Research and Development Health News

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3/20/2008
Fossils Push Back Bipedalism to 6 Million Years Ago

First detailed look at Orrorin tugenensis bones proves earliest hominin walked upright, researchers say

3/20/2008
Tweaking Insulin Might Help Fight Aging

Studies in worms are shedding new light on the hormone's role in lifespan

3/17/2008
Umbilical Cord Blood Injections Aid Aging Brains

Rat study shows treatment reduced neuroinflammation affecting memory

3/13/2008
Aspirin Reduces Asthma Risk Among Older Women

Study found 10 percent fewer new cases over a decade

3/12/2008
Doctors See How Cancer Drug Can Damage Kidneys

But the finding shouldn't keep physicians from using Avastin, researchers say

3/12/2008
Genetic Markers May Predict Lung Cancer Recurrence

DNA evidence in lymph nodes could alter treatment approach, study suggests

3/12/2008
'Crime Boss' Gene May Spur Breast Cancer

Finding might explain why some tumors are aggressive and spread, researchers say

3/12/2008
Scientists Spot Biochemical Sign of Depression

Could lead to quick blood test that would show whether an antidepressant is working

3/10/2008
Thyroid Hormone Could One Day Treat Osteoporosis

Animal experiments show thyroid stimulating hormone prevented bone loss

3/10/2008
New Drug for Brain Cancer Too Dangerous for Pediatric Patients

Study found it caused permanent bone damage and stunted growth

3/7/2008
Researchers Design Promising Cancer Drug

It activates p53 tumor-suppressor function without causing DNA damage

3/7/2008
Happiness Is in the Genes

Fifty percent of sense of well-being comes from inherited personality traits, researchers say

3/7/2008
Memory Loss in Hyperactive State With Alzheimer's

Study suggests brains of patients get stuck in memory-deletion mode

3/7/2008
Even in Middle Age, Starting to Drink May Lower Heart Risks

Wine is better than liquor, study says; a healthy lifestyle is even better, doctor adds

3/6/2008
Scientists Engineer Protein That Could Battle Strep

California team's discovery may lead to a vaccine that wards off infections

3/6/2008
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Lower Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Reducing inflammation helps blunt cardiovascular threats, study suggests

3/6/2008
Constant High Blood Sugar Disables Insulin 'Off' Switch

Researchers say mouse study reversing that pattern offers hope of new diabetes treatments

3/5/2008
Brain Scans Let Computer 'Read' Visual Activity

Researchers suggest finding could lead to ways to decode the mind for therapeutic purposes

3/4/2008
Rare Gene Mutation Plays Role in Longevity

Study found it restricts growth factor, leads to shorter stature but longer life

3/3/2008
Embryonic Stem Cell Protein Inhibits Melanoma

Finding helps identify cellular pathways involved in cancer metastasis

2/28/2008
Researchers ID Gene Behind Rare Form of Epilepsy

Findings 'crack open the cell biology' of lethal inherited syndrome

2/28/2008
New Gene for Lou Gehrig's Disease Identified

Rare TDP-43 mutations expose potential therapeutic target, experts say

2/27/2008
Vaccine Protects Monkeys from Ebola, Marburg Viruses

The shots do not rely on whole, live strains, the US team notes

2/25/2008
Hair Tells Tale of Where You've Been

Water molecules in shafts offer up personal history, researchers say

2/25/2008
Laser Screen Detects Diseases in Breath

Chemical molecules in exhalations hint at wide range of conditions

2/22/2008
New Stroke Therapies Show Promise

Clot buster works longer than thought, lowering blood pressure limits damage, and vacuum device sucks up clots safely for 8 hours

2/22/2008
Stimulating Thymus Reactivates T-Cell Production

Finding may provide benefit for HIV, bone marrow transplantation patients

2/21/2008
Global Analysis of Human DNA Tracks Migration, Identity

Geography determines similarities, differences in DNA, studies find

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