Volume 7 Issue 212
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Jul-2005 
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Researchers reveal secret of key protein in brain and heart function

Brown University biologists have solved the structure of a critical piece of synapse-associated protein 97 (SAP97) found in abundance in the heart and head, where it is believed to play a role in everything from cardiac contractions to memory creation. Results are published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. more  

Medication eases obsessive-compulsive symptoms

A medication used to ease symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, also is helpful in treating people with treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a pilot study at Yale School of Medicine. more

Research debunks myth of self-reliant nuclear family

Despite the long-cherished belief that the nuclear family is independent and self-sustaining, most families with working parents depend on a network of care to manage work and family demands, according to research by Brandeis University sociologist Karen Hansen. More than half of all U.S. households with young children have two employed parents. more  

Medical students learn benefits of admitting mistakes

The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence at The Mount Sinai Medical Center has launched a new program for dealing with the issue of medical errors. The Program will train medical students, clinicians and other hospital personnel to effectively communicate with patients and family members when a medical error is made. more

New brochure helps cancer patients understand clinical trials  

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology has published the new patient information brochure Understanding Clinical Trials: Facts to Help Patients Make an Informed Decision. The brochure is intended to help people living with cancer and their families better understand clinical trials. more

Right-brain stroke could be underdiagnosed 

People with stroke affecting the left side of the brain may be diagnosed more easily than those with right hemispheric stroke, according to a Research Letterin this week’s issue of The Lancet. The authors state that discrepancy could be due to difficulties in recognising the symptoms of right-brain stroke. more

Old ears on young bodies may affect college students' learning

Parents packing their college-bound sons and daughters a new cell phone or portable digital music device may not realize these devices are one reason why more young adults are walking around today with old ears on their young bodies, says a Purdue University audiologist. more

 

Old ears on young bodies may affect college students' learning