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Norwegian Institute of Public Health receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant

June 8, 2010 11:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Norwegian Institute of Public Health) The Norwegian Institute of Public Health announced today that it has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project...

RWJF and Pew award 6 grants to examine the impact of policy on people's health

June 8, 2010 7:42 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Burness Communications) The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced more than $1 million in grants to six projects that will conduct health impact assessments at the state and local levels.

Biogen Idec and Elan initiate first-of-its-kind patient-reported outcomes research program in MS

June 8, 2010 7:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(GCI Health) Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN), in collaboration with EPI-Q, Inc. and Avatar International, LLC, today announced the launch of My MS Health, a first-of-its-kind, web-based, patient-reported outcomes (PRO) research program. My MS Health...

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Study: Mining is a major driver of sub-Saharan Africa's TB epidemic

June 7, 2010 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Brown University) A study by Mark Lurie of Brown University and an international team of researchers has developed the first statistical evidence linking mining to high rates of tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa. The exponential rise in TB in the region had been attributed to...

The right response to every pathogen

June 7, 2010 11:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) Researchers from the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany, have now been able to show that hitherto underrated immune cells, so-called mast cells, decide at a very early stage of an infection which way...

Scientists uncover the genetic secrets that allow Tibetans to thrive in thin air

June 7, 2010 11:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)) Scientists have identified a gene that enables Tibetans to thrive at altitudes where others get sick. A previous study published May 13 in Science reported that Tibetans are genetically adapted to high altitude. Now, a second study...

UN-led action plan for maternal, child health 'positive,' says World Vision, but crucial gaps remain

June 7, 2010 11:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(World Vision) Formally launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today at the Women Deliver conference in Washington, the new Joint Action Plan calls for all countries to revitalize efforts in further reducing preventable deaths among mothers and children worldwide. It is a...

New function discovered in cancer prevention protein

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

(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) The research, published in Science magazine, demonstrates that p53, which protects genes, is also activated to control the creation of ova and spermatozoids.

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Drug that helps metastatic colon cancer of no benefit in less advanced tumors

June 7, 2010 8:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Mayo Clinic) To the surprise of researchers at Mayo Clinic who led a national clinical trial, a targeted therapy that provides benefit to patients with metastatic colon cancer has failed to help patients with less advanced, stage III cancer.

B2Discovery: Entrepreneurs and researchers join forces to conquer cancer

June 7, 2010 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Montreal) The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer of the University of Montreal launches B2Discovery, a new research funding model that brings together the private sector and the biomedical research community to help accelerate the discovery of new...

Sung-Cheng (Henry) Huang receives 2010 Benedict Cassen Prize for Research in Nuclear Medicine

June 7, 2010 7:43 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Society of Nuclear Medicine) Sung-Cheng (Henry) Huang, D.Sc., a pioneer in the development of positron emission tomography (PET), was awarded the 2010 Benedict Cassen Prize during SNM's 57th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. This honor is given every two years by the...

Alcohol use and smoking are associated with headaches in high schoolers

June 7, 2010 7:43 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A novel study by German researchers reported that alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking were associated with increased migraines and tension-type headaches in high school students. Coffee drinking and physical inactivity were associated specifically with...

Childhood parasomnias such as sleepwalking and bedwetting may persist into adolescence

June 7, 2010 7:42 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) The rate of persistence after five years was 29 percent for children with bedwetting and 27 percent for children with sleepwalking. The incidence rate for new cases of sleepwalking was 3.2 percent during the follow-up period, while the incidence...

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Study finds that sexsomnia is common in sleep center patients

June 6, 2010 9:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) Sexsomnia -- initiating or engaging in sexual activity with a bed partner while asleep -- was reported by almost 8 percent of patients at a sleep disorders center and was nearly three times more common in men (11 percent) than in women (4...

Regular bedtimes linked to better language, reading and math skills in preschool children

June 6, 2010 9:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) Children in households with bedtime rules and children who get adequate sleep scored higher on a range of developmental assessments. Scores for receptive and expressive language, phonological awareness, literacy and early math abilities were...

Brain scan 'lie detector' warning

June 6, 2010 3:40 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Measures are needed to stop brain scans being misused by courts, insurers and employers, experts are warning.

New treatment regimen shown effective against advanced ovarian cancer

June 6, 2010 5:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Fox Chase Cancer Center) Newly reported results from a major clinical trial show that adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to standard frontline chemotherapy for women with advanced ovarian cancer and then continuing a maintenance dose of the drug afterwards significantly extends...

Second-line CML drugs evoke faster, better front-line remissions

June 5, 2010 6:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Separate international phase III clinical trials compared high-quality remissions between previously untreated CML patients who took the standard-of-care drug imatinib and those on the second-generation drugs dasatinib and...

Nasendoscopy proves useful in predicting treatment success in sleep apnea patients

June 4, 2010 9:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) Japan-based research shows that nasendoscopy may help dentists predict oral appliance therapy success in sleep apnea patients.

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June 4, 2010 5:39 am | by BBC | News | Comments

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Names of the 2010 Kavli Prize recipients announced

June 3, 2010 7:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(The Kavli Foundation) Eight scientists whose discoveries have dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience have been recognized with the award of the 2010 Kavli Prizes.

Regenstrief releasing new version of lingua franca needed for electronic health info exchange

June 3, 2010 7:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Indiana University School of Medicine) As demand for electronic medical records and health information exchange grows, a universal method of identifying test results and other clinical measurement is essential. The standardized medical terminology system called Logical Observation...

Cancer fund cash 'will run out'

June 3, 2010 7:41 am | by BBC | News | Comments

The UK government will need more money to meet promises made for its new fund for cancer drugs, a BBC investigation finds.

Autism finding could lead to simple urine test for the condition

June 3, 2010 1:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Imperial College London) Children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint in their urine than non-autistic children, according to new research published tomorrow in the print edition of the Journal of Proteome Research. The researchers behind the study, from Imperial...

Higher protein breakfasts help teens manage hunger

June 2, 2010 4:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Edelman Public Relations) According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese, which increases their risk for developing obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure,...

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