Research and Development Health News

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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

4/13/2012
Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence

Study of head injury patients helps identify regions involved in thinking abilities

4/12/2012
DNA Testing Finds Allergens, Toxins in Traditional Chinese Medicines

U.S. experts say supplements made in America are different, but neither country tests for ingredients

4/12/2012
Mouse Study Hints at New Path for Diabetes Treatment

Suppressing the hormone glucagon might lower blood sugar, insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes

4/12/2012
Huntington's Disease Linked to Reduced Cancer Risk in Study

Findings suggest shared genetic mechanism, researchers say

4/11/2012
Disrupted Sleep May Raise Risk for Obesity, Diabetes: Study

Researchers found altering amount, timing of rest raised blood sugar levels, slowed metabolism

4/9/2012
Researchers Find Genes Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Risk for the disease could quadruple for men with certain genetic variants, study shows

4/6/2012
Bilingual Kids Are Better Multi-Taskers, Study Says

Researchers cite the ability to toggle back and forth between two languages

4/5/2012
Improved Stem Cell Line May Avoid Tumor Risk: Study

New line of stem cells may have application for disease-modeling, researchers say

4/5/2012
From a Failed Vaccine, New Insights Into Fighting HIV

Scientists are sifting the data to see what elements of RV144 inoculation worked

4/4/2012
Brain Falters Near End of Life, but Games, Puzzles Might Slow Decline

Researchers suspect several factors may be linked to deterioration, not just Alzheimer's

4/4/2012
Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism

'Spontaneous' mutations, not generational ones, could play role in up to 20 percent of cases, study says

4/4/2012
Early Study Finds Some Promise for Lung Cancer Vaccine

Although not a cure, it appeared to prolong life in some cases of non-small cell disease

4/3/2012
Experimental Chemo Combo for Colon Cancer Disappoints

Adding the drug Erbitux to standard treatment delivered no extra benefit, study says

4/3/2012
Study Suggests Vaccine May Help Kids With Brain Cancer

Researchers report immune system boost and eventual tumor shrinkage in small group of patients

4/3/2012
New Stool Test Might Aid in Early Detection of Colon Cancer

Unlike other such screens, researchers say the test isn't affected by certain lifestyle factors

4/2/2012
New Drug Might Reduce an Alzheimer's Marker: Study

But, research is preliminary and it's unclear if the compound would improve the brain disease

4/2/2012
Personal Gene Mapping Has Limits, Study Says

Commercial genome scans no substitute for healthy lifestyle, medical check-ups

4/2/2012
Pets at Work Keep Workers Happy

Research shows employees more productive, less stressed if their dogs accompany them to the job

4/2/2012
Immune-Based Drug Combo Might Extend Cancer Survival

Preliminary study found that IL-2 plus retinoic acid helped patients with advanced disease

4/2/2012
Early Study Hints That Breast Cancer Vaccine Might Work

Treatment aimed at stopping recurrence does trigger immune response, but true significance unknown

4/2/2012
Diabetes Drug Metformin Might Also Help Fight Cancer

People taking it seemed to fare better when faced with prostate, pancreatic tumors, studies found

3/30/2012
For Better Mouse Studies, Let Them Nest

Allowing mice to be more comfortable could improve outcomes, researchers say

3/29/2012
'Superinfected' Patients Give Clues to Fighting HIV

Women infected more than once from different partners can have stronger immune response

3/29/2012
The Human Brain: Not a Tangle, But a Grid

Scientists use high-tech imaging to discover simple logic of brain's layout

3/29/2012
Wireless Skin Patch Developed to Transmit Medical Info

Tattoo-like devices would free people from wires of EEGs, EKGs, maker says

3/29/2012
Immersion Beats Classroom for Mastering a Foreign Tongue: Study

Either way, the brain seems to consolidate new language over time, researchers find