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Plant Foods For Preserving Muscle Mass - Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that are key to good health. Now, a newly released study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists suggests plant foods also may help preserve muscle mass in older men and women. June 2, 2008

UK Medics Solve Ancient Riddle Of 'Finger Clubbing' - A puzzling medical condition, identified more than 2,000 years ago by Hippocrates, has finally been explained by researchers at the University of Leeds. May 30, 2008

Chemists Create Cancer-detecting Nanoparticles - Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be a doctor's best friend for detecting a tumor in the body without resorting to surgery. May 29, 2008

Neuromuscular Activation By Means Of Vibrations - A researcher from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has collaborated with the University of Granada in the development of a research study on the possible effects of vibrations as a mean of neuromuscular activation to improve jumping performance. May 28, 2008

How Arteries And Veins Develop In Parallel Pairs In The Embryo - A multidisciplinary team made up of physicists and biologists from France and Germany has discovered how, in the embryo, arteries and veins develop in parallel pairs. May 27, 2008

HIV Patients Suffer More From Osteoporosis - Following the introduction of HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy), the survival and quality of life for people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) have increased in the resource-rich countries. May 26, 2008

Old Antibiotic May Find New Life As A Stroke Treatment - An old intravenous antibiotic may have new life as a stroke treatment, researchers say. May 22, 2008

New Artificial Cornea Could Restore Vision - An improved artificial cornea, which could restore the vision of more than 10 million people worldwide who are blind due to diseased corneas, finally is moving toward reality, scientists in California conclude in a new analysis of research on the topic. May 21, 2008

Vaccine Triggers Immune Response, Prevents Alzheimer's In Mice - A vaccine created by University of Rochester Medical Center scientists prevents the development of Alzheimer's disease-like pathology in mice without causing inflammation or significant side effects. May 20, 2008

Air Pollution, Smoking Affect Latent Tuberculosis - A toxic gas present in air pollution and tobacco smoke plays a significant role in triggering tuberculosis infection, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). May 14, 2008

Multiple Sclerosis Can Affect Children's IQ - Multiple sclerosis (MS) typically starts in young adulthood, but about five percent of cases start in childhood or the teen years. May 13, 2008

How 'Horse Tranquilizer' Stops Depression - Researchers have shown exactly how the anaesthetic ketamine helps depression with images that show the orbitofrontal cortex – the part of the brain that is overactive in depression – being ‘switched off’. May 12, 2008

Breastfeeding Associated With Increased Intelligence - The largest randomized study of breastfeeding ever conducted reports that breastfeeding raises children's IQs and improves their academic performance, a McGill researcher and his team have found. May 9, 2008

First Steps Toward Autonomous Robot Surgeries - The day may be getting a little closer when robots will perform surgery on patients in dangerous situations or in remote locations, such as on the battlefield or in space, with minimal human guidance. May 8, 2008

Laugh Your Way To Wellness With Yoga Trend - Ho ho, ha ha ha, students in a fitness class at the University of Michigan Health System chant repeatedly while clapping their hands and walking around the room. May 7, 2008

Obesity Worsens Impact Of Asthma - Obesity can worsen the impact of asthma and may also mask its severity in standard tests, according to researchers in New Zealand, who studied lung function in asthmatic women with a range of body mass indexes (BMIs). May 2, 2008

Can Virtual Reality Help With Alcoholism? - Patients in therapy to overcome addictions have a new arena to test their coping skills - the virtual world. A new study by University of Houston Associate Professor Patrick Bordnick says that a virtual reality (VR) environment can provide the climate necessary to spark an alcohol craving so that patients can practice how to say no in a realistic and safe setting. April 30, 2008

Pregnancy Is Possible After Cancer Treatment - It has been reported for the first time in Germany that healthy ovarian tissue has been taken from a non-pregnant woman with cancer and then re-implanted after cancer therapy. April 25, 2008

How Exercise Changes Structure And Function Of Heart - For the first time researchers are beginning to understand exactly how various forms of exercise impact the heart. April 24, 2008

'Fluidhand': Each Finger Can Be Moved Separately - It can hold a credit card, use a keyboard with the index finger, and lift a bag weighing up to 20 kg – the world’s first commercially available pros-thetic hand that can move each finger separately and has an astounding range of grip configurations. April 23, 2008

Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack - Early diagnosis of a heart attack may now be possible using only a few drops of saliva and a new nano-bio-chip, a multi-institutional team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reported at a recent meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. April 18, 2008

Wine May Protect Against Dementia - There may be constituents in wine that protect against dementia. This is shown in research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg in Sweden. April 14, 2008

How Fast You'll Age Is Written In Your Bones - Perhaps the aging process can’t be stopped. But it can be predicted, and new research from Tel Aviv University indicates that people may live longer and lead healthier lives as a result. April 11, 2008

Good Sexual Intercourse Lasts Minutes, Not Hours - Satisfactory sexual intercourse for couples lasts from 3 to 13 minutes, contrary to popular fantasy about the need for hours of sexual activity, according to a survey of U.S. and Canadian sex therapists. April 4, 2008

Smart Clothes: Textiles That Track Your Health - Garments that can measure a wearer's body temperature or trace their heart activity are just entering the market, but the European project BIOTEX weaves new functions into smart textiles. April 2, 2008

Communicating Your Way To A Healthy Heart - When it comes to matters of the heart, many experts say that communication is the key to a healthy relationship. But a recent study out of Temple University’s School of Medicine finds that communication is the key to a healthy heart, as well. March 31, 2008

Mounting Evidence Shows Red Wine Antioxidant Kills Cancer - Rochester researchers showed for the first time that a natural antioxidant found in grape skins and red wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell's core energy source, or mitochondria, and crippling its function. March 28, 2008

Blood Discovery: New Hemoglobin Type Found - Scientists at the University of Bonn have discovered a new rare type of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin transports oxygen in the red blood corpuscles. March 19, 2008

Cup Of Black Tea Could Defend Against Athrax Threat - A cup of black tea could be the next line of defence in the threat of bio-terrorism according to new international research. March 17, 2008

MicroRNA-203 Helps Build Skin's Protective Barrier - Every minute, 30,000 of our outermost skin cells die so that we can live. When they do, new cells migrate from the inner layer of the skin to the surface of it, where they form a tough protective barrier. March 13, 2008

Poor Sleep More Dangerous For Women - Researchers at Duke University Medical Center say they may have figured out why poor sleep does more harm to cardiovascular health in women than in men. March 12, 2008

New TB Test Means Quicker And Easier Diagnosis For Patients - A new blood test could enable doctors to rule out tuberculosis (TB) infection within days rather than weeks, according to a new study. March 11, 2008

Shorter Women May Have Very Long Lives - A gene linked to living a very long life - to 90 and beyond - is also associated with short stature in women, according to new research. March 5, 2008

Genetic Cancer Link Between Humans And Dogs Discovered - Cancer researchers at the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University have found that humans and dogs share more than friendship and companionship - they also share the same genetic basis for certain types of cancer. March 3, 2008

Why Even Children Are Fearful Of Snakes - Some of the oldest tales and wisest mythology allude to the snake as a mischievous seducer, dangerous foe or powerful iconoclast; however, the legend surrounding this proverbial predator may not be based solely on fantasy. February 29, 2008

Cell Phone Radiation May Affect Human Tissues - A new study completed by the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) on effects of mobile phone radiation on human skin strengthens the results of the human cell line analyses: living tissue responds to mobile phone radiation. February 27, 2008

Test Can Reduce Recurrence Of Breast Cancer - A new test that examines large sections of the sentinel lymph node for genes expressed by breast cancer could reduce the risk of recurrence and multiple surgeries, doctors say. February 26, 2008

Older People Are Happy: Life Begins At 40 And 50 And 60 - Growing old is a happier experience than many of us imagine - that’s according to the findings of a study conducted at Queen’s University, Belfast, on behalf of the Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP). February 19, 2008

Doctors Will Soon Be Able To Feel Organs Via A Display Screen - With the aid of computerized image analysis, it may be possible in the future for radiologists to feel images with the help of a three-dimensional mouse. February 18, 2008

Tobacco Could Kill One Billion By 2100 - WHO has released new data showing that while progress has been made, not a single country fully implements all key tobacco control measures, and outlined an approach that governments can adopt to prevent tens of millions of premature deaths by the middle of this century. February 12, 2008

Antiretroviral Drugs May Protect Against Sexual Transmission Of HIV - A new study in macaques suggests that antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV could also protect people from getting the AIDS virus, especially if two drugs are taken in combination before exposure to the virus occurs. February 8, 2008

Obesity May Be Wired In The Brain - A predisposition for obesity might be wired into the brain from the start, suggests a new study of rats. February 7, 2008

Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay - What Willy Wonka did for chocolate, UCLA microbiologist Wenyuan Shi is doing for lollipops. February 6, 2008

Eyes Of Dead Reveal Date When Human Was Born - Using the radiocarbon dating method and special proteins in the lens of the eye, researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus can now establish, with relatively high precision, when a person was born. February 1, 2008

Mercury In Dental Work Don't Affect Children's Brain - Dental amalgam tooth fillings do not adversely affect children's brain development and neurological status, researchers report in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. January 29, 2008

Obesity Connected With Nervous System - A discovery by Queen’s biologists and their students sheds new light on the genetic roots of obesity – a condition that is increasing dramatically in North America and has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. January 25, 2008

A Good Fight May Keep You And Your Marriage Healthy - A good fight with your spouse may be good for your health, research suggests. January 24, 2008

Cloned Human Embryo Created From Skin Cells - Stemagen, a privately held embryonic stem cell research company, announced January 17 it has become the first in the world to create, and meticulously document, a cloned human embryo using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). January 23, 2008

Genes Key To High Liver Cancer Rates In Men - A fundamental difference in the way males and females respond to chronic liver disease at the genetic level helps explain why men are more prone to liver cancer, according to MIT researchers. January 18, 2008

Mothers' Stress May Increase Children's Asthma - Children whose mothers are chronically stressed during their early years have a higher asthma rate than their peers, regardless of their income, gender or other known asthma risk factors. January 16, 2008

Beating Heart Created In Laboratory - University of Minnesota researchers have created a beating heart in the laboratory. By using a process called whole organ decellularization, scientists from the University of Minnesota Center for Cardiovascular Repair grew functioning heart tissue by taking dead rat and pig hearts and reseeding them with a mixture of live cells. January 15, 2008

Researchers Paint Picture Of Cancer-promoting Culprit - They say that a picture can be worth a thousand words. This especially is true for describing the structures of molecules that function to promote cancer. January 11, 2008

Fatherhood Linked To Prostate Cancer Risk - A new study from Danish researchers has found that childless men have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer than fathers, and that, paradoxically, the more children a father has, the lower the risk of the disease. January 10, 2008

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Increase Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes - Suppression of slow-wave sleep in healthy young adults significantly decreases their ability to regulate blood-sugar levels and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, report researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center. January 4, 2008

Giant Step for Cancer Detection - A team of investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Biomicroelectromechanical Systems (BioMEMS) Resource Center and the MGH Cancer Center has developed a microchip-based device that can isolate, enumerate and analyze circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from a blood sample. January 3, 2008

Fast-acting Cyanide Antidote Discovered - University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design and Minneapolis VA Medical Center researchers have discovered a new fast-acting antidote to cyanide poisoning. January 2, 2008

Overeating And Obesity Triggered By Lack Of One Gene - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to one-third of the population in the United States is obese and another third is overweight. January 1, 2008

New Way To Sort Stem Cells Discovered - UC Irvine scientists have found a new way to sort stem cells that should be quicker, easier and more cost-effective than current methods. December 31, 2007

Humor Develops From Male Hormone Aggression - Humour appears to develop from aggression caused by male hormones, according to a study published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal. December 27, 2007

Dolphin 'Therapy' A Dangerous Fad, Researchers Warn - People suffering from chronic mental or physical disabilities should not resort to a dolphin "healing" experience, warn two researchers from Emory University. December 25, 2007

Heart Attack Risk From Smoking Due To Genetics - Heart attacks among cigarette smokers may have less to do with tobacco than genetics. A common defect in a gene controlling cholesterol metabolism boosts smokers’ risk of an early heart attack, according to a new study. December 21, 2007

Engineering Blood Vessels That Could Be Used In Human Body - MIT scientists have found a way to induce cells to form parallel tube-like structures that could one day serve as tiny engineered blood vessels. December 20, 2007

Scientists Overcome Major Obstacles To Stem Cell Heart Repair - Scientists at Imperial College London have overcome two significant obstacles on the road to harnessing stem cells to build patches for damaged hearts. December 14, 2007

Cancer-resistant Mouse Developed By Adding Tumor-suppressor Gene - A mouse resistant to cancer, even highly-aggressive types, has been created by researchers at the University of Kentucky. November 29, 2007

Secondhand Smoke Damages Lungs - It's not a smoking gun, but it's smoking-related, and it's there in bright medical images: evidence of microscopic structural damage deep in the lungs, caused by secondhand cigarette smoke. November 28, 2007

UW-Madison Scientists Guide Human Skin Cells To Embryonic State - In a paper to be published Nov. 22 in the online edition of the journal Science, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers reports the genetic reprogramming of human skin cells to create cells indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells. November 23, 2007

Tinea Of The Nails Underdiagnosed In Children - Two doctors from Hospital del Mar in Barcelona and UAB professors have observed, through a research carried out during the past 9 years, an increase in the number of children affected by tinea of the nails, as well as an underdiagnosis of this affection by paediatricians. November 19, 2007

Molecules With Interesting Anti-clotting Properties Discovered - Commonwealth University researchers have discovered a new mechanism to inhibit key enzymes that play a major role in clotting disorders, which could lead to novel therapies to treat clots in the lungs and those localized deep in the body in areas such as the legs. November 15, 2007

Top Cause Of Painful Sex Uncovered - Sex is supposed to be enjoyable, but for countless women suffering from vulvodynia, that’s not the case. Characterized by pain or discomfort with sexual intercourse, rawness, stinging, itching and burning in the vagina or vulva, vulvodynia is a common condition, but it is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. November 14, 2007

A Dose Of Radiation May Help Knock Out Malaria - How are physicists helping an effort to eradicate malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than one million people every year Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) used their expertise in radiation science to help a young company create weakened, harmless versions of the malaria-causing parasite. November 13, 2007

Overweight Or Underweight, Causes Of Death Differ - The association between weight and causes of death can vary considerably, with obesity associated with a significantly increased mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD), underweight associated with increased mortality from primarily non-cancer, non-CVD causes, and overweight associated with ... November 9, 2007

Infections, Bacteria Critical For Healthy Life - Mothers around the world are armed with anti-bacterial gels, sprays and baby blankets, diligently protecting their children from nasty forms of bacteria. November 8, 2007

Role Of A Key Enzyme In Reducing Heart Disease Identified - Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have identified the role of a key enzyme called CEH in reducing heart disease, paving the way for new target therapies to reduce plaques in the arteries and perhaps in the future, help predict a patient's susceptibility to heart disease. October 31, 2007

Is A Good Night's Sleep Crucial For Your Health? - In spring 2005 a large European research and training network was established to investigate the causes and implications of poor sleep from a medical as well as from a social point of view. October 25, 2007

New Fatal Genetic Heart Disease Discovered - Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy have discovered a previously unknown congenital disease that is caused by a genetic defect resulting in muscle cells not being able to store energy from sugar. October 22, 2007

Genetics Has Key Role In Obesity - New evidence that genetics plays a key role in obesity is published in the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications. October 19, 2007

New Hearing Mechanism Discovered - MIT researchers have discovered a hearing mechanism that fundamentally changes the current understanding of inner ear function. October 15, 2007

Artificial Cornea Saves Eyesight - Every year, in Germany alone, around 7000 people wait for a new cornea to save their eyesight. But donor corneas are in short supply. In an EU project, researchers have developed an artificial cornea which is to be clinically tested in early 2008. October 10, 2007

Pregnant Women Should Eat Fish After All, Experts Urge - A Maternal Nutrition Group comprised of top professors of obstetrics and doctors of nutrition from across the country, in partnership with the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), unveiled recommendations for seafood consumption during pregnancy. October 8, 2007

Hearts Are Experts At Self-preservation - Bristol researchers have identified a heart protection mechanism in mice that surgeons and cardiologists may be able to exploit to improve treatments for patients in future. October 5, 2007

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