Lung transplant rarely prolongs life in CF
November 22, 2007 05:32 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lung transplantation in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) is not likely to prolong life and may do more harm than good, according to a look back at essentially the entire U.S. pediatric experience with lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis for the period 1992 through 2002.

Water runs dry in rural Tennessee town
November 21, 2007 11:37 AM - Reuters

ORME, Tennessee (Reuters) - A small town tucked away in the mountains of southern Tennessee is getting by on just a few hours of water a day because its spring has run dry in the drought sweeping the Southeast.

Embryonic stem cells made without embryos
November 21, 2007 08:12 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers have transformed ordinary human skin cells into batches of cells that look and act like embryonic stem cells -- but without using cloning technology and without making embryos.

U.N. warns AIDS could spike if countries drop guard
November 20, 2007 11:23 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The world risks a resurgence of the AIDS epidemic if countries let their guard down, United Nations officials cautioned on Tuesday.

Ukraine mine blast relatives bury dead
November 20, 2007 10:13 AM - Reuters

SHCHEGLOVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Weeping relatives gathered in cemeteries around Donetsk, heart of the Donbass coalfield, on Tuesday to bury the dead from Ukraine's worst mining accident.

MIT IDs proteins key to brain function
November 20, 2007 08:51 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CAMBRIDGE, MA— MIT researchers have identified a family of proteins key to the formation of the communication networks critical for normal brain function. Their research could lead to new treatments for brain injury and disease.

The team, led by MIT biology professor Frank Gertler, found that a certain family of proteins is necessary to direct the formation of axons and dendrites, the cellular extensions that facilitate communication between neurons.

Google-funded 23andMe offers $999 DNA test
November 19, 2007 08:32 PM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 23andMe, a Google-funded online company selling a $999 DNA test, launched on Monday as a kind of genetics-based MySpace or Facebook that also has the more serious aim of allowing medicine someday to target Americans' ills more precisely.

Heart disease death rates no longer dropping
November 19, 2007 07:38 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After decades of decline, deaths due to heart disease appear to have leveled off among young men and may be trending upward in young women, according to research released Monday. This is likely due to poor health habits and the growing number of young Americans who are overweight or obese, researchers say.

Brain differences detected in migraine sufferers
November 19, 2007 04:11 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who get migraines have structural differences in their brains notably in the cortex area that processes pain and other sensory information from the body, scientists said on Monday.

Vitamin D may curb type 2 diabetes risk
November 19, 2007 12:11 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During a 17-year follow-up of roughly 4,000 men and women, researchers found that individuals with higher blood levels of vitamin D had a 40 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with lower levels of this vitamin.

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