Research and Development Health News

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1/5/2009
Car Key Device Jams Teens' Cell Phones

Inventor's ignition gadget prevents calls or texting while driving

1/5/2009
Researcher Finds Most Will Inflict Pain on Others If Prodded

Finding mirrors results of infamous psychological obedience study in 1960s

1/1/2009
Genes Predict Chances of Breast Cancer's Spread

Finding could help docs tailor treatments even further, researchers say

12/31/2008
Osteoporosis Drug Prompts Increase in Certain Bone Cells

Scientists not sure if finding points to potential problems; maker stands by medication

12/31/2008
Human Body May Make Its Own 'Aspirin'

Theory stems from presence of salicylic acid in study participants

12/31/2008
Dubious Drugs, Tainted Foods Top 2008's Health Stories

But deaths from heart disease, cancer show encouraging drop

12/30/2008
High Insulin May Boost Odds of Breast Cancer

Finding may clarify the disease's connection to obesity

12/30/2008
Gene Mutation Tied to Inherited Fatal Lung Disease

Those with variant had cancer as well as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, study finds

12/29/2008
Researchers Create Molecular Manual

Compiled by supercomputers, data may aid in treating diseases

12/29/2008
Gene Linked to High Blood Pressure Discovered

Variant seems to help regulate amount of sodium in the body

12/25/2008
Honey Bees on Cocaine 'Dance' When Food Is Found

Research backs theory that insects' brain reward system activates pleasure centers

12/24/2008
Scientists May Isolate Stem Cells From Rats, Other Mammals

Achievement would be a real advance since these cells more closely mimic those of humans

12/24/2008
Scientists Create New Means to Study Disease Origins

Availability of rat stem cells may help link genes to human disorders

12/23/2008
Genes Seem to Affect Tissues Differently

Finding may help unravel how diseases form

12/23/2008
Cancer Medicine Advances on Many Fronts

New drug approvals, more targeted therapies the highlights of 2008

12/22/2008
2 Cardiovascular Proteins Tied to Severity of Alzheimer's

Their interaction cuts blood flow to brain, limiting its ability to shed plaques

12/18/2008
Childhood Obesity May Cause Thyroid Problems

Finding suggests low-grade inflammation changes gland's structure

12/17/2008
Phenols in Quality Olive Oil Suppress Breast Cancer Gene

But study cautions lab findings were at levels unlikely to be achieved in real life

12/17/2008
Alzheimer's Drugs Also Treat Behavioral, Psych Problems

Therapy effective at same dosage used to improve cognitive impairment, study says

12/17/2008
Low Levels of 2 Enzymes in Ovarian Cancer Cells Shortened Survival

Finding could lead to new treatments for this deadly disease, researchers say

12/17/2008
Manipulating Key Protein May Prevent Eczema

Study might lead to new treatments for itchy skin condition

12/16/2008
Brain Adjusts to Cope With Life's Upsets

Study finds older women show less reaction to upsetting images

12/16/2008
New Genetic Analysis Might Boost Breast Cancer Care

Scientists say they've found a more accurate cell-based prognostic tool

12/16/2008
HIV Can Penetrate a Woman's Healthy Genital Skin

Study finds virus can reach immune cells in just 4 hours

12/15/2008
Deciphering the Language of Intoxication

Tipsy and drunk mean different things to men and women and could alter treatment, study finds

12/15/2008
Obesity-Related Hormone Tied to Psoriasis

Higher leptin levels play role in immune, inflammatory processes, study says

12/15/2008
Immune System Works Better at Night

Greater success fighting infection than during the day, study says

12/13/2008
Experimental Weight-Loss Pill Passes Early Test

People lost significant weight; no side effects on heart seen, study says

12/12/2008
Research Explains Benefit of 'Mini Heart Attack'

Stressing cardiac cells may make them more resilient during real attack, experts say

12/12/2008
Osteoporosis Drug Seems to Shrink Breast Tumors

Other drugs in pipeline also hold promise against the disease, researchers report

12/11/2008
Defect in Gene Tied to Atrial Fibrillation

Finding challenges idea that the heart rhythm disorder is an electrical problem

12/10/2008
Genetic Link Between Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease Seen

If connection holds up, it might lead to cures, researchers say

12/10/2008
Cancer Deaths Take Heavy Financial Toll

One estimate projects the U.S. cost to be $1.472 trillion in 2020

12/10/2008
Study Suggests Sugar May Be Addictive

Finding might yield new insights into eating disorders, experts say

12/10/2008
Scientists ID Enzyme Causing Brain Cell Death

Findings could offer new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases

12/9/2008
Experimental Drug Fights Bone Marrow Cancers

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments for these malignancies

12/8/2008
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks

Study says metabolic abnormalities better regulated when following this approach

12/8/2008
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease

Study says selenium, particularly for women and those with p53 gene mutation, may help

12/8/2008
Malaria Vaccine Effective in Latest Trials

Mosquito-borne disease kills nearly 1 million people, mostly African children, every year

12/8/2008
Scientists ID Protein Aiding Breast Cancer Spread

Called Menainv, research suggests it's a promising candidate as marker for metastasis

12/8/2008
Dogs Get Petty About Treats

Study found they would withhold paws in face of unfair reward system

12/8/2008
Glowing Substance Lights Up Cancer in Mice

Fluorescent compound sticks to diseased cells, making them easier to spot, study says

12/5/2008
Poor Mental Health May Boost Asthma Risk

But, researchers are still trying to understand the connection

12/5/2008
Special Immune Cells May Be Key to HIV Resistance

Some people infected with the AIDS-causing virus don't get sick

12/5/2008
Lung Disease Tied to Increased Risk for Cardiac Events

IPF patients 3 times more likely to suffer heart problems, study says

12/5/2008
Being Happy Affects Even Those You Don't Know

Innovative research tracking people over a 20-year period suggests your smile goes farther than you think

12/4/2008
Gene Tied to Infants' Lung Maturation

Deleting it in mice caused fatal respiratory distress, study says

12/4/2008
Intestinal 'Sleeve' Mimics Effects of Gastric Bypass

Tests in rats show treatment device could be used to treat obesity in humans

12/4/2008
Mom's Cells Prime Fetal Immune System

Process prevents growing baby from rejecting the mother, researchers find

12/4/2008
Gene Behind Childhood Anemias Found

Finding could usher in new treatments for sickle cell disease and thalassemia