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Deep Brain Stimulator Placement and Brain Cell Harvesting

"Cell harvesting" and a new type of brain surgery, done while the patient is awake, is helping to control tremors in Parkinson's Disease patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerís Neurofunctional Surgery Center, and may ultimately offer hope of a cure.


Mercury, fish, Seychelles, Food, Safety

Eat Commercial Fish Despite Low Levels of Mercury

Even though the world's fish contain slight amounts of mercury, eating lots of commercial fish carries no detectable health risk from low levels of the substance, even for very young children and pregnant women, concludes a study published in JAMA.


HIV, Protease, Inhibitor, Cost, Resistance, Synthesis, Chiral

Synthesis of HIV-Fighting Molecule

A University of Illinois at Chicago chemist has developed a technique to produce the core part of the protease-inhibitor drug molecule in the laboratory. The technique may offer drug manufacturers a more cost-effective way to produce protease inhibitors.


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Novel Imaging Agent Show Brain's Message Delivery System

How the brain works and why it malfunctions remains a mystery, but an advanced brain imaging agent developed at Penn could be a key to understanding brain disorders like Parkinson's/Alzheimer's. The finding of this agent is being honored by the EJNM with the Award for Best Science Paper in 1997.


Myelin, Sheath, Neuropathies, Charcot Marie, Tooth, Disease, Multiple, Schlerosis

"Short-Cut" Function of Myelin Sheath Channel

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time how a biochemical channel important for the exchange of cell nutrients links the multiple layers of the myelin sheath to the outside space. This research has implications for all demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis.


Women, Heart, Attack, Stroke, risk, C Reactive, Protein

Blood Levels of C-Reactive Protein May Predict Heart Attack and Stroke

Measuring C-reactive protein with a high sensitivity test may provide a powerful new method to predict risk of heart attack and stroke among healthy post-menopausal women, report researchers in today's Circulation.


Virus, Enlarged, Heart, Children, Cardiomyopathy, Genetics, Immune, System

Virus Linked to Causing Enlarged Hearts in Children with Certain Genetic Makeup

A certain virus may make the body turn against itself in some children, leading to development of an enlarged heart, say scientists. Researchers have been uncertain about how the virus causes this sometimes fatal disease.


Esophageal, Cancer, Lasers, Photodynamic, Therapy, Barrett's, Esophagus

Using Light to Fight Esophageal Cancer

Researchers at UC Davis Medical Center are using a newly-approved light treatment to fight esophageal cancer. The outpatient procedure, called photodynamic therapy, may cure early stage esophageal cancer and buys time and comfort for terminal patients too sick to undergo surgery.


Muscles, Pathways, Genetics, Exercise, Endurance, drug

Genetic Switch Explains Effect of Exercise on Muscles

The creation of a drug that would mimic some of the health-promoting benefits of regular exercise could be possible because UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have found a genetic switch that tells muscles how to behave.


Pregnant Women, fish, Diet, Fetus, Infant, Brain And Nerve Development, Fatty Acids

Fish Is Brain Food!

An old wives' tale says fish is "brain food." A new study by a University of Connecticut nutritional sciences professor finds that the old wives were partially right. By adding cold water marine fish to their diet, pregnant women and nursing mothers will be consuming important fats that facilitate the growth of brain and nerve cells in the developing fetus and nursing infants.

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