Research and Development Health News

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12/27/2006
'On/Off ' Switch Controls Immune Defenses Against Viruses

Finding may offer new target for drugs to fight illnesses from West Nile to common cold

12/26/2006
Increased Exposure Tames Childhood Egg Allergy

Small study finds gradual boost in consumption builds body's resistance

12/26/2006
Scientists ID Genes That Lose Expression in Solid Tumors

Discovery could form the basis for a new, early detection screen, study says

12/22/2006
Scientists Find Way to Remove Prion Infectivity From Animal Blood

Research with rodents may help stem spread of mad cow-like disease in humans

12/21/2006
Lithium-Like Drugs May Impair Neuronal Function

High doses in Alzheimer's patients may even kill nerve cells, researchers find

12/19/2006
Vitamin D May Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis in Whites

Those with highest levels of sunshine vitamin have lower rates of MS, finds study

12/19/2006
Black Cohosh Fails to Relieve Menopausal Symptoms

It was no better than placebo for hot flashes and night sweats, study found

12/18/2006
Alcohol May Slow Rheumatoid Arthritis

But results in mice might not apply to humans, scientists say

12/15/2006
Adult Stem Cells Found in Hair Follicles

Researchers say finding means patients could be their own donors

12/15/2006
Nicotine Can Boost Blood Vessel Growth

But its potential as helpful drug doesn't make smoking any better for you, experts say

12/15/2006
Soy-Based Inhibitor Holds Promise as MS Treatment

Natural substance reduced nervous system inflammation in animal study

12/15/2006
Study Reveals How Common Painkillers Fight Cancer

NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen boost a tumor-killing molecule

12/14/2006
Gene Triggers Toxoplasmosis Dangers

Mutant DNA makes the cat-borne bug so hazardous, study finds

12/14/2006
Study Finds Laughter Is Truly Contagious

Positive sounds trigger brain response that helps us interact socially

12/13/2006
Compound Boosts Tamoxifen's Cancer-Fighting Power

Experimental agent may solve problem of resistance to the breast cancer drug

12/13/2006
Researchers Uncover Process Leading to Arterial Plaque Rupture

Findings may be key to alternative therapies to prevent strokes, heart attacks

12/11/2006
3-Drug Regimen Is New Tool in Leukemia Fight

Study finds therapy produces significant gains against blood, bone marrow cancers

12/9/2006
A Year of Major Advances in Cancer Cited

But government funding cuts threaten continued research progress, oncologists report

12/6/2006
New Research Yields Clues to Brain Cancer

Mouse study suggests promising target for treating deadly glioblastomas

12/6/2006
Biopsy Marker May Predict Breast Cancer's Course

Women with low p27 protein fared worse with hormone-positive tumors, study found

12/6/2006
Study Identifies Key Gene in Nicotine's Reward Effect

Changes in dopamine system signaling result in long-lasting effects on brain

12/1/2006
Combination Therapy Eases Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Two-drug strategy slowed the illness and got patients more mobile, researchers say

12/1/2006
Study Unearths Clues on How Body Absorbs Folate

Findings may yield test for infants, adults to prevent neurological problems

11/28/2006
Top Scientific Journal Ponders Tighter Publishing Guidelines

South Korean stem cell cloning scandal prompted review of procedures, committee reports

11/28/2006
Popular Brands May Brand the Brain

Top products' logos hit the neurological spot linked to rewards, study suggests

11/25/2006
Using the Mind to Cure the Body

Guided imagery helps patients ease their pain, studies say

11/22/2006
Multi-Copy DNA More Common Than Thought

Variance in the number of gene copies could hold clues to disease, experts say

11/22/2006
Zinc a Key Player in Neuron Transmissions

Metal works to correct brain's signaling circuitry to spinal cord

11/22/2006
Embryonic Stem Cells Yield Full Range of Heart Tissues

The finding brings experts a step closer to stem cell-based treatments

11/16/2006
Drug Might Squeeze Out Bone Cancer

It prohibits breakdown of bone that tumors need to grow

11/16/2006
Nanotechnology Holds Promise Against Brain Cancer

New method delivers drug 'payload' directly to tumor cells

11/14/2006
Amniotic Stem Cells Offer Hope Against Congenital Heart Defects

Condition causes more deaths in first year of life than any other birth defect

11/14/2006
You May Be What Your Grandmother Eats

Woman's diet during pregnancy could affect grandchildren's genes, mouse study suggests

11/13/2006
Scientists Developing Lung Cancer Breath Test

Preliminary research finds it may spot those at high risk for the killer disease

11/9/2006
Tooth Finding Shakes Human Family Tree

Diet didn't doom one of Homo's early competitors, study suggests

11/8/2006
Cell Transplants Restore Vision in Mice

Breakthrough used 'precursor' cells destined to work in the retina

11/7/2006
Insulin Stem Cells Hold Hope for Diabetes Treatment

In study with mice, they also repaired damage to kidneys

11/7/2006
Researchers Apologize for Disclosure Failure on Drug Study

But the science behind review of rheumatoid arthritis treatments is sound

11/7/2006
Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against HIV

Early clinical trial suggests it can help infected patients

11/6/2006
Frog Skin Toxin Keeps Mosquitoes Away

But its use on humans remains dubious, scientists say

11/6/2006
Science Peers at Inner Life of Cells

New technologies should lead to precise 3-D research models, experts say

11/3/2006
Immune Proteins Give Clues to Cystic Fibrosis

Three show up in CF patients in unique way, researchers say

11/2/2006
Faulty Gene Doubles Risk of Prostate Cancer

Missing sections of CHEK2 material fail to alert body to DNA damage, study finds

11/2/2006
Lowering Body Temperature Extends Life Spans of Mice

Results were attained without dietary restriction, but some question study's conclusions

11/2/2006
Science Could Point to MS Treatments

A protein is key to the growth of nerve coverings damaged by the disease

11/2/2006
Journal Retracts Fraudulent Oral Cancer Studies

New England Journal of Medicine articles didn't affect patient care, experts say

11/2/2006
Stem Cell Fish Research Shows Heart Regeneration

Zebrafish re-grow damaged hearts, so perhaps humans could, too, experts say

11/1/2006
Compound in Red Wine Boosts Health of Obese Mice

But whether resveratrol will offer similar benefits to people remains to be seen

10/31/2006
Mutation the Secret to Cancer-Resistant Mice' Success

White blood cells interpret tumor's defenses as a signal to attack, new research shows

10/30/2006
Modern Humans, Neanderthals May Have Interbred

Fossils point to a melding, not replacement, of species