Volume 11 Issue 309
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Nov-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 23-Nov-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Researchers identify role of gene in tumor development, growth and progression

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine researchers have identified a gene that may play a pivotal role in two processes that are essential for tumor development, growth and progression to metastasis. Scientists hope the finding could lead to an effective therapy to target and inhibit the expression of this gene resulting in inhibition of cancer growth. more  

Carvedilol shown to have unique characteristics among beta blockers

In a new study, researchers report that a class of heart medications called beta-blockers can have a helpful, or harmful, effect on the heart, depending on their molecular activity. more

Saving the single cysteine: new antioxidant system found

We've all read studies about the health benefits of having a life partner. The same thing is true at the molecular level, where amino acids known as cysteines are much more vulnerable to damage when single than when paired up with other cysteines. more  

National Institute of Nursing Research -- New palliative care brochure

Special care is available to make patients more comfortable during end-stage chronic disease. Itís called palliative care. Patients receive palliative care at the same time that they receive treatments for their illnesses. Its primary purpose is to relieve the pain and other symptoms and improve quality of life. more

Researchers discover mutations in two genes that cause early-onset inflammatory bowel disease  

An international team including researchers with the National Institutes of Health has discovered that mutations in either of two related genes cause a severe and rare form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young children. more

Words, gestures are translated by same brain regions, says new research: findings may further our understanding of how language evolved  

Your ability to make sense of Groucho's words and Harpo's pantomimes in an old Marx Brothers movie takes place in the same regions of your brain, says new research funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health. more

Unaware and at-risk

The incidence of Type 2 diabetes has increased significantly over the last two decades, affecting both women and men alike. Obesity, often the result of unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, is a major contributor to the development of Type 2 diabetes. But despite the large number of cases diagnosed in the United States, many Americans still lack basic knowledge about the disease. more

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