Volume 11 Issue 184
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jul-2009 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Multitasking ability can be improved through training

Training increases brain processing speed and improves our ability to multitask, new research from Vanderbilt University published in the June 15 issue of Neuron indicates. more  

Gliomas exploit immune cells of the brain for rapid expansion

Gliomas are among the most common and most malignant brain tumors. These tumors infiltrate normal brain tissue and grow very rapidly. As a result, surgery can never completely remove the tumor. Now, the neurosurgeons Dr. Darko S. Markovic (Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch) and Dr. Michael Synowitz (Charité) as well as Dr. Rainer Glass and Professor Helmut Kettenmann (both Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, MDC, Berlin-Buch), have been able to show that glioma cells exploit microglia, the immune cells of the brain, for their expansion more

What are the characteristics of clarithromycin-resistant Helicobacter pylori?

Clarithromycin is currently one of the antibiotics used for eradication of Helicobacter pylori. However, reports of H. pylori resistance to this antibiotic are increasing worldwide. Clarithromycin resistance has been attributed to the presence of mutations in the 23S rRNA gene, a component of the ribosome that is the protein manufacturing machinery of all living cells. There is little information on the prevalence and characteristics of clarithromycin resistance in H. pylori strains isolated from Malaysian patients. more  

Vitamin D, curcumin may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's disease

UCLA scientists and colleagues from UC Riverside and the Human BioMolecular Research Institute have found that a form of vitamin D, together with a chemical found in turmeric spice called curcumin, may help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. more

Evidence-based prevention is goal of largest ever study of suicide in the military  

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced that an interdisciplinary team of four research institutions will carry out the largest study of suicide and mental health among military personnel ever undertaken, with $50 million in funding from the U.S. Army. Study investigators aim to move quickly to identify risk and protective factors for suicide among soldiers and provide a science base for effective and practical interventions to reduce suicide rates and address associated mental health problems. more

Cancer doctors urged to discuss treatment costs with patients 

The skyrocketing cost of medical care has been front and center in the current deliberations over how to reform the country’s health care system. A new guidance statement released last week by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) tackles one component of the issue head on, urging oncologists to discuss the potential financial costs of care with their patients. These clinician/patient discussions about cost, the guidance statement declares, are “a key component of high-quality care.” more

Financial assistance and other resources for people with cancer

Cancer imposes heavy economic burdens on both patients and their families. For many people, a portion of medical expenses is paid by their health insurance plan. For individuals who do not have health insurance or who need financial assistance to cover health care costs, resources are available, including Government-sponsored programs and services supported by nonprofit organizations. more

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Gliomas are among the most common and most malignant brain tumors. These tumors infiltrate normal brain tissue and grow very rapidly.