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January 2011 Archive

January 31, 2011

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Antidepressant Effective For Hot Flashes

Women taking the antidepressant escitalopram had fewer and less severe hot flashes than those taking a placebo, a new clinical trial reports.

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Alcoholism Treatment Success May Hinge on Genes

The effectiveness of an experimental treatment for alcoholism depends on the genetic makeup of the people who receive it. The new finding may help doctors personalize treatments for people who abuse alcohol.

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New Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Tuberculosis

By combining 3 proteins expressed by tuberculosis bacteria at different disease stages, scientists have developed a vaccine that provides superior protection against long-term disease.

January 24, 2011

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Tinnitus Cure May Lie in the Brain

Scientists were able to eliminate tinnitus—a persistent ringing in the ears—in rats by stimulating a nerve in the neck while playing a variety of tones. The finding gives hope for a future tinnitus cure in humans.

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Chemotherapy Using Nanoparticles

By storing a form of a cancer drug inside a tiny object called a nanoparticle, researchers were able to shrink tumors using smaller doses. The technique, developed in mice, may hold promise for more efficient cancer therapy in humans.

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Technology Gives Scientists Peek Deep Into Brain

Researchers have been able to see changes deep within the brains of living animals at the cellular level. The advance could provide an important tool for understanding diseases and disorders of the brain.

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