Archive for July, 2007

UT Southwestern Medical Center – Tetrabenazine, a drug used in some countries to treat the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, prevents death of brain cells in mice genetically engineered to mimic the hereditary condition, researchers have found. The research sheds light on the biochemical mechanisms involved in the disease and suggests new avenues of study for […]

Prenatal exposure to high level of stress hormone cortisol may affect brain development and sleep patterns. University of Rochester Medical Center – Anxious or depressed mothers-to-be are at increased risk of having children who will experience sleep problems in infancy and toddlerhood, finds a study that published this month in Early Human Development. While this […] – Scientists have found new evidence that using more fish oil than vegetable oil in the diet decreases the formation of chemicals called prostanoids, which, when produced in excess, increase inflammation in various tissues and organs. The results, by William L. Smith, Professor and Chair of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann […]

Duke Med News – Cancer patients who receive a drug that stimulates the growth of infection-fighting white blood cells may be significantly less likely to die from a chemotherapy-related complication characterized by fever and low white blood cell levels, according to a multi-institutional study led by researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine […]

UCSD – Are your friends making you fat? Or keeping you slender? According to new research from Harvard and the University of California, San Diego, the short answer on both counts is “yes.” A new study appearing in the July 26, 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that obesity is “socially […]

University of Rochester – Kids asked to physically gesture at math problems are nearly three times more likely than non-gesturers to remember what they’ve learned. In today’s issue of the journal Cognition, a University of Rochester scientist suggests it’s possible to help children learn difficult concepts by providing gestures as an additional and potent avenue […]