NIH Research Matters
February 2011 Archive
February 28, 2011
When breast cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, many doctors believe that removing several more nodes provides better treatment. But a new study suggests otherwise. The finding may change the way early-stage breast cancer is treated in some patients.
A new study in older adults shows that brisk walking can increase the size of a brain region involved in memory formation. The finding suggests that moderate physical exercise can help protect the brain as we age.
Researchers have identified a small molecule that can inhibit methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a growing public health problem. The discovery may open the door to a new class of antibiotics to combat MRSA.
February 14, 2011
Surgical repair of a spinal birth defect before birth, rather than after, can improve mobility and reduce the risk of serious complications, a new study has found.
An early education program for children from low-income families generates an estimated $4 to $11 of economic benefits over a child's lifetime for every dollar spent on the program, according to a new analysis.
Scientists discovered a genetic cause for a rare disorder that leads to calcium deposits in arteries below the waist and in the joints of patients' hands and feet. Understanding the basis for this disease may one day lead to a cure.
February 7, 2011
In the largest genome-wide association study of the disease to date, scientists have discovered that genetics play a substantial role in Parkinson's disease. The finding may one day lead to better diagnostics and therapies.
A protein that immune cells use to communicate with each other is involved in the development of melanoma, a new study shows. The findings suggest a new potential target for treating this aggressive skin cancer.
Researchers have decoded the orangutan genome, revealing intriguing clues about the evolution of primates, including humans.
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