Cola Might Increase Osteoporosis RiskAs per the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 55 percent of Americans, mostly women, are at risk of developing osteoporosis, a disease of porous and brittle bones that causes higher susceptibility to bone fractures. Now, Katherine Tucker, PhD, director of the Epidemiology and Dietary Assessment Program at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and his colleagues have reported findings in........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/6/2006 4:41:11 AM)
Brain Mapping Safe For ChildrenDispelling a stubborn myth, scientists at Johns Hopkins have shown that children with strokes, brain tumors and other cerebrovascular diseases can safely undergo a potentially life-saving brain-mapping test that a number of doctors have long shunned over concerns for side effects. Analysis of 241 cerebral angiograms performed on 205 children at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center between 1999 and 2006 showed that not a single patient suffered........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/5/2006 10:00:28 PM)
Chocolate Chip Cookies Lower CholesterolRight Direction Chocolate Chip CookiesTM lower cholesterol and improve lipid subfraction profile, lowering the risk of heart disease, as per a published study in The Journal of Nutrition (October). The chocolate chip cookies, made with a combination of psyllium and plant sterols, are a tasty all-natural approach to reducing cardiovascular risk linked to cholesterol.
The American Heart Association estimates at least 50 percent........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/4/2006 10:38:21 PM)
Experimental Ragweed TherapyAmericans accustomed to the seasonal misery of sneezing, runny noses and itchy, watery eyes caused by ragweed pollen might one day benefit from an experimental allergy therapy that not only requires fewer injections than standard immunotherapy, but leads to a marked reduction in symptoms that persists for at least a year after treatment has stopped, as per a new study in the October 5 issue of The New England Journal (NEJM) (NEJM). The research........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 10/4/2006 10:14:00 PM)
A Biocontrol Agent That Doesn't Trigger Antibiotic ResistanceA failed experiment turned out to be anything but for bacteriologist Marcin Filutowicz.
As he was puzzling out why what should have been a routine procedure wouldn't work, he made a discovery that led to the creation of a new biological tool for destroying bacterial pathogens - one that doesn't appear to trigger antibiotic resistance.
The discovery also led to the startup of a promising new biotechnology firm that has already brought........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/4/2006 9:56:15 PM)
New Fodder For The Next Clean Air FightNew research from researchers at Harvard University measured secondhand tobacco smoke in cars and found pollution levels that are likely hazardous to children.
"The levels were above the threshold for what's considered unhealthy for sensitive groups -- people like children and the elderly -- as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency," said lead study author Vaughan Rees, Ph.D., a research associate at the Harvard School of Public........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/3/2006 10:22:11 PM)
Links Between Drugs And Human DiseaseA research team led by researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has developed a new kind of genetic "roadmap" that can connect human diseases with potential drugs to treat them, as well as predict how new drugs work in human cells.
Called the "Connectivity Map," the new tool and its uses are described in the Sept. 29 issue of Science and in separate papers in the Sept. 28 early edition of Cancer Cell.
The three papers show........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 10/3/2006 10:17:06 PM)
Three Molecular Targets For Leukemiahe road to better therapy for the most common form of adult leukemia will require blocking multiple molecular pathways that fuel the disease, scientists at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report in the Oct. 1 edition of the journal Blood.
The research team examined blood and bone marrow samples of 188 adults with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and then followed the patients' progress to gauge the cumulative impact of a........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/3/2006 9:54:05 PM)
Target For Skin Cancer TreatmentWhen normal skin cells become a melanoma tumor, they sometimes turn on genes not commonly found in the skin. As per scientists at the University of Virginia Health System, some of these genes are normally active in the male testis at the time sperm are formed.
The genes, called cancer-testis antigens, could be useful targets for drugs that could selectively kill a melanoma tumor, while sparing the rest of the body's tissues. The antigens........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 10/3/2006 9:46:20 PM)
Obese smokers at higher risk of deathPeople who are both very obese and who smoke increase their risk of death by 3.5 to 5 times that of people of normal weight who never smoke, finds a study in the recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
As per the study, 20 percent of obese adults in the United States smoke, which puts them at a higher risk of death caused by cancer and circulatory disease. The authors further observed that, in general, being a current........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/3/2006 5:02:10 AM)
How White Blood Cells Eat Virus-infected CellsScientists at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at Oregon Health & Science University have demonstrated how certain white blood cells literally eat virus-infected cells while fighting disease at the microscopic level. The research not only helps provide a clearer understanding of the body's immune system, it also offers hope of a new method for gauging vaccine effectiveness. The research is reported in the current edition of the........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/2/2006 9:37:04 PM)
Strategies To Combat Flu Vaccine ShortageWe all know about the flu-vaccine shortage that occurred during the last flu season. Scientifics are formulating strategies to combat flu vaccine shortage in case of shortage during the peak flu season. Public health officials are now making mathematical model at The University of Texas at Austin to determine the best way to distribute the vaccine.
The researchers used contact network epidemiology to model various vaccine distribution........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/2/2006 9:24:38 PM)
Tamiflu Reduces Death From InfluenzaTamiflu (oseltamivir), is effective in reducing the risk of death linked to seasonal influenza in severely ill patients,1 as per new data presented today. Treatment of infected adults was linked to a 71 per cent reduction in mortality.1 These results demonstrate the importance of the role of antivirals in the management of seasonal influenza and highlights the seriousness and risk of mortality linked to it.
"The neuraminidase class of........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/1/2006 8:33:58 PM)
Scientists Stop Colon Cancer Growth In MiceScientists from Texas were able to stop the growth of colon cancer in mice by blocking just one enzyme. They say that this is a big step against conquering cancer. Even though this was an experiment on mice, these scientists hope that their findings might soon find its way to human cancers including colon cancer.
In cell culture experiments, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and the University of........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 10/1/2006 8:02:47 PM)
Predicting drug sensitivity in lung cancerWhat if we can clearly predict which of those patients with non-small cell lung cancer would respond to a cisplatin-based chemotherapy. This would benefit a number of patients with non-small cell lung cancer, since oncologists could use another drug combination to treat these patients. This is what scientists from MD Anderson Cancer Center is trying to achieve.
Non-small cell lung cancer cells with a defective version of a potential tumor........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 10/1/2006 7:38:42 PM)
A Rheostat In Brain For EmotionsScientists are revealing secrets about serotonin system and a serotonin receptor called the 5-HT1A autoreceptor.
Eventhough drugs that target the brain's serotonin system are widely used to treat depression, the basic biological mechanism by which they help to alleviate symptoms is poorly understood. Now, new University of Pittsburgh research suggests these drugs work by acting on a specific serotonin receptor called the 5-HT1A autoreceptor,........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/1/2006 7:17:26 PM)
Osteoarthritis A Biological Ageing?Osteoarthritis is a common disease of the old age. It can often be seen in younger individuals. No some researchers are saying that those who get osteoarthritis at younger age might be biologically in an older age. Thse findings are published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The authors base their findings on a study of almost 1100 people, aged between 30 and 79. Most of them were female twins.
X-rays of both hands........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 10/1/2006 7:00:49 PM)
Cancer Drug For Rheumatoid ArthritisThe potent cancer drug Gleevec, used to combat leukemia and some gastrointestinal cancers, may be useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, as per a team of scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their findings would be reported in the recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Eventhough the study shows that Gleevec worked well in mice, the scientists cautioned against doctors using Gleevec for treating........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 10:07:55 PM)
Radiofreqency Ablation For Ovarian CancerPercutaneous radiofrequency ablation, a procedure that uses a high frequency electric current to kill tumor cells, is effective in achieving local control in selected patients with metastasis from ovary cancer, as per a preliminary study conducted by the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.
The study consisted of six patients with advanced ovary cancer who underwent radiofrequency ablation to destroy........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 9/28/2006 9:56:40 PM)
Gene Transfer Using Mutant Form Of Good CholesterolTransfer of a gene that produces a mutant form of good cholesterol provides significantly better anti-plaque and anti-inflammation benefits than treatment using the "normal" HDL gene, as per a mouse study conducted by cardiology scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and published in the Oct. 3 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Apolipoprotein A-I is a naturally occurring component of normal HDL (high-density........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 9:43:17 PM)
Child custody with abusive ex-spouse?What influences women when they are making child custody decisions that will bring them into future contact with a violent or controlling ex-husband? Fear, pragmatism, and the belief--sometimes reinforced in mandated divorce education classes--that their children will suffer if both parents are not in their lives, as per a University of Illinois study in the August Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
"Will the mother and father be........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/5/2006 10:13:59 PM)
Tumor Suppressor Promoteing Cancer Cell Growth?Scientists have shown that the tumor suppressor gene H-REV107-1 may actually stimulate tumor progression in some non-small cell lung carcinomas. The related report by Nazarenko et al., "H-REV107-1 stimulates growth in non-small cell lung carcinomas via the activation of mitogenic signaling," appears in the recent issue of The American Journal of Pathology.
Tumor suppressor genes function by regulating normal cell growth and proliferation.........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/5/2006 9:57:49 PM)
Overweight Children At Increased RiskResearch published recently in Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome (JCMS) presents data supporting that adult diseases, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea are now recognizable in childhood. The underlying link between them is a disorder of insulin resistance, which is worsened by childhood obesity. The annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/4/2006 10:31:44 PM)
Parent's Conversational StyleParents who use a particular conversational style with their children--drawing them out to elicit detailed memories about past shared events and to talk about emotions--contribute to the child's secure attachment, sense of self-worth, and eventual social competence, says a new University of Illinois study published in a September special edition of Attachment and Human Development.
"As soon as children start talking, parents develop........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/4/2006 10:23:28 PM)
New Drug To Blocks Influenza Virus And Bird FluOpening a new front in the war against flu, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have reported the discovery of a novel compound that confers broad protection against influenza viruses, including deadly avian influenza.
The new work, reported online this week in the Journal of Virology, describes the discovery of a peptide -- a small protein molecule -- that effectively blocks the influenza virus from attaching to and entering........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/4/2006 9:51:59 PM)
Treat the Woman, Not Her AgeWomen age 65 years or older constitute half of new patients with breast cancer each year, and the number of older women with breast cancer is forecast to double by 2030 as the baby boomers age. Yet despite their increasingly large numbers, older women who develop breast cancer often fail to receive the same care as offered to younger women as per Jeanne Mandelblatt, M.D., of Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In an........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 10/3/2006 10:26:35 PM)
Chemical Found In Curry May Help Immune SystemScientists observed that curcumin -- a chemical found in curry and turmeric -- may help the immune system clear the brain of amyloid beta, which form the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease.
Reported in the Oct. 9 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the early laboratory findings may lead to a new approach in treating Alzheimer's disease by enhancing the natural function of the immune system using curcumin, known for its........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/3/2006 10:19:23 PM)
Food Sources Of DiseaseAs the recent U.S. outbreak of E. coli infections caused by contaminated spinach demonstrates, the safety of the food we eat cannot be taken for granted. Two studies in the Nov. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, further illustrate the point, one adding a new bacterial culprit to the mix and the other showing that use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock increases the risk of antibiotic resistance in........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/3/2006 10:04:12 PM)
Progress In Pancreatic Cancer ResearchScientists at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Brooklyn VA Hospital have observed that when a human protein, PNC-28, is administered to pancreatic tumor cells in animals, the tumors are destroyed. The research was published in the October 1st edition of the International Journal of Cancer.
Matthew R. Pincus, MD, PhD, professor of pathology at SUNY Downstate and chairman of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Brooklyn VA, said, "The........Go to the Pancreatic cancer blog (Added on 10/3/2006 5:07:42 AM)
Foodborne Pathogens Hard To Remove From ProduceWill you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a University of Illinois scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply.
That won't keep Scott Martin, a U of I food science and human nutrition professor, from eating bagged greens or other produce eventhough he........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/2/2006 10:02:52 PM)
Parents In The Dark About Substance AbuseA team of scientists led by School of Medicine researchers has observed that parents often don't know when their children are using alcohol, nicotine or other drugs.
"We observed that parents knew their kids were using alcohol, cigarettes or marijuana only about half the time," said Laura Jean Bierut, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and principal investigator of the study.
In addition, the study, reported in the recent issue of........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/2/2006 9:51:14 PM)
Dissolving Jaw Syndrome With Cancer DrugDrugs belonging to the group of bisphosphonates like aredia are good in strengthening the bone in cancer patients including breast cancer. There is a downside to this group of drugs. These drugs can erode the jaw bone and literally dissolve the jaw bone.
This condition, called osteonecrosis of the jaw, is marked by exposed bone in the jaw and can lead to infection, inflammation and pain.
While scientists do not fully understand the........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/2/2006 9:17:09 PM)
Questions About Gmos And AllergiesThe potential of genetically engineered foods to cause allergic reactions in humans is a big reason for opposition to such crops. Although protocols are in place to ask questions about the allergy-causing possibilities, there has been no test that offers definitive answers.
But all of that could change as a Michigan State University researcher has developed the first animal model to test whether genetically engineered foods could cause human........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 10/1/2006 8:38:03 PM)
Helping Children, Women To Sleep BetterThe refusal of young children to go to bed at night can cause unnecessary stress for members of their family. However, parents and guardians can take comfort in knowing that behavioral therapys are an effective means for resolving a child's bedtime problems and night wakings.
The study, conducted by Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, is based on a review of 52 therapy studies, participated by 2,500 infants and........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/1/2006 7:54:31 PM)
Treatment For Sleeplessness In The ElderlyInsomnia or lack of sleep is a common problem among elderly people. It is a more widespread problem than we recognize. Now scientists are suggesting that a brief behavioral therapy for insomnia (BBT) could help those elderly individuals suffering from insomnia.
Brief behavioral therapy for insomnia (BBTI) appears to be a promising intervention for elderly adults who suffer from insomnia.
The study, conducted by Anne Germain, PhD, and his........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/1/2006 7:46:01 PM)
Antibiotic Inhibits Cancer GeneHave you ever heard of antibiotic called siomycin A? Probably not, but this antibiotic would probably find a place in the fight against cancer. At least that's what the scientists say.
This little-known antibiotic, siomycin A shows early promise as an anti-cancer agent, inhibiting a gene found at higher-than-normal levels in most human tumors, as per scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
Their findings........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/1/2006 7:27:43 PM)
Free Drug Samples And Physician PracticeDo you believe that your doctor is prescribing for a particular brand, because he or she is getting free samples and may be some incentives?
A recent researh suggest that one in three doctors agree that free drug samples influence prescribing, finds a small but representative US survey reported in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
But they also believe that other doctors are more likely to be influenced by incentives than they are, the data........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/1/2006 6:51:46 PM)
High-resolution CT For Shin SplintsHigh resolution CT can accurately show medial tibial stress syndrome, better known as shin splints, in distance runners according, to a study conducted at the University of Messina in Messina, Italy.
According to the study, medial tibial stress syndrome is one of many overuse lower leg injuries that may be found in athletes and accounts for between 13.2% and 17.3% of all running injuries.
For the study, high-resolution CT of both tibiae........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 9/28/2006 10:01:54 PM)
Pecan Way To HealthA new research study from Loma Linda University (LLU) shows that adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping reduce the risk of heart disease. Scientists suggest that this positive effect was in part due to the pecan's significant content of vitamin E.
"Plant foods, including pecans, are rich sources of phytochemicals that can have a unique effect on the body," says LLU........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 9:48:44 PM)
Anti-angiogenesis To Fight CancerA researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health has discovered a new part of the complicated mechanism that governs the formation of blood vessels, or angiogenesis.
The finding may help halt tumor growth in cancer patients, says Emery Bresnick, the senior author on the study, a professor of pharmacology and member of the UW-Madison Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The research, reported........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 9:36:20 PM)