Research and Development Health News

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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

2/18/2011
Peer Support Beats Usual Care for Depression, Analysis Finds

But it may not be helpful for people with severe depression, one expert suggests

2/18/2011
Using Cell Phones Might Evoke Emotions, Study Suggests

Typing in certain number sequences triggered feeling of corresponding word in user's mind

2/15/2011
Popular Bone Drugs Linked to Reduced Colon Cancer Risk

People taking Fosamax, other bisphosphonates had lowered odds compared to non-users, study found

2/14/2011
Study Suggests Hearing Loss-Dementia Link

Greater the loss, greater the risk, say researchers, noting finding is preliminary

2/14/2011
Hand Movements May Give Clues to ADHD Severity

But some experts question the usefulness of the study findings

2/10/2011
New Drug May Help Patients With Irregular Heartbeat Avoid Stroke

Compared to daily aspirin, apixaban cut the odds by 55%, study finds

2/10/2011
Fossil Suggests Humans Walked Upright 3 Million Years Ago

Foot bone shows permanent arch, much like modern humans, experts say

2/9/2011
Many Breakthrough Drugs Come From Publicly Funded Research: Study

U.S. tax dollars contributing to more major new meds than previously thought, researchers say

2/9/2011
2 Experimental Drugs Show Promise for Rare Pancreatic Cancer

Survival with neuroendocrine tumors rose from 5 to 11 months, studies found

2/9/2011
'Pathway' Leading to Health Declines of Aging Identified

Mouse study found malfunctioning ends of chromosomes cause host of age-related health problems

2/9/2011
First Look at Prostate Cancer Genome Yields Insights

Newly detected DNA changes may eventually lead to better treatments, researchers say

2/4/2011
Video Suggests Mother Chimps May Grieve Death of an Infant

Study may improve understanding of how other primates respond to mortality, researchers say

2/2/2011
Scientists Discover Rare Vascular Disease

DNA analysis identifies ACDC, where calcification occurs in arteries of legs, feet

2/2/2011
Electrical Stimulation of the Brain May Spark Insight

Noninvasive procedure spurred study volunteers to come up with fresh ways to solve a problem

2/2/2011
Researchers Craft Blood Vessels for Heart, Kidney Patients

Ready-made and easily stored, bioengineered transplants did well in animal trials

2/2/2011
Scientists ID Genetic Clues to Parkinson's

Finding suggests DNA may play stronger role in disease than previously thought

2/1/2011
Key Protein May Warn of Future Spread of Cancer

High levels in tumor cells predicted metastasis with 90 percent accuracy, study finds

2/1/2011
Trained Labrador Can Sniff Out Colon Cancer, Researchers Say

Odor sensors may one day allow early cancer detection, Japanese scientists suggest

1/31/2011
New Therapies Offer Insight Into Battling Deadly Melanomas

Both use patient's immune cells to launch attack on malignant cells, but the research is preliminary

1/31/2011
New Oral Drugs Hailed for Treating MS

Next step, experts say, is to find ways to repair damage done by the disease

1/27/2011
Ancient Toolkit Holds Clues to Migration of Early Man

Finding sheds light on how modern humans became a 'global species,' researcher says

1/26/2011
Spotting Gene Variants May Boost Hepatitis C Treatment

Research zeroes in on patients with protection from drug-induced anemia

1/21/2011
Alzheimer's Scan Might Help Spot Disease

FDA panel's backing could pave way for important advance in the field, experts say

1/20/2011
Experts' Brains Work Differently Than Amateurs'

Study found professional shogi players used unique regions to play the chess-like game

1/20/2011
Nearly Half of Americans Still Suspect Vaccine-Autism Link

18% don't trust measles-mumps-rubella shot, and 30% are undecided, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds