Research and Development Health News

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8/7/2008
Robot Playmates Help Autistic Kids With Social Skills

Researchers say finding could be used for creation of new therapy tools

8/7/2008
Gene Behind Rare Eye Disease in Dachshunds Discovered

If applicable to humans, could lead to new treatments, study says

8/7/2008
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases

Finding points to new interventions to control body's attack on its own healthy tissue

8/7/2008
Protein Key to Brain Rewiring

It sends signals, telling neurons to change connections

8/7/2008
2 New Genes Tied to 3 Cancers

Finding could improve early detection of breast, thyroid and kidney diseases, researchers say

8/7/2008
Fat Deposits Boost Heart Attack Risk

Globules around organ more dangerous than thick waist or high body mass, study suggests

8/6/2008
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact

Finding could offer doctors a chance to treat the disorder earlier

8/6/2008
Medicinal Marijuana Eases Neuropathic Pain in HIV

Cannabis was well-tolerated, effective when added to existing meds, study finds

8/5/2008
New Test Diagnoses Anemia in Chronic Disease

Tool detects concentration of active hepcidin in the blood, researchers say

8/5/2008
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment

The nutrient shrunk brain, ovarian and pancreatic tumors in mice

8/1/2008
Immune System Protein Predicts Toxic Shock Survival

Finding may enable investigators to screen lower risk patients from trials of new therapies

7/31/2008
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow

Could one day lead to treatments for baldness, researchers say

7/31/2008
Researchers Test New Source for Blood Platelets

Japanese study in mice generates viable particles from embryonic stem cell lines

7/31/2008
Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Motor Neurons in ALS Patients

Feat could one day lead to tailor-made cells to treat fatal disease, researchers say

7/30/2008
New Clues to How Cancer Spreads

Healing cells called fibrocytes create niches in healthy organs where disease can spread, study finds

7/30/2008
Patch Helps Mend Damaged Hearts

Study finds it promotes growth of healthy tissue after heart attack

7/29/2008
Scientists ID 'Jekyll-Hyde' Protein in Lou Gehrig's Disease

Gene mutations cause superoxide dismutase to clump up in motor neurons

7/28/2008
Micro Molecules May Be Cancer Biomarker

RNAs regulating gene expression could detect disease in early stages, study says

7/28/2008
Rates of Mild Cognitive Impairment Higher Than Expected

More men, women may develop Alzheimer's than previously thought, researchers say

7/28/2008
Alzheimer's Treatment Trials May Have Special Challenges

Studies may need larger pools of participants to accurately assess if drugs are effective

7/28/2008
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries

Standard criteria too restrictive, gap with higher-income nations smaller, group says

7/26/2008
Automated, Wearable Kidney Offers Continuous Dialysis

UCLA team develops device giving patients freedom of movement, better quality of life

7/25/2008
People With GERD More Likely to Develop Asthma

Study finds fluid back-up in esophagus can cause immune system changes

7/24/2008
Studies Link Circadian Rhythm, Metabolism, Longevity to One Protein

New molecular clock component ties all three together, researchers say

7/24/2008
Drug Holds Promise Against AIDS

Medication helps those with HIV who become treatment-resistant, study shows

7/24/2008
Intestinal Gluten Receptor Is Gateway for Celiac Disease

Finding could offer new treatments for other autoimmune disorders, study says

7/23/2008
Mouse Model to Aid Sinusitis Research

Genetically engineered rodents will help in study of loss of smell, researcher says

7/22/2008
Spinal Cord Stem Cells May Act as Nerve Repair System

Grown in lab, then returned to body, they could lead to nonsurgical treatments

7/21/2008
Lung Cancer Trial Targets Asbestos-Related Disease

Chemo-radiation therapy looks to kill cells on organ's surface, spare surrounding tissue

7/21/2008
Gene Profiles Might Help Guide Lung Cancer Care

Combo of DNA activity, clinical clues could lead to smarter, tailored treatments, study suggests

7/18/2008
Heart Blood Vessels Grown in the Lab

Could offer a future alternative to bypass surgery, researchers say

7/18/2008
Loud Music in Bars Hastens Drinking

French researchers say blasting tunes makes patrons down more alcohol in less time

7/18/2008
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults

Vision improved temporarily, Canadian researchers report

7/18/2008
Alzheimer's Research Brings Progress, Setbacks

Once-promising vaccine fails to ease symptoms, but old drug offers new hope

7/17/2008
Brain Scans Show Heightened Risk for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Found less activity in region that curbs habitual thinking, researchers say

7/16/2008
New Model Allows Testing of Hepatitis C Treatments

Culture lets scientists infect cells with virus from the blood of infected patients

7/15/2008
Brain Cancer Vaccine's Immune Response Key to Outcomes

Tumor-altering shot, already in trials, lengthens survival, study finds

7/14/2008
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process

Cutting just 300 calories a day slows metabolism, tissue failure, study says

7/11/2008
Protein Thought to Promote Cancer Does Opposite

Study finds it functions as a tumor suppressor instead

7/11/2008
Nanoparticle Stops Cancer From Spreading

'Smart bomb' curbs metastasis with fewer side effects, study finds

7/10/2008
Stem Cells Hold Promise for Muscular Dystrophy

Injections helped restore damaged muscle in mice, researchers report

7/9/2008
Thalidomide Continues to Show Benefits Against Myeloma

The once-notorious drug aiding certain patients with the blood cancer

7/9/2008
Gene Mutation Tied to Inherited Atrial Fibrillation

Defective hormone may point to new targets for treatment, study says

7/9/2008
New Technique Harvests Stem Cells at Earlier Stage

Research shows future production of new lines may be done without destroying embryo

7/8/2008
A Blood Marker Could Spot Diabetes Risk

Higher levels of fetuin-A were linked to later disease development, study found

7/8/2008
Thickness, Location Predict Skin Cancer's Spread

Thicker tumors boost risk almost fivefold, German study finds

7/7/2008
Molecule Uses Cellular Recycling to Treat Kidney Cancer

Finding represents a major shift for targeted therapy, study says

7/7/2008
Dietary Supplement May Prevent Breast Cancer

Resveratrol, found in red wine, grape skins, inhibits abnormal cells, study finds

7/4/2008
Anxiety, Shyness May Be Long-Lasting Traits

Brain mechanism present early in life predisposes people to worry, study finds

7/3/2008
Kidney Cancer Vaccine Shows No Boost in Survival

But early-stage patients may benefit from further study of vitespen, researchers say