Research and Development Health News

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8/18/2008
A Hope: Contaminant-Free Synthetic Heparin

Team of chemists makes blood thinner in lab, but hopes for large-scale production

8/18/2008
New Imaging Technique Could Spot Early Cancers

Lasers heat nanotubes, then docs listen for ultrasound waves released showing tumors

8/15/2008
Study Probes Internet Health-Related Search Patterns

Use of Google Trends mirrors data sought in other countries as well, researchers say

8/15/2008
Asthma's Course Differs by Gender

By puberty, condition may be passing phase in boys, but more permanent in girls, study says

8/13/2008
Poor Coordination in Childhood Tied to Adult Obesity

Clumsiness at age 7, below-par motor skills at 11 linked to weight gain later, study says

8/13/2008
Blocking Drug-Related Memories May Prevent Relapses

Animal brain receptor study suggests new treatments for addiction in humans

8/12/2008
PET Scans May Help Detect Alzheimer's Brain Plaques

Injectable marker spots deposits, could be used to assess drugs in clinical trials

8/12/2008
New Chemotherapy Combo Holds Promise for Lung Cancer

But expert notes research is still in early stages

8/11/2008
Studies Refine Obesity's Risk for Heart Troubles

Not all overweight in metabolic danger, but waist size a factor even in the normal-weight

8/11/2008
Researchers Hunt Normal Cells That Give Rise to Cancer

Identifying these progenitors may provide context for tumor formation, new treatments

8/11/2008
Gene Treatment in Mice Makes Old Liver Cells Young

Better 'waste disposal' could one day help treat human illnesses such as Alzheimer's, study says

8/11/2008
Scientists Create Mice Resistant to Obesity

Research with a brain chemical might lead to drug treatments for humans

8/8/2008
New Technique Removes Gallbladder Without External Incisions

Endoscope was inserted through 1-inch cut behind uterus and into woman's body cavity

8/8/2008
Disease-Specific Stem Cell Lines Developed

Should advance both research and future treatments, scientists say

8/8/2008
Interrupted Night Sleep Worse for Cognitive Function

People almost 4 times groggier than those awakened during day rest, study finds

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