Volume 7 Issue 171
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Jun-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Non-invasive MRI technique distinguishes between Alzheimer's and frontotemporal dementia

Scientists in the UK have proved that human embryonic stem cells can develop in the laboratory into the early forms of cells that eventually become eggs or sperm. Their work opens up the possibility that eggs and sperm could be grown from stem cells and used for assisted reproduction, therapeutic cloning and the creation of more stem cells for further research and for the improved treatments for patients suffering from a range of diseases. more  

Early exposure to inflammatory disease multiplies Alzheimer's risk, say researchers

A new study of dementia in identical twins suggests that exposure to inflammation early in life quadruples one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. more

Researchers grow new muscle complete with network of blood vessels

A multinational team of researchers has grown new muscle complete with its own network of blood vessels in the laboratory, and implanted the new muscle in a living mouse. The accomplishment is a first for tissue engineering, according to a report in the June 19 issue of Nature Biotechnology. more  

Link between epilepsy and risk of schizophrenia

People with a history of epilepsy are at increased risk of developing schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychosis, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today. more

Noise, visual cues affect infants' language development  

Even moderate background noise can affect how infants learn language at an early and crucial time of their development, according to new research from Purdue University. more

How our brains allow us to do two things at once  

It sometimes amazes parents that their teenagers can successfully study and listen to raucous music at the same time. How do our brains manage multiple sources of incoming information and allow us to divide our attention between them? more

Surgeons are "overly optimistic" in predicting results of back surgery

Surgeons predict at least moderate improvement for almost all patients undergoing back surgery, yet nearly 40 percent of patients have little or no improvement one year after their operation, reports a study in the June 15 issue of the journal Spine. more


Background noise can affect how infants learn language.