Volume 7 Issue 313
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Nov-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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A new study suggests the antidepressant bupropion may help treat methamphetamine addiction

Researchers have identified an enzyme crucial to the malaria parasite's invasion of red blood cells, according to a study in the open-access journal, PLoS Pathogens. more  

Eat your way to a better brain for your baby

A team of British scientists at Manchester and Lancaster Universities has turned established thinking on its head in a bid to understand the serious and often deadly condition, hydrocephalus, commonly known as 'water on the brain'. more

Family habits set drinking path

Teenagers are more likely to develop drinking problems if their mothers are depressed and drink regularly. more  

Clinical trial supports better treatment for lupus nephritis

Treating lupus patients suffering from kidney inflammation with a medicine known as mycophenolate mofetil may be more effective in inducing remission than treating them with the standard regimen of intravenous cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), a new clinical trial indicates. more

American Academy of Neurology elaborates expert witness guidelines  

The American Academy of Neurology has updated its guidelines regarding physician expert witness testimony in legal proceedings. The guidelines appear in a special article online as an "expedited e-pub" of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). more

Deleted genes help predict outcome in a children's cancer 

A new study reports that a loss of genes on chromosome 1 or chromosome 11 raises the risk of death from the children's cancer neuroblastoma, even when other indicators seem to point to a lower-risk form of the disease. This research finding will help guide physicians to the most appropriate treatment for the cancer, which strikes the peripheral nervous system. The approach used may also be applied to customizing care for other cancers. more

Scientist discover chemical "chaperones" increase the activity of enzyme lacking in patients with Gaucher disease

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that certain chemical chaperones help increase the activity of various types of glucocerebrosidase, the enzyme lacking in patients with Gaucher (go-SHAY) disease. This discovery suggests that the active levels of glucocerebrosidase can be improved through the use of select site-directed small molecules or chemical chaperones, which bind and stabilize proteins and prevent their degradation. These findings could lead to the development of first-in-class drugs for the treatment of the disease. more


The antidepressant bupropion may help treat methamphetamine addiction