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for Sunday, January 9, 2011

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More evidence that malaria drug could help combat cancer, and that breaks from treatment could improve results (January 7, 2011) -- Scientists investigating the cancer-fighting properties of artesunate – a drug commonly used to treat malaria – have found early evidence that combining it with an existing cancer drug has the potential to make each drug more effective than when used alone. ... > full story

Potential new anti-cancer mechanism (January 7, 2011) -- Scientists have succeeded in decoding a potential new anti-cancer mechanism. The researchers discovered that normalizing abnormal tumor blood vessels through HRG (histidine-rich glycoprotein) prevents metastasis of tumor cells and enhances chemotherapy efficiency. ... > full story

Evidence lacking for widespread use of costly antipsychotic drugs, study suggests (January 7, 2011) -- Many prescriptions for the top-selling class of drugs, known as atypical antipsychotic medications, lack strong evidence that the drugs will actually help, a new study has found. Yet, drugs in this class may cause such serious effects as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, and cost Americans billions of dollars. ... > full story

High dietary fat, cholesterol linked to increased risk of breast cancer (January 7, 2011) -- Elevated fat and cholesterol levels found in a typical American-style diet play an important role in the growth and spread of breast cancer, say researchers. ... > full story

IVF breakthrough to hit the world market (January 7, 2011) -- An Australian reproductive biologist has achieved a major breakthrough in IVF technology that is expected to help millions of women around the world who have suffered previous miscarriages after IVF treatment. ... > full story

Health chip gives instant diagnoses (January 7, 2011) -- Soon, your family doctor will no longer have to send blood or cancer cell samples to the laboratory. A little chip will give her test results on the spot. ... > full story

Blood test for Alzheimer's disease? (January 7, 2011) -- Scientists have developed a novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer's disease in patients' blood samples. While still preliminary, the findings offer clear proof that this breakthrough technology could be used in the development of biomarkers for a range of human diseases. ... > full story

Perception of our heartbeat influences our body image (January 7, 2011) -- A new study suggests that the way we experience the internal state of our body may also influence how we perceive our body from the outside, as for example in the mirror. ... > full story

Tomatoes found to contain nutrient which prevents vascular diseases (January 7, 2011) -- They are the most widely produced fruit in the world, and now scientists in Japan have discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases. The research reveals that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has anti-dyslipidemic affects. ... > full story

Standing tall is key for success: 'Powerful postures' may trump title and rank (January 7, 2011) -- New research suggests that posture plays an important role in determining whether people act as though they are really in charge. The research finds that "posture expansiveness," or positioning oneself in a way that opens up the body and takes up space, activates a sense of power that produces behavioral changes in a person independent of their actual rank or hierarchical role in an organization. ... > full story

Stem cell discovery could lead to improved bone marrow transplants (January 7, 2011) -- Researchers have identified a key molecule for establishing blood stem cells in their niche within the bone marrow. The findings may lead to improvements in the safety and efficiency of bone marrow transplants. ... > full story

Tablet splitting is a highly inaccurate and potentially dangerous practice, says drug study (January 7, 2011) -- Medical experts have issued a warning about the common practice of tablet splitting, after a study found that nearly a third of the split fragments deviated from recommended dosages by 15 percent or more. The study points out that the practice could have serious clinical consequences for tablets that have a narrow margin between therapeutic and toxic doses. And they are calling on manufacturers to produce greater dose options and liquid alternatives to make the practice unnecessary. ... > full story

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