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Treatment not testicular cancer poses greatest risk to survivors' long-term health
Testicular cancer survivors can face an increased risk of long-term illness, not because of the malignancy, but the highly effective treatment they receive. As many as a quarter of survivors develop long-term neurological, hearing and circulation problems. And they are twice as likely to develop a secondary cancer. On a more positive note, up to 80 percent who attempt to become fathers after treatment are successful. (2009-10-15)

Findings about veracity of peripheral vision could lead to better robotic eyes
Two Kansas State University psychology researchers have found that peripheral vision is most important for telling us what type of scene we're looking at. Examining how people take in scene information paves the way for building better robots. (2009-10-15)

The food-energy cellular connection revealed
Our body's activity levels fall and rise to the beat of our internal drums -- the 24-hour cycles that govern fundamental physiological functions, from sleeping and feeding patterns to the energy available to our cells. Whereas the master clock in the brain is set by light, the pacemakers in peripheral organs are set by food availability. The underlying molecular mechanism was unknown. (2009-10-15)

Medical imaging may help researchers understand the pathogenesis of H1N1 virus
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found that imaging can now be used as a tool for identifying severe cases of H1N1 and may play a key role in understanding the pathogenesis of the virus, possibly leading to earlier diagnoses of severe cases in the future, according to a study published online today in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The study will be published in the December issue of AJR. (2009-10-13)

Loss of tumor supressor gene essential to transforming benign nerve tumors into cancers
Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center showed for the first time that the loss or decreased expression of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN plays a central role in the malignant transformation of benign nerve tumors called neurofibromas into a malignant and extremely deadly form of sarcoma. (2009-10-12)

Therapeutic Hypothermia journal announced by Mary Ann Liebert Inc.
Therapeutic Hypothermia, a new online open access peer-reviewed journal, will focus on medical treatment which lowers a patient's body temperature to help reduce the risk of ischemic injury to tissues following a period of insufficient blood flow. This therapy is applicable to patients with cardiac arrest, peripheral embolism and ischemic stroke. (2009-10-09)

NIH announces expansion of Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network
The National Institutes of Health announced today a second phase of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network including funds for 19 research consortia. The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Consortia and a Data Management Coordinating Center will be awarded a total of just over $117 million over the next five years. The research conducted with the new funding will explore the natural history, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of more than 95 rare diseases. (2009-10-05)

Chronic pain treatments work better together, says anesthesiologist
People who suffer from debilitating neuropathic pain may get more relief and sleep better by combining two commonly-prescribed drugs. (2009-09-30)

Ultrasound can predict tumor burden and survival in melanoma patients
Researchers have shown for the first time that patterns of ultrasound signals can be used to identify whether or not cancer has started to spread in melanoma patients, and to what extent. The discovery enables doctors to decide on how much surgery, if any, is required and to predict the patient's probable survival. The research is presented to Europe's largest cancer congress, ECCO 15 -- ESMO 34, in Berlin on Wednesday, Sept. 23. (2009-09-23)

LSUHSC researchers working to prevent diabetic neuropathy
Dennis Paul, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology, and Harry Gould, M.D., Ph.D., the Tom Benson professor of neurology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, have been awarded one of two scientific research grants made in 2009 by the Neuropathy Association. The $80,000 grant will fund research to learn how to prevent nerve cell death in people with uncontrolled or untreated diabetes resulting in neuropathy. (2009-09-22)

Interventional radiology resources cover peripheral arterial disease
The Society of Interventional Radiology offers numerous resources that cover peripheral arterial disease or PAD. As recent medical studies continue to highlight the seriousness of PAD, these resources are welcome additions to libraries for interventional radiologists and primary care physicians who want to learn more about minimally invasive treatments for this disease that affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States. (2009-09-09)

Detecting often undiagnosed pain in people with dementia
The elderly who suffer from dementia aren't able to say when something hurts or is sore. (2009-09-02)

Circulating tumor cells a must watch
The presence of tumor cells circulating in the blood is associated with shortened survival. Now, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara and colleagues, at Okayama University Hospital, Japan, have developed a simple imaging system to detect circulating tumor cells, which could help clinicians hoping to predict a patient's chances of survival and/or monitor a patient's response to treatment. (2009-09-01)

Aspirin works for primary prevention in moderate and high risk diabetics
Recent trials contradict the widespread use of aspirin. Uncertainty about the role of aspirin for the prevention of myocardial infarctions and strokes among apparently vascular healthy diabetic patients (2009-08-31)

No evidence for the routine use of aspirin in people with asymptomatic vascular events
The routine use of aspirin for the primary prevention of vascular events in people with asymptomatic disease cannot be supported, according to results from the Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis study. (2009-08-30)

Studies show dramatic decline in rheumatoid vasculitis in US veterans
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health examined records of rheumatoid arthritis patients from the national Veterans Health Administration system to determine the prevalence of rheumatoid vasculitis in this population. (2009-08-27)

CRF announces featured clinical trials to be presented at TCT 2009 in San Francisco
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics is the annual Scientific Symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. TCT gathers leading medical researchers and clinicians from around the world to present and discuss leading-edge developments in interventional cardiology. Now in its 21st year, it is the world's largest privately-run medical conference and attended by more than 10,000 participants each year. TCT 2009 will be held Sept. 21-25 in San Francisco, Calif. (2009-08-20)

Personality type linked to risk of death among individuals with peripheral artery disease
A preliminary study suggests that a negative, inhibited personality type (type D personality) appears to predict an increased risk of death over four years among patients with peripheral arterial disease, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-08-17)

Neurological complications of heart surgery
Possible neurological complications of heart surgery, ranging from headaches to strokes, are detailed in a new report in the online journal MedLink Neurology. For example, complications from bypass surgery can include vision problems, paralysis, hoarseness, movement disorders and disturbances in learning, memory, attention, concentration and mental agility. (2009-08-13)

Amazonian tribe sheds light on causes of heart disease in developed countries
Heart attacks and strokes -- the leading causes of death in the United States and other developed countries -- may have been rare for the vast majority of human history, suggests a study to be published in PLoS ONE on Tuesday, Aug. 11. (2009-08-10)

UCLA welcomes startup to new incubator space at California NanoSystems Institute
The newly launched UCLA on-campus technology incubator at the California NanoSystems Institute has opened lab space to MediSens Wireless, a start-up company that develops and manufactures personal body monitoring systems for medical and health applications. The incubator program was established in March to nurture early-stage research and accelerate the commercial translation of technologies developed at UCLA. MediSens has licensed patented technology for wireless sensor systems developed by computer science and engineering professor Majid Sarrafzadeh. (2009-08-04)

Are imaging features of hepatic angiomyolipoma related to its clinical setting?
Hepatic angiomyolipoma is a rare benign mesenchymal neoplasm. Preoperative diagnosis is difficult because of its varied imaging features and non-specific clinical presentation. A research team led by Dr. Bin Yang from Hang Zhou First People's Hospital, China, used dynamic contrast CT to study the imaging features of hepatic angiomyolipoma and its clinical correlation. (2009-07-29)

Does peripheral T lymphocyte subpopulations correlate with hepatitis B virus load?
The clear differences in the peripheral T cell subpopulation profile in different clinical stages of chronic HBV infection and the strong relationship of peripheral T lymphocyte subpopulations with HBV load are illustrated in a new study in a large cohort of subjects which conducted by Professor Jing You and her colleagues in China and Thailand. These findings are relevant to both improved understanding of chronic HBV infection and the design of individualized new anti-viral strategies. (2009-07-29)

Researchers design first model motor nerve system that's insulated and organized like the human body
Researchers from the University of Central Florida report on the first lab-grown motor nerves that are insulated and organized just like they are in the human body. The model system will drastically improve understanding of the causes of myelin-related conditions, such as diabetic neuropathy and later, possibly multiple sclerosis. (2009-07-21)

Made-to-measure solutions for enhancing prostheses of amputated legs
TECNALIA Corporación Tecnológica and the Valencia Institute for Biomechanics have designed made-to-measure solutions to improve adaptation to replacements for amputated legs -- the prime objective of the new health biomaterials project, FABIO. (2009-07-17)

PM&R accepted for abstracting and indexing in MEDLINE
Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce that PM&R -- the journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation -- has been accepted for coverage by MEDLINE, just six months after its launch in January 2009. (2009-07-08)

Will IVF work for a particular patient? The answer may be found in her blood
For the first time, researchers have been able to identify genetic predictors of the potential success or failure of IVF treatment in blood. Dr. Cathy Allen, from the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, told the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on Wednesday, July 1, that her research would help understand why IVF works for some patients but not for others. (2009-07-01)

Structural biology scores with protein snapshot
In a landmark technical achievement, investigators in the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology have used nuclear magnetic resonance methods to determine the structure of the largest membrane-spanning protein to date. The group's ability to determine the NMR structure of the bacterial protein diacylglycerol kinase, reported in the June 26 issue of Science, suggests that similar methods can now be used to study the structures of other membrane proteins. (2009-06-25)

UCF team's advanced nerve cell system could help cure diabetic neuropathy, related diseases
University of Central Florida researchers have created the first lab-grown motor nerves that are insulated and organized the same way they are in the body. The group's model system could dramatically improve understanding of the causes of myelin-related conditions such as multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy and Guillian-Barré syndrome, potentially enabling the discovery and testing of new drug therapies. (2009-06-22)

DNA template could explain evolutionary shifts
Rearrangements of all sizes in genomes, genes and exons can result from a glitch in DNA copying that occurs when the process stalls at a critical point and then shifts to a different genetic template, duplicating and even triplicating genes or just shuffling or deleting part of the code within them, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a recent report in the journal Nature Genetics. (2009-06-21)

Peripheral nerve repair with fat precursor cells led to wider nerves and less muscle atrophy
Multipotent, abundant, easily isolated fat (adipose) precursor cells (APCs) demonstrate an ability to differentiate in vitro into cartilage chondrogenic, boneosteogenic, fatadipogenic and muscle tissue myogenic cell types. This study shows that when transplanted APCs can improve nerve regeneration and functional recovery in the injured peripheral nerves of laboratory rats. Conduit-guided, human-derived APCs survived up to 12 weeks in the injured peripheral nerves of laboratory animals and formed more robust nerve cells compared to controls not receiving cell transplants. (2009-06-16)

Psoriasis associated with cardiovascular disease and increased mortality
The skin disease psoriasis is associated with atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in the arteries) characterized by an increased prevalence of ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease and an increased risk of death, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-06-15)

Are angiotensins involved in the hemodynamic changes of cirrhosis patients?
A research group from Japan measured circulating angiotensins at different stages of human cirrhosis and further evaluated a possible relationship between renin angiotensin (Ang) system components and hemodynamic changes. They found the ratio of Ang-(1-7)/Ang 2 may play a role in hemodynamic changes of human cirrhosis. (2009-06-11)

New Jefferson study may redefine how a chronic autoimmune disease is diagnosed
New research from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience may redefine how chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is diagnosed. The study, available in the current edition of the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease, may help doctors more effectively diagnose and treat CIDP. (2009-06-10)

Lyme disease is spreading in Canada, and physicians are crucial in helping minimize its impact
Lyme disease is emerging in Canada, and is expected to increase with climate change, but effective, enhanced surveillance and clinician awareness will be key to minimizing the impact of the disease, write researchers in a review in CMAJ. (2009-06-08)

MDCT angiography leads to successful treatment of severely blocked arteries in the legs
MDCT angiography leads to accurate recommendations for successful treatment of patients with critical limb ischemia, sometimes allowing the patients to avoid more complicated surgery, according to a study performed at the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. (2009-06-03)

UCLA cancer researchers first to link intestinal inflammation with systemic chromosome damage
UCLA scientists have linked for the first time intestinal inflammation with systemic chromosome damage in mice, a finding that may lead to the early identification and treatment of human inflammatory disorders, some of which increase risk for several types of cancer. (2009-06-01)

Marijuana rivals mainstream drugs for HIV/AIDS symptoms
Those in the United States living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to use marijuana than those in Kenya, South Africa or Puerto Rica to alleviate their symptoms, according to a new study published in Clinical Nursing Research, published by SAGE. (2009-05-29)

Neurological disorder in golden retriever dogs caused by a mutation in mitochondrial DNA
Sensory ataxic neuropathy (SAN) is a recently identified neurological disorder in Golden Retriever dogs with onset during puppyhood. Affected dogs move in an uncoordinated manner and have sensory deficits. Researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institutet have now revealed that SAN is caused by a mutation in mitochondrial DNA. The study is published May 29 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. (2009-05-28)

A new mouse model provides insight into genetic neurological disorders
Neurosensory diseases are difficult to model in mice because their symptoms are complex and diverse. The genetic causes identified are often lethal when transferred to a mouse. The lack of animal models slows progress in understanding and treating the diseases. By strategically altering a protein-making molecule, a mouse was made to help understand nervous system diseases that impair feeling and cause paralysis of the arms and legs in humans. (2009-05-26)

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