Research and Development Health News

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2/20/2008
Researchers Make Stem Cells That Secrete Insulin

Mouse study suggests it could help control diabetes in humans

2/20/2008
DNA Findings Reveal Genetic History of Humans

Geography determines similarities, differences in DNA, studies find

2/19/2008
2 Mutations Were Critical to Spread of 1918 Flu

The findings could aid investigation of current bird flu, experts say

2/18/2008
New MS Drug Target Shows Promise

In mice, targeting blood coagulation pathway eased disease-linked paralysis, researchers say

2/18/2008
Pitch Patterns Play Greater Role in Speech Perception

Language experience shapes the way the brain stem works, linguist says

2/14/2008
Transplanted Liver Lining Cells May Cure Hemophilia

Experiments in mice may lead to new treatments for the disease, study suggests

2/14/2008
Cancer Drug Works Against MS in Early Trial

Promising results need to be replicated in larger study, experts caution

2/14/2008
Single Mutation in Mitochondrial DNA Weakens Heart, Muscles

Changes in tissue similar to effects of aging, report suggests

2/12/2008
Vaccine Could Cut Bouts With Stomach Flu

Controlling quickly mutating noroviruses might mean yearly changes in formula

2/11/2008
'Fluorescent' Retinal Cells Warn of Eye Disease

Device that measures metabolic stress could help doctors catch trouble early

2/11/2008
Scientists Reprogram Human Skin Cells Into Embryonic Stem Cells

Finding could lead to less controversial method of treating diseases

2/7/2008
Pathology Reports Good for Breast Cancer Studies

Harvard docs say this way of checking estrogen-receptor status of participants is OK

2/7/2008
Harnessing Human Energy for Medical Good

Device could use act of walking to power artificial limbs, insulin pumps, pacemakers

2/6/2008
Aggressive Diabetes Therapy Lowers Death Risk, Study Finds

Danish researchers point to treatment of multiple risk factors at once

2/6/2008
Blood Pressure Drugs Might Prevent Parkinson's

Preliminary study finds some benefit from calcium channel blockers

2/6/2008
Alzheimer's Plaques Can Form in One Day

Study also notes that related neuronal damage follows soon after

2/6/2008
Deaths Halt Part of Large Diabetes Trial

Increased mortality seen in patients receiving aggressive drug therapy to cut blood sugar levels

2/6/2008
Transparent Fish Gives New Window on Disease

Scientists watched as cancer cells spread throughout living zebrafish's body

2/5/2008
GPS Devices Measure Severity of Peripheral Artery Disease

Same technology used in cars determined walking abilities of patients, study suggests

2/5/2008
Born to Be Obese?

New research suggests brains of heavy individuals may be wired differently

2/1/2008
Sorafenib Slows Growth of Some Leukemias

Drug shows potential for patients with specific gene mutations, researchers find

1/31/2008
Severe Asthma Unlike Mild Asthma

Researchers suggest it's different form of the disease

1/30/2008
Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve Recall

It brought back vivid, 30-year-old memories for patient, researchers say

1/29/2008
MicroRNAs May Predict Colon Cancer Prognosis

This genetic material shows early promise for diagnosing, treating tumors

1/29/2008
Anti-Clotting Drug Helps Infants With Heart Ills

Study shows use for small doses of Plavix in children under 2

1/28/2008
Mouse Model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Developed

Researchers say it will allow for testing of new drugs for vision-robbing disease

1/28/2008
Embryos Discarded During IVF Create Stem Cell Lines

Study says it's a possible source for such cell lines without the ethical issues

1/28/2008
Alzheimer's Research Target May Be a Dead End

Amyloid inhibitors can't prevent brain plaque build-up, study suggests

1/25/2008
Anti-Clotting Drug Trial Shortened by Bleeding Problems

But study author says medication could help many avoid stroke

1/22/2008
Project Will Map Genomes of 1,000 People Worldwide

International effort should spot genes that help cause disease, scientists say

1/21/2008
'Drug-Free' Stent Coating Shows Promise

Trial finds polymer reduces inflammatory reaction associated with current devices

1/21/2008
Different Neural Pathways at Work Going Under, Coming Out of Anesthesia

Mouse study on brain's orexin system could lead to new drugs with fewer side effects

1/18/2008
Immune Therapy May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

But it's nowhere near ready for general use, experts caution

1/17/2008
Report Urges More Research Into Cell Phones

Experts cite a lack of knowledge of health risks posed by long-term use

1/17/2008
Gene That Creates Cerebral Cortex Discovered

Could led to treatments for neurological damage from injuries, disease

1/17/2008
Study Gets Closer to Origins of Leukemia

Targeting a mutated cell might bring better treatments, researchers say

1/16/2008
Antidepressant Effectiveness Probably Overstated: Report

Researchers unclear on whether it's reluctance to submit or reluctance to publish negative findings

1/16/2008
Genetic Mutations Boost Prostate Cancer Risk

These variants plus a family history can increase risk up to tenfold, study suggests

1/16/2008
Adult Drug Effective in Treating Psoriasis in Children

Etanercept improved symptoms, quality of life for kids with moderate to severe disease

1/16/2008
Researchers Hone in on Cancer Stem Cells for Melanoma

For the first time, researchers say targeting these units can slow down tumor growth

1/14/2008
Chemical Signals Go Awry in Fragile X Syndrome

Mouse study shows drugs that target the miscommunication may help

1/14/2008
Stem Cells Modified to Home in Where They're Needed

Routing cue works like a Zip code helps deliver mail, researchers say

1/14/2008
Biotechnology Builds a New Heart

Stem cells injected into 'skeleton' of animal organ was beating in just 8 days

1/13/2008
Seven New Cholesterol Genes Discovered

Study finds only those that regulate LDL levels influence heart disease risk

1/11/2008
Science Could Erase Stigma of Anorexia

Better understanding of genetic, biological causes could lead more to feel comfortable seeking treatment

1/11/2008
Fungus Sheds Light on Development of Human Genders

Gene findings may explain how the two sexes evolved

1/10/2008
Brain Circuits That Suppress Memory Found

May lead to better understanding of amnesia

1/10/2008
New Proteins That Help HIV Grow Identified

Finding could lead to treatments for when antiviral drugs fail

1/10/2008
Gene Plays Role in Risk of Autism

Three research teams found same gene raised chances of developing the disorder

1/10/2008
Years-Long Search Unlocks Deadly Genetic Disease

Researchers find gene that causes neurodegenerative disorder called spinal muscular atrophy