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Politics is key to tackling widespread obesity, studies suggest

June 14, 2010 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Edinburgh) Politicians could do more to tackle the spread of obesity, a new series of studies suggests.

Sleeping sickness study offers insight into human cells

June 14, 2010 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Edinburgh) Fresh discoveries about the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could lead to new avenues of research into treatments for the disease.

Early detection of cancer: The FDA approves procedure discovered by EPFL researchers

June 14, 2010 11:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have established a procedure where cancerous tumors in the bladder become fluorescent and are more easily discoverable under blue light. The FDA recently approved...

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Specially trained nurse practitioner detected same breast abnormalities as surgeon

June 14, 2010 10:44 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) When UK researchers compared the number of breast cancer abnormalities detected by a surgeon and a specially trained nurse practitioner, they found that the findings were consistent in 92 percent of cases. They believe that nurses could play a key role in making...

Study of severe asthma using CT scans

June 14, 2010 10:44 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Leicester) Using CT may assist in differentiating various disease sub-types and help deliver personalized health care, say scientists

Brain MRI in children: 'Incidental' findings yield disclosure dilemmas for doctors, patients

June 13, 2010 8:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions) Pediatricians whose patients undergo "routine" brain MRIs need a plan to deal with findings that commonly reveal unexpected-but-benign anomalies that are unlikely to cause any problem, reports a research team led by Johns Hopkins Children's...

Study confirms favorable long-term prognosis of epilepsy

June 13, 2010 8:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands confirmed that children with idiopathic new-onset epilepsy have a significantly higher rate of remission than those with remote symptomatic epilepsy. Results of this study are now available online in Epilepsia, a...

Children born after assisted reproduction at greater risk of congenital malformations

June 13, 2010 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Genetics) Couples considering undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment should be informed about the increased risk of congenital malformation posed by the use of ART.

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Small genetic variant can predict response to hepatitis C treatment

June 12, 2010 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Genetics) A small genetic change can predict how people infected with hepatitis C react to treatment, paving the way to personalized therapy for this difficult-to-treat disease.

DFG establishes 12 new research training groups

June 11, 2010 7:45 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) To further enhance the promotion of young researchers in Germany, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as established 12 new research training groups. This decision was made by the DFG's relevant Grants Committee in Bonn. The new research training...

BioMed Central celebrates excellence in open-access publishing

June 11, 2010 7:45 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(BioMed Central) The winners of BioMed Central's 4th Annual Research Awards were announced at London's Swiss Re Tower last night. The event was attended by shortlisted authors, eminent researchers, publishers, open access advocates and science journalists from around the world.

Reproductive health matters addresses issues related to cosmetic surgery, body image and sexuality

June 11, 2010 7:44 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) Elsevier announced today the publication of the May 2010 issue of Reproductive Health Matters, which brings to light polemic issues related to cosmetic surgery, body image and sexuality. The issue explores the lack of proper information about the risks of complications...

Directly observed HIV treatment by patient-nominated treatment supporter improves survival

June 11, 2010 7:44 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) When applied to HIV care, the community-based model of directly observed therapy has no effect on virologic outcomes, but significantly improves patient survival.

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5th ESU Master Class on Medical Treatment for Urological Cancer

June 10, 2010 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Association of Urology) The 5th ESU master class on medical treatment for urologicalcancer is organized by the European School of Urology on June 25-27, 2010, atthe Barcelò Hotel Sants in Barcelona, Spain. The master class is a prime venue to scrutinize current practices...

New system developed for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

June 10, 2010 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Granada) This new system has enhanced successful early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease up to 90 percent through computer images, which is an important progress. The results obtained from this study have been published in the journals Information Sciences,...

Researchers closer to untying autism's genetic knot

June 10, 2010 9:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Yale University) Deciphering the functions of multiple rare genes may be at the core of understanding the genetic factors that cause autism spectrum disorders, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature by dozens of top autism researchers around the world,...

LSTM named World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

June 10, 2010 6:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) The World Health Organization, in consultation with the government of the United Kingdom, has designated the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence Synthesis for Infectious and Tropical Diseases.

Collagen manufactured from transgenic tobacco plants at Hebrew University

June 10, 2010 5:42 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) A scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has succeeded in producing a replica of human collagen from tobacco plants -- an achievement with tremendous commercial implications...

Elsevier acquires Collexis

June 10, 2010 5:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) The acquisition of Collexis accelerates Elsevier's ability to help researchers and decision-makers, establish, execute and evaluate research strategies and deliver higher ROI.

Fat or fertile?

June 9, 2010 7:39 am | by BBC | News | Comments

How to tell if a standing commuter is pregnant

Is IVF good value for money? Why funding of assisted reproduction is sound fiscal policy

June 8, 2010 11:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Children conceived by medically assisted reproduction (MAR) have fiscal implications for government both in terms of future government spending and tax revenue. Based on public funding to conceive a MAR child -- after...

Sleep may help you become a 'Guitar Hero'

June 8, 2010 9:41 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) The improvement in performance accuracy on "Guitar Hero III" was greater after a night of sleep than after a similar length of daytime wakefulness. At acquisition participants played about 61 percent of the notes correctly. Performance accuracy...

Sleep preference can predict performance of Major League Baseball pitchers

June 8, 2010 9:41 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) In early games that started before 7 p.m., the earned run average (ERA) of pitchers who were morning types (3.06) was lower than the average ERA of pitchers who were evening types (3.49); however, in games that started at 7 p.m. or later,...

FRAX now available as an iPhone application

June 8, 2010 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) The WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) is now easily accessible via iPhone, making the calculation tool independent of internet access and easy to use in any clinical setting.

Importance of insulin delivery devices for diabetes management

June 8, 2010 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The growing use of insulin delivery devices such as pens and pumps may help individuals with diabetes optimize blood glucose control and minimize their risk for chronic health problems associated with diabetes, as described in a...

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