Mutation may cause inherited neuropathy
December 31, 2007 09:54 PM -

Chicago - Mutations in a protein called dynein, required for the proper functioning of sensory nerve cells, can cause defects in mice that may provide crucial clues leading to better treatments for a human nerve disorder known as peripheral neuropathy, which affects about three percent of all those over age 60.

Restless legs ups heart disease, stroke risk
December 31, 2007 05:56 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with restless legs syndrome, or RLS, are twice as likely as those without RLS to suffer a stroke or heart disease, and the risk is greatest in those with the most frequent and severe symptoms, according to the results of a large study. RLS is a movement disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs that worsen when a person is inactive, such as during sleep. This is not the first study to link RLS with cardiovascular disease, the study team notes in the January 1st issue of the journal Neurology. However, the prior two studies that supported an association did not use current RLS diagnostic criteria and one of them included only men.

Lack of deep sleep may raise diabetes risk
December 31, 2007 05:07 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Deep, restful sleep may be important for keeping type 2 diabetes at bay, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Breast cancer cells have to learn to walk before they can run
December 31, 2007 12:08 PM - Salk Institute

La Jolla, CA — Early-stage breast cancer that has not yet invaded the surrounding tissues may already contain highly motile cells, bringing the tumor one step closer to metastasis, report researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Science's 2007 Breakthrough of the Year: Human Genetic Variation
December 31, 2007 11:57 AM - Evelyn Brown -

In 2007, researchers were dazzled by the degree to which genomes differ from one human to another and began to understand the role of these variations in disease and personal traits. Science recognized "Human Genetic Variation" as the 2007 Breakthrough of the Year, and detailed nine other of the year's most significant scientific accomplishments in its 21 December issue.

Cholesterol finetunes hearing
December 31, 2007 10:51 AM - Baylor College

HOUSTON -- (December 14, 2007) -- Levels of cholesterol in the membranes of hair cells in the inner ear can affect your hearing, said a consortium of researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and Purdue University in a report in today's print edition of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. William Brownell, professor of otolaryngology at BCM and his colleagues, said that the amount of cholesterol in the outer hair cell membrane found in the inner ear can affect hearing.

Smokers butt out in Germany and France
December 31, 2007 09:15 AM - Reuters

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - For years, anyone needing a nicotine fix in a German pub or French cafe didn't even have to light up -- the air was already so full of smoke that they only had to open their mouth and inhale. But that all changes on Tuesday when strict new bans take effect in two of Western Europe's final bastions for smokers, Germany and France. There was long and fierce resistance to the prohibitions on tobacco that other countries imposed.

Healthy Monday: Resolutions, A Week At A Time
December 29, 2007 03:32 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - Sobering fact: 63-percent of all New Years resolutions fail after two months. In an effort to dramatically improve upon the high number of failed New Year's resolutions, the Healthy Monday initiative, an organization that dedicates Monday as a day to increasing health awareness and action, suggests a unique New Year's idea to all Americans.

Risk of HIV, West Nile Virus, E Coli May be Reduced Through New Blood Screens
December 29, 2007 03:14 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CHICAGO - The blood transfusion community should consider pathogen inactivation methods as an alternative way to assure the safety and availability of the nation's blood supply, a pathologist wrote in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP).

Marital Status Doesn't Affect Lung Cancer Survival
December 29, 2007 02:46 PM - Mayo Clinic

DURHAM, N.C. - Contrary to previous studies, married patients with lung cancer do not have longer survival, according to analysis of an extensive Mayo Clinic database in the December issue of "The Oncologist." However, the results suggest some other potentially important differences among patient subgroups -- including the possibility that married patients receive a more aggressive approach to lung cancer treatment, write Dr. Aminah Jatoi and colleagues.

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