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Medical News Today: Researchers identify potential drug target for frontotemporal dementia

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:00
In a mouse model of frontotemporal dementia, researchers found that boosting the function of the NMDA receptor in the brain could be a potential treatment for the disease.

Medical News Today: CDC: prepare for 'potentially severe' flu season

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:00
Early indications are that this year's flu vaccine may not protect against all the strains that will circulate this flu season but it is still worth having, say the CDC.

Medical News Today: Hormone that controls satiety also links obesity to high blood pressure

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:00
A new study finds that the increase in leptin levels seen in diet-induced obesity drives an increase in blood pressure, and blocking leptin reduces blood pressure in obese mice.

Medical News Today: Breakthrough: good gut bacteria 'highly effective' against malaria transmission

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:00
In a new study, researchers find that certain bacteria in the gut offer a natural defense mechanism against malaria transmission, paving the way for a vaccine against the disease.

Medical News Today: CT scans 'can predict risk of stroke' in TIA patients

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:00
In a new study, researchers say all patients should have a CT scan within 24 hours of a transient ischemic attack, as the brain images can predict their risk of stroke.

Medical News Today: Smoking linked to loss of Y chromosome in males

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:00
Researchers have found an association between smoking and the loss of the Y chromosome in men’s blood cells, with this loss previously linked with the development of cancer.

Medical News Today: Researchers link altered sleep-wake protein to cancer development

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:00
In a new study, researchers find that when a protein that regulates our circadian rhythm is disrupted - through shift work, for example - it may increase the risk of cancer.

Medical News Today: Red wine has 'both cancerous and anti-cancerous properties'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:00
Alcohol is known to increase risk for some cancers, but a new paper supports the idea that resveratrol - found in red wine - may offset some of this cancer risk.

Medical News Today: PET scans can help select best TB drugs for trials

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:00
A new study recommends animal trials combined with PET scans as a method for selecting the most effective experimental TB drugs for human trials.

Medical News Today: Computer models the most complex 3D DNA shapes

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 02:00
Biological engineers at MIT have developed a computer model that can create the most elaborate 3D shapes of DNA ever made - including rings, bowls and complex viral structures.

Medical News Today: Preterm children at high risk of flu-related complications, study finds

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:00
A new study finds that children born prematurely are twice as likely to be hospitalized for flu-related complications than children without underlying medical conditions.

Medical News Today: Lengthy surgery increases blood clot risk

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 23:00
A new study aims to provide quantification for the long-held belief that long durations for surgery are associated with a greater risk of blood clots.

Medical News Today: Peptide reactivated paralyzed muscles in 80% of trialled animals

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 23:00
'Unprecedented' success has been reported in animal trials for a new compound being developed as the first drug therapy to restore function in spinal cord injury patients.

Medical News Today: Artificial retina steps closer with groundbreaking wireless material

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:00
A groundbreaking wireless material that can make brain cells respond to light brings closer the day of artificial retinas that help patients with vision loss diseases like AMD.

Medical News Today: Changes in smokers' brains when quitting can predict likelihood of relapse

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:00
Using fMRI, researchers have found they can measure brain activity related to working memory to more accurately predict which quitting smokers will take up the habit again.

Medical News Today: Could a vitamin supplement prevent hearing loss?

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:00
In a new mouse study, researchers prevented and restored noise-induced hearing loss by administering a chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3.

Medical News Today: Ebola crisis crippling West African economies, say World Bank

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:00
A World Bank report says fighting the Ebola epidemic has resulted in flat or negative income growth for the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Medical News Today: Majority of people ignore cancer warning signs, study finds

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:00
Most people who experience warning signs of cancer dismiss them as being symptoms of less serious conditions, finds a new study by researchers from the UK.

Medical News Today: Maternal obesity 'increases risk of infant death'

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:00
Pregnant women with a BMI of 35 or over have more than double the risks of experiencing infant death than mothers with a 'normal' BMI of 18.5-24.9, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Mediterranean diet could slow aging process

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:00
Researchers have found an association between the Mediterranean diet and longer telomere length - a recognized biomarker for improved life expectancy.