Volume 8 Issue 115
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Apr-2006 
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Low intake of milk during pregnancy linked to decreased birth weight

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal gives expectant mothers yet another reason to drink their milk. Researchers found that women who rarely drank milk during their pregnancy gave birth to smaller babies compared to women who drank more milk. more  

Gene variant protects against type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertriglyceridemia

A rare gene variant in humans helps to protect against two of the country's top killers -- type 2 diabetes and heart disease -- as well as against hypertriglyceridemia, a condition that increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, and pancreatitis. A team of researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Channing Laboratory published their findings in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. more

Stroke-associated damage to brain structure may lead to heart attack

Researchers using a new method of analyzing brain images have identified an area of the brain that, when affected by a stroke, may also cause damage to the heart muscle. The study, from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), finds that stroke patients with damage to the right insula, an area deep within the brain, were much more likely also to have biochemical evidence of myocardial damage occurring in the days following their stroke. Their report will appear in the May 9 issue of the journal Neurology and has received early online release. more  

Testes to incubate stem cells

Men may cringe at the idea, but sperm-producing stem cells found in testicles could be extracted, grown in the lab, and frozen for future use. A team in the Netherlands has successfully harvested spermatogonial stem cells from cows and cultured them inside mouse testes. The hope is that the same thing could be done for men. "This is a very promising route to help young cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy," Dirk de Rooij of Utrecht University, Netherlands, told participants gathered at the first EuroSTELLS conference in Venice last month. more

Clues to breast cancer hidden inside stem cells 

Stem cells and how to boost them is hot on the research agenda. But stopping them could be critical too, as evidence implicating stem cells in cancer is mounting. more

Locked door psychiatric units have more disadvantages than advantages say staff  

The disadvantages of locking the front doors of psychiatric units outnumber the advantages by more than two to one, according to a study published in the latest Journal of Clinical Nursing. more

New research demonstrates bone-marrow derived stem cells can reverse genetic kidney disease

The discovery that bone-marrow derived stem cells can regenerate damaged renal cells in an animal model of Alport syndrome provides a potential new strategy for managing this inherited kidney disease and offers the first example of how stem cells may be useful in repairing basement membrane matrix defects and restoring organ function. more

 

In a recent study, women who rarely drank milk during their pregnancy gave birth to smaller babies compared to women who drank more milk.