Volume 8 Issue 136
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-May-2006

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Infants or adults? NIH ethicists argue for new bird flu priorities

An American flu pandemic would present difficult and tragic choices: As many as 90 million people might become sick, and widespread shortages of vaccine would likely leave more than 90 percent of the population unprotected in the pandemic's first year. more  

New compound unusually potent at blocking brain cancer growth

By determining how a class of compounds blocks signaling in cells, UCSF scientists have identified what is perhaps the most potent drug candidate yet against a highly lethal kind of brain tumor. more

For elderly, extra pounds may lower mortality rates

If you’re more than 80 years old, carrying a few extra pounds might not be such a bad idea. In fact, it may be beneficial. more  

Federal testing for mad cow disease a failure, law review editor says

The U.S. Agriculture Department's mad cow disease-testing program is wholly inadequate and the agency's refusal to let processors do their own testing further undercuts the safety of American beef, a University of Illinois scholar writes. more

Acetaminophen safe to use after heart attack but doesn't protect the heart 

Acetaminophen is safe to use as a pain reliever and fever reducer after a heart attack, but it does not protect the heart muscle, a new study using sheep and rabbits concluded. more

New compound reduces stroke damage  

A group of German scientists has synthesized a new compound that dramatically decreases the damage to neurons in rats demonstrating stroke symptoms. The research appears as the "Paper of the Week" in the May 26 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology journal. more

Researchers find that tumor stem cells are good models for brain tumor research

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), both part of the National Institutes of Health, have found that tumor stem cell lines derived directly from human glioblastoma brain tumors are a better model to study the biology and physiology of glioblastomas than are cancer cell lines that have been commonly used in cancer research laboratories. more


Acetaminophen is safe to use as a pain reliever and fever reducer after a heart attack, but it does not protect the heart.