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Memory enhanced by sports-cheat drug

10 years ago from Science Blog

A drug used to increase blood production in both medical treatments and athletic doping scandals seems also to improve memory in those using it. New research published in the open...

Air Pollution Can Hinder Heart's Electrical Functioning

10 years ago from Science Daily

Tiny particles of air pollution and black carbon, a marker for traffic exhaust fumes, may adversely affect heart function among heart attack survivors. Researchers say people with recent heart attacks...

A Look at Nonsmokers Who Get Lung Cancer

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Up to 15 percent of lung cancer cases occur in nonsmokers. Is there any reason why?

30-year study shows benefits of glucose control

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A large-scale, 30-year study by Oxford University has shown improved blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes leads to greater benefits in the longer term. The findings, to...

High Blood Pressure After Stroke Should Not Necessarily Rule Out Use Of Clot-busting Treatment

10 years ago from Science Daily

Patients who require therapy to lower their blood pressure following a stroke do not appear to be at a higher risk for bleeding or other adverse outcomes after receiving anti-clotting...

Diet May Eliminate Spasms For Infants With Epilepsy

10 years ago from Science Daily

Infantile spasms are a severe and potentially devastating epilepsy condition affecting children aged typically 4-8 months. In a new study appearing in Epilepsia, researchers have found that the ketogenic diet,...

Antiangiogenic Drugs Impede Chemotherapy-stimulated Tumor Recovery

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have gained new insight into a mechanism whereby chemotherapy may actually assist the rapid regrowth of tumors after treatment.

High Levels Of Physical Activity Can Blunt Effect Of Obesity-related Gene, Study Suggests

10 years ago from Science Daily

High levels of physical activity can help to counteract a gene that normally causes people to gain weight, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed gene variants and activity levels...

UK Children's Physical Activity Levels Hugely Overestimated

10 years ago from Science Daily

UK children's physical activity levels have been greatly overestimated, with true levels likely to be around six times lower than national data suggest, finds new research.

Pain Appears Common Among Patients With Parkinson's Disease

10 years ago from Science Daily

Pain appears to be more common in individuals with Parkinson's disease than in those without, suggesting that pain is associated with the condition, according to a new report.

Doctors running out of antibiotics to fight some infections, say experts

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Drug companies urged not to stop less profitable research as bacteria grow increasingly resistant

Protein found to suppress skin cancer

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've determined the protein IKKalpha suppresses skin cancer development.

Bilingual Children More Likely To Stutter

10 years ago from Science Daily

Children who are bilingual before the age of 5 are significantly more likely to stutter and to find it harder to lose their impediment, than children who speak only one...

Obesity surgery lowers insurance claims

10 years ago from UPI

BOSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests bariatric surgery is the most cost-effective way to treat obesity.

Catching The Blood Cell Bus Gives Fatal Yeast Infection A Clean Getaway

10 years ago from Science Daily

Yeast fungus cells that kill thousands of AIDS patients every year escape detection by our bodies' defenses by hiding inside our own defense cells, and hitch a ride through our...

Safety of anti-malarial drugs in pregnancy must be monitored

10 years ago from Physorg

There is an urgent need to develop systems to assess the safety of antimalarials in early pregnancy, says a new essay in this week's PLoS Medicine.

NIH reaffirms BPA concerns

10 years ago from Chemistry World

But FDA says the chemical is safe at current exposure levels

P.E.I. school wants caffeine-packed energy drinks banned

10 years ago from CBC: Health

A High School in Prince Edward Island is asking the provincial government to ban the sale of high-caffeine drinks because students are drinking them at unhealthy levels.

Vitamin B12 may protect older brains from shrinking: study

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Elderly people who have higher levels of vitamin B12 in their blood may gain some protection against brain shrinkage, a new study suggests.

Declaring emergency helps hospitals in pandemics: SARS study

10 years ago from CBC: Health

When hospital service was disrupted during Toronto's SARS outbreak in 2003, seriously ill patients in hospital did not suffer consequences, a finding that suggests declaring a public health emergency is...

When blaming fat on the genes is not an option

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Some people inherit a tendency to pack on pounds, but those in the Amish religious sect who spend hours each day farming, walking, house cleaning and gardening have a way...

Brains Wired Differently in Men vs. Women

10 years ago from Live Science

Study of brain tissue shows men have more synapses packed into part of brain than women.

Scientists Who Linked HPV with Cervical Cancer Win 20th Annual Alpert Prize

10 years ago from Harvard Science

Two scientists who discovered that specific types of human papillomavirus, or HPV, cause cancer of the cervix will receive the 20th annual Warren Alpert Foundation Scientific Prize on Sept. 15....

Serum microRNAs: Biomarkers for cancer?

10 years ago from UPI

NANJING, China, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Chinese medical scientists say they've discovered serum microRNAs, or miRNAs, can serve as biomarkers for the detection of such diseases as cancer...

Hot technology that could change health care

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Advances in health care run the gamut from mind-boggling medicines to simple Web solutions that could slice huge slabs of fat from a bloated system.

More flu vaccine aimed at key flu spreaders -- kids

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Lots of youngsters on your street? Watch out: Flu may strike your community sooner and harder than it hits the hip singles neighborhood down the road. Flu-shot...

An advance on new generations of chemotherapy and antiviral drugs

10 years ago from Physorg

Researchers are describing progress toward developing a new generation of chemotherapy agents that target and block uncontrolled DNA replication — a hallmark of cancer, viral infections, and other diseases —...

Researchers say stomach reduction will save lives

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Prejudice and a lack of funds are stopping people from getting life-saving operation, researchers say