Research and Development Health News

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6/4/2012
'Bombs' Ineffective Against Bedbugs, Experts Say

Over-the-counter foggers won't eliminate the blood-sucking pests; might make infestation worse

6/4/2012
Older Drug for Advanced Breast Cancer Beat Newer, Pricier Meds

Study found Taxol outperformed Abraxane, Ixempra in terms of survival and side effects

6/4/2012
New 'Personalized' Drugs Show Promise Against Melanoma, Lung Cancer

They focus on genes that are specific to the type of tumor the patient has

6/4/2012
Novel Drugs Show Early Promise Against Several Cancers

Immune system therapies tested on advanced melanoma, kidney or lung tumors; side effects seen

5/31/2012
Re-Routing Spinal Cord Signals Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats

But experts note the technique might not work in humans

5/30/2012
Brave New World of Genetics Requires Safeguards, Experts Say

Regulations haven't kept pace with discoveries, American Heart Association warns

5/24/2012
Efficient Disease Risk Prediction a Long Way Off, Experts Say

Considering genes plus environment improves accuracy by just 1% to 3%, study shows

5/23/2012
Mouse Study Sheds Light on How Diet May Affect Epilepsy

Strict diet seems to protect against seizures by altering brain metabolism, research shows

5/23/2012
Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Cardiac Cells to Help Failing Hearts

Research with human cells worked well in rats, but trials in humans are years away

5/22/2012
Studies See Advances in Detecting, Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Early research includes a vaccine and a high-tech probe to spot signs of disease

5/21/2012
Could Compound in Artificial Sweeteners Worsen Crohn's Disease?

Lab study suggests maltodextrin may encourage growth of E. coli bacteria in small intestine

5/18/2012
Research With Dogs Points to Early Test for Arthritis

One drop of blood can predict the joint disease before symptoms appear, scientists say

5/17/2012
It's Not Just What You Eat, It's When You Eat, Mouse Study Finds

Restricting eating hours didn't cut calorie intake, yet the animals gained less weight

5/17/2012
Two-Drug Combo May Be Safe for Melanoma Treatment

Preliminary research found reduced skin-lesion side effect

5/17/2012
Experimental Drug Helps Fight Some Childhood Cancers, Study Finds

Targeted therapy is effective, has few side effects, but larger trials needed, researchers say

5/17/2012
Advanced Prostate Cancer Drug May Help at Earlier Stage

In study, one-third benefited from taking Zytiga plus hormone therapy for 6 months before surgery

5/16/2012
Study Shows MS Patients at Most Risk for Drug-Linked Brain Illness

Small number of Tysabri users develop rare but potentially fatal infection

5/16/2012
Study Links Antibiotic to Slight Rise in Heart Patients' Death Risk

But the finding for azithromycin needs to be confirmed, expert says

5/16/2012
Paralyzed Patients Use Mind to Move Robotic Arm

But there's a long way to go to make this approach practical, experts say

5/16/2012
Urban Hospitals May Act as Breeding Ground for MRSA

'Superbug' then spreads to regional facilities, Scottish study suggests

5/16/2012
Could Nasal Spray of 'Love Hormone' Treat Autism?

Preliminary study of 7 children saw more activity in 'social' areas of the brain

5/15/2012
Trial Set to See if Drug Can Prevent Alzheimer's

Many of the study participants are genetically prone to the disease

5/14/2012
In Rat Study, Eye Device Shows Promise for Restoring Sight

System uses combination of implanted cells and technology to send images to the brain

5/11/2012
Oxygen Therapy Slows Type 1 Diabetes in Mice, Study Says

But whether hyperbaric treatment would help humans is unknown

5/9/2012
New Drug Shows Promise for Myeloma Patients

Studies found lenalidomide lengthened time disease did not worsen, but risk of second cancers was doubled

5/9/2012
FDA Seems to Back Pill to Help Prevent HIV

Truvada's been shown to stop infection with AIDS virus, but critics see drawbacks

5/8/2012
Cancer Cells in Bloodstream Show Great Diversity: Study

Some help disease spread more easily, while others may predict response to treatments

5/7/2012
Having a 'Purpose in Life' May Help Shield You From Dementia

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, a link between the two

5/7/2012
Research May Point to New Obesity Treatments

Making energy-storing white fat act more like energy-burning brown fat might spur weight loss, researchers say

5/3/2012
New Clues to the Evolution of the Human Brain

Gene event 2.5 million years ago may explain why humans are smarter than great apes, researchers say

5/3/2012
'Blond Genes' May Vary Around the World

Scientists say DNA for fair hair in South Pacific differs from that in Europe

5/2/2012
Less Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Works for Elderly: Study

Real-world results promising for high-risk aortic stenosis patients, researchers say

5/2/2012
Who's the Dad? First-Trimester Blood Test May Tell

New, noninvasive method safer than current ones, developer says

5/2/2012
'Iceman' Mummy Yields Oldest Human Blood Cells

Examination of the 5,000-year-old cells suggests wound did not kill 'Otzi' instantly

5/2/2012
Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Suggests Pandemic Threat Is Real

Researchers found the virus could potentially mutate and spread widely among people, but that hasn't happened so far

5/2/2012
Clues to 'Slacker' Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says

Levels of the chemical dopamine in key regions of the brain may influence motivation

5/1/2012
Analysis Finds Clinical Trials Often Small, of Poor Quality

Database offers big picture of medical research in United States

5/1/2012
Can Blood Test Predict Breast Cancer Risk?

Preliminary study found women who showed alterations in a specific gene were more likely to develop disease later

5/1/2012
How That Glass of Red Wine Might Help You Live Longer

Mouse study suggests synthetic form of compound found in grapes deserves a look

4/27/2012
Research Gets Closer to Genetic Roots of Glaucoma

Two gene variants may interact with a molecule regulating cell growth, study suggests

4/25/2012
Experimental Drug Eases Autistic Behaviors in Mice

Whether it would work on humans is still unknown, researchers say

4/25/2012
Has the 'G-Spot' Been Confirmed at Last?

Researcher reports locating elusive source of female pleasure, but others dispute claim

4/23/2012
Can Heavy Metal in Foods, Cosmetics Spur Breast Cancer Spread?

Preliminary study suggests danger from prolonged exposure to cadmium

4/23/2012
U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

After expert panel review, officials say H5N1 findings are of benefit, with little risk to national security

4/19/2012
Gene Behind Psoriasis Identified, Researchers Say

Findings may boost treatments for the chronic skin disease, study suggests

4/19/2012
Early Use of MS Drug May Cut Likelihood of Progression

Study found fewer people given 'interferon beta-1a' early moved on to definitive diagnosis

4/18/2012
Experimental Gel May Help Those With Advanced Parkinson's

Infused treatment of standard drugs appeared better than pills for stabilizing 'off' time, researchers report

4/17/2012
Brain Changes May Hamper Decision-Making in Old Age

But special training may slow the decline, researcher says

4/16/2012
Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness

Genetic links to brain size, intelligence also examined in study

4/13/2012
'Red Tide' Likely in New England This Season, Experts Warn

Severe bloom would close shellfish beds