Volume 7 Issue 163
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Jun-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Weight reduction may provide therapy for asthma sufferers

Research presented at the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions showed that therapies targeting abdominal fat tissue, such as weight loss, may provide a new approach to treat asthma. more  

Lowering resistance to insulin may delay or prevent onset of type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes may be significantly delayed or prevented through medication that takes the load off of the body's delicate insulin-producing cells, according to a study released today by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. more

Arm swelling common among young breast cancer patients

The good news is that there are nearly two million breast cancer survivors in the United States , and survival rates continue to increase for patients with this disease. But the flip side is that survival can present its own set of little-known complications. more  

New regulators of apoptosis and chemoresistance identified

Using targeted RNA interference, or RNAi libraries, researchers at Harvard Medical School describe the first large-scale classification of kinase and phosphatase gene families on the basis of their role in apoptosis and cell survival. This study appears in the June issue of Nature Cell Biology. more

Discovery offers promising lead in prostate cancer diagnosis 

Researchers led by Dr. Shiv Srivastava from the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), report the groundbreaking discovery of the ETS-Related Gene (ERG) as one of the frequent proto-oncogene overexpressions in prostate cancer cells. This discovery provides a very promising addition to a select group of genes, whose expression is frequently altered in prostate cancer cells and could provide novel molecular targets for diagnosis, prognosis or therapy of prostate cancer in the future. more

Molecular miners find pain relief drugs from the sea 

A cone snail toxin discovered by Melbourne researchers has proven to have great potential for easing pain and could provide an improved treatment for neuropathic pain associated with diabetes. more

Shrinking brains but healthy memory - does brain matter matter?

Brain shrinkage, a common symptom of ageing when people hit their 60's, appears to have no impact on an individual's capacity to think or learn, according to ANU research. The research is part of a 20-year study by the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research called PATH Through Life and suggests a revision of long-standing views on the impact of age-related brain shrinkage. more


Weight loss improves asthma symptoms