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Anthrax suspect Bruce Ivins' emotional state is detailed

11 years ago from LA Times - Science

The government releases documents indicating that the scientist's mental illness flared around the time of the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings. ...

New Role Found For A 'Foxy Old Gene'

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered that a protein called FOXA2 controls genes that maintain the proper level of bile in the liver. FOXA2 may become the focus for new therapies to treat...

Male Circumcision Efforts Lag In Africa Despite Evidence Of Dramatic Impact In Preventing HIV

11 years ago from Science Daily

With millions of lives at stake over the next two decades, researchers and advocates at the AIDS 2008 Conference today called on the global health community to ramp up male...

Schizophrenia Researchers Welcome New Blood

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers from UQ's Queensland Brain Institute are set to conduct a world-first trial into the link between prenatal vitamin D levels and schizophrenia prevalence.

Turned-off Cannabinoid Receptor Turns On Colorectal Tumor Growth

11 years ago from Science Daily

New preclinical research shows that cannabinoid cell surface receptor CB1 plays a tumor-suppressing role in human colorectal cancer, scientists report in the Aug. 1 edition of the journal Cancer Research.

Methadone Breaks Resistance In Untreatable Forms Of Leukemia

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered that methadone, an agent used to break addiction to opioid drugs, has surprising killing power against leukemia cells, including treatment resistant forms of the cancer.

Higher HIV infection estimate shows need for routine screening, more funding for care

11 years ago from Science Blog

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected soon to increase the estimate of new HIV infections in the United States by 40 percent. This highlights the need...

Once common on skin, anthrax is deadly in lungs

11 years ago from AP Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seven years ago, Americans learned to fear anthrax as a white powder in the mail that claimed lives, forced the post office to...

Farmer receives two new arms

11 years ago from UPI

MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Doctors in Germany performed the world's first transplant of two full arms on a man whose arms were severed six-years-ago.

Disparities In Prostate Cancer Treatment Suggest Ways To Improve Care

11 years ago from Science Daily

Quality of care varies greatly for the treatment of men with early-stage prostate cancer by region of the country and category of health care facility, suggesting the potential for improved...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) In An Asian Population

11 years ago from Science Daily

AMD erodes and can eventually destroy the central vision needed for reading, driving, and other daily tasks. When AMD risk levels among racial and ethnic groups are compared, Caucasians are...

Probing Question: How do antioxidants work?

11 years ago from Physorg

Blueberries, pomegranates, green tea and dark chocolate -- these are just some of the antioxidant-rich "superfoods" found in almost any supermarket today. As well as improving our general health, there...

Unravelling breast cancer susceptibility

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- Scientists at St Andrews University's Bute Medical School are investigating a vital link between radiation sensitivity and breast cancer susceptibility.

How chemo kills tumours: research to reduce side effects

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- University of Manchester researchers are investigating exactly how chemotherapy drugs kill cancerous tumours in a bid to reduce side effects and test the effectiveness of safer new agents.

Eroded telomeres are behind a rare premature aging syndrome

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- Each time a cell divides, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes shorten — and when these caps are gone, so are we. Now, by using an...

Cutting the brakes on the immune system

11 years ago from Physorg

Your immune system may have more in common with a Corvette than you thought. When a virus or bacteria enters a human body, the immune system revs up to fight...

Podcast: History of madhouses and seaside health spas in Devon, UK

11 years ago from Science Blog

Madhouses and the spurious health claims of Victorian seaside resorts - on this month's Missing Link podcast. read more

Joseph Rosen: The benefits of organic milk - not what they seem

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Joseph Rosen: Organic milk is great for your health, according to a study. Just be prepared to drink a bath-full

Superbug becoming a major problem in North, health officials warn

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Public health officials meeting in Iqaluit this week say bacteria that causes skin infections and boils is becoming a major problem in Canada's North.

When our protective armor shows weakness

11 years ago from Physorg

New knowledge points to the fact that a genetically induced lack of filaggrin, a key protein of the skin barrier, plays a decisive role in the origin of allergies. In...

Multiple Sclerosis: new MRI contrast medium enables early diagnosis in animal model

11 years ago from Physorg

In an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroradiologists and neurologists of the University hospitals of Heidelberg and Würzburg have been able to visualize inflammatory tissue damage, most of which...

Combating Secondary Infections In Clinics

11 years ago from Science Daily

Infections following treatment are a grave problem for patients, and resistant germs can be particularly devastating. Scientists have now developed a process for coating surfaces with an antimicrobial layer to...

Facing Apparent Resistance To Antibiotics, Researchers Develop New Techniques To Kill Dormant Bacteria

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found new ways to kill dormant bacteria that have become seemingly resistant to antibiotics.

No substitute for hard work: Creatine supplementation does not improve exercise outcomes in COPD

11 years ago from Physorg

Creatine, a popular nutritional supplement renowned for enhancing athletic performance and muscle strength, does not improve exercise outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new...

Better Bandage: Microscopic Scaffolding Offers A ‘simple’ Solution To Treating Skin Injuries

11 years ago from Science Daily

A revolutionary dissolvable scaffold for growing new areas of skin could provide a safer, more effective way of treating burns, diabetic ulcers and similar injuries. This ultra-fine, 3-dimensional scaffold, which...

Strategies to control TB outdated, inadequate

11 years ago from Physorg

The standard regimens to treat tuberculosis (TB) are inadequate in countries with high rates of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. In countries with high rates of MDR-TB, patients are nearly twice...

Immune system protein accurate predictor of survival in pediatric septic shock

11 years ago from Physorg

About 4,000 children in the United States die every year from uncontrolled infections of the body known as septic shock, and researchers are pushing the boundaries of molecular science to...

Salmonella probe likened to 'Keystone Kops'

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The government bungled the salmonella outbreak probe so badly, a House committee chairman said Thursday, that federal investigators reminded him of Keystone Kops. A colleague hoped the...