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February 2012 Archive

February 27, 2012

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Using Autoinjectors to Treat Seizures

Drug delivery using an autoinjector—akin to the EpiPen used for serious allergic reactions—can be a fast, effective way to stop prolonged epileptic seizures. The finding provides a safe tool to treat people quickly during an emergency.

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Tai Chi Increases Balance in Parkinsonís Patients

People with Parkinsonís disease often have problems with balance and can suffer life-threatening falls. For patients with mild to moderate cases, a new study suggests that the ancient art of tai chi may significantly help.

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Drug Improves Alzheimer’s-like Condition in Mice

Scientists report that a decade-old cancer drug quickly clears proteins linked to Alzheimerís disease from the brains of mice. The drug restores memory, social behavior and other defects often seen with the disorder.

February 13, 2012

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Scientists Find Target for Resveratrol

Resveratrol, found most famously in grapes and red wine, seems to ward off several age-related diseases. Researchers have now found a direct molecular target for the compound. The finding points the way to more potent and targeted drugs.

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Genes Affect Sex Differences in Behavior

Men and women can seem like they're from different planets sometimes. Hormones help drive those differences. A new study shows how genes pass on the message.

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New Method Builds Bone

Researchers have developed a way to direct the body’s own stem cells to build new, strong bone tissue. The method, developed in mice, may lead to new treatments for osteoporosis and other bone diseases that affect millions of people.

February 6, 2012

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Fending Off Cardiovascular Disease

A new study confirms that controlling traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, substantially lowers the chance of major events like heart attack or stroke over the course of a lifetime.

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Ancient Roots of Social Networks

Modern social networks, from small networks of friends and family to entire countries, are based on cooperation. A new study suggests that our early ancestors may have had social networks strikingly similar to those of modern societies.

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Restricted Diet Affects Surgery Risk

Several days on a restricted diet may help the body better cope with the stress of surgery. New findings from a mouse study point the way toward potential strategies for reducing surgical risks in people.

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Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
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