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June 2007 Archive

June 22, 2007

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Brain Imaging Reveals Joys of Giving

The old adage “It's better to give than to receive” may have a biological basis. A new study found that the brain's pleasure centers became activated as people decided to donate part of a new stash of money to charity, rather than keeping it all for themselves. The findings may shed light on why some people contribute to the public good, even at a personal cost.

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Beyond the Human Genome

In April 2003, researchers produced a high-quality version of the human genome—a sequence and map of all the genes in a human being. For those who thought that was the end of the story, an international research consortium has just published a massive set of papers that sets the stage to reshape our understanding of the genome.

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Genes Turned on in Tumor-Associated Blood Vessels

A high level of a hormone is associated with an increased risk of kidney failure and death among patients with chronic kidney disease. The discovery could allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment of patients at risk.

June 4, 2007

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Human Antibodies Protect Mice from Avian Flu

An international team of scientists used antibodies from recent human survivors of H5N1 avian influenza to successfully treat and protect mice from H5N1. The technique may one day be used to treat and protect humans from the virus.

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Comparing Surgical Options for Bladder Control in Women

A growing number of women who face difficulties with bladder control opt for surgery to correct the problem. But few studies have compared different treatment options. Now, the largest, most rigorous clinical trial of its kind has compared two common surgical procedures to restore bladder control and identified one — known as the fascial sling — that more successfully treats urinary incontinence and leads to greater patient satisfaction.

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