Research and Development Health News

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7/22/2011
Ancient Footprints Reveal Earliest Signs of Human-Like Gait

Trails found in Tanzania suggest fully upright walking began nearly 4 million years ago

7/21/2011
Psychological Distancing May Be Key to Wisdom

People who look at things in a self-centered way less likely to reason wisely, research suggests

7/20/2011
Scientists Close in on Origins of Psoriasis, Eczema

Rare cases where a patient has both conditions yield up crucial information

7/20/2011
Cheaper DNA Sequencing Coming Closer

Proponents see it as valuable medical tool, but others aren't sure it will help the individual all that much

7/20/2011
Experimental Drug Might Help Fight Alzheimer's After All

Certain patients with mild to moderate symptoms may benefit from treatment, study finds

7/18/2011
Human Stem Cells Used to Fix Damaged Mouse Heart

Findings could help in the advancement of stem cell therapy, scientists suggest

7/18/2011
More Evidence That Early Treatment Can Stop HIV's Spread to Partners

When infected partner got meds soon after diagnosis, spread to uninfected partner fell by 96%, study found

7/18/2011
Ex-NFL Players May Face Higher Brain Damage Risk, Study Says

But there's no proof of cause-and-effect, experts say, calling for more research

7/15/2011
Dogs Adept at Reading People's Minds

Study found they use that to their advantage when begging for food

7/15/2011
Researchers Closer to Developing Universal Meningitis B Vaccine

Novel technology may lead to protection against deadly meningococcus B, they say

7/15/2011
Novel Virus 'Jumped' From Monkeys to Humans, Researchers Find

Infection that killed U.S. research monkeys sickened scientist and family member, study says

7/14/2011
Antibody Finding Might Help in Search for HIV Vaccine

Researchers find 'soldiers' of immune system keep AIDS virus from getting inside cells

7/12/2011
Scientists Spot Possible Target in Ovarian Cancer

Researchers identified one specific gene that could provide clues on how to fight the disease

7/7/2011
Female Ancestor of All Living Polar Bears Was Brown

Historic bear lived in vicinity of present-day Ireland up to 50,000 years ago, scientists say

7/6/2011
Patient Disparities Seen in Lung Cancer Drug Trials

Women, the elderly and blacks not well represented in research, investigators say

7/6/2011
U.S. Database of Breast Cancer Treatment May Be Inaccurate

SEER registry lacked records of radiation after surgery in 1 in 5 cases in two cities studied

7/5/2011
Experimental Drug Bests Chemo in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Study

Better response, progression-free survival time seen with Tarceva in trial patients

6/30/2011
Who Should Get a CT Scan to Screen for Lung Cancer?

While the tests can save lives, they're not for everyone, experts say

6/29/2011
More Evidence CT Scans Better at Detecting Lung Cancer

Earlier treatment improves survival chances, experts say

6/29/2011
Gene 'Map' of Ovarian Cancer Yields New Clues to Treatment

Many tumors share similar mutated DNA, some of which might respond to available drugs, experts say

6/29/2011
Organ Transplant Drug Might Treat Rapid-Aging Disease in Kids

Early trial with cells in lab shows promise, but much research remains to be done

6/28/2011
Research Sheds Light on Cause of Brain Deficits in HIV Patients

Virus can weaken blood-brain barrier and infect cells that normally support brain, study finds

6/28/2011
Trials of Type 1 Diabetes Vaccines Bring Mixed Results

One vaccine may combat disease's progression, but another fails human tests

6/23/2011
Poor 'Fat-Tasters' May Tend to Be Heavier

They seem to be more likely to eat more rich foods, researchers report

6/23/2011
New Drug Effectively Treats Hepatitis C

Adding Incivek to standard therapy also cut treatment time in half, researchers say

6/22/2011
Simple Saliva Test Detects Your 'Real' Age

Assessment might prove useful in solving crimes and improving care, researchers say

6/22/2011
Clues to Alzheimer's May Reside in Spinal Fluid

Researchers may be able to predict which people with fuzzy thinking will develop the brain disorder

6/22/2011
Poor Brain 'Sync' a Possible Sign of Autism

Inability of right and left hemispheres to communicate might be early marker, researchers say

6/21/2011
Scientists Zero In on Key Melanoma Links

Review of previous research ties five genetic variants to the deadly skin cancer

6/20/2011
Experimental Vaccine Seems to Cure Prostate Cancer in Mice

Researchers hope to test vaccine in people within five years

6/17/2011
Scientists Turn Memory On, Off in Rats With Flip of Switch

Discovery might someday benefit patients with brain injuries, researchers say

6/16/2011
Scientists Pinpoint Parts of Brain That Help People Recognize Themselves

Finding could help in the development of prosthetics, researchers say

6/15/2011
Gene Sequencing Helps Twins With Rare Disorder

Children thrived after results found they had a subtype of disease requiring different treatment

6/14/2011
Sleeptime Head-Cooling Cap Eases Insomnia, Study Finds

Device was associated with a greater amount of deep, restorative sleep, researchers say

6/13/2011
Scientists Identify Genes Linked to Migraines

Inheriting any one of 3 gene variants raises risk for severe headaches by up to 15%, researchers say

6/10/2011
City Pavement Affects Weather, Boosting Smog: Study

Urban development can alter wind patterns, causing buildup of pollutants, researchers say

6/9/2011
Apples Help Keep Muscles Strong, Mouse Study Finds

Discovery may lead to new treatments to prevent wasting due to aging, illness, researchers say

6/6/2011
Two Drugs Shown to Prolong Survival in Advanced Melanoma Cases

Experts say results are first big news in years for treatment of this deadly cancer

6/5/2011
Brown Fat Cells May One Day Help Combat Obesity

Scientists report that they grew 'good' fat cells that can burn calories in lab study

6/1/2011
Even Ancient Men Seemed to Like Their Man Caves

Study found far more females moved away from birthplace, while males stayed close to home

5/31/2011
Studies Refute Virus' Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Contamination of human samples in the lab led to errors in influential 2009 study, scientists say

5/31/2011
Tie Between 'Biomarkers,' Disease Often Overstated, Scientists Say

Small studies more likely than larger ones to exaggerate connections, study finds

5/27/2011
Scientists Discover 'Ultra-Bad' Cholesterol

Study of super-sticky LDL may spur new heart disease treatments for seniors, type 2 diabetics

5/26/2011
Scientists Appear One Step Closer to Reading Minds

Scottish researchers decoded information contained within certain brainwaves related to vision

5/25/2011
Study Finds Almost 1 in 5 Young Adults Has High Blood Pressure

Rate is much higher than was previously reported in 24- to 32-year-olds in U.S.

5/24/2011
Airborne Germs May Spur Rain, Snow, Hail

Biological particles found at center of inner cores of hailstones, researchers say

5/23/2011
Researchers Find Cousin of Hepatitis C Virus in Dogs

Might lead to better understanding and treatment of human version of the disease

5/23/2011
Genes Tied to Severity of Cystic Fibrosis Identified

Researchers hope to find way to extend life expectancy for people with this inherited disease

5/20/2011
Spinal Stimulation Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Movement

If replicated, procedure may eventually help others with spine injuries

5/19/2011
Punches Land Harder When Delivered From Above: Study

Findings may help explain why early humans developed the ability to stand -- and fight -- upright