Tag: "intriguing" at medical news

St. Jude conducts first large-scale bird flu genome study

...ough evolution. The St. Jude research also made an intriguing discovery that avian influenza viruses have a particular molecular feature that human influenza viruses do not have, which may cause them to be more toxic when infecting human cells. "The major accomplishment of this project is that it gives the scie...

Infant transplant patients resist infections that kill adult AIDS patients

...-transplant patients. The findings also suggest an intriguing strategy for developing new treatments for AIDS, cancers and diseases of impaired immune function related to aging. If this ability of infant-transplant patients' immune systems can be identified and enlisted to fight viruses without T cells, it perh...

No pacemakers in the brain may explain cot death

...ail and death would be inevitable. This raises the intriguing possibility that a genetic defect in this special protein found in pacemaking cells could prevent gasping. St.-John commented: "Our findings are exciting they demonstrate that emergency breathing, or gasping, is regulated by different mechanisms th...

MIST study explores link between migraines and hole in heart

...n: The i2 Summit 2006 in Atlanta, Ga., will answer intriguing questions about whether repairing a hole in the heart known as a patent foramen ovale (PFO) can ease the pain of severe migraine headaches. Innovation in Intervention: i2 Summit is an annual meeting for practicing cardiovascular interventionalists sp...

Drug-eluting and absorbable stents push interventional frontiers

...ximately two months before being absorbed. It has intriguing potential advantages over a permanent stent because it would not be subjected to long-term mechanical stress, for example, or stimulate a biological interaction with the artery wall. Future catheter procedures would be simplified. Equally as importa...

Early blood pressure treatment may postpone true hypertension

ATLANTA -- A new study offers intriguing insight into the possibility of postponing hypertension among the 59 million Americans whose blood pressure is slightly high. If confirmed, the concept may offer a chance to keep many people from facing the high risk of heart disease and stroke that ...

Effective treatment of a mother's depression reduces risk of psychiatric disorders in her children

...and her child's clinical state. These findings are intriguing because they suggest that an environmental influence (i.e., the impact of maternal depression remission) had a measurable impact on the child's psychopathology," the authors write. "Our studies suggest that a reduction in stress associated with mater...

UCI researchers find that, even at rest, men's and women's brains behave differently

...is week's issue of NeuroImage. "These findings are intriguing because they provide the first hint of what could be a fundamental difference in how the brain is wired in men and women," said Cahill, a fellow at UCI's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. "If, even in a resting state, the brain show...

Low intake of milk in pregnancy associated with decreased birth weight

...ollis and Wagner note that this study makes a very intriguing and important observation in relation to vitamin D. They believe that vitamin D may not only affect fetal skeletal formation, but also neurodevelopment, immune function and chronic disease susceptibility later in life....

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh receives congressional recognition as pediatric transplant leader

...cine and, over the course of his career, turned an intriguing research concept into an accepted medical practice that has given -- and continues to give -- hope to thousands who previously had none. Pittsburgh witnessed and celebrated the following medical firsts: the first multiple organ transplant in 1983; th...

Overweight and obesity enlarges teenagers' hearts

... appear to benefit from being overweight. The most intriguing question in this respect is to define a time point after which obesity does not pose as a risk factor anymore," the editorial authors wrote. "For young people with presence of established risk factors for future cardiovascular illness (like hypertens...

Telephone counseling improves lung transplant quality of life

...umenthal added that the results of the trial raise intriguing possibilities for future studies. "It's possible that if we employed the same telephone-based training on patients with less severe lung disease, we could improve not only their quality of life but their physical condition," he said. The research tea...

Gut microbes' partnership helps body extract energy from food, store it as fat

... In addition to its prevalence, M. smithii was an intriguing target for study because of its ability to consume hydrogen and other byproducts of bacterial digestion of polysaccharides. Accumulation of such byproducts slows polysaccharide digestion. Samuel and Gordon speculated that M. smithii could improve the...

Risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia cut significantly

...hey wrote: "The use of 'sequential analysis' is an intriguing concept and offers the promise of more efficient study design, but the small number may have limited power and increased the possibility of an erroneous conclusion. For example, there appear to be significantly more males and patients with infections...

DNA repair in mammal embryos is a matter of timing

... and not just in the developing nervous system. An intriguing exception to the timing of HR and NHEJ during nervous system development is the development of medulloblastoma, a tumor in children that arises in the lower part of the brain called the cerebellum, McKinnon said. The infant cerebellum is still underg...

Older blood associated with worse outcomes after repeat heart surgery

...l," he continued. "We believe our findings provide intriguing avenues for future study." The researchers published their findings on June 22, 2006, in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. The study was supported by Duke University Medical Center and the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Patie...

Taking medicine regularly (even placebo) is good for you

...herence, finds a study in this week's BMJ. This intriguing finding supports the concept of the "healthy adherer" effect, whereby adherence to drug treatment may be a marker for overall healthy behaviour, say the authors. They analysed 21 studies involving over 46,000 participants. For those with good adhe...

Protein potentially links diet, obesity and asthma

... diseases such as asthma, and offers an additional intriguing link between the immune and metabolic systems. The study will appear online on July 13 in advance of print publication in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The "hygiene hypothesis" currently dominates thinking in the medical...

How tumors respond to treatment prior to liver transplants may be useful in selecting recipients

...ancisco acknowledges that "this article raises the intriguing possibility of looking beyond tumor size and number in selecting patients with HCC for OLT [liver transplant], but without relying on information that requires biopsy of the tumor." He adds that since no upper limits in tumor size and number were use...

Doctors know best when it comes to treating chronic coronary artery disease

... always be "an art not a science," and provides an intriguing new avenue for the future research of complicated medical conditions. "The idea is quite ingenious and has never been done before," said Dr. Ben-Yehuda, a deputy editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and author of an editorial...

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