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Duke Study Suggests New Class Of Drugs Could Bypass Leptin Loop

...e first step in a series of events that ultimately boosts fatmetabolism, according to study authors Sheila Collins and Richard Surwit. Leptin was identified last year as a protein that regulates body weightvia appetite suppression. But the complex circuit by which leptin begins the weight losscycle is defe...

Drug Is First In Decade To Show Promise Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder

...eneric drug venlafaxine XR, ananti-depressant that boosts the brain's ability to utilize two importantmood-regulators, serotonin and norepinephrine. On the market for five years, itis FDA-approved for the treatment of depression. Until recently, venlafaxine had to be taken twice daily. Davidson sai...

Clinical Trial Demonstrates Experimental Growth Factor Increases Eligibility For Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

...inistered in conjunction with G-CSF, significantly boosts the oddsof stem cells migrating into the bloodstream in sufficient numbers to stimulatere-growth of blood cells. The majority of patients in the study had breast cancer; others had lymphoma orrelated cancers. All patients received G-CSF, and some re...

Preliminary Study Proves Centuries Of Herbalists Right About Echinacea

...educe the severity andduration of colds because it boosts the immune system. But until now therehas been lit...absence of cold symptoms. "When people are told it boosts the immune system, that's something theybelieve should be consumed at all times," Percival said. "Bu...

Newly Updated HIV Treatment Guidelines For Adults And Adolescents Available On The World Wide Web

...hat thiscombination suppresses HIV replication and boosts CD4+ T-cell counts to a degreecomparable to widely used treatment regimens that combine a protease inhibitordrug with AZT and 3TC. CD4+ T cells are the crucial immune system cellsdepleted during the course of HIV disease. The Panel notes that the po...

Study shows obesity adds years to real age

...than you are," she said. "An obesewoman in her 70s boosts her risk of premature death by 1.7 years." A report on the new findings appears in the Aug. 15 issue of theAmerican Journal of Epidemiology. Besides Stevens, UNC-CH authors are Dr.Jianwen Cai, assistant professor of biostatistics, statisticia...

Scientist show how viruses co-opt cell defenses to cause chronic infections likethose from HIV and Hepatitis B and C

... mediator of interferonantiviral activity and thus boosts cell immunity. Also it mediates thecell-killing action of tumor necrosis factor. Thus, Lau's group found, if PKR isover-produced, it plays a pivotal role in the steps that lead to apoptosis orprogrammed cell death. If PKR is suppressed in a cell, th...

Scientists identify new pathway of antidepressant action

...-called GABA pathway. In this pathway, the steroid boosts mood-enhancing neurotransmitter receptors by increasing how many and how long certain openings in the neuron's membranes --called GABA ion channels -- remain open. (The anti-anxiety medication valium works by stimulating this GABA pathway.) To study ...

Drug that curbs nicotine craving may do same for cocaine

...pamine available in the brain. While cocaine still boosts available levels of dopamine, its overall amount i... being produced, even when cocaine comes along and boosts dopamine levels through a different pathway." Rose said the person still desires nicotine or c...

New study finds multiple myeloma linked to radiation exposures of nuclear workers

Increasing exposure to ionizing radiation boosts the risk of multiple myeloma, a rare but often fatal cancer of blood-forming tissues, especially among people exposed later in life, according to a new study of workers at four U.S. Department of Energy plants. The study, conducted by University of ...

Study: crime, lack of PE, recreation programs lead U.S. adolescents to couch-potato lifestyles

... also cuts the likelihood of vigorous activity and boosts television and video watching and video- and computer-game playing, pastimes that contribute to obesity and eventual poor health, the study found. Adolescents whose families enjoy higher incomes and whose mothers are better educated tend to be more p...

Study shows farm work appears to protect against breast cancer

... the protective effects of such work, however, and boosts their breast cancer risk slightly, researchers say. "We found that farming overall is protective against breast cancer when compared with the general population," said Dr. Eric Duell, a former doctoral student at the UNC-CH School of Public Health. ...

Heart attack help: Program helps boost use of key therapies in hospitals

U-M program for doctors, nurses & patients boosts use of key proven therapies in heart attack victims ANN ARBOR, MI - Heart experts know a lot about what heart attack patients need: aspirin and clot-busters in the emergency room; drugs like ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and cholesterol fighters; t...

Scientists find biological key to 'wasting syndrome'

...lpha causes oxidative stress in the liver cell and boosts the production of the free-radical gas nitric oxide. It also causes the addition of a phosphorous molecule to a protein called C/EBP beta, which normally joins DNA in the nucleus of the cell to make other proteins, such as albumin. Central to the ...

Lack of inhibition strengthens nicotine addiction

Brief exposure to low levels of nicotine not only boosts the brain's reward system but also blocks a rival system that limits the duration of such rewards, report University of Chicago researchers in the March 14, 2002, issue of the journal Neuron. The finding helps scientists understand why nicotine addi...

Cooking tomatoes boosts disease-fighting power

...hetti sauce -- makes the fruit heart-healthier and boosts its cancer-fighting ability. All this, despite a loss of vitamin C during the cooking process, say Cornell food scientists. The reason: cooking substantially raises the levels of beneficial compounds called phytochemicals. Writing in the latest issue...

UIC tests prostate cancer vaccine

...loped and is now clinically testing a vaccine that boosts the body's own immune system in an effort to cure prostate cancer. The trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, will assess the effectiveness of the vaccine, created in the laboratory of Dr. David Peace, assistant professor of medicine, aft...

Lasers light way to 3-D imaging in Purdue lab

.... Forcing electrons to move through layers so thin boosts the optical properties of the film and makes it more efficient at detecting coherent light. The Purdue team used the technique to take video images inside a tiny tumor, a form of cancer called osteogenic sarcoma, which afflicts bones and connective t...

New breast cancer therapy trials show dramatic results

... the rest of the body," said Blackwell. "Heat also boosts the drugs' potency by interfering with mechanisms that control a cancer cell's ability to replicate." The only clinical trial of its kind in the nation, Blackwell said it is the first to combine "hyperthermia" (heat therapy) together with chemother...

Scientists identify brain mechanism that boosts response to alcohol

...(EGCRC) have discovered that a molecule in neurons boosts the brains response to alcohol, triggering in minu...fies this adenosine pathway chemical cascade. This boosts the brains response to alcohol. "Synergy is a most remarkable finding," said Ivan Diamond, MD, PhD, ...

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