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Scientists Discover ‘Itch’ Molecule

Scientists Discover ‘Itch’ Molecule

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Scientists have discovered the molecule responsible for causing itchiness, but they can’t scratch the problem off their lists just yet.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health identified the itch molecule in mice and f…

Cloning Technique Allows Scientists to Produce Human Stem Cells

Cloning Technique Allows Scientists to Produce Human Stem Cells

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center say that they have used a cloning technique to turn an ordinary human skin cell into an embryonic stem cell.The breakthrough in stem cell research could poten…

Heightened Estrogen Levels Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death

Heightened Estrogen Levels Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heightened estrogen level may be associated with an increased risk of cardiac death in both men and woman, according a new study.The study was presented on Friday at an annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denv…

Proportion of Cancer Patients who Die Much Higher in Latin America

Proportion of Cancer Patients who Die Much Higher in Latin America

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Though there are fewer cases of cancer in Latin America than there are in the United States or Europe, experts say that the percentage of people who die from the disease in the region is much higher, according to …

Researchers Take First Step in Engineering Artificial Kidney

Researchers Take First Step in Engineering Artificial Kidney

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have engineered an artificial kidney that they believe holds promise for shortening organ transplant waiting lists.According to BBC News, similar studies have created sim…

Researchers Use Cold Virus to Target Advanced Brian Cancer

Researchers Use Cold Virus to Target Advanced Brian Cancer

iStockphoto(HOUSTON) — Dixie Fralic had advanced brain cancer. Now she doesn’t.
“Dr. Lang had a smile on his face and he said, ‘I’d say you’re cured!’” Fralic said.
The treatment is actually a cold virus, which isn’t lethal to normal cells, but it is …

Researchers Use Cold Virus to Target Advanced Brian Cancer

Researchers Use Cold Virus to Target Advanced Brian Cancer

iStockphoto(HOUSTON) — Dixie Fralic had advanced brain cancer. Now she doesn’t.
“Dr. Lang had a smile on his face and he said, ‘I’d say you’re cured!’” Fralic said.
The treatment is actually a cold virus, which isn’t lethal to normal cells, but it is …

Scientists Find ‘Striking’ Change in Sex Hormone When Friend Is Involved

Scientists Find ‘Striking’ Change in Sex Hormone When Friend Is Involved

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hey brother, feel sexually drawn to your best friend’s wife? Testosterone, the bad boy among male sex hormones, is supposed to make it easier for you to ignore your friendship and make your move. However, scien…

New Technique Could Detect Pancreatic Cancer Early

New Technique Could Detect Pancreatic Cancer Early

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pancreatic cancer is a brutal and deadly disease. Fewer than five percent of patients who are diagnosed with it survive more than five years.Doctors believe that early detection could increase survival rates. However, t…

Study: Immune Therapy Promising in Treatment of Advanced Leukemia

Study: Immune Therapy Promising in Treatment of Advanced Leukemia

MedicalRF.com/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An experimental form of immune therapy may hold the key to successful treatment of a deadly form of adult leukemia, a preliminary study suggests.According to HealthDay News, the study, which included just five ad…

New Drug to Help Stop Heart Attacks

New Drug to Help Stop Heart Attacks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) – A new experimental drug may help reduce the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes by 22 percent, according to a new study conducted by Stanford and Harvard researchers.
Some 600,000 people a ye…

Some Cases of Heart Disease May Be Reversible

Some Cases of Heart Disease May Be Reversible

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study has some doctors thinking that some cases of coronary heart disease may be able to be reversed.  A study conducted by researchers at Duke University took MRI images of 1,055 patients with known heart…

Study Finds Common Mineral Could Bring PMS Relief

Study Finds Common Mineral Could Bring PMS Relief

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome, or  PMS, know the physical and emotional symptoms can often be miserable. Now researchers say a common mineral may bring relief.Many women take iron supplements to …

Mosquitoes May Be Developing Tolerance to DEET, Research Shows

Mosquitoes May Be Developing Tolerance to DEET, Research Shows

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mosquitoes may be developing a tolerance to DEET, according to new research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Researchers at the school have found that mosquitoes are repelled when they are first…

Study: Bullying Leaves Psychological Scars Lasting into Adulthood

Study: Bullying Leaves Psychological Scars Lasting into Adulthood

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Children who are bullied can suffer serious psychological effects stretching well into adulthood, according to a new study led by Duke Medicine researchers.Their report undercuts previous beliefs that most bullied childre…

New Device May Be Key to Controlling Acid Reflux, Study Finds

New Device May Be Key to Controlling Acid Reflux, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — For one in three Americans suffering from chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux, a string of magnetic beads may bring relief. According to a study published Wednesday in the New England …

Educational TV Can Improve Kids’ Behavior, Study Finds

Educational TV Can Improve Kids’ Behavior, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Young adults who spent more time in front of a TV during their childhood are significantly more likely to be arrested and exhibit aggressive behavior, a new study found.Researchers followed more than 1,000 young peop…

Cardiologist Makes TV Debut on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Cardiologist Makes TV Debut on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Mike Ferrari/UH Case Medical Center(LOS ANGELES) — On ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this week, as Dr. Christina Yang, played by actress Sandra Oh, performed an operation to insert a parachute device into a patient’s heart. As she explained how it w…

Walk, Don’t Run, to a Healthier You

Walk, Don’t Run, to a Healthier You

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Your one-hour spinning class may be a good workout, but simply taking the stairs may be better.When the amount of calories burned is the same, standing and walking over the course of a day is superior to an hour of inte…

Folic Acid Before Pregnancy Linked to Lower Autism Risk, Study Finds

Folic Acid Before Pregnancy Linked to Lower Autism Risk, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Folic acid has been recommended to pregnant women for years, usually as a way to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.But a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found i…

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