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Lord Brain Memorial Lecture is launched in recognizing outstanding contribution to neuroscience

June 24, 2010 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Queen Mary, University of London) Andrew Lees, Professor of Neurology at University College London, is to be the first ever recipient of the Lord Brain Memorial Medal -- awarded for the scientific contributions he has made to the field of movement disorders within the UK. He will...

Hallmark Alzheimer's disease changes found in retinas of humans and imaged in live animals

June 24, 2010 6:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) The nerve cell-damaging plaque that builds up in the brain with Alzheimer's disease also builds up in the retinas of the eyes -- and it shows up there earlier, leading to the prospect that noninvasive optical imaging of the eyes could lead to earlier...

City passes phone radiation law

June 23, 2010 10:37 am | by BBC | News | Comments

San Francisco is set to be the first US city to require mobile phone retailers to post radiation levels next to handsets they sell.

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US ranks last among 7 countries on health system performance

June 22, 2010 9:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Commonwealth Fund) Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States ranks last overall compared to six other industrialized countries -- Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom -- on measures of health system...

Stanford's Woods Institute awards new round of Environmental Venture Projects

June 22, 2010 5:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Stanford University) The Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University has awarded four new Environmental Venture Projects grants for interdisciplinary research aimed at finding practical solutions promoting global sustainability.

Computer fun helps improve girls' food choices, fitness

June 22, 2010 5:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(United States Department of Agriculture-Research, Education, and Economics) Lively, educational comic strips, geared to 8- to 10-year-old African-American girls, can help these young viewers make better food choices and improve their physical fitness. That's what happened in a...

Environmental scandal in Chile

June 22, 2010 5:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) A Gottingen scientist discovers hitherto unknown impacts of Chilean salmon farms on coastal ecosystem.

Genetically modified cell procedure may prove useful in treating kidney failure

June 22, 2010 5:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Indiana University School of Medicine) A protein whose primary role is in the embryonic development of kidneys may play a future role in treating kidney failure. Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have successfully treated acute kidney injury in laboratory...

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SEK100 million ($12.83 million) for Karolinska Institutet's research into regenerative medicine

June 22, 2010 7:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) The Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet has received a grant of SEK100 million ($12.83 million) from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for a regenerative medicine research center -- the Wallenberg Institute for Regenerative Medicine. This...

NIH and Wellcome Trust announce partnership to support population-based genome studies in Africa

June 22, 2010 4:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) The National Institutes of Health, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Wellcome Trust, a global charity based in London, today announced a partnership to support population-based genetic studies in...

Learning disabled care is 'worse'

June 21, 2010 1:38 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Some doctors and nurses believe people with learning disabilities get a poorer standard of care, says a charity.

Surveillance colonoscopy should be targeted to high-risk patients

June 21, 2010 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Gastroenterological Association) Surveillance colonoscopy is effective and cost-effective when targeted to high-risk patients.

JDR increases its 5-Year SIF and remains number one dental journal of 64 in its category

June 21, 2010 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International & American Association for Dental Research) Today the International and American Associations for Dental Research announced that its Journal of Dental Research remains the number one journal of 64 journal published in the "Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine" category...

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Seasonality of child abuse a myth

June 21, 2010 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Indiana University School of Medicine) A new study of homicides of 797 children younger than age five has found that these deaths occur uniformly throughout the year, dispelling the widely held anecdotal notion that the winter months, and especially winter holidays, are a time of...

More than skin deep, tanning product of sun's rays

June 21, 2010 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Penn State) People who remain pale and never tan can blame their distant ancestors for choosing to live in the northern reaches of the globe and those who easily achieve a deep tan can thank their ancestors for living in the subtropical latitudes, according to Penn State anthropologists.

NTU ramps up collaboration with Israel's top university

June 21, 2010 10:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Nanyang Technological University) Singapore's leading science and technology university, NTU and Israel's number one university, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, announced a new collaboration to jointly offer a Doctor of Philosophy program and to increase the level of...

Encouraging results from the largest clinical study ever conducted on treating depression with Omega-3

June 21, 2010 6:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal) The use of Omega-3 supplements is effective among patients with major depression who do not have anxiety disorders, according to a study directed by Dr. Francois Lesperance of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier at the...

Compost filter socks improve runoff from croplands

June 20, 2010 8:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Society of Agronomy) Study finds that compost filters socks can reduce soil erosion from croplands and reduce the amount of herbicide in runoff.

Flame retardant linked to altered thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy

June 20, 2010 8:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California - Berkeley) A new UC Berkeley-led study of pregnant women links higher blood levels of PBDEs, a common type of flame retardant, with altered thyroid hormone levels. Normal maternal thyroid levels are important for healthy fetal neurodevelopment.

Targeting disease remission has socio-economic benefits over low disease activity

June 19, 2010 2:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Achieving disease remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) provides superior outcomes across measures of socio-economic importance including work productivity and quality of life according to results presented today at EULAR 2010,...

Sex lives of patients are negatively affected by rheumatoid arthritis and SLE

June 18, 2010 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients from Brazil and Rheumatoid Arthritis patients from France report that their rheumatic conditions negatively affect their emotional relationships and sex lives, according to research presented today at EULAR...

Genealogy may affect clinical differences in systemic lupus erythmatosus patients

June 18, 2010 12:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) The effects of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may differ based on the individual patient's genealogical heritage, according to results of a new study presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against...

Expression of certain transporter proteins may predict resistance to drug therapy

June 18, 2010 12:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) The expression of a transporter protein called the breast cancer resistance protein in rheumatoid arthritis patients may indicate higher disease activity and could be a barrier to the effectiveness of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs,...

Biologics-naive juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients have elevated risk of cancer

June 17, 2010 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Biologics-naive juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients may have an increased risk of cancer compared with the general Swedish population, according to research presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against...

NT-proBNP is a predictor of CV risk in arthritis patients taking NSAIDs

June 17, 2010 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) The role of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP, a protein thought to be a regulator of cardiovascular function) as a robust, non-invasive predictor of cardiovascular risk in patients with arthritis taking cyclooxygenase...

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