Research Update: Medical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences

About 5,000 abstracts of studies published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

About 5,000 abstracts of studies published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) may be found at this valuable online resource....Read More

Vitamin D Protects Cells from Stress That Can Lead to Cancer

By inducing a specific gene to increase expression of a key enzyme, vitamin D protects healthy prostate cells from the damage and injuries that can lead to cancer, University of Rochester Medical Center researchers report....Read More

Link between cellular defense processes shows how cancer cells survive

St. Jude investigators have discovered that immune system cells that engulf and destroy germs in the body enlist help for this task from a common housekeeping mechanism most cells use to keep their interiors healthy....Read More

Model shows how mutation tips biochemistry to cause Alzheimer's

Your fate can be determined by tiny events. Imagine you live in the city and you walk everywhere to get exercise – you are healthy and not afraid of getting mugged....Read More

Bone Marrow Treatments Helped Patients with MS

Patients who received bone marrow stem-cell transplants have reported remission of their disease, but Dr. Mark Freedman of the University of Ottawa is unable to explain why....Read More

Blocked Brain Enzyme Decreases Appetite and Promotes Weight Loss

Imagine being able to tone down appetite and promote weight loss, while improving the body's ability to handle blood sugar levels....Read More

Smoking and Smoking Cessation in Relation to Mortality in Women

Smoking is associated with an increased risk of total and cause-specific death, but the rate of mortality risk reduction after quitting compared with continuing to smoke is uncertain. There is inadequate or insufficient evidence to infer the presence or absence of a causal relationship between smoking and ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer....Read More

Low vitamin D boosts depression risk in seniors

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people with low blood levels of vitamin D and high blood levels of parathyroid hormone are more likely to be depressed, Dutch researchers report....Read More

Subsequent Risk of Hospitalization for Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases

Individuals with rheumatic diseases had a higher risk of psychiatric disorders than the general population. Those with systemic lupus erythematosus and ankylosing spondylitishad a higher risk of subsequent psychiatric disorders than didpatients with rheumatoid arthritis....Read More

Researchers identify new cell targets for preventing growth of breast and other tumors

Researchers at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered new targets for cancer treatment aimed at blocking a key step in tumor progression. ...Read More

Researchers Make New Finding about How Memory is Stored

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are the first to show that the location of protein-destroying “machines” in nerve cells in the brain may play an important role in how memories are formed – a finding with potential implications for treating Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases....Read More

Drugs in the Pipeline: New Therapies that Could Change Treatment Strategies

Studies presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research....Read More

Folate Scores Another Win in Animal Studies: Brief, High Doses of Vitamin B Blunt Damage from Heart Attack

In a new study, an international team of heart experts at  Johns Hopkins and elsewhere report that rats fed 10 milligrams daily of folate, also known as folic acid or vitamin B9, for a week prior to heart attack had smaller infarcts than rats who took no supplements....Read More

Improved outcomes from the administration of progesterone for patients with acute severe traumatic brain injury

Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been increasing with greater incidence of injuries from traffic or sporting accidents. Although there are a number of animal models of TBI using progesterone for head injury, the effects of progesterone on neurologic outcome of acute TBI patients remain unclear....Read More

Scientists find a quicker way to make antibodies

A new process to extract and copy the essential elements of cells that make human antibodies has provided a shortcut to making targeted, infection-fighting proteins known as monoclonal antibodies....Read More