Protein from the wrong side of the tracks AIDS cancer virus
A protein made by a cancer-causing virus using an unusual gene enables that virus to infect immune cells and persist in the host, new research shows. more
US gov't approves multi-million dollar wild bird avian flu surveillance network
In an effort to improve the tracking of avian influenza, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $5 million in support for a new initiative that will monitor wild bird populations for the disease around the globe, according to the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which will spearhead the project involving more than a dozen private and public partners. more
New step toward treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
The team led by Dr. Jacques P. Tremblay, a researcher with the Human Genetics Department at Quebec City's Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) and professor with Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine, has taken an important step toward a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. After performing the first successful muscle cell transplant in young patients two years ago, professor Tremblay announced today that eight out of the nine patients have shown promising results.
Men infer sexual interest before women do
In the latest issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly, researchers find that men rate themselves and the women they just interacted with higher on sexual traits, such as flirtatiousness, than women rate men. The authors find that after a five-minute conversation with a stranger of the opposite gender, men were more likely to interpret ambiguous or friendly behavior as indicating sexual interest. more
Important study facts often missing in media reports about medical research
News stories about medical research, often based on initial findings presented at professional conferences, frequently omit basic facts about the study and fail to highlight important limitations, warn Dartmouth researchers in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. Such omissions can mislead the public and distort the actual significance of the research, they caution. more
Are antibiotics being used for too long?
Taking antibiotics for three days is just as effective for community acquired pneumonia as continuing treatment for the recommended 7-10 days, finds a study in this week’s BMJ. Shorter treatment can also help contain growing resistance rates. more
Increased risk of death with CKD
Studies consistently show an elevated risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), with mortality rate rising "exponentially" as the level of kidney function declines, reports a review in the July Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. more