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.

Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state
November 19, 2007 08:32 AM - Washington University School of Medicine

A multinational team of researchers has shown for the first time that the immune system can stop the growth of a cancerous tumor without actually killing it.

Scientists have been working for years to use the immune system to eradicate cancers, a technique known as immunotherapy. The new findings prove an alternate to this approach exists: When the cancer can't be killed with immune attacks, it may be possible to find ways to use the immune system to contain it. The results also may help explain why some tumors seem to suddenly stop growing and go into a lasting period of dormancy.

Medical School study links lack of sleep to weight gain for new moms
November 19, 2007 08:31 AM - Edelman Public Relations

First study ever finds moms who sleep only 5 hours have tripled risk of excessive weight at 1 year after baby's birth

Health coverage shrinks as costs up again: study
November 19, 2007 12:25 AM - Reuters

Costs rose by 6.1 percent, about the same pace as last year but lower than the double-digit rates of prior years.

U.S. seizes discontinued eyelash product
November 16, 2007 11:48 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. marshals on Friday seized 12,682 applicator tubes of a discontinued cosmetic called Age Intervention Eyelash, which the Food and Drug Administration said could harm some users' vision.

Healing touch therapy thrives despite skeptics
November 16, 2007 04:26 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's not traditional medicine but patients love it: an unconventional therapy called the healing touch that is gaining acceptance in some U.S. hospitals.

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