Volume 8 Issue 13
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Jan-2006 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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A FAT chance of becoming manic-depressive

A collaboration, led by Sydney scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and University of New South Wales, has discovered the first risk gene specifically for bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness. This means that people who have a particular form of this gene are twice as likely to develop the disease. more  

Key heart and Alzheimer's disease protein imaged for first time in native state

Researchers for the first time have created a three-dimensional image of apolipoprotein E, a protein long associated with cardiovascular disease and more recently with Alzheimer's disease, as it appears when it is bound to fat-like substances known as lipids. more

Statement on NIH Research on Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have become major public health problems in this country. Less than half of American adults are at a healthy weight. Approximately one-third of American adults are obese and an additional one-third are overweight and at risk for becoming obese. Alarmingly, approximately 16 percent of children and teens ages six to 19 are also overweight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk of developing numerous serious health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. more  

Flu not the only germ threat this time of year

The flu hasn't even hit hard yet this year, but it seems like everyone's getting sick. What's the deal? more

Early drinking in teens linked to alcohol use in movies 

Seeing movies that feature characters drinking alcohol can predispose young adolescents to experiment with alcohol at an early age, concludes a study led by Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers. It is the first research study to measure the influence of alcohol use in movies and, using data from more than 600 films and 5,000 students, found that movies play a significant role in an adolescent's decision to drink at a young age. more

Gene-specific Ebola therapies protect non-human primates from lethal disease  

Scientists have developed a successful strategy for interfering with Ebola virus infection that protected 75 percent of nonhuman primates exposed to the lethal disease. This is the first successful antiviral intervention against filoviruses like Ebola in nonhuman primates. The findings could serve as the basis for a new approach to quickly develop virus-specific therapies for known, emerging, and genetically engineered pathogens. more

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease is devoted to metal ions and neurodegenerative diseases

The human body contains many metals, from the iron in hemoglobin to the calcium in bones. Other metals, usually in trace amounts, participate in many metabolic and degenerative processes. The recent issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Volume 8, Issue 2) published by IOS Press is devoted to "Metal Ions and Neurodegenerative Diseases" and presents a collection of important papers dedicated to uncovering the role of various metals in human neurophysiology and neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer's Disease. more


Movies play a significant role in an adolescent's decision to drink at a young age.