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Scientists Prepare An Innovative Vaccine Against Leishmaniasis - Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona researchers working in collaboration with the INIA (National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology) and Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Badalona, near Barcelona, are developing the first vaccine against leishmaniasis produced using insect larvae. July 22, 2006

Scientists Develop SARS Vaccine With Common Poultry Virus - The genes of a common poultry virus may hold the key to giving humans immunity to diseases such as avian influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). July 21, 2006

Blood Test Predicts Sickle Cell Disease Complication, Identifies Patients At High Risk Of Death - A team of scientists with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has found that a hormone detected in a simple blood test can identify patients with sickle cell disease ... July 20, 2006

Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Reaches Blood At Protective Levels - Two recent studies offer new evidence suggesting an alternative form of natural vitamin E can be taken by mouth and will reach the blood in humans ... July 19, 2006

Tick, Tock, You're Dead - It's said that if you're lucky, you'll grow old gracefully, accepting with aplomb the wrinkles, hair loss, and organ failure that come with age. However, these characteristics may not be the result of natural wear and tear. July 18, 2006

Smoking During Pregnancy And Behavior Problems In Toddlers Linked - A University of Illinois at Chicago study reveals a link between smoking during pregnancy and very early child behavior problems. July 17, 2006

Quitting Smoking Improves Lung Function Considerably - For smokers with asthma, quitting smoking can improve lung function test scores by more than 15 percent in less than two months. July 16, 2006

People Living Alone Double Their Risk Of Serious Heart Disease - People who live alone double their risk of serious heart disease as those who live with a partner, suggests research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. July 15, 2006

Sleep Deprivation Doubles Risks Of Obesity In Both Children And Adults - Research by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick has found that sleep deprivation is associated with an almost a two-fold increased risk of being obese for both children and adults. July 14, 2006

Researchers Discover Compounds To Shrink Tumors - Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed novel anti-cancer drugs to treat solid tumors. July 13, 2006

Studies Indicate Medication Can Be An Effective Therapy For Smoking Cessation - The drug varenicline shows effectiveness in helping smokers quit and abstain from smoking when compared to placebo and the smoking cessation medication bupropion. July 12, 2006

Cancer-Causing Protein May Heal Damaged Spinal Cord And Brain Cells - Cancer researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found that a protein known for driving the growth of cancer also plays a surprising role in restoring the ability of neurons to regenerate ... July 11, 2006

Soy Germ Isoflavones Reduce Bone Loss - A new study published in this month's European Journal of Nutrition demonstrates a strong correlation between reducing bone loss in non-obese postmenopausal women and the dose-dependent effect of soy germ isoflavones, particularly SoyLife®. July 10, 2006

Problem Implant Infection, Solution Nanotech Surfaces - Orthopaedic implants help millions of Americans stay active. But these medical devices are prone to infection, forcing patients back to surgery for repair or replacement. July 09, 2006

University Of Minnesota Researchers Take New Look At Cellular Suicide - Like a bodyguard turned traitor, a protein whose regular job is to help repair severed DNA molecules will, in some cases, join forces with another protein to do the opposite and chop the DNA to bits, according to new research at the University of Minnesota. July 08, 2006

Research Offers New Hope For Preterm Babies - A new machine – the only one of its kind in Australia - is helping scientists better monitor the health of preterm babies. July 07, 2006

Higher Levels Of Obesity Associated With Greater Health Risks - The health risks for women who are extremely obese may be underestimated as a new study indicates they have a higher prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol than women at lower levels of obesity. July 06, 2006

Healing The Heart With Bone Marrow Cells - Researchers at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Toronto General Hospital have discovered the 'SOS' distress signal that mobilizes specific heart repair cells from the bone marrow to the injured heart after a heart attack. July 05, 2006

New Study Shows People Sleep Even Less Than They Think - A study of the sleep characteristics of 669 middle-aged adults found that people sleep much less than they should, and even less than they think. July 04, 2006

Inexpensive Mail-Out Can Help Fight Depression - Even a brief, low-cost mail-based intervention can help ease symptoms of mild depression, a new study finds. July 03, 2006

Novel Connection Found Between Biological Clock And Cancer - Dartmouth Medical School geneticists have discovered that DNA damage resets the cellular circadian clock, suggesting links among circadian timing, the cycle of cell division, and the propensity for cancer. July 02, 2006

With Cochlear Implants, Earlier Use Leads To Better Speech - "Bye-bye, bye-bye," said one 3 and a half-year old child, born deaf but with a cochlear implant that partially restored hearing nine months earlier. July 01, 2006

Australian Researchers To Trial Bird Flu Vaccine - Australian researchers have begun a trial to test the effectiveness of a new vaccine to protect against the potentially deadly bird flu. June 30, 2006

Coffee Intake Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk - Drinking coffee, especially when it is decaffeinated, may be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the June 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. June 29, 2006

Severe Hot Flashes Associated With Chronic Insomnia - Women who have severe hot flashes may have more chronic sleep problems than women who do not, according to a report in the June 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. June 28, 2006

Cell Phone Emissions Excite The Brain Cortex - Electromagnetic fields from cell phones excite the brain cortex adjacent to it, with potential implications for individuals with epilepsy, or other neurological conditions. June 27, 2006

Research Links Rett Syndrome To Mitochondrial Gene - New research from the lab of Adrian Bird, a molecular geneticist at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, reveals that abnormally high levels of a protein called Uqcrc1 in the brains ... June 26, 2006

Parkinson's Disease Mechanism Discovered - Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have pinpointed defects in a critical cellular pathway that can lead to the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells and ultimately Parkinson's symptoms. June 25, 2006

Common Asthma Inhaler Causing Deaths, Researchers Assert - Three common asthma inhalers containing the drugs salmeterol or formoterol may be causing four out of five U.S. asthma-related deaths per year and should be taken off the market ... June 24, 2006

Too Much Tea, Coffee, Alcohol And Smoking Turns Human Hair Gray - All of us are getting older and with age our hair are turning grey. Graying occurs as specialized cells in hair follicles called melanocytes lose their ability to produce pigment ... June 23, 2006

Smoking, Eating And Thinking: New Research On The Brain, Hormones, And Behavior - Certain hormones may make it more difficult for some to quit smoking, according to results of a study presented at the 6th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN 2006) in Pittsburgh June 19 - 22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. June 22, 2006

Sex While Sleeping Is Real, And May Be No Joke - An extreme form of sleep-walking-having sex while asleep-is probably much more common than physicians have previously suspected, researchers reported here. June 21, 2006

Radiation Therapy Shown To Increase Survival In Certain Lung Cancer Patients - Treating certain lung cancer patients with surgery followed by radiation therapy can improve their chances of long-term survival, according to a study of more than 7,000 patients. June 20, 2006

Beer Helps Fight Prostate Cancer - A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement, according to a new study. June 19, 2006

HIV-1's High Virulence Might Be An Accident Of Evolution - The virulence characteristic of HIV-1 - the virus predominantly responsible for human AIDS - might amount to an accident of evolution, new evidence reveals. June 18, 2006

Herbs Rival Hormones As Most Popular Menopause Treatment - Herbal remedies are fast approaching hormone therapy as the most-favored treatment by women suffering from menopause symptoms, researchers said. June 17, 2006

Five Cups Of Coffee A Day Guarantee Absolutely Healthy Liver - Drinking one to three cups of coffee a day is associated with a 40% decrease in the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis versus drinking less than one cup. June 16, 2006

Drug Banned By Sports May Be Good For Oldies - A world-first pilot study suggests that anabolic steroids, best known for doping in sports, may in fact help older people recover better after joint replacement surgery. June 15, 2006

Solar Activity Affects Every Single Aspect Of Human Life - Experts determined that every organ of the human organism has a definite period of its peak daily activity. June 14, 2006

Sex Before The Big Game? - At last, an answer to the question that has vexed generations of footballers: having sex the night before a big match does not harm your sporting performance. June 13, 2006

Smokers Invite To Test Vaccine Against Nicotine Addiction - UCSF's Habit Abatement Clinic is testing a vaccine that enlists help from the immune system to keep nicotine away from the brain. June 12, 2006

AIDS Vaccine Research Offers New Insights On Survival - New insights into how a subpopulation of helper T-cells provides immunity and promotes survival following infection with an AIDS-like virus offer a new means of predicting an AIDS vaccine's effectiveness ... June 11, 2006

Bone Marrow May Restore Cells Lost In Vision Diseases - University of Florida scientists conducting experiments with mice have found evidence that the body naturally replenishes small amounts of cells in the eye essential for healthy vision. June 10, 2006

Key Heart Transplant Indicator May Be Different For Women - When considering transplants for patients with heart failure, women may need to be evaluated differently than men. June 09, 2006

Regular Drinking Helps Men To Prevent Heart Diseases - Men who drink alcohol every day have a lower risk of heart disease than those who drink once a week or less, a study found. June 08, 2006

Students'Device May Improve Chest Closure After Heart Surgery - Undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University have invented a less intrusive and potentially safer chest closure system that threads locking polymer clasps through the ribs. June 07, 2006

Breathing Exercises May Ease Asthmatics' Inhaler Dependence - Breathing exercises reduced inhaler use by more than 80% in a small group of asthmatics, reported Cassandra Slader, Ph.D., of the University of Sydney, and colleagues, online in the journal Thorax. June 06, 2006

Surgeons Study Artificial Bone's Ability To Replace Weakened Spinal Disks - After preliminary success using artificial bone to replace degenerative spinal disks in the neck and lower back, neurosurgeons at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are preparing a study ... June 05, 2006

New Protein Target May Advance Design Of HIV And Cancer Drugs - Using small molecules containing platinum, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have created a process to inhibit a class of proteins important in HIV and cancer. June 04, 2006

Sexual Desire Is In Your Genes - The researchers found that individual differences in human sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variations. June 03, 2006

Early Treatment Of Asthma Symptoms Doesn't Prevent Disease - Treating young children at high risk for asthma for two years with an inhaled steroid continually decreased asthma-like symptoms but ... June 02, 2006

Epidemic Of Unneeded Amputations - Non-traumatic amputations – those caused by arterial blockages related to diabetes, smoking, obesity and vascular system complications – are occurring at an alarming rate. June 01, 2006

New Technology Detects Risks Of Drugs To Heart Sooner - A new technology to enable pharmaceutical companies to determine more effectively, and earlier on in clinical trials, whether an experimental drug is toxic to the heart ... May 31, 2006

Music Eases Perception Of Chronic Pain - A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that music can significantly ease a patient's perception of chronic pain. May 30, 2006

Obesity Raises Overall Risk Of Breast Cancer - Study - The study adds to a large body of evidence showing that weight and breast cancer can be closely linked. May 29, 2006

RNA Interference Stops Colon Cancer spread In Mice - Using one of the newest and most powerful tools of biomedical science, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) researchers have scored a dramatic success in the battle against colorectal cancer. May 28, 2006

New Genetic Test For Breast Cancer - Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center are leading a nationwide clinical trial to determine whether a new genetic test can be used to personalize treatment for early-stage breast cancer. May 27, 2006

Damage From Oxygen May Be One Cause Of Parkinson's Disease - Research by neuroscientists at the University of Virginia Health System shows that oxygen free radicals are damaging proteins in mitochondria, the tiny cellular 'batteries' of brain cells. May 26, 2006

Brain Hormone Puts Brakes On Reproduction - University of California, Berkeley, researchers have discovered a new actor in the mammalian reproductive system, a hormone that fills a role long suspected, but until now undetected. May 25, 2006

Combo Vaccines Developed Against Bird Flu - Scientists are reporting an effective and inexpensive way to vaccinate poultry against avian flu and, hopefully, prevent its spread to humans. May 24, 2006

Research Reveals How Prozac Triggers New Brain Cell Growth - Experts have long suspected that one way antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft dispel depression is by stimulating the growth of new brain cells. May 23, 2006

A Better Algorithm for Detecting Cancer Genes - Researchers at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences have developed a new algorithm that makes it much easier to detect certain cancer genes ... May 22, 2006

How The Body Recognizes A Fungus Among Us - The fungus Candida albicans can cause a wide variety of infections, ranging from mucosalinfections in generally healthy individuals ... May 21, 2006

Evolutionary Forces Explain Why Women Live Longer Than Men - Women live longer in almost every country, and the sex difference in lifespan has been recognized since at least the mid-18th century... May 20, 2006

Caffeine Therapy Gives Premature Infants A Breathing Boost - Caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity reduced the need for continuous positive airway pressure and mechanical ventilation... May 19, 2006

New Treatment For Cocaine Dependence Found - Researchers from the University of Virginia Health System have found that ondansetron, a serotonin antagonist drug, reduced cocaine’s reinforcing effects in people who volunteered to be part of the study. May 18, 2006

Exercise Protects Against Skin And Bowel Cancers - Exercise may protect against skin and bowel cancers, according to two new studies on mice. May 17, 2006

Most Hospitals' Pet Therapy Dogs Carry Bacteria - Hospitals across Canada use therapy dogs to bring patients cheer and some friendly companionship ... May 16, 2006

Japan Confirms 26th Case Of Mad Cow Disease - Japan has confirmed its 26th case of mad cow disease, this time in a 68-month-old Holstein dairy cow on the northern island of Hokkaido. May 15, 2006

Carcinogen Found In Urine Of Smokers'Babies - Researchers say they've discovered significant levels of a known carcinogen in the urine of infants as young as three months... May 14, 2006

Exercise 'Cuts Skin Cancer Risk' - The researchers found female mice exposed to a form of ultraviolet light took longer to develop skin tumours if they had access to a running wheel. May 13, 2006

Help Young in Bird Flu Pandemic - Forget the elderly! If there is a limited supply of vaccine, it should go first to those who have longer to live. May 12, 2006

Scientists Unlock More Secrets Of HIV And SARS - UK scientists have cracked one of the key biological processes used by viruses such as HIV and SARS when they replicate. May 11, 2006

Alcoholics Should Get Pneumococcal Vaccine - Current or former alcoholics have a high risk for Streptococcus pneumonia, a bacteria that can cause pneumonia ... May 10, 2006

Men More Vulnerable Than Women After Stroke - Among stroke sufferers, men are typically younger than women but they don't fare as well. May 9, 2006

Cutting Calories Can Reduce Aging Damage - Trimming just a few calories from the daily diet lessens the effects of aging. May 8, 2006

Self Repair Gene Therapy - Experts say they have found a way to persuade cells to repair themselves. May 8, 2006

Oldest Mother - Britain's oldest mother at age 63. May 6, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Help Nerve Repair - From Nature... May 6, 2006

Magnetic Nanotechnology Fighting Cancer - A novel promising approach. May 5, 2006

US Far More Obese Than Previously Thought - The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has been greatly underestimated. May 5, 2006

Targeted Virus Forces Cancer Cells to Eat Themselves - Engineered virus tracks down and infects cancer cells. May 5, 2006

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