Research and Development Health News

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4/14/2011
Human Language Origins Traced to Africa, Study Finds

African languages tend to have more variety of sounds than those in other parts of the world

4/13/2011
Donor Lungs Kept Alive Outside Body

Technique could dramatically increase number of lungs available for transplant, says surgeon

4/13/2011
Scientists Complete Detailed Map of Human Brain

It shows 1,000 anatomical sites, myriad of genetic details, researchers say

4/12/2011
Low-Intensity Exercise, Drug Combo Can Help Parkinson's Patients, Studies Show

Regimens improved movement and coordination, and reduced tremors

4/11/2011
New Pill for MS Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

Experimental medication slowed the rate of brain atrophy and disease progression and relapse, study found

4/11/2011
New Tests Could Spot Which Kidney Patients Will Do the Worst

Experts say findings could guide doctors in treatment decisions

4/11/2011
Brain Tumor Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trials

Some patients with lethal glioblastomas lived three years or longer

4/11/2011
Experimental Weight-Loss Drug Seems to Work: Study

Qnexa, a combo of phentermine and topiramate, did come with side effects, however

4/7/2011
Scientists Use Computer to 'Read' Human Thoughts

Technology could help disabled patients relate to world around them, findings suggest

4/7/2011
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in India Could Spread, Experts Say

Germs with a dangerous resistance gene are now in New Delhi water supply, study shows

4/6/2011
Amount of HIV in Genital Fluid Linked to Transmission

Findings shed light on virus' spread and may advance prevention efforts, researchers say

4/5/2011
Blood Marker Suggests Severity of Alzheimer's Disease

But study found it did not serve as warning sign of impending illness

4/4/2011
Breast Milk Cells May Someday Help Predict Cancer

Genetic markers in epithelial cells seem to warn of later disease, researchers say

4/4/2011
Scientists Spot 5 New Alzheimer's Genes

Finding more than doubles number of genes believed to contribute to the memory-robbing disease

4/4/2011
Mummies Show Heart Disease Is an Ancient Problem

Scans reveal evidence of arterial plaque in 3,550-year-old remains of Egyptian princess

4/4/2011
Minimally Invasive Heart-Valve Procedure Shows Promise: Study

FDA approval still pending; at least one doctor says it's not ready for widespread use

4/1/2011
Freezing Wrinkles a Possible Alternative to Botox

Experimental technology uses cold, not neurotoxin, researchers say

3/30/2011
New Drug May Boost Hepatitis C Treatment

When added to current treatment, boceprevir significantly improves response rates, researchers say

3/24/2011
Progress Seen in Creating Eye Cells From Stem Cells

Lab success may someday help people with macular degeneration, researchers say

3/23/2011
Genes' 'On/Off' Switches Yield Clues to Breast Cancer

'Epigenetics' research suggests ways to predict which tumors will likely spread, study says

3/23/2011
Mouse Sperm Successfully Grown in Lab, Researchers Say

Study has potential to advance human infertility diagnosis and treatment, experts believe

3/21/2011
Scientists Create Autism-Like Traits in Mice

Gene manipulation produces common behaviors and provides model for testing drugs, expert says

3/18/2011
Chemistry of Mosquito Sex May Hold Key to Disease Control

Source of yellow fever, dengue targeted in search for insect 'birth control'

3/18/2011
Report Highlights Shortage of HIV Care Providers in U.S.

Gap widening between number infected and those trained to treat these patients, experts say

3/17/2011
Rat Study Sheds Light on How Alcohol Affects Young Brain

Drinking at an early age may have long-lasting repercussions for decision-making, risk-taking

3/17/2011
Gene Therapy May Help Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms

Experimental treatment linked to a decline in tremors; no serious side effects, small study finds

3/14/2011
Study: Lack of Vitamin D May Precede Onset of Parkinson's

But levels of the vitamin don't decline as disease progresses, researchers add

3/14/2011
Breast Cancer Drug Tamoxifen Saves Lives, Medical Costs: Study

For some high-risk women, medicine's benefits outweigh hazards, researchers say

3/10/2011
Humans Age at Same Pace as Other Primates, Study Finds

This type of research may improve understanding of the maximum potential life span, expert says

3/10/2011
Poor Diet in Pregnancy Tied to Disease in Offspring: Rat Study

Prenatal malnourishment may affect gene that influences long-term health, researchers suggest

3/10/2011
Animal Study May Explain Low Birth Weight-Obesity Link

Research suggests brain may be programmed to eat more in those malnourished before birth

3/9/2011
Lost DNA May Have Made Us More Human

The vanished snippets of genetic code may account for human's large brains, spineless penis, researchers say

3/9/2011
Spider Research May Lead to New Therapies for Humans

Scientists ID toxin in American funnel web spider venom that could spur advances in treatments

3/8/2011
Lab-Grown Urethra Used to Replace Damaged Tube

Tissue engineering creates longer-lasting replacement for urinary tract injury, study finds

3/4/2011
Extra Tests Not a Deterrent to Experimental Cancer Therapy

Some patients in clinical trials willing to undergo up to 2 tumor biopsies per study, researchers find

3/4/2011
Can Crotch Length Predict Sperm Strength?

Men below the median are 7 times more likely to have sperm in the subfertile range, study says

3/4/2011
Tissue Analysis May Help Predict Breast Cancer Outcome

Researchers say changes seen in collagen could signal worse prognosis, but more study needed

3/3/2011
Chimps, Too, May Use Laughter for Social Gain

Finding expands understanding of apes' expressions and interactions, researchers say

3/1/2011
Heart Devices Not Tested Enough in Women: Study

FDA disregards its own mandate for data on women in clinical trials, researchers contend

3/1/2011
Gene Therapy Against HIV Not a Proven Cure, Experts Say

While promising, more research is needed to see if technique really works

2/28/2011
Rectal Gel Could Help Ward Off HIV: Study

But more research needed before treatment can be released to the public, experts say

2/25/2011
Endurance Exercise Thwarts Premature Aging in Mice

Researchers liken aggressive workouts to 'fountain of youth'

2/25/2011
Seeking Alzheimer's Answers Among Fruit Flies

Research on insects is providing clues to genetic aspects of the disease

2/24/2011
Scientists Say Newborn Mice Can Regrow Damaged Hearts

Study offers insights into whether humans might have same potential

2/24/2011
Spinal Fluid May Hold Clues to Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Strong evidence suggests that the central nervous system is involved in both conditions

2/23/2011
Autopsies Reveal Alzheimer's Often Misdiagnosed

About half do not have sufficient numbers of brain lesions to confirm the disease, study finds

2/23/2011
Microchip Spots Cancerous Tumors Within an Hour, Study Shows

Hooked up to smart phones, experimental chip was faster, more accurate than standard pathology tests

2/23/2011
Pot Ingredient May Restore Appetite After Chemo

Cancer patients given THC ate more protein, said food 'tasted better,' small study finds

2/22/2011
Plastics Chemical Affects U.S. More Than Canada: Study

Levels of BPA higher in Americans; Canadians have declared it a health hazard

2/21/2011
Can Prescription Amphetamine Use Raise Parkinson's Risk?

Study found those who said they had used Benzedrine or Dexedrine showed 60 percent greater likelihood