Volume 7 Issue 345
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Dec-2005 
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Unified physics theory explains animals' running, flying and swimming

A single unifying physics theory can essentially describe how animals of every ilk, from flying insects to fish, get around, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and Pennsylvania State University have found. The team reports that all animals bear the same stamp of physics in their design. more  

'Coaching' in labor makes little difference, UT Southwestern researchers say

When a woman is giving birth, having a "coach" tell her to push during contractions makes almost no difference in shortening labor, and may actually increase her risk of subsequent problems with her bladder, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. more

New method for examining cost-effectiveness of new drugs for chronic illnesses

In a comprehensive analysis and mathematical model of the available scientific data, researchers at the University of York on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom found that newer drugs used to treat the most common forms of epilepsy are more expensive than older drugs, but produce similar health benefits. more  

Jefferson scientists discover mechanism tying obesity to Alzheimerís Disease

If heart disease and diabetes arenít bad enough, now comes another reason to watch your weight. According to a study just released, packing on too many pounds can increase the risk of developing Alzheimerís disease. more

Study finds genes that 'fine-tune' muscle development process  

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found two genes that are essential for the proper development of muscle. more

Vertebroplasty improves back pain, activity level, Mayo Clinic study reports 

A Mayo Clinic study has found patients report less back pain at rest and while active following vertebroplasty, a procedure in which medical cement is injected into painful compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae due to osteoporosis. Patients also reported improved function in their daily activities, such as walking, housework and getting dressed. The findings are published in the November/December issue of American Journal of Neuroradiology. more

FDA approves new treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug Revlimid (lenalidomide) for the treatment of patients with a subtype of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). The subtype is MDS patients with deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality. more


Scientists have found two genes that are essential for the proper development of muscle. The findings appear in the online edition of the journal Nature Genetics.