HEALTH PORTATION News December 31st

BRAIN - Low insulin secretion tied to depressive symptoms in women
(HealthDay)-Middle-aged women with insulin secretion levels in the lowest quintile appear to have more than twice the risk of developing new-onset depressive symptoms compared with those with higher insulin secretion levels, according to research published online Dec. 10 in Diabetes Care ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-insulin-secretion-tied

FOODS - A Quick Guide To This Year's Best Champagnes
Champagne is one of France's great bastions of wine tradition-change is no joking matter there-and pretty much everybody likes the final product it offers. So when there is something new going on in that storied region, attention must be paid. Jump ahead to see the bubbly beverages > What is happening lately is that the greatest brands in bubbly are giving ever more attention to "recently disgorged" vintage Champagnes, which are generally amon ...

Moët & Chandon champagne bottles
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-celebratory-champagn

FOODS - Alcohol: Social Lubricant for 10,000 Years
Primitive forms of alcohol may have provided a social lubricant for Stone Age people too ...
http://news.discovery.com/human/alcohol-social-lubricant-for


NEWS - Biological concrete for constructing 'living' building materials with lichens, mosses
It is a material that improves thermal comfort in buildings and helps to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220080310.ht

NEWS - Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs
Infection control experts have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121231110514.ht

NEWS - Toxic cough syrup kills 16 in Pakistan
At least 24 people, mostly drug addicts seeking a fix, have died after drinking toxic cough syrup in an eastern Pakistani city, officials said on Saturday ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-toxic-syrup-pakistan.h

NEWS - Turning Information Into Impact: Digital Health's Long Road Ahead
A measure of humility is in order. Just as a gene sequence is not a drug, information is not a cure. Getting there will take patience, persistence, money and aligned interests. The most successful innovators in digital health will see the promise of the technology, but also accept, embrace, and ideally leverage the ambiguity of disease, the variability of patients, and the complexities of clinical care ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidshaywitz/2012/12/30/turning

NEWS - Virtual reality and robotics in neurosurgery: Promise and challenges
Robotic technologies have the potential to help neurosurgeons perform precise, technically demanding operations, together with virtual reality environments to help them navigate through the brain, according to researchers ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143736.ht

NEWS - Watch out for eyes when champagne corks fly
(HealthDay)-If you plan to pop a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine over the holidays, make sure you do it safely, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-eyes-champagne-corks.h


NEWS-CANCER - Paired CT scans catch chemo-killing of liver tumors in real time
Using two successive pairs of specialized CT scans, a team of radiologists has produced real-time images of liver tumors dying from direct injection of anticancer drugs into the tumors and their surrounding blood vessels ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121231110516.ht

NEWS-CANCER - The factor that could determine future breast cancer treatment
Australian scientists have shown how a 'transcription factor' causes breast cancer to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to oestrogen and does not respond to anti-oestrogen therapies such as Tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors. Transcription factors are molecules that switch genes on or off. In this case, the transcription factor known as 'ELF5' inhibits sensitivity to oestrogen very early in the life of a breast cancer cell ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227173330.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Tumor boards linked to little association with effects on cancer care
There is little association of multidisciplinary tumor boards with measures of use, quality, or survival, and measuring only the presence of tumor boards may not be adequate in determining their effects on cancer care, according to a new study ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121228203158.ht

BRAIN - Low insulin secretion tied to depressive symptoms in women

(HealthDay)-Middle-aged women with insulin secretion levels in the lowest quintile appear to have more than twice the risk of developing new-onset depressive symptoms compared with those with higher insulin secretion levels, according to research published online Dec. 10 in Diabetes Care.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-insulin-secretion-tied-depressiv

FOODS - A Quick Guide To This Year's Best Champagnes

Champagne is one of France's great bastions of wine tradition-change is no joking matter there-and pretty much everybody likes the final product it offers. So when there is something new going on in that storied region, attention must be paid. Jump ahead to see the bubbly beverages > What is happening lately is that the greatest brands in bubbly are giving ever more attention to "recently disgorged" vintage Champagnes, which are generally amon ...Moët & Chandon champagne bottles

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-celebratory-champagnes-2012-1

FOODS - Alcohol: Social Lubricant for 10,000 Years

Primitive forms of alcohol may have provided a social lubricant for Stone Age people too.

http://news.discovery.com/human/alcohol-social-lubricant-for-10000-yea

NEWS - Biological concrete for constructing 'living' building materials with lichens, mosses

It is a material that improves thermal comfort in buildings and helps to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220080310.ht

NEWS - Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs

Infection control experts have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121231110514.ht

NEWS - Toxic cough syrup kills 16 in Pakistan

At least 24 people, mostly drug addicts seeking a fix, have died after drinking toxic cough syrup in an eastern Pakistani city, officials said on Saturday.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-toxic-syrup-pakistan.htm

NEWS - Turning Information Into Impact: Digital Health's Long Road Ahead

A measure of humility is in order. Just as a gene sequence is not a drug, information is not a cure. Getting there will take patience, persistence, money and aligned interests. The most successful innovators in digital health will see the promise of the technology, but also accept, embrace, and ideally leverage the ambiguity of disease, the variability of patients, and the complexities of clinical care.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidshaywitz/2012/12/30/turning-informati

NEWS - Virtual reality and robotics in neurosurgery: Promise and challenges

Robotic technologies have the potential to help neurosurgeons perform precise, technically demanding operations, together with virtual reality environments to help them navigate through the brain, according to researchers.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143736.ht

NEWS - Watch out for eyes when champagne corks fly

(HealthDay)-If you plan to pop a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine over the holidays, make sure you do it safely, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-eyes-champagne-corks.htm

NEWS-CANCER - Paired CT scans catch chemo-killing of liver tumors in real time

Using two successive pairs of specialized CT scans, a team of radiologists has produced real-time images of liver tumors dying from direct injection of anticancer drugs into the tumors and their surrounding blood vessels.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121231110516.ht

NEWS-CANCER - The factor that could determine future breast cancer treatment

Australian scientists have shown how a 'transcription factor' causes breast cancer to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to oestrogen and does not respond to anti-oestrogen therapies such as Tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors. Transcription factors are molecules that switch genes on or off. In this case, the transcription factor known as 'ELF5' inhibits sensitivity to oestrogen very early in the life of a breast cancer cell.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227173330.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Tumor boards linked to little association with effects on cancer care

There is little association of multidisciplinary tumor boards with measures of use, quality, or survival, and measuring only the presence of tumor boards may not be adequate in determining their effects on cancer care, according to a new study.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121228203158.ht

HEALTH PORTATION News December 28th

BRAIN - Study shows early cognitive problems among those who eventually get Alzheimer's
People who study or treat Alzheimer's disease and its earliest clinical stage, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), have focused attention on the obvious short-term memory problems. But a new study suggests that people on the road to Alzheimer's may actually have problems early on in processing semantic or knowledge-based information, which could have much broader implications for how patients function in their lives ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-early-cognitive-proble


DIABETES - Early menopause tied to greater type 2 diabetes risk
(HealthDay)-Women who experience early menopause have a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Diabetes Care ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-early-menopause-tied-g


FOODS - Kids fight food allergies one bite at a time
(Medical Xpress)-The holidays can be a stressful time for parents of the six million children in the United States with food allergies. With so many parties and gifts involving food, parents may worry that their children will come into contact with the very allergens they are so vigilant about avoiding year round ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-kids-food-allergies.ht


HEART - Fewer than a quarter call 911 during acute heart problem
(HealthDay)-During acute coronary syndromes, fewer than one-quarter of patients call 911, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-quarter-acute-heart-pr


IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Trying to halt hepatitis C's molecular hijacking
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have figured out intimate details of how the hepatitis C virus takes over an invaded cell, a breakthrough that could point to way for new treatments for the virus ...
http://phys.org/news/2012-12-halt-hepatitis-molecular-hijack


NEWS - Brazil to begin tracking numbers of HIV cases
(AP)-Brazilian health officials say doctors will be required to notify authorities of every HIV case in the nation ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-brazil-tracking-hiv-ca

NEWS - Dr. Oz: The Future Of Medicine Will Depend On Technology, Not Doctors
Dr. Oz believes that technology and advancements in design and functionality of everyday objects will play a great part in the future of health and medicine. "I see the car, which is right now one of the most unused spaces in our lives, becoming a mobile examination suite for you," said the heart surgeon, turned talk show host, at our IGNITION conference. "It can weigh you, it can tell how stressed you are by how you grip the steering wheel, the ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/dr-oz-on-the-future-of-medici

NEWS - Staphylococcus aureus: Why it just gets up your nose
A collaboration between researchers at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and the Department of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin has identified a mechanism by which the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) colonizes our nasal passages. The study, published today in the Open Access journal PLOS Pathogens, shows for the first time that a protein located on the bacterial surface called clumping factor B (ClfB) has high affinity f ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-staphylococcus-aureus-

NEWS - Study links disease, poverty and biodiversity
Poverty and disease often come together. That much is well understood. But how much does poverty foster disease? Or, how much can disease perpetuate poverty? And what's the role of nature, given that so many infectious diseases are spread by mosquitoes or spend part of their life cycle outside of the human body ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-links-disease-poverty-

NEWS - Team mimicking a natural defense against malaria to develop new treatments
(Medical Xpress)-One of the world's most devastating diseases is malaria, responsible for at least a million deaths annually, despite global efforts to combat it. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, working with collaborators from Drexel University, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Johns Hopkins University, have identified a protein in human blood platelets that points to a powerful new
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-team-mimicking-natural

NEWS-CANCER - The factor that could influence future breast cancer treatment
Australian scientists have shown in the laboratory how a 'transcription factor' causes breast cancer cells to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to estrogen and does not respond to known anti-estrogen therapies. The research, which has significant implications for breast cancer treatment, is published December 27 in the open access journal PLOS Biology ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-factor-future-breast-c


PSYCHOLOGY - How Brands Use The Psychology Of Color To Manipulate You
Some brands are instantly recognizable by a single color. For example, the Tiffany blue box is universal (test your knowledge of trademarked colors by taking this pop quiz). The color a company uses to brand itself conveys how trustworthy they are to consumers, the quality of their products, and much more. We've put together a fun color guide based on findings by Karen Haller, a UK-based business color and branding expert who has consulted with a ...

Tiffany
http://www.businessinsider.com/branding-and-the-psychology-o

PSYCHOLOGY - Program helps veterans reintegrate through music
(AP)-Many military veterans say having music to listen to helps them deal with the stress of deployment ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-veterans-reintegrate-m

PSYCHOLOGY - Tips on coping with grief during holidays
(HealthDay)-People who have lost a loved one in the past year can have difficulty coping during the holidays, an expert says ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-coping-grief-holidays.


SKIN - New method for collagen scaffolds: Slice, stack, roll
Engineers have developed a new technique, called bioskiving. The fabrication process creates collagen structures from thin sheets of decellularized tendon stacked with alternating fiber directions that maintain much of collagen's natural strength ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227110724.ht

BRAIN - Study shows early cognitive problems among those who eventually get Alzheimer's

People who study or treat Alzheimer's disease and its earliest clinical stage, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), have focused attention on the obvious short-term memory problems. But a new study suggests that people on the road to Alzheimer's may actually have problems early on in processing semantic or knowledge-based information, which could have much broader implications for how patients function in their lives.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-early-cognitive-problems-eventua

DIABETES - Early menopause tied to greater type 2 diabetes risk

(HealthDay)-Women who experience early menopause have a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Diabetes Care.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-early-menopause-tied-greater-dia

FOODS - Kids fight food allergies one bite at a time

(Medical Xpress)-The holidays can be a stressful time for parents of the six million children in the United States with food allergies. With so many parties and gifts involving food, parents may worry that their children will come into contact with the very allergens they are so vigilant about avoiding year round.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-kids-food-allergies.htm

HEART - Fewer than a quarter call 911 during acute heart problem

(HealthDay)-During acute coronary syndromes, fewer than one-quarter of patients call 911, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-quarter-acute-heart-problem.htm

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Trying to halt hepatitis C's molecular hijacking

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have figured out intimate details of how the hepatitis C virus takes over an invaded cell, a breakthrough that could point to way for new treatments for the virus.

http://phys.org/news/2012-12-halt-hepatitis-molecular-hijacking.htm

NEWS - Brazil to begin tracking numbers of HIV cases

(AP)-Brazilian health officials say doctors will be required to notify authorities of every HIV case in the nation.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-brazil-tracking-hiv-cases.htm

NEWS - Dr. Oz: The Future Of Medicine Will Depend On Technology, Not Doctors

Dr. Oz believes that technology and advancements in design and functionality of everyday objects will play a great part in the future of health and medicine. "I see the car, which is right now one of the most unused spaces in our lives, becoming a mobile examination suite for you," said the heart surgeon, turned talk show host, at our IGNITION conference. "It can weigh you, it can tell how stressed you are by how you grip the steering wheel, the ...

http://www.businessinsider.com/dr-oz-on-the-future-of-medicine-2012-1

NEWS - Staphylococcus aureus: Why it just gets up your nose

A collaboration between researchers at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and the Department of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin has identified a mechanism by which the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) colonizes our nasal passages. The study, published today in the Open Access journal PLOS Pathogens, shows for the first time that a protein located on the bacterial surface called clumping factor B (ClfB) has high affinity for the skin protein loricrin.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-staphylococcus-aureus-nose.htm

NEWS - Study links disease, poverty and biodiversity

Poverty and disease often come together. That much is well understood. But how much does poverty foster disease? Or, how much can disease perpetuate poverty? And what's the role of nature, given that so many infectious diseases are spread by mosquitoes or spend part of their life cycle outside of the human body?

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-links-disease-poverty-biodiversi

NEWS - Team mimicking a natural defense against malaria to develop new treatments

(Medical Xpress)-One of the world's most devastating diseases is malaria, responsible for at least a million deaths annually, despite global efforts to combat it. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, working with collaborators from Drexel University, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Johns Hopkins University, have identified a protein in human blood platelets that points to a powerful new weapon against the disease. Their work was published in this months' issue of Cell Host and Microbe.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-team-mimicking-natural-defense-m

NEWS-CANCER - The factor that could influence future breast cancer treatment

Australian scientists have shown in the laboratory how a 'transcription factor' causes breast cancer cells to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to estrogen and does not respond to known anti-estrogen therapies. The research, which has significant implications for breast cancer treatment, is published December 27 in the open access journal PLOS Biology.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-factor-future-breast-cancer-trea

PSYCHOLOGY - How Brands Use The Psychology Of Color To Manipulate You

Some brands are instantly recognizable by a single color. For example, the Tiffany blue box is universal (test your knowledge of trademarked colors by taking this pop quiz). The color a company uses to brand itself conveys how trustworthy they are to consumers, the quality of their products, and much more. We've put together a fun color guide based on findings by Karen Haller, a UK-based business color and branding expert who has consulted with a ...Tiffany

http://www.businessinsider.com/branding-and-the-psychology-of-color-20

PSYCHOLOGY - Program helps veterans reintegrate through music

(AP)-Many military veterans say having music to listen to helps them deal with the stress of deployment.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-veterans-reintegrate-music.htm

PSYCHOLOGY - Tips on coping with grief during holidays

(HealthDay)-People who have lost a loved one in the past year can have difficulty coping during the holidays, an expert says.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-coping-grief-holidays.htm

SKIN - New method for collagen scaffolds: Slice, stack, roll

Engineers have developed a new technique, called bioskiving. The fabrication process creates collagen structures from thin sheets of decellularized tendon stacked with alternating fiber directions that maintain much of collagen's natural strength.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227110724.ht

HEALTH PORTATION News December 27th

BRAIN - Eye scan could help track progress of multiple sclerosis
(HealthDay)-In-office eye scans that assess the thinning of the retina may also help doctors determine how fast multiple sclerosis (MS) is progressing in patients with the nervous system disease, a new study suggests ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-eye-scan-track-multipl

BRAIN - Eyes may provide a look into multiple sclerosis progression
New research suggests that thinning of a layer of the retina in the eyes may show how fast multiple sclerosis (MS) is progressing in people with the disease ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121226080340.ht

BRAIN - MRI can screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal lobar degeneration
When trying to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Using an MRI-based algorithm effectively differentiated cases 75 percent of the time, according to the study, published in the December 26th, ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-mri-screen-patients-al

BRAIN - Monkey see, monkey do: Visual feedback is necessary for imitating facial expressions
(Medical Xpress)-Research using new technology shows that our ability to imitate facial expressions depends on learning that occurs through visual feedback ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-monkey-visual-feedback

BRAIN - New MRI method may help diagnose dementia
A new way to use MRI scans may help determine whether dementia is Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, according to new research ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121226164102.ht


DIABETES - Holidays spell trouble for folks unaware they're diabetic
(HealthDay)-Holiday eating and drinking could pose a risk for people who do not know that they have type 2 diabetes, an expert says ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-holidays-folks-unaware


EXERCISE - Mobile health in 2013: from the gym to the doctor's office
Thanks to a boom in digital health, the smartphone has assumed the role of everything from an ever-present fitness coach to FDA-approved heart monitor. And, as consumers move to mobile platforms, surveys show that more people are not only turning to their mobile devices for health information, they're quickly imbuing the new technology with a great deal of trust (maybe too much trust given the poor quality of many apps currently available). A st ...
http://gigaom.com/2012/12/24/mobile-health-in-2013-from-the-


FOODS - Architects and Chefs Team Up To Build Fairytale Gingerbread Castles in Seattle
For the last 20 years, the Sheraton Seattle has been hosting the annual gingerbread village contest. Top Seattle architects and chefs join forces to create fantastical and edible worlds all with the goal of raising money for the local JDRF chapter. This year's theme was Once Upon a Time and 6 fairytale themed castles were built, all equally amazing and intricately decorated. Architect/Chef teams completed their edible creations back in November a ...

Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village 2012, gingerbread village, gingerbread house, seattle, edible creations, green holidays
http://inhabitat.com/architects-and-chefs-team-up-to-build-f

FOODS - Eating asparagus may prevent a hangover, study suggests
With New Year's Eve just around the corner, there is always plenty of good food and cheer. If you are drinking alcohol you may want to reach for some asparagus, according to a study that found asparagus may aid the body in accelerating the metabolism of alcohol ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121226101227.ht

FOODS - Fruit in your holiday stocking can help keep bones strong
(Medical Xpress)-We know high-fat, high-sugar foods cause obesity and promote heart disease, but most people don't realize that sugar and fat also contribute to conditions like osteoporosis by weakening bones ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-fruit-holiday-stocking

FOODS - Healthy eating tips for holiday parties
(HealthDay)-It's all too easy to overindulge in food and drink at holiday parties, but there are things you can do to make sure you don't stray too far off the path of good health, an expert says ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-healthy-holiday-partie

FOODS - How Food Genius built the ultimate test kitchen out of menu data
Chicago startup Food Genius knows what America is eating when it dines or orders out. It knows, for instance, whether more pizzerias are starting to put basil on their cheese and tomato pies or whether restaurants are still piling their burgers high with bacon or have switched over to avocado. What's more, Food Genius knows exactly how much more restaurants are charging for adding that sprinkling of basil to turn a standard pie into a pizza Margh ...

Food Genius screen shot
http://gigaom.com/data/how-food-genius-built-the-ultimate-te

FOODS - How excess holiday eating disturbs your 'food clock'
If the sinful excess of holiday eating sends your system into butter-slathered, brandy-soaked overload, you are not alone: People who are jet-lagged, people who work graveyard shifts and plain-old late-night snackers know just how you feel. All these activities upset the body's "food clock," a collection of interacting genes and molecules known technically as the food-entrainable oscillator, which keeps the human body on a metabolic even keel. A ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121224113351.ht

FOODS - Scientists study how to reduce salt, but not flavor, in cheese
From soup to nuts, supermarket shelves teem with products trumpeting their reduced-salt status. Not in the cheese cooler, though ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-scientists-salt-flavor

FOODS - Study shows how dark chocolate may be good for our health-particularly if you are male
(Medical Xpress)-Cocoa-rich dark chocolate might help protect against heart disease and stroke, but probably more so if you are a man ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-dark-chocolate-good-he


HEART - Autopsy Studies Find Large And Dramatic Drop In Early Atherosclerosis Over 60 Years
Service members who died over the past decade were far less likely to have atherosclerosis than service members who died in Korea or Vietnam, according to a new study published in JAMA. Although it is impossible to fully understand the causes and implications of the finding, the results provide powerful new evidence pointing toward a very long term, enormous reduction in the prevalence of coronary disease, especially in younger people, though an ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2012/12/25/autopsy-s

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Cholesterol boosts the memory of the immune system
The memory of the human immune system is critical for the development of vaccines. Only if the body recognizes a pathogen with which it has already come into contact in the case of a second infection, the immune system can combat it more effectively than it did the first time. The Freiburg immunobiologist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schamel from the Institute of Biology III of the University of Freiburg and his colleagues have succeeded in demonstrating h
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-cholesterol-boosts-mem

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Immune system changes may drive aggressiveness of recurrent tumors
Nearly half of the 700,000 cancer patients who undergo surgical removal of a primary tumor each year suffer a recurrence of their disease at some point, and many of those patients will eventually die from their disease. The traditional view of recurrent tumors is that they are resistant to therapy because they've acquired additional genetic mutations that make them more aggressive and impervious to drugs. Now, however, researchers at the Perelman ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-immune-aggressiveness-

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Sustained virological response linked with improved survival for patients with chronic HCV infection
Among patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and advanced hepatic fibrosis (development of excess fibrous connective tissue), sustained virological response (SVR) to interferon-based treatment was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality compared with patients without SVR, according to a study in the December 26 issue of JAMA ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-sustained-virological-


LONGEVITY - Google Hired A Man Who Believes He Will Bring His Father Back To Life (GOOG)
A lot of what they build in Silicon Valley these days is pretty mundane: sexting apps, social games, and new ways to "share" things over the Internet. So it's pretty exciting when you hear about someone who has some really crazy ideas for what the future might hold. One such person is a new Google hire named Ray Kurzweil. The geeks among you already know who he is. But I only learned about him from a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story by Ashlee Vance. ...

ray kurzweil
http://www.businessinsider.com/google-hired-a-man-who-believ


NEWS - 'Teaching gardens' nurture kids' interest in healthy foods
(HealthDay)-It can be pretty tough for broccoli to compete with a bag of chips. There's no broccoli aisle in the grocery store. And, you won't see too many creative ads showcasing broccoli on TV or online ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-gardens-nurture-kids-h

NEWS - 5 apps for shaping up your health habits in the new year
If you're anything like me, you start the new year confident that you can kick your bad habits to the curb, but by February, it's those grand ambitions for self-improvement that get left behind instead. Without external support, it can be difficult to stick to resolutions for improving your diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly or undertaking any other health-related routine. But a growing set of startups have launched apps to help peo ...

Fitocracy
http://gigaom.com/2012/12/26/5-apps-for-shaping-up-your-heal

NEWS - Excellent Idea of the Day: Dogs Sniff Out Disease
Dogs can be trained to detect lethal infections that claim upwards of 14,000 people a year in the United States ...
http://news.discovery.com/human/excellent-idea/dogs-sniff-di

NEWS - Excellent Idea of the Day: Plants Fight Malaria
A common antimalarial drug is extracted from a plant. Now it seems that using the whole thing is a better -- and cheaper -- idea ...
http://news.discovery.com/human/excellent-idea/wormwood-mala

NEWS - Margaret Hamburg: Facing The FDA's Future Part 1
Part 1 of 3 of Margaret Hamburg's discussion with Matt Herper on the future of the FDA ...
http://video.forbes.com/fvn/healthcare/hamburg-part1

NEWS - Priceline for health? PokitDok launches on mobile
Comparison shopping is commonplace when it comes to buying airplane tickets, electronics and other big ticket items. But a growing number of startups are trying to make it easier to bring that practice - and mentality - to healthcare. One of the newer cost-conscious startups, PokitDok, launched a mobile app this week that lets consumers search for providers in their area, compare options and even attempt to name their own price. As my colleague O ...

PokitDok
http://gigaom.com/2012/12/21/priceline-for-health-pokitdok-l

NEWS - R.E.N.A.L. nephrometry score predicts treatment efficacy
(HealthDay)-The R.E.N.A.L. (radius, exophytic/endophytic, nearness to collecting system or sinus, anterior/posterior and location relative to polar lines) nephrometry scoring system predicts the efficacy of treatment and major complications that occur after percutaneous renal ablation for treatment of tumors, according to research published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-renal-nephrometry-scor

NEWS-CANCER - Cellular fuel gauge may hold the key to restricting cancer growth
Researchers have discovered that a key regulator of energy metabolism in cancer cells known as the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) may play a crucial role in restricting cancer cell growth. AMPK acts as a "fuel gauge" in cells ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227130327.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Cellular metabolism arms T cells to battle viruses and tumors
New research demonstrates that the cellular metabolism of certain immune cells is closely linked to their function, which includes protecting against viral infections and the development of tumors. Results recently published reveal the relationship between glucose metabolism in Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and their ability to acquire the tools necessary to migrate and kill virally infected cells or tumor cells ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121224113420.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Enzyme accelerates malignant stem cell cloning in chronic myeloid leukemia
An international team, headed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has identified a key enzyme in the reprogramming process that promotes malignant stem cell cloning and the growth of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a cancer of the blood and marrow that experts say is increasing in prevalence ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-enzyme-malignant-stem-

NEWS-CANCER - Fak inhibitor proves effective against brain tumors in preclinical studies, study shows
(Medical Xpress)-Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have published findings from a preclinical study assessing the effectiveness of a small-molecule inhibitor, CFAK-Y15, in treating some brain cancers. The paper, published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, demonstrates for the first time that inhibiting the protein focal adhesion kinase (FAK) with CFAK-Y15 is an effective approach to controlling growth of glioblastoma tumors, e ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-fak-inhibitor-effectiv

NEWS-CANCER - New pathways that drive metastatic prostate cancer identified
Elevated levels of Cyclin D1b could function as a novel biomarker of lethal metastatic disease in prostate cancer patients ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121221123321.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Poison for cancer cells: New method identifies active agents in mixtures of hundreds of substances
A highly effective poison kills the larvae of the garden chafer when the threadworm Heterorhabditis lays its eggs in it. Until now it was a mystery why the larvae die, while the threadworms survive the poison unharmed. Scientists have now succeeded in uncovering the secret ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143707.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Terbium: A new 'Swiss Army knife' for cancer diagnosis and treatment
A collaboration between the Paul Scherrer Institute, CERN's ISOLDE facility, and the Institut Laue-Langevin, has published preclinical study results for a newly developed set of tumour-targeting radiopharmaceuticals. The results, published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, are a significant success for this group of nuclear medicine specialists and radiochemists, demonstrating the potential to provide a new generation of radioisotopes with exce ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-terbium-swiss-army-kni

NEWS-CANCER - US cancer screening rates decline over the last 10 years, study finds
The rate of people who seek preventive cancer screenings has fallen over the last ten years in the United States with wide variations between white-collar and blue-collar workers, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine study published on December 27 in the open-access journal Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-cancer-screening-decli


PSYCHOLOGY - Elevated levels of C-reactive protein appear associated with psychological distress, depression
Elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammatory disease, appear to be associated with increased risk of psychological distress and depression in the general population of adults in Denmark, according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, a JAMA Network publication ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-elevated-c-reactive-pr

PSYCHOLOGY - Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children
Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-kindness-key-happiness

PSYCHOLOGY - Study: People with mental disorders more likely to have experienced domestic violence
Men and women with mental health disorders, across all diagnoses, are more likely to have experienced domestic violence than the general population, according to new research from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Bristol. Previous studies into the link between domestic violence and mental health problems have mainly focused on depression, but this is the first study to look at a wide range o ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-people-mental-disorder


SKIN - New method for collagen scaffolds: Slice, stack, roll
Engineers have developed a new technique, called bioskiving. The fabrication process creates collagen structures from thin sheets of decellularized tendon stacked with alternating fiber directions that maintain much of collagen's natural strength ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227110724.ht


VITAMINS - Lessons From Merck's Niacin Failure
We heard big news last week, but it might have been easy to miss ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/harlankrumholz/2012/12/24/lesson

VITAMINS - New class of malaria drugs using essential calcium enzyme developed
Calpain, a calcium-regulated enzyme, is essential to a host of cellular processes, but can cause severe problems in its overactivated state, and has been implicated in several diseases. Researchers have developed a unique approach to calpain inhibition by mimicking a natural reaction with a synthesized molecule ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227142953.ht


WEIGHT - 13 Ways To Lose Weight Without Blowing Your Budget
The weight loss industry is rigged with budget traps and health gimmicks at every turn, but there's no reason to put your finances at risk for a healthier lifestyle. Just go back to basics. That means skipping the flashy new workout equipment, sky-high gym membership and splurging on luxury foods. We tapped a few wellness experts for simple ways you can start losing weight without blowing your budget. With these tips, the only thing slimming ...

Felix weights
http://www.businessinsider.com/affordable-ways-to-lose-weigh

WEIGHT - Your new weight-loss resolution: drive less
(HealthDay)- If weight loss is your New Year's resolution, making another vow-to drive less in 2013-could help, a new study suggests ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-weight-loss-resolution

BRAIN - Eye scan could help track progress of multiple sclerosis

(HealthDay)-In-office eye scans that assess the thinning of the retina may also help doctors determine how fast multiple sclerosis (MS) is progressing in patients with the nervous system disease, a new study suggests.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-eye-scan-track-multiple-sclerosi

BRAIN - Eyes may provide a look into multiple sclerosis progression

New research suggests that thinning of a layer of the retina in the eyes may show how fast multiple sclerosis (MS) is progressing in people with the disease.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121226080340.ht

BRAIN - MRI can screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal lobar degeneration

When trying to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Using an MRI-based algorithm effectively differentiated cases 75 percent of the time, according to the study, published in the December 26th, 2012, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The non-invasive approach reported in this study can track disease progression over time more easily and cost-effectively than other tests, particularly in clinical trials testing new therapies.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-mri-screen-patients-alzheimer-di

BRAIN - Monkey see, monkey do: Visual feedback is necessary for imitating facial expressions

(Medical Xpress)-Research using new technology shows that our ability to imitate facial expressions depends on learning that occurs through visual feedback.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-monkey-visual-feedback-imitating

BRAIN - New MRI method may help diagnose dementia

A new way to use MRI scans may help determine whether dementia is Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, according to new research.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121226164102.ht

DIABETES - Holidays spell trouble for folks unaware they're diabetic

(HealthDay)-Holiday eating and drinking could pose a risk for people who do not know that they have type 2 diabetes, an expert says.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-holidays-folks-unaware-theyre-di

EXERCISE - Mobile health in 2013: from the gym to the doctor's office

Thanks to a boom in digital health, the smartphone has assumed the role of everything from an ever-present fitness coach to FDA-approved heart monitor. And, as consumers move to mobile platforms, surveys show that more people are not only turning to their mobile devices for health information, they're quickly imbuing the new technology with a great deal of trust (maybe too much trust given the poor quality of many apps currently available). A st ...

http://gigaom.com/2012/12/24/mobile-health-in-2013-from-the-gym-to-the

FOODS - Architects and Chefs Team Up To Build Fairytale Gingerbread Castles in Seattle

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For the last 20 years, the Sheraton Seattle has been hosting the annual gingerbread village contest. Top Seattle architects and chefs join forces to create fantastical and edible worlds all with the goal of raising money for the local JDRF chapter. This year's theme was Once Upon a Time and 6 fairytale themed castles were built, all equally amazing and intricately decorated. Architect/Chef teams completed their edible creations back in November and were exhibited to the public in the hotel lobby in downtown Seattle starting on November 20th and will be up until January 1st, 2013.

Ariel's Underwater Castle was designed by Callison and crafted by Pastry Chef Wally Walberg. The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties & Gelotte Hommas designed Aladdin's Magical Castle, which was built by Banquet Chef Jay Sardeson. Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Castle was designed by DLR Group and created by Executive Chef John W. Armstrong IV. 4D Architects dreamed up Brother's Grimm Castle of Fairy Tales that was built by Banquet Chef Jay Sardeson. Narnia's Snow Queen Castle was designed by Mulvanny G2 Architecture and whipped up by Purchasing Manager Lee Baldyga. Finally the Alice in Wonderland Castle was designed by Weber Thompson and built by Executive Sous Chef David Mestl. Visitors and admirers can vote for their favorite castle via text.

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FOODS - Eating asparagus may prevent a hangover, study suggests

With New Year's Eve just around the corner, there is always plenty of good food and cheer. If you are drinking alcohol you may want to reach for some asparagus, according to a study that found asparagus may aid the body in accelerating the metabolism of alcohol.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121226101227.ht

FOODS - Fruit in your holiday stocking can help keep bones strong

(Medical Xpress)-We know high-fat, high-sugar foods cause obesity and promote heart disease, but most people don't realize that sugar and fat also contribute to conditions like osteoporosis by weakening bones.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-fruit-holiday-stocking-bones-str

FOODS - Healthy eating tips for holiday parties

(HealthDay)-It's all too easy to overindulge in food and drink at holiday parties, but there are things you can do to make sure you don't stray too far off the path of good health, an expert says.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-healthy-holiday-parties.htm

FOODS - How Food Genius built the ultimate test kitchen out of menu data

Chicago startup Food Genius knows what America is eating when it dines or orders out. It knows, for instance, whether more pizzerias are starting to put basil on their cheese and tomato pies or whether restaurants are still piling their burgers high with bacon or have switched over to avocado. What's more, Food Genius knows exactly how much more restaurants are charging for adding that sprinkling of basil to turn a standard pie into a pizza Margh ...Food Genius screen shot

http://gigaom.com/data/how-food-genius-built-the-ultimate-test-kitchen

FOODS - How excess holiday eating disturbs your 'food clock'

If the sinful excess of holiday eating sends your system into butter-slathered, brandy-soaked overload, you are not alone: People who are jet-lagged, people who work graveyard shifts and plain-old late-night snackers know just how you feel. All these activities upset the body's "food clock," a collection of interacting genes and molecules known technically as the food-entrainable oscillator, which keeps the human body on a metabolic even keel. A new study is helping to reveal how this clock works on a molecular level.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121224113351.ht

FOODS - Scientists study how to reduce salt, but not flavor, in cheese

From soup to nuts, supermarket shelves teem with products trumpeting their reduced-salt status. Not in the cheese cooler, though.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-scientists-salt-flavor-cheese.ht

FOODS - Study shows how dark chocolate may be good for our health-particularly if you are male

(Medical Xpress)-Cocoa-rich dark chocolate might help protect against heart disease and stroke, but probably more so if you are a man.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-dark-chocolate-good-healthpartic

HEART - Autopsy Studies Find Large And Dramatic Drop In Early Atherosclerosis Over 60 Years

Service members who died over the past decade were far less likely to have atherosclerosis than service members who died in Korea or Vietnam, according to a new study published in JAMA. Although it is impossible to fully understand the causes and implications of the finding, the results provide powerful new evidence pointing toward a very long term, enormous reduction in the prevalence of coronary disease, especially in younger people, though an aging population and disturbing trends in obesity and diabetes mean that cardiovascular disease will continue to be a major public health problem for the foreseeable future.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2012/12/25/autopsy-studies-fin

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Cholesterol boosts the memory of the immune system

The memory of the human immune system is critical for the development of vaccines. Only if the body recognizes a pathogen with which it has already come into contact in the case of a second infection, the immune system can combat it more effectively than it did the first time. The Freiburg immunobiologist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schamel from the Institute of Biology III of the University of Freiburg and his colleagues have succeeded in demonstrating how the memory of the immune system functions. Their findings have now been published in the journals Immunity and Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC).

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-cholesterol-boosts-memory-immune

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Immune system changes may drive aggressiveness of recurrent tumors

Nearly half of the 700,000 cancer patients who undergo surgical removal of a primary tumor each year suffer a recurrence of their disease at some point, and many of those patients will eventually die from their disease. The traditional view of recurrent tumors is that they are resistant to therapy because they've acquired additional genetic mutations that make them more aggressive and impervious to drugs. Now, however, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania show in an animal model that the enhanced aggressiveness of recurrent tumors may be due to changes in the body's immune response. The findings are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-immune-aggressiveness-recurrent-

IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Sustained virological response linked with improved survival for patients with chronic HCV infection

Among patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and advanced hepatic fibrosis (development of excess fibrous connective tissue), sustained virological response (SVR) to interferon-based treatment was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality compared with patients without SVR, according to a study in the December 26 issue of JAMA.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-sustained-virological-response-l

LONGEVITY - Google Hired A Man Who Believes He Will Bring His Father Back To Life (GOOG)

A lot of what they build in Silicon Valley these days is pretty mundane: sexting apps, social games, and new ways to "share" things over the Internet. So it's pretty exciting when you hear about someone who has some really crazy ideas for what the future might hold. One such person is a new Google hire named Ray Kurzweil. The geeks among you already know who he is. But I only learned about him from a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story by Ashlee Vance. ...ray kurzweil

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-hired-a-man-who-believes-he-will

NEWS - 'Teaching gardens' nurture kids' interest in healthy foods

(HealthDay)-It can be pretty tough for broccoli to compete with a bag of chips. There's no broccoli aisle in the grocery store. And, you won't see too many creative ads showcasing broccoli on TV or online.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-gardens-nurture-kids-healthy-foo

NEWS - 5 apps for shaping up your health habits in the new year

If you're anything like me, you start the new year confident that you can kick your bad habits to the curb, but by February, it's those grand ambitions for self-improvement that get left behind instead. Without external support, it can be difficult to stick to resolutions for improving your diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly or undertaking any other health-related routine. But a growing set of startups have launched apps to help peo ...Fitocracy

http://gigaom.com/2012/12/26/5-apps-for-shaping-up-your-health-habits-

NEWS - Excellent Idea of the Day: Dogs Sniff Out Disease

Dogs can be trained to detect lethal infections that claim upwards of 14,000 people a year in the United States.

http://news.discovery.com/human/excellent-idea/dogs-sniff-disease-2012

NEWS - Excellent Idea of the Day: Plants Fight Malaria

A common antimalarial drug is extracted from a plant. Now it seems that using the whole thing is a better -- and cheaper -- idea.

http://news.discovery.com/human/excellent-idea/wormwood-malaria-eid-12

NEWS - Margaret Hamburg: Facing The FDA's Future Part 1

Part 1 of 3 of Margaret Hamburg's discussion with Matt Herper on the future of the FDA.

http://video.forbes.com/fvn/healthcare/hamburg-part1

NEWS - Priceline for health? PokitDok launches on mobile

Comparison shopping is commonplace when it comes to buying airplane tickets, electronics and other big ticket items. But a growing number of startups are trying to make it easier to bring that practice - and mentality - to healthcare. One of the newer cost-conscious startups, PokitDok, launched a mobile app this week that lets consumers search for providers in their area, compare options and even attempt to name their own price. As my colleague O ...PokitDok

http://gigaom.com/2012/12/21/priceline-for-health-pokitdok-launches-on

NEWS - R.E.N.A.L. nephrometry score predicts treatment efficacy

(HealthDay)-The R.E.N.A.L. (radius, exophytic/endophytic, nearness to collecting system or sinus, anterior/posterior and location relative to polar lines) nephrometry scoring system predicts the efficacy of treatment and major complications that occur after percutaneous renal ablation for treatment of tumors, according to research published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-renal-nephrometry-score-treatmen

NEWS-CANCER - Cellular fuel gauge may hold the key to restricting cancer growth

Researchers have discovered that a key regulator of energy metabolism in cancer cells known as the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) may play a crucial role in restricting cancer cell growth. AMPK acts as a "fuel gauge" in cells.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227130327.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Cellular metabolism arms T cells to battle viruses and tumors

New research demonstrates that the cellular metabolism of certain immune cells is closely linked to their function, which includes protecting against viral infections and the development of tumors. Results recently published reveal the relationship between glucose metabolism in Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and their ability to acquire the tools necessary to migrate and kill virally infected cells or tumor cells.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121224113420.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Enzyme accelerates malignant stem cell cloning in chronic myeloid leukemia

An international team, headed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has identified a key enzyme in the reprogramming process that promotes malignant stem cell cloning and the growth of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a cancer of the blood and marrow that experts say is increasing in prevalence.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-enzyme-malignant-stem-cell-cloni

NEWS-CANCER - Fak inhibitor proves effective against brain tumors in preclinical studies, study shows

(Medical Xpress)-Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have published findings from a preclinical study assessing the effectiveness of a small-molecule inhibitor, CFAK-Y15, in treating some brain cancers. The paper, published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, demonstrates for the first time that inhibiting the protein focal adhesion kinase (FAK) with CFAK-Y15 is an effective approach to controlling growth of glioblastoma tumors, especially in combination with the standard chemotherapy agent temozolomide (Temodar).

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-fak-inhibitor-effective-brain-tu

NEWS-CANCER - New pathways that drive metastatic prostate cancer identified

Elevated levels of Cyclin D1b could function as a novel biomarker of lethal metastatic disease in prostate cancer patients.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121221123321.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Poison for cancer cells: New method identifies active agents in mixtures of hundreds of substances

A highly effective poison kills the larvae of the garden chafer when the threadworm Heterorhabditis lays its eggs in it. Until now it was a mystery why the larvae die, while the threadworms survive the poison unharmed. Scientists have now succeeded in uncovering the secret.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143707.ht

NEWS-CANCER - Terbium: A new 'Swiss Army knife' for cancer diagnosis and treatment

A collaboration between the Paul Scherrer Institute, CERN's ISOLDE facility, and the Institut Laue-Langevin, has published preclinical study results for a newly developed set of tumour-targeting radiopharmaceuticals. The results, published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, are a significant success for this group of nuclear medicine specialists and radiochemists, demonstrating the potential to provide a new generation of radioisotopes with excellent properties for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-terbium-swiss-army-knife-cancer.

NEWS-CANCER - US cancer screening rates decline over the last 10 years, study finds

The rate of people who seek preventive cancer screenings has fallen over the last ten years in the United States with wide variations between white-collar and blue-collar workers, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine study published on December 27 in the open-access journal Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-cancer-screening-decline-years.h

PSYCHOLOGY - Elevated levels of C-reactive protein appear associated with psychological distress, depression

Elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammatory disease, appear to be associated with increased risk of psychological distress and depression in the general population of adults in Denmark, according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, a JAMA Network publication.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-elevated-c-reactive-protein-psyc

PSYCHOLOGY - Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children

Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-kindness-key-happiness-children.

PSYCHOLOGY - Study: People with mental disorders more likely to have experienced domestic violence

Men and women with mental health disorders, across all diagnoses, are more likely to have experienced domestic violence than the general population, according to new research from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Bristol. Previous studies into the link between domestic violence and mental health problems have mainly focused on depression, but this is the first study to look at a wide range of mental health problems in both male and female victims.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-people-mental-disorders-experien

SKIN - New method for collagen scaffolds: Slice, stack, roll

Engineers have developed a new technique, called bioskiving. The fabrication process creates collagen structures from thin sheets of decellularized tendon stacked with alternating fiber directions that maintain much of collagen's natural strength.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121227110724.ht