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Panic Attacks Linked To Heart Attack Risk In Women - Older women who experience at least one full-blown panic attack may have an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke and an increased risk of death in the next five years, according to a new report. October 4, 2007

Low Maternal Cholesterol Tied To Premature Birth - Pregnant women who have very low cholesterol may face a greater risk of delivering their babies prematurely than women with more moderate cholesterol levels, a team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). October 3, 2007

Anger and Stress Contribute To Coronary Heart Disease - Prehypertensive middle-aged men who have high levels of trait anger - a tendency to experience anger across a range of situations - are at increased risk of progressing to hypertension and developing coronary heart disease. October 2, 2007

'Hot' Ice Could Lead To Medical Device - Harvard physicists have shown that specially treated diamond coatings can keep water frozen at body temperature, a finding that may have applications in future medical implants. October 1, 2007

Novel Strategy Under Study For Aggressive Leukemia - A novel strategy to hopefully beat into oblivion one of the most aggressive forms of acute myelogenous leukemia combines the strengths of some of the newest leukemia agents, researchers say. September 27, 2007

Does Being Overweight In Old Age Cause Memory Problems? - While obesity has been shown to contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, being overweight in old age does not lead to memory problems. September 26, 2007

Bright Tumors Mean Dim Prospects - It doesn't matter how small or large it is, if a cervical tumor glows brightly in a PET scan, it's apt to be more dangerous than dimmer tumors. That's the conclusion of a new study of cervical cancer patients at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. September 21, 2007

New Delivery Method For Anti-Cancer Drug - Rice University chemists have discovered a way to load dozens of molecules of the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel onto tiny gold spheres. The result is a tiny ball, many times smaller than a living cell that literally bristles with the drug. September 19, 2007

New Clues To Breast Cancer Development In High-risk Women - Physicians who treat women with the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 often remove their patients’ ovaries to eliminate the source of estrogen they believe fuels cancer growth. September 17, 2007

Mold Linked To Asthma - A Cardiff University study has found that removing indoor mould improves the symptoms of people with asthma. September 13, 2007

Avocados May Help Prevent Oral Cancer - Nutrients taken from avocados are able to thwart oral cancer cells, killing some and preventing pre-cancerous cells from developing into actual cancers, according to researchers at Ohio State University. September 7, 2007

Cancer Can Be Detected By Scanning Surface Veins - A new technology for cancer detection that eliminates the need for drawing blood has been developed by Purdue University researchers. September 6, 2007

'Fat Eggs' Causes Infertility In Obese Women - A University of Adelaide researcher has discovered scientific evidence that obesity is a key factor in infertility because of how it affects women's eggs. August 28, 2007

New Research Provides Hope For Childhood Cancer Sufferers - New research provides hope for childhood cancer sufferers as a small molecule is shown, for the first time, to increase the effectiveness of standard therapies. August 21, 2007

How Dangerous Is High School Football? - Football, one of the most popular sports in the United States, is also the leading cause of sports-related injuries. During the 2005-06 season, high school football players sustained more than half a million injuries nationally. August 20, 2007

Smoking Common During Pregnancy - While pregnancy may be considered an effective motivator for smoking cessation, results of a new study by researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health indicate that pregnant U.S. women commonly smoke, placing themselves and their unborn children at risk for health and developmental complications. August 8, 2007

Anorexia Nervosa: More Common And Transient Than Previously Thought - Anorexia nervosa is a disorder with a grim reputation. Even experts say that anorexia is often devastatingly chronic and carries high mortality rates. However, these views are highly biased. August 6, 2007

A Blueprint For 'Smart' Health Care - What people have come to expect in cell phones and personal communicators may soon become common in health-care devices and products at home and in medical offices, thanks to new technology announced recently by the University of Florida and IBM. August 2, 2007

Why Some Anti-smoking Ads Succeed And Others Backfire - Some anti-smoking ads are simply ineffective, while others actually make youth more likely to light up. Fortunately, some are successful, and a new University of Georgia study helps explain why. July 25, 2007

Genomic Analysis Uncovers New Targets For HIV Vaccine - An international team of researchers has identified three gene variants in the DNA of 486 people infected with HIV that appear to have helped some of the patients fight off the virus and delay the onset of full-blown AIDS. July 24, 2007

Eating Your Veggies May Provide Additional Health Benefits - Mom may have been right all along, especially when we were hormone-raging teenagers, eat your veggies and good things will happen. July 20, 2007

Cancer Cures Could Work For Canines And Humans - One of the major issues associated with longer life expectancy in man and his best friend is an increase in the incidence of cancer. Even though they cannot talk it seems dogs might be able to tell us why and how certain cancers develop. July 16, 2007

Biomedical Engineers Use Electric Pulses To Destroy Cancer Cells - A team of biomedical engineers at Virginia Tech and the University of California at Berkeley has developed a new minimally invasive method of treating cancer ... July 12, 2007

Exploring The Role Of Genes, Obesity And Alcohol - Many women in the menopausal transition experience hot flashes: unpredictable, sometimes disruptive, periods of intense heat in the upper torso, neck and face. Although generations of physicians have prescribed hormones to reduce these symptoms ... July 11, 2007

The Removal Of Unwanted Tattoos - Lasers successfully erase tattoos without scarring, though with greater time and cost than getting the tattoo in the first place. July 10, 2007

High Levels Of Antibodies, Low Levels Of Cancer? - Active immunisation can stimulate the body to produce highly efficient IgE antibodies that attack tumours. July 6, 2007

Gene Deficiency Is A Protective Barrier To Obesity - A search for the molecular clues of longevity has taken Mayo Clinic researchers down another path that could explain why some people who consume excessive calories don't gain weight. July 5, 2007

Turn Off TV To Teach Toddlers New Words - Toddlers learn their first words better from people than from Teletubbies, according to new research at Wake Forest University. July 4, 2007

Untreated Asthma May Increase Risk Of Lung Metastasis - An intriguing study, conducted in mice and supported by an ongoing examination of breast cancer patient records, suggests a link between the pulmonary inflammation seen in asthma and increased risk of lung metastasis. July 3, 2007

Genes In Human Inner Ear Cells Restored - Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System have discovered a way to transfer genes, which they hope will restore hearing, into diseased tissue of the human inner ear. July 2, 2007

Could A Heart Defect Cause Certain Migraines? - Researchers of the heart and headaches at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are combining efforts to determine if a common heart defect may be the cause of some forms of migraine headaches. June 29, 2007

Toward A Cure For Inherited Eye Diseases - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified proteins in the rod and cones of the eye that could lead to the discovery of the genetic causes of a host of inherited eye diseases. June 28, 2007

Can Blindness Be Prevented Through Diet? - Increasing intake of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, found in popular fish-oil supplements, may protect against blindness resulting from abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye, according to a study in Nature Medicine. June 27, 2007

Capsules Against Diabetes - There is renewed hope for treatment of diabetes type 1 with gel capsules: Biotechnologists at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have developed a new type of alginate capsule that could solve the problem of the body’s immune system ... June 26, 2007

Flaxseed Stunts The Growth Of Prostate Tumors - Flaxseed, an edible seed that is rich in omega 3-fatty acids and fiber-related compounds known as lignans, is effective in halting prostate tumor growth, according to a study led by Duke University Medical Center researchers. June 25, 2007

Resveratrol Content Varies Among Red Wines - Red wine is being widely touted for its health benefits, but not all red wines may act the same according to researchers at the University of Hertfordshire. June 22, 2007

Investigational Cancer Drug Targets Critical Proteins - A drug under study to treat various cancers selectively kills cancer cells because of its affinity for a modified version of a critical heat shock protein they contain, researchers have found. June 21, 2007

Sperm Cells Created From Human Bone Marrow - Human bone marrow has been used to create early-stage sperm cells for the first time, a scientific step forward that will help researchers understand more about how sperm cells are created. June 20, 2007

Electronic Mosquito Repellents Don't Work - Electronic mosquito repellents - buzzing devices marketed to prevent malaria - don’t prevent bites and therefore don’t prevent disease transmission, according to a new review of studies. June 19, 2007

How Coffee Raises Cholesterol - Drinking your coffee black or decaffeinated to keep cholesterol in check? Think again. June 18, 2007

Laziness Increases Back Pain Risk - Officeworkers who rarely exercise are at increased risk of back injuries, according to UQ researchers working on a European Space Agency study. June 15, 2007

Digital Color X-rays Will Improve Imaging - In the future doctors will be able to find more tumors at an early stage while using a smaller x-ray dose for each examination. Color x-rays offer new possibilities for medical diagnoses. June 14, 2007

Genetic 'Gang Of 4' Drives Spread Of Breast Cancer - Studies of human tumor cells implanted in mice have shown that the abnormal activation of four genes drives the spread of breast cancer to the lungs. June 13, 2007

Cancer Research: Progress Against Sarcoma - University of Utah geneticists have engineered mice that can develop synovial sarcoma - a significant early step toward developing new treatments for the aggressive, deadly cancer that most often kills teenagers and young adults. June 12, 2007

Dieting Does Not Work, Researchers Report - Will you lose weight and keep it off if you diet? No, probably not, UCLA researchers report in the journal of the American Psychological Association. June 11, 2007

Cerebral Malaria Approaching A Diagnostic Test - Scientists at CNRS and the Pasteur Institute, collaborating with physicians in Gabon, have just undertaken a study on cerebral malaria in children living in an endemic region. June 8, 2007

Contrast Agent Puts New Light On Diagnosing Breast Cancer - Harvard Medical School researchers are working on a new, simpler way to distinguish malignant tumors from non-cancerous masses when screening for breast cancer. June 7, 2007

Weight Gain In Pregnancy Linked To Overweight In Kids - Pregnant women who gain excessive or even appropriate weight, according to current guidelines, are four times more likely than women who gain inadequate weight to have a baby who becomes overweight in early childhood. June 5, 2007

Aerobic Exercise Helps Maintain Muscle In Elderly - Why do older people tend to lose muscle mass and grow frail? One important factor identified by medical science is the reduced ability of the elderly to respond to the muscle-building stimulus of the hormone insulin. June 4, 2007

Group O Blood For Everyone? - Two families of enzymes that could remove the blood group A, B and AB antigens from the surface of red blood cells have just been identified by the Architecture and Function of Biological Macromolecules Laboratory ... June 1, 2007

Macadamia Nuts Good For The Heart - Incorporating macadamia nuts into a heart healthy diet can reduce cardiovascular disease risks according to Penn State researchers. May 31, 2007

Making Old Hearts Young Again - Researchers are unravelling the molecular events associated with aging that reduce the ability of older hearts to withstand disease. May 30, 2007

Multi-Year Data Shows PAD Treatment Prevents Amputation - Medical researchers show that angioplasty and stenting can prevent amputation and restore blood flow in the lower extremities of patients with severe critical limb ischemia and gangrene (tissue loss). May 29, 2007

Possible New Breast Cancer Gene Discovered - Researchers at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute describe in this week's issue of Science a new candidate breast-cancer susceptibility gene. May 28, 2007

Rotavirus Can Spread Beyond The Intestine - A new study has shown that children who have rotavirus, a very common cause of diarrhea in children, and who have antigens in their blood, also have infectious virus in their blood. May 25, 2007

New Imaging Techniques Provide A Closer Look At Our Lungs - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are harnessing two new, non-invasive techniques to look more closely inside the working lungs ... May 24, 2007

Slowing The Racing Heart - Scientists have discovered how we put the brakes on a racing heartbeat. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago explain how an enzyme acts on the heart's pacemaker to slow the rapid beating of the heart's "fight-or-flight" reaction to adrenaline. May 23, 2007

Heated Nanoprobes Destroy Breast Cancer Cells In Mice - In experiments with laboratory mice that bear aggressive human breast cancers, UC Davis researchers have used hot nanoprobes to slow the growth of tumors - without damage to surrounding healthy tissue. May 22, 2007

Clock Gene Plays Role In Weight Gain - Scientists at the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Wisconsin have discovered that a gene that participates in the regulation of the body’s biological rhythms may also be a major control in regulating metabolism. May 21, 2007

Which Breast Cancer Patients Need Chemotherapy? - Most postmenopausal women with small breast tumors don’t need chemotherapy to reduce their recurrence risk after lumpectomy. May 18, 2007

Probe Developed To Detect Spread Of Breast Cancer - High-temperature superconductors hold the key to a handheld tool for surgeons that promises to be more accurate, cost-effective and safer than existing methods for staging and treating various cancers, including breast cancer. May 17, 2007

Scientists Develop Artificial Blood - Scientists from the University of Sheffield are developing an artificial 'plastic blood´, which could act as a substitute for real blood in emergency situations. The 'plastic blood´ could have a huge impact on military applications. May 16, 2007

Oral Sex Increases Risk Of Throat Cancer - Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have conclusive evidence that human papillomavirus (HPV) causes some throat cancers in both men and women. May 15, 2007

Bone Marrow Stem Cells May Cure Eye Disease - Adult bone marrow stem cells may help cure certain genetic eye diseases, according to UC researchers. May 14, 2007

No Evidence Older Women Generate New Eggs - It is highly unlikely that older women generate new eggs, report researchers at the University of South Florida in collaboration with a center in China. May 11, 2007

A Key To Male Fertility - Until now, mutations of the LH hormone receptor were the only explanation known for sexual precocity in boys. A team at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Dallas and the University of Louvain, has just identified a key regulator of male fertility ... May 10, 2007

Smoking Influences Crohn's Disease - A new study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that smoking may determine which part of the intestinal tract is attacked in those who suffer from Crohn’s disease. May 9, 2007

New Link Between Wine, Fermented Food And Cancer - New findings by a Queen's University research team dispel the popular notion that eating so-called "natural" foods will protect against cancer. May 8, 2007

Maggots Rid Patients Of Antibiotic-resistant Infection - University of Manchester researchers are ridding diabetic patients of the superbug MRSA - by treating their foot ulcers with maggots. May 7, 2007

Robotic Brace Aids Stroke Recovery - At age 32, Maggie Fermental suffered a stroke that left her right side paralyzed. After a year and a half of conventional therapy with minimal results, she tried a new kind of robotic therapy developed by MIT engineers. May 4, 2007

Pistachios Lower Cholesterol, Provide Antioxidants - A handful of pistachios may lower cholesterol and provide the antioxidants usually found in leafy green vegetables and brightly colored fruit, according to a team of researchers. May 3, 2007

Woven Scaffolds Could Improve Cartilage Repair - Caloric Restriction in non-obese people translates into less oxidative damage in muscle cells, according to a new study by Anthony Civitarese, Eric Ravussin, and colleagues. May 2, 2007

Prosthetic Arm Can Be Controlled Naturally - An international team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., has developed a prototype of the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provide sensory feedback and allows for eight degrees of freedom ... May 1, 2007

New Gene Defect Causes Heavy Bones - Osteopetrosis is an inherited disorder whereby bones harden and become denser. There are several different types of osteopetrosis caused by distinct genetic mutations, but not all the causative genetic mutations have been identified. April 30, 2007

Depression May Trigger Diabetes In Older Adults - Chronic depression or depression that worsens over time may cause diabetes in older adults, according to new Northwestern University research. April 27, 2007

Why Aerobic Exercise Is Good For The Heart - Aerobic exercise is widely recognized to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, but until now, researchers have not fully understood the biological mechanisms behind the effect of exercise on cardiovascular health. April 26, 2007

Does Execution By Lethal Injection Involve Conscious Asphyxiation? - Execution by lethal injection may cause death by asphyxiation, and prisoners being executed may be conscious and may experience pain, claim the authors of a new study published this week in PLoS Medicine. April 25, 2007

Robotic Invention Used To Assess Stroke Patients - Researchers at Queen’s and Providence Continuing Care Centre are testing a robotic tool – designed and invented by Anatomy and Cell Biology professor Stephen Scott – to determine if it can assess neurological and motor functioning of stroke patients more accurately than traditional methods. April 24, 2007

Sleep Disturbances Affect Classroom Performance - As a night of bad sleep can have an adverse effect on an adult's performance at work the next day, an insufficient amount of rest can also have a negative impact on how well middle or high school students perform in the classroom. April 23, 2007

How T Lymphocytes Attack Tumors - Our immune system finds it difficult to eliminate tumours effectively. Deciphering the strategies it implements may increase the immune system's effect on tumour cells and thus improve the clinical perspectives for anticancer immune therapy. April 20, 2007

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