, drug would not be available for several years

12/6/2012
Mouse Study Offers Clues to Obesity-Diabetes Link

Researchers hope to cut the connection between fatty diet and insulin resistance, but it's complicated

12/5/2012
New Drug Regimens May Slow Advanced Breast Cancer

Survival lengthened in studies of two experimental treatments

12/5/2012
Is a Breath Test for Colon Cancer Possible?

In small study, Italian researchers detected who had the disease with 75 percent accuracy

12/3/2012
FDA to Collaborate on Development of Medical Devices

New public-private partnership should speed approval process, agency says

11/30/2012
A Better Head for Beer in the Offing?

Researchers say they've identified foaming gene

11/30/2012
Rats May Also Feel 'Placebo Effect,' Study Suggests

Animals that expected pain relief got it from an injection of salt water, researchers say

11/29/2012
Cholesterol Drug Boosts Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice: Study

But more research is needed before topical Zocor is approved for human cuts

11/29/2012
Nerve Stimulation May Restore Hand Function After Spinal Injury

But success was temporary in small, early study

11/29/2012
New DNA-Based Blood Test May Spot Signs of Cancer

Early finding suggests it might become a routine screen in the future

11/28/2012
Experimental Insomnia Drug Shows Promise

In lab study, it improved sleep with fewer side effects than other medications

11/28/2012
New Treatment Aids Weight Loss, Improves Diabetes in Monkeys

But how it might work in humans remains to be seen

11/19/2012
Middle Age Can Be a Bummer for Great Apes, Too

Midlife crisis seems to have a basis in evolution, not modern human lifestyles, research suggests

11/16/2012
'Worm Therapy' Might Help Ease Colitis, Monkey Study Shows

Unappetizing as it sounds, the treatment relieved symptoms in primates and might help humans

11/15/2012
Scientists Track Activity in Rappers' Brains

MRIs show areas allowing free expression light up, while other regions quiet down