Volume 11 Issue 220
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Aug-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 25-Aug-2009






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Strong link found between concussions and brain tissue injury

Concussions, whether from an accident, sporting event, or combat, can lead to permanent loss of higher level mental processes. Scientists have debated for centuries whether concussions involve structural damage to brain tissue or whether physiological changes that merely impair the way brain cells function, explain this loss. Now, for the first time, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have linked areas of brain injury to specific altered mental processes caused by concussions. more  

Some brain tumors may be mediated by tiny filament on cells

UCSF scientists have discovered that a tiny filament extending from cells, until recently regarded as a remnant of evolution, may play a role in the most common malignant brain tumor in children. more

'Glow-in-the-dark' red blood cells made from human stem cells

Victorian stem cell scientists from Monash University have modified a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line to glow red when the stem cells become red blood cells. more  

Still holding their breath: Mortality on lung transplant wait list remains high for some

Mortality remains high among patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension awaiting lung transplant, despite changes to the allocation system that were designed to reduce mortality and increase the equitable distribution of donor organs, according to new research out of University of California San Francisco. more

Smoking increases risk of developing active TB  

Smoking is a risk factor for active tuberculosis (TB) disease, according to a new study on TB incidence in Taiwan. more

Researchers find target for pulmonary fibrosis  

A diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is not much better than a death sentence: there is no treatment and the survival rate is less than three years. more

More patients leaving hospitals against medical advice

The number of hospital stays that ended with patients leaving against the advice of medical staff increased from 264,000 cases to 368,000 about 39 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. more

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Stem cell scientists have modified a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line to glow red when the stem cells become red blood cells.