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Mount Sinai identifies first drug to demonstrate therapeutic effect in a type of autism

May 20, 2010 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have identified a drug that improves communication between nerve cells in a mouse model of Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS). Behavioral symptoms of PMS fall under the autism...

Surgical procedure offers new option for pediatric patients with rare cancer in abdomen

May 20, 2010 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) A study by a pediatric surgical oncologist from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital shows that an adult surgery adapted for use in young patients increased the survival of children with rare tumors in...

Statin side-effect risk uncovered

May 20, 2010 3:37 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

GPs should be careful about prescribing cholesterol-busting drugs say researchers who found "unintended" side effects.

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Genetics of body germs revealed

May 20, 2010 3:37 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

The entire genetic sequences of 178 microbes that live on, or in, the human body have been decoded by US scientsts.

Autism link with migrant parents

May 20, 2010 3:37 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Migration from certain parts of the world can increase the risk of a child having autism, a study has suggested.

Pistachios offer multiple benefits

May 20, 2010 6:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Penn State) Pistachio nuts, eaten as part of a healthy diet, can increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol, according to an international team of nutritional scientists.

IU study: More physical activity leads to less obesity -- often, but not always

May 20, 2010 6:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Indiana University) It may seem intuitive that greater amounts of exercise lead to less obesity, but an Indiana University study has found that this conventional wisdom applies primarily to white women. The findings draw attention not only to racial, ethnic and gender differences...

Traffic safety, alcohol and drugs

May 20, 2010 6:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Norwegian Institute of Public Health) In August 2010, researchers and experts on drugs, alcohol and medicines will take part in the T2010 conference, the tri-annual meeting of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety. This year's meeting is being hosted by...

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3-D model of blood flow by supercomputer predicts heart attacks

May 20, 2010 6:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) The EPFL Laboratory of Multiscale Modeling of Materials in Switzerland has developed a flowing 3D model of the cardiovascular system that should allow for predictions of certain heart diseases before they become dangerous.

'Beer belly' link to Alzheimer's

May 20, 2010 6:37 am | by BBC | News | Comments

People who carry a lot of weight around their middle are at increased risk of developing dementia, say US researchers.

Pledge to stop 'mum-to-baby' HIV

May 19, 2010 12:36 am | by BBC | News | Comments

A campaign is launched to try to enlist public support to ensure no more children are born with HIV by 2015.

Heavy alcohol use, binge drinking, might increase risk of pancreatic cancer, researcher reports

May 18, 2010 9:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Heavy alcohol use and binge drinking could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer in men, research from UT Southwestern Medical Center suggests.

New dad depression 'often missed'

May 18, 2010 4:37 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Many new fathers have post-natal depression, yet most cases remain undetected and untreated, say researchers.

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Smallest man-made cell pump

May 18, 2010 9:37 am | by BBC | News | Comments

Scientists have revealed the smallest man-made pump ever built - the size of a human red blood cell.

Bright future

May 18, 2010 7:37 am | by BBC | News | Comments

How lasers promise to revolutionise medical procedures

World's biggest study on cell phones and brain cancer inconclusive

May 17, 2010 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Montreal) The world's biggest investigation on possible links between cell-phone use and brain tumors is inconclusive, according to a Canadian scientist who collaborated on the Interphone International Study Group. Jack Siemiatycki, a professor at the University of...

New evidence caffeine may slow Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, restore cognitive function

May 17, 2010 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(IOS Press) Although caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug worldwide, its potential beneficial effect for maintenance of proper brain functioning has only recently begun to be adequately appreciated. Substantial evidence from epidemiological studies and fundamental...

Wrinkles are scarier than skin cancer for young tanners

May 17, 2010 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Northwestern University) The most effective way to convince young women to cut back on their indoor tanning, a habit that hikes their risk of melanoma 75 percent, is to warn them that it will cause leathery, wrinkled skin. They're not worried about skin cancer, according to new...

Euthanasia and the use of end-of-life drugs without explicit request

May 17, 2010 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Despite fears to the contrary, the use of drugs to end life without patient request has not increased since euthanasia was legalized in Belgium, states an article in CMAJ.

Sausage a day 'raises heart risk'

May 17, 2010 3:36 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Small amounts of processed meat increases the risk of developing heart disease, while steak does not, research suggests.

Urine infections 'turn resistant'

May 17, 2010 3:36 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Urinary tract infections are becoming harder to treat because of emerging resistance to current antibiotic drugs, experts warn.

Smallpox demise link to HIV boom

May 17, 2010 3:36 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

The worldwide eradication of smallpox may, inadvertently, have helped spread HIV infection, scientists believe.

Press briefings at International Microbicides Conference May 22-25

May 17, 2010 5:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Microbicides 2010 (International Conference on Microbicides)) Issues on the forefront of HIV prevention research will be taking center stage at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh May 22-25. M2010 will be a...

Stress link to financial squeeze

May 16, 2010 5:39 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

Work pressures during the recession have caused a big rise in mental health problems, according to the charity MIND.

Phone-cancer link 'inconclusive'

May 16, 2010 2:38 pm | by BBC | News | Comments

The largest study to date on links between mobile phone use and brain cancer proves inconclusive, WHO researchers say.

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