Volume 11 Issue 5
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Jan-2009 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Don’t diet during flu season

We’ve heard the old adage feed a cold, starve a fever, but you should know that dieting at this time of year could impair your body’s ability to fight the flu virus, a study warns. Mice who were put on a calorie-controlled diet found it harder to tackle the infection than those on a normal diet. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggest that contrary to the old adage “starve a fever”, those with a temperature should eat well. more  

New genetic markers for ulcerative colitis identified

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed a versatile mouse model of glioblastoma—the most common and deadly brain cancer in humans—that closely resembles the development and progression of human brain tumors that arise naturally. more

Salk researchers develop novel glioblastoma mouse model

A network of emotion-regulating brain regions implicated in the pathological worry that can grip patients with anxiety disorders may also be useful for predicting the benefits of treatment. more  

Scientists identify new congenital neutropenia syndrome and causative gene mutation

A team of scientists has discovered a new syndrome associated with severe congenital neutropenia (SCN), a rare disorder in which children lack sufficient infection-fighting white cells, and identified the genetic cause of the syndrome: mutations in the gene Glucose-6-phosphatase, catalytic subunit 3 (G6PC3). The findings, which are published in the Jan. 1, 2009 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, were made by an international team of scientists, composed of 14 researchers from the Medical School of Hannover in Germany and12 from other research institutions, including the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. more

MIT develops new way to fuse cells  

MIT engineers have developed a new, highly efficient way to pair up cells so they can be fused together into a hybrid cell. more

Biodesign institute researchers use nanoparticles to make 3-D DNA nanotubes 

Arizona State University researchers Hao Yan and Yan Liu imagine and assemble intricate structures on a scale almost unfathomably small. Their medium is the double-helical DNA molecule, a versatile building material offering near limitless construction potential. more

Parkinson's disease plays havoc with common orthopaedic conditions

Although Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder, according to an article in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the disease also increases a person’s risk of experiencing complicated orthopaedic conditions. The author recommends that all Parkinson’s treatment plans include a multidisciplinary approach in order to address additional accompanying musculoskeletal health issues. more

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Don't starve your cold, your flu or your fever. Dieting is unhealthy during flu season.