Gene That Regulates Adult Stem Cell GrowthA new discovery in stem cell research may mean big things for cancer patients in the future. Gary Van Zant, Ph.D., and a research team at the University of Kentucky published their findings today in Nature Genetics, an international scientific journal.
The scientists genetically mapped a stem cell gene and its protein product, Laxetin, and building on that effort, carried the investigation all the way through to the identification of the........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 1/15/2007 5:04:19 AM)
High-Power MRI in Unusual Tumor CasesA Mayo Clinic surgical team has observed that using a 3-Tesla MRI in surgical decision making provides a new level of capability to predict surgical outcomes that improves patient care by minimizing the potential for unsuccessful tumor-removal surgeries. The Mayo Clinic report appears in the recent issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery www.thejns-net.org/jns/issues/current/toc.html.
In their report, Mayo physicians describe a case study of........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 1/12/2007 4:46:50 AM)
Novel Radiation Technique To Treat Liver CancerPhysicians at Mayo Clinic are now using tiny glass bubbles filled with radioactive material to deliver high doses of tumor-killing radiation directly to liver tumors. They say the procedure is better tolerated than other forms of intra-arterial liver cancer therapys, and may be the best option for some patients who aren't candidates for other therapys, including surgery or liver transplantation.
The technique, called either radioembolization........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 1/12/2007 4:43:32 AM)
Less Experienced Surgeons Practice On Black PatientsCardiac surgeons who are less experienced with the recently introduced off-pump techniques in coronary bypass surgery are more likely to perform such operations on black patients, as per US researchers.
Writing in the Royal Society of Medicine's, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, the findings are based on over 15,000 coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients in New York State.
Traditionally, CABG is performed using the........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 1/11/2007 4:38:33 AM)
pivotal Nexavar kidney cancer study published in NEJMBayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the New England Journal of Medicine has published their pivotal Phase III trial demonstrating that Nexavar (sorafenib) tablets doubled median progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), or kidney cancer. The data, as assessed by independent radiologic review, are from the Treatment Approaches in Renal Cancer Global........Go to the Kidney watch blog (Added on 1/10/2007 8:25:05 PM)
Calcium For Nursing Mothers' Oral HealthMothers who breastfeed should be sure to have enough Calcium in their diet, or may risk bone loss around their teeth and gums, as per a new study that appears in the recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP).
Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan investigated if lactation affects alveolar bone loss, the bone surrounding the roots of teeth, in rat models of experimental periodontitis. They found mothers who are lactating could........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 1/9/2007 10:00:20 PM)
Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Five-Year SurvivorsA new study shows that pancreas cancer patients 65 or older who live at least five years after surgery have nearly as good a chance as anyone else to live another five years.
Scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia evaluated the records of 890 patients with pancreas cancer who underwent the standard pancreaticoduodenectomy, or Whipple procedure, which........Go to the Pancreatic cancer blog (Added on 1/9/2007 9:38:34 PM)
Letting The Blind SeeKristina Narfstrom, a University of Missouri-Columbia veterinary ophthalmologist, has been working with a microchip implant to help blind animals "see." As per Narfstrom, the preliminary results are promising.
"About one in 3,500 people worldwide is affected with a hereditary disease, retinitis pigmentosa, that causes the death of retinal cells and, eventually, blindness," Narfstrom said. "Our current study is aimed at determining safety........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 1/9/2007 8:25:52 PM)
The Molecular Basis Of MemoryPhone numbers, the way to work, granny's birthday -- our brain with its finite number of nerve cells can store incredible amounts of information. At the bottom of memory lies a complex network of molecules. To understand how this network brings about one of the most remarkable capacities of our brain we need to identify its components and their interactions. Scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's (EMBL) Mouse Biology Unit........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 1/7/2007 9:32:20 PM)
MRI Of The Ankle Changes Patient TreatmentMR imaging can make a dramatic difference in the management of patients with ankle pain, changing therapy in about one-third of the patients, a new study finds.
The study, of 91 patients, observed that MR changed the management plans of 35% of patients, said Philip W.P. Bearcroft, MD, of Cambridge University Hospitals in England. "This is itself is significant, but more significant is the fact that before an MRI was done, 65 of the 91........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 1/7/2007 8:31:58 AM)
Value Of Foods High In Calcium And Vitamin DThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed an amended health claim that would communicate to consumers the value of foods high in calcium and vitamin D for reducing the risk of osteoporosis. The National Dairy Council (NDC) acknowledges and supports the body of scientific evidence that backs the proposed claim, which indicates that a lifestyle that includes a well-balanced diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D, and physical........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 1/7/2007 6:57:39 AM)
Insights Into LearningResearchers analyzing the genomics of a marine snail have gotten an unprecedented look at brain mechanisms, discovering that the neural processes in even a simple sea creature are far from sluggish.
At any given time within just a single brain cell of sea slug known as Aplysia, more than 10,000 genes are active, as per researchers writing in Friday's (Dec. 29, 2006) edition of the journal Cell. The findings suggest that acts of learning or........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/28/2006 8:53:24 PM)
Profiling Of Cancer GenesA research team at UT Southwestern Medical Center has for the first time identified several genes whose expression is lost in four of the most common solid human cancers - lung, breast, prostate and colon cancer.
The findings, which scientists say could form the basis for a new early detection screen for certain cancers, are published recently in the online journal Public Library of Science Medicine.
The expression of genes that inhibit........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/26/2006 8:00:08 PM)
Incidence Of Stroke DecreasingThe occurence rate of stroke in the U.S. over the past 50 years has declined, eventhough the severity of stroke has not, as per a research studyin the December 27 issue of JAMA.
Stroke continues to be a major public health concern, with more than 750,000 new strokes occurring each year in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer and the leading neurologic cause of long-term disability, as per........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/26/2006 7:54:15 PM)
Why Video Games Are So Addicting?Ever wondered why those video games are so addictive? Now scientists have some answers for you.
Kids and adults will stay glued to video games this holiday season because the fun of playing actually is rooted in fulfilling their basic psychological needs.
Psychology experts at the University of Rochester, in collaboration with Immersyve, Inc., a virtual environment think tank, asked 1,000 gamers what motivates them to keep playing. The........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/26/2006 6:23:42 PM)
Incredible Story Of Paul KrausWhat would be more inspiring for mesothelioma patients than listening to the longest mesothelioma survivor in the world? Do you know Paul Kraus? He is the inspiration behind a number of patients with the diagnosis of one of the deadliest forms of cancer called mesothelioma. I have been personally moved by his story.
It was in one those days in June 1997, Paul Kraus was diagnosed with mesothelioma. That has changed his world forever. The........Go to the Mesothelioma blog (Added on 12/23/2006 7:25:22 AM)
LASIK and LASEK eye surgeryA study comparing the safety, effectiveness and reliability of LASIK and LASEK has found no clinically significant differences between the two types of laser eye surgery.
The study, led by a University of Illinois at Chicago researcher, is reported in the December 2006 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
"Eventhough there have been a number of studies of the safety and efficacy of both types of laser surgery, there has not........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 12/22/2006 5:26:02 AM)
Did You Eat Broccoli During Your Pregnancy?Did you eat nutritious food during your last pregnancy? I never knew protection from cancer would start in uterus. That's exactly what the scientists are saying. They say that women should eat lots of food when they are bearing a child. Pregnant and nursing women should eat a good quantity of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage. Guess what? It would protect your infant from cancer both during infancy and during later life.
The........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/21/2006 3:52:59 PM)
Should Older Men Stop Fathering Babies?Should Older Men Stop Fathering Babies? "A study reported in the September, 2006 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry may give older prospective fathers pause before plunging into biological parenthood. The authors found a significant increase in the risk of autism and similar disorders as fathers got older." Dr. Michael Craig Miller, Editor In Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter wrote: "It's true that medical technology and........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/20/2006 9:41:16 PM)
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome In ChildrenChildren with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have particular difficulty understanding numbers and sequences, a University of Alberta study shows.
An assessment of 50 Canadian children diagnosed with FASD, a condition caused by the mother's alcohol consumption while a fetus is still in the womb, revealed that the youngsters had specific deficits in memory for numbers and sequences, which may contribute to common math difficulties........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 12/20/2006 6:46:58 PM)
Marker For Aggressive Form Of Breast CancerResearchers have linked a structural protein called nestin to a particularly deadly form of breast cancer, identifying a new biomarker that could lead to earlier detection and better treatment.
In the January 15 issue of Cancer Research, researchers from Dartmouth Medical School demonstrate that nestin could represent a selective biological marker for basal epithelial breast tumors, a highly aggressive cancer with similarities to mammary........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 4:54:30 AM)
Bilingualism Has Protective Effect On DementiaCanadian researchers have found astonishing evidence that the lifelong use of two languages can help delay the onset of dementia symptoms by four years in comparison to people who are monolingual.
There has been much interest and growing scientific literature examining how lifestyle factors such as physical activity, education and social engagement may help build "cognitive reserve" in later years of life. Cognitive reserve refers to........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 1/12/2007 4:57:32 AM)
A nanotech solution to wrinkled skinThose of us unhappy with our ageing skin may find solace in nanotechnology. Researchers who have discovered that nanoparticles prevent thin polymer films from buckling say their concept could be applied to stop human skin wrinkling too.
Nanoparticles are already marketed in cosmetic skin products; usually because they can penetrate much deeper into skin than conventional creams, delivering vitamins that are supposed to plump and soften the........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 1/11/2007 7:48:08 PM)
People With Mental Health DisabilitiesSixteen years after Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with psychiatric disabilities are faring worse in court cases against employers for discrimination than are people with physical disabilities, scientists have found in a national study.
"People with psychiatric disabilities were less likely to receive a monetary award or job-related benefit, more likely to feel as though they were not treated fairly during........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 1/10/2007 8:46:12 PM)
Milk Eliminates Cardiovascular Health Benefits Of TeaTests on volunteers showed that black tea significantly improves the ability of the arteries to relax and expand, but adding milk completely blunts the effect. Supporting tests on rat aortas (aortic rings) and endothelial (lining) cells showed that tea relaxed the aortic rings by producing nitric oxide, which promotes dilation of blood vessels. But, again, adding milk blocked the effect.
The findings, by heart specialists and researchers........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 1/10/2007 5:07:41 AM)
Cancer-related Gene Critical For Placenta DevelopmentAn important cancer-related gene may play a critical role in the development of the placenta, the organ that controls nutrient and oxygen exchange between a mother and her fetus during pregnancy, and perhaps in miscarriages.
Those conclusions come from a new study of the retinoblastoma (Rb) gene in mice. In humans, this gene, when mutated, raises the risk of a rare cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma. Two decades ago, it was identified........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 1/10/2007 4:31:46 AM)
Caffeine Cuts Post-workout PainEventhough it's too soon to recommend dropping by Starbucks before hitting the gym, a new study suggests that caffeine can help reduce the post-workout soreness that discourages some people from exercising.
In a study would be reported in the recent issue of The Journal of Pain, a team of University of Georgia scientists finds that moderate doses of caffeine, roughly equivalent to two cups of coffee, cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 1/9/2007 8:53:47 PM)
Hopeful Nurses Are More ComfortableNurses with higher levels of hopefulness are more likely to report feeling confident and competent in their ability to care for dying children and their families. Scientists at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, reporting on a survey of hundreds of pediatric nurses, said that nurses who were more confident about their skills also were more likely to have received education in palliative care--the practice of providing high-quality,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 1/8/2007 9:19:47 PM)
New Cancer DrugsCombining synthetic chemistry techniques with a knowledge of the properties and actions of enzymes, researchers have been able to produce an exciting class of anti-cancer drugs originally isolated from blue-green algae.
This accomplishment is expected to make it possible to produce enough of the promising drugs for use in clinical trials.
In a study featured on the cover of the recent issue of the journal ACS Chemical Biology, a........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 1/8/2007 9:14:29 PM)
New HIV test To predict drug resistanceScientists at Duke University Medical Center have developed a highly sensitive test for identifying which drug-resistant strains of HIV are harbored in a patient's bloodstream.
The test may provide physicians with a tool to guide patient therapy by predicting if a patient is likely to become resistant to a particular HIV drug, said one of its developers, Feng Gao, M.D., associate professor of medicine. Drug resistance is one of the most........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 1/7/2007 9:13:37 PM)
Treatments for urinary infections leave bacteria baldA different approach to treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) could defeat the bacteria that cause the infections without directly killing them, a strategy that could help slow the growth of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Instead of trying to wipe out bacteria, scientists in the laboratory of Scott Hultgren, Ph.D., the Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 12/28/2006 9:42:38 PM)
Super-stable Glass May Aid Drug DeliveryLook at your window - not out it, but at it. Though the window glass looks clear, if you could peer inside the pane you would see a surprising molecular mess, with tiny particles jumbled together any which way.
Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new glass-making technique that eliminates some of that mess. With the new technology, described in a study in the Dec. 8 issue of Science, they created a novel........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/27/2006 5:01:01 AM)
Stem Cells As Cancer TherapyIt is widely hoped that neural stem cells will eventually be useful for replacing nerves damaged by degenerative diseases like Alzheimer disease and multiple sclerosis. But there may also be another use for such stem cells--delivering anti-cancer drugs to cancer cells.
A Perspective article in PLoS Medic ine, by Professor Riccardo Fodde (Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands), discusses a new study in mice, reported in the launch issue of........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/26/2006 8:03:54 PM)
Acid Suppression Medications And Hip FractureUse of the drugs proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for the therapy of acid-related diseases such as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is linked to a greater risk of hip fracture, as per a research studyin the December 27 issue of JAMA.
Potent acid suppressive medications such as PPIs have revolutionized the management of acid-related diseases. Millions of individuals have been using these medications on a continuous or long-term basis, as........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 12/26/2006 7:50:51 PM)
Osteoporosis Drug Can DiscontinuedA long-term study of the most widely used osteoporosis drug has observed that a number of women can discontinue the drug after five years without increasing their fracture risk for as long as five more years.
The study on alendronate was led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, and findings appear in the December 27, 2006 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association." The research also showed that women........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/26/2006 7:45:05 PM)
Two Different Crystalline Forms Of AspirinI am sure that you don’t think of the crystalline structure of aspirin, when you have a headache and reach out for the aspirin bottle. At least that’s what I do. This aspirin pill might relieve your headache, but the same aspirin is causing lots of headaches for some researchers.
The question that is causing problem for researchers is: is there another form on top of the long-known one? A team of researchers from Denmark, Gera number of, and........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/23/2006 11:03:48 AM)
How much is your life worth?How much is one life worth, how much is your health worth? I am sure most of us would not be able to find an estimate of how much of these worth to us. Some researchers had different idea; they were digging up data to see how much is the financial burden associated with prostate cancer treatment.
As per a recently published data cumulative cost of prostate cancer treatment is over $42,500 over five years. What are they trying to tell us? Our........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 12/21/2006 4:14:46 PM)
Biomarkers To Predict Risk Of Heart DiseaseDon’t you think it would be nice if doctors could predict when a heart attack could happen to you? I think it might be possible in future. Researchers are paving the way for this. But we are not there yet.
In the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) researchers report findings from a long-term Framingham Heart Study. In this the investigators have identified multiple biomarkers that could predict when you might have........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/20/2006 9:58:21 PM)
Botox Can Ease Writer's Cramp"Botox"' the popular anti- wrinkle therapy, can also ease writer's cramp, suggests a small study published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
Writer's cramp describes the painful involuntary, spasmodic muscle contractions of the fingers, hand, or arm during writing. But it can also occur during other manual tasks.
Some people learn to write with their other hand, but in one in four cases, the condition........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/20/2006 7:22:34 PM)
Snake-like Robot Could Assist SurgeonsDrawing on advances in robotics and computer technology, Johns Hopkins University scientists are designing new high-tech medical tools to equip the operating room of the future. These systems and instruments could someday help doctors treat patients more safely and effectively and allow them to perform surgical tasks that are nearly impossible today.
The tools include a snakelike robot that could enable surgeons, operating in the narrow........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/20/2006 7:18:33 PM)