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IOF calls for action following release of Eastern European & Central Asian Regional Audit

February 24, 2011 10:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) An audit report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation consolidates information on the status and burden of osteoporosis in 21 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including the Russian Federation. The publication includes...

Infinity Pharmaceuticals begins enrolling for pancreatic cancer drug trial

February 24, 2011 9:36 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Cambridge is moving forward with the first drug candidate stemming from its $75 million alliance with Purdue Pharmaceutical Products LP of Stamford, Conn., and Mundipharma International Corporation Ltd. of the UK.

Vilcek Foundation names recipients of 2011 Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science

February 24, 2011 1:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Vilcek Foundation) The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 winners of its annual prizes honoring the contributions of foreign-born scientists and artists in the US. Titia de Lange, Ph.D., of Rockefeller University, takes the Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science for...


Prevalence of bunions increases with age; more common in women

February 23, 2011 7:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) New research determined that an increase in the severity of hallux valgus, or bunion deformity, progressively reduced both general and foot-specific health related quality of life. Bunion deformity was found in 36 percent of the study population and occurred more...

New vaccine technology protects mice from hepatitis C virus

February 23, 2011 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Copenhagen) HCV mutates so strongly that traditional vaccines are useless. However, University of Copenhagen researchers are the first to succeed in developing a vaccine, which provides future hope for medical protection from the hepatitis C virus.

Review highlights need for more education and guidance on CAM use in midwifery

February 23, 2011 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Complementary and alternative medicine is increasingly popular in maternity care, but health care professionals need formal evidence-based education and guidance about its use. University-based members of the Network of Researchers in the Public Health of...

Cancer-causing virus exploits key cell-survival proteins

February 22, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ohio State University Medical Center) The human T-lymphotropic virus type 1, a cancer-causing retrovirus, exploits key proteins in host cells to extend the life of those cells, thereby prolonging its own survival and ability to spread, according to a new study. The virus, which...

Old folk remedy revived: How tansy may be a treatment for herpes

February 22, 2011 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) For centuries tansy has been used as a folk remedy, but now scientists from Britain and Spain believe the plant may have medical benefits after all, as a treatment for herpes. The team's findings, published in Phytotherapy Research, are the result of joint work...


Study to analyze seizures in HIV patients, explore drug interactions

February 22, 2011 10:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Michigan State University) A Michigan State University researcher is looking to uncover the risks of treating seizures in HIV-positive patients, providing much-needed data on possible interactions between antiepileptic drugs and antiretroviral medicines that potentially could make...

Research uncovers a secret society connecting through the Internet

February 22, 2011 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Cincinnati) UC researchers reveal a new social support group that's emerging on the Web -- a secretive society to encourage negative behaviors associated with eating disorders.

Brain's 'reward' center also responds to bad experiences

February 22, 2011 6:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Georgia Health Sciences University) The so-called reward center of the brain may need a new name, say scientists who have shown it responds to good and bad experiences. The finding, published in PLoS One, may help explain the "thrill" of thrill-seeking behavior or maybe just the...

Poor park planning drives kids indoors

February 22, 2011 6:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Springer) In a study looking at the links between the quality of outdoor public spaces, parents' perception of them, and children's sedentary behavior, Dr. Jenny Veitch and colleagues, from the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Australia,...

Health care disparities seen in epilepsy patients with low socioeconomic status

February 22, 2011 6:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A newly published report reveals patients with epilepsy and low socioeconomic status are more likely to have uncontrolled seizures, drug-related side effects, and a lower overall quality of life. The study also indicates that low SES patients used the hospital...


Reprogrammed stem cells hit a roadblock

February 20, 2011 8:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Is there a future for stem cell therapies that don't use embryonic stem cells? An international study involving EPFL has raised doubts, by showing that "reprogramming" adult stem cells leads to genetic aberrations.

How to leave your body

February 20, 2011 9:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) Leave your body and shake hands with yourself, gain an extra limb or change into a robot for a while. Swedish neuroscientist Henrik Ehrsson has demonstrated that the brain's image of the body is negotiable. Applications stretch from touch-sensitive...

Look after your brain

February 20, 2011 9:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) As the average life span becomes longer, dementia becomes more common. Swedish scientist Laura Fratiglioni has shown that everyone can minimize his or her risk of being affected. Factors from blood pressure and weight to the degree of physical and mental...

Family planning programs have success in developing countries, but need to be expanded

February 20, 2011 6:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ohio State University) While many researchers generally credit the desire for smaller families for the decline in fertility rates in developing, low-income countries, new research suggests that prevention of unwanted births may actually be a larger factor. The advent of safe and...

Hamstring grafts prove more effective in ACL knee reconstruction, study says

February 18, 2011 8:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine) Patients receiving anterior cruciate ligament knee reconstruction with a hamstring tendon graft rather than a knee tendon graft were less likely to suffer from pain and mobility issues15 years after surgery, say researchers...

Study explores ability of professional dancers to return to their career after hip arthroscopy

February 18, 2011 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Hospital for Special Surgery) A new study has identified factors that predict the ability of a professional dancer to return to performance after hip arthroscopy surgery. The results of this Hospital for Special Surgery study indicated that ballet dancers were significantly less...

Europe attracts American researchers

February 18, 2011 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) One of the goals of the European Research Council, ERC, is to bring the world's leading researchers to work in Europe. American Juleen Zierath is one of those who have received funds from the ERC. She found the best environment for her research at Karolinska...

John Theurer Cancer Center orthopedic oncologist shares new limb sparing surgical techniques

February 18, 2011 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(John Theurer Cancer Center) James C. Wittig, M.D., chief of the division of skin and sarcoma cancer at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center will present eleven different educational videos on innovative approaches to orthopedic oncology at the...

Competing risks analysis highlights new targets in preventing ESRD and death of diabetics

February 17, 2011 9:32 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Helsinki) Many patients with Type 1 diabetes and overt nephropathy develop End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and/or succumb to a premature death. The competing risks of death and ESRD may confound the estimates of risk for each outcome. Now, the researchers have...

Brupbacher Prize goes to B. Vogelstein and J. Hoeijmakers for research on colorectal and skin cancer

February 17, 2011 10:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Zurich) Today, the Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize for Cancer Research 2011 goes to two researchers who have contributed to better understanding of the genetics underlying the growth of tumors. Oncologist Bert Vogelstein has demonstrated how sequential accumulation...

Healthy lifestyle, positive attitude can help improve patient outcomes

February 17, 2011 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Joint replacement patients who improve their lifestyle and maintain a positive mindset prior to surgery are more likely to have better functional outcomes than those who do not, according to research presented today at the 2011 Annual...

Broader psychological impact of 2010 BP oil spill

February 16, 2011 9:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Maryland Medical Center) The explosion and fire on a BP-licensed oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 had huge environmental and economic effects, with millions of gallons of oil leaking into the water for more than five months. It also had significant...

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