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Cholesterol Drugs May Dull Ability Study Suggests Statins May Lower Dexterity, Attention

Lowering your cholesterol to prevent a heart attack might also dull your edge mentally, a study suggests. The study raised the possibility that cholesterol-lowering drugs slightly reduce dexterity and attention.


Bypassing Surgery Small Gene Therapy Study Opens New Frontier In The Battle To Save Patients From Amputations

Gene therapy has prompted patients with hopelessly blocked blood vessels in their legs to grow their own bypasses. Most patients in a small study saw a dramatic reversal of the …


Study Links Depression, Heart Attack More Research Needed To Find Reasons Why

Depressed people are more likely to have a heart attack than smokers or those with high cholesterol, according to one of the largest and longest studies on the link between …


Vitamin D May Help Block Breast Cancer

Vitamin D could play a role in helping to prevent breast cancer, according to a California researcher. Esther John of the Northern California Cancer Center in Union City compared dietary …


Scientists Map Ravages Of Stress On Human Health

Thanks to recent advances in biology, scientists are beginning to dope out why the myriad stresses of daily life make you feel so bad. They are now able to see …


Six-Month-Old Infants Can Remember Actions For 24 Hours, Research Shows

Baby see. Baby remember. Infants as young as 6 months can not only imitate actions, but remember them 24 hours later - provided the circumstances are exactly the same as …


Scientists Map Ravages Of Stress

Thanks to recent advances in biology, scientists are beginning to dope out why the myriad stresses of daily life make you feel so bad. They are now able to see …


Study Links Stress To Heart Disease Learning To Relax Reduces Risk Of Heart Attack

To stave off heart disease, the No. 1 killer in America, everyone knows the drill: lose weight, stop smoking, eat well and exercise. But stop sadness? Control hostility? Learn to …


Researchers Hail ‘Split-Liver Transplant’ UW Researchers Hope To Save As Many As 26 Mores Lives Each Year

Researchers at the University of Washington say they can use one liver to save the lives of two transplant patients. By expanding the “split-liver transplant” program, researchers hope to save …


Gentle Touch Important Maternal Attention Focus Of Research

A mother’s gentle touch may truly be the secret to a child’s well-being later in life. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta and McGill University in Montreal studied rats whose …


Sense Of Touch Better In Blind, Study Suggests

Tantalizing clues have suggested that the remaining senses of blind people may be sharper, perhaps because they use the parts of the brain that normally would be dedicated to vision. …


Studies Suggest Diet Drug Kills Brain Cells Analysis Of Fen-Phen’s Effects Follows Report On Heart Valve Damage

Barely a month after doctors linked popular weight-reducing drugs to dangerous heart problems, the prescription medications are under fire again for possibly destroying brain cells. In a new analysis of …


U Of I Gets Grant To Research Creation Of Nerve Pathways

Work at the University of Idaho aimed at learning how nerves create their own pathways through the body has received a grant from the National Institute of Health. The $643,670 …


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Quitting May Not Cut Risks For Long-Term Smokers Study Explains Why Kicking The Habit Can’t Restore Lungs To Normal Health

FOR THE RECORD (August 23, 1997): Quote wrong: The Associated Press, in an August 21 story, erroneously quoted Dr. Vincent Miller of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York as …


Huntington’s Disease Study Major Advance

In a major medical advance, scientists have discovered what causes brain cells to die in people with Huntington’s disease and six related disorders. The scientists said that in each case …


Study: Breast Cancer Patients Have No Extra Risk From Pregnancy

Women with breast cancer do not face a greater risk of death if they become pregnant, according to a study. The study of Danish women, in the British medical journal …


Nasal Flu Spray Could Curb Yearly Epidemics

An experimental influenza vaccine delivered through a nasal spray has worked extremely well in a trial among healthy young children and “could have a significant impact on public health,” the …


Therapy Helps Rats With Spine Injuries Genes Used To Stimulate Regrowth Of Nerve Cells

Rats with severed spinal cords partially recovered their ability to walk in new research that mirrors the results of earlier tests, but holds slightly better hope for humans. Gene therapy …


Gene Study Might Lead To Screening Of Boxers

A gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease might explain why some boxers suffer permanent brain damage while others can take blows to the head for years without serious effects. The finding, …


Study Ties Cancer Risk To Ovulation

The risk of ovarian cancer is directly related to a woman’s lifetime number of ovulations, or menstrual cycles, according to researchers who found that birth control pills and bearing children …


Drug Makes A Wreck Of Elderly Drivers

One of the most commonly prescribed medications for the elderly increases the rate of car accidents among older patients by 45 percent during the first week they take it, a …


Anti-Cholesterol Drugs Also Block Strokes Medications That Clean Arteries Can Cut Risk By 27%, Study Says

Drugs that lower cholesterol to help prevent heart attacks also may thwart the most common type of stroke, researchers said. Drugs such as Zocor and Pravachol reduced the risk of …


New Mice Glow In Dark, Scientists Say

Nevermind the mousetrap, Japanese scientists have built a better mouse. Touted as the world’s first fluorescent mammal, the glow-in-the-dark rodents are the result of a technique that could be a …


Clinton Backs Ban On Cloning Humans

A national law barring human cloning is needed to protect the “miracle of life” from the accelerating rush of science, President Clinton said Monday, endorsing a key recommendation of a …


Medical Breakthrough Aids Lupus Sufferers

Lupus, an incurable disease that turns victims’ immune systems against them, has proved vulnerable to a new radical approach that destroys and then revives the body’s natural defenses, doctors said …


Gulf Vets’ Babies Normal Incidence Of Defects Identical To Babies Of Other Military People

Gulf War veterans face no unusual risk of having babies with birth defects, as some have feared, according to a large study. The study reviewed the records of more than …


Green Tea May Help Prevent Cancer

Researchers have found a component of green tea that may stop cancer by interfering with the way the disease invades cells and breaks down healthy tissue. ECGC, a compound found …


Altered Cold Viruses Invade, Kill Cancer Cells

Two treatments that use cold viruses to invade and destroy cancer cells are showing promise in experiments on gravely ill patients. Both approaches involve one of the hottest ideas in …


Study: Glue Beats Stitches

A medical version of Super Glue is proving superior to stitches in closing many types of wounds. Gluing wounds shut was faster, less painful and resulted in healed skin that …