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January 2010 Archive

January 25, 2010

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Mutations Contribute to Type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Researchers have discovered genetic mutations that may contribute to the development of an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma—a cancer of white blood cells. The findings provide insight into a mechanism that cancer cells may use to survive, and highlight potential new treatment targets.

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How Light Boosts Migraine Pain

Most migraine sufferers know that light can intensify headache pain. A new study of blind patients with migraine may help explain why. The finding ultimately may lead to new approaches for calming severe light-induced headaches.

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Gene Involved in Brittle Bone Disease

Researchers discovered a third gene that accounts for previously unexplained forms of osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that weakens bones, results in frequent fractures and is sometimes fatal.

January 11, 2010

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Uncovering the Mechanism of Cocaine Addiction

Researchers have identified a key mechanism in the brain that helps explain cocaine's addictiveness. The finding may lead to new therapeutic approaches.

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Vigilance Hormone Linked to Panic Attacks

A new study has linked panic disorder to a wayward hormone in a brain circuit that regulates vigilance. While too little of the hormone, called orexin, is known to underlie narcolepsy, the new finding suggests that too much of it may lead to panic attacks.

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Gene Variant May Aid Lung Function in Asthma, Smokers

Scientists have found a variant gene that may help protect lung function both in children with asthma and in adults who smoke. Smokers with this variant also have reduced risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the new study shows.

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