Volume 8 Issue 126
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-May-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Bold three-stage brain operation for intractable seizures appears promising

Sadly, none of the treatments for epilepsy—anti-seizure medications, a procedure called vagus nerve stimulation, a special diet —could quell the electrical storms in the young boy’s brain. Caused by a rare genetic disease called tuberous sclerosis, the seizures began when he was only 2 months old. By the time he was 5, he was having more than 10 a day. The seizures left him with the developmental capabilities of a 1-year-old child. more  

Lying is exposed by micro-expressions we can't control

When trying to lie your way through any situation, keep a tight rein on your zygo maticus major and your orbicularis oculi. They'll give you away faster than a snitch. more

New technique offers relief for patients with spinal tumors

A radiologist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has developed a new procedure to treat fractured vertebrae caused by spinal tumors, a procedure that may decrease the risk of complications, which are experienced by 5 to 10% of patients with malignant tumors of the spine. more  

New male contraceptive targets sperm, not hormones

Men and women have long been promised a male version of the female contraceptive pill. But the first new male contraceptive to market may not be hormonal at all. more

Novel enzyme offers new look at male hormone regulation 

For the second time in less than a year, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have purified a novel protein and have shown it can alter gene activity by reversing a molecular modification previously thought permanent. more

Balancing male fertility and disease resistance  

An international collaboration of researchers, headed by Dr. Shiping Wang (Huazhong Agricultural University, China) has discovered that a single gene in rice regulates both male fertility and pathogen resistance, providing an unexpected genetic link between reproductive success and the disease resistance. more

Blood-compatible nanoscale materials possible using heparin

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have engineered nanoscale materials that are blood compatible using heparin, an anticoagulant. The heparin biomaterials have potential for use as medical devices and in medical treatments such as kidney dialysis. more


Male contraception: Two soft plugs are inserted into each vas deferens. Sperm that get past one are trapped by the other.