Volume 7 Issue 281
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Oct-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Hope for arthritis, heart attack, stroke relief found in unique 'acid active' receptor

The fact that arthritis pain and inflammation regularly comes and goes despite drug and other interventions "suggests that additional pathways can rekindle arthritic responses," according to researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. more  

Neural development protein disproved as marker for schizophrenia

The protein Oct-6 is not a biological marker for schizophrenia. The results of a study published today in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry contradict previous findings and show that Oct-6, a protein involved in neurodevelopment, is normally expressed in the adult brain and cannot be used to identify patients with schizophrenia. more

Brains response to visual stimuli helps us to focus on what we should see, rather than all there is to see

Delving ever deeper into the intricate architecture of the brain, researchers at The Salk Institute have now described how two different types of nerve cells, called neurons, work together in tiny sub-networks to pass on just the right amount and the right kind of sensory information. more  

UT Southwestern researchers find alterations in brain's circuitry caused by cocaine

Cocaine causes specific alterations in the brain's circuitry at a genetic level, including short-term changes that result in a high from the cocaine, as well as long-term changes seen in addiction, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. more

Inhaled nitric oxide may help sickle cell disease  

Inhaling a small dose of nitric oxide gas may one day help sickle cell patients avoid pain crises and live healthier lives, researchers say. more

Cell cultures can sort out CJD and scrapie infectious agents 

Research in Japan and at Yale University School of Medicine shows that infection with a weak strain of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) prevents infection by more virulent strains and that the protection requires persistent replication by the infectious agent, but not misfolded prions. more

Studies look at exposures, mortality risk in semiconductor industry

Workers involved in the manufacture of semiconductors and storage media have varying exposure to a wide range of potentially hazardous substances, report a pair of studies in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). more


Workers involved in the manufacture of semiconductors and storage media have varying exposure to a wide range of potentially hazardous substances