Volume 8 Issue 2
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Radiotherapy advance points way to noninvasive brain cancer treatment

With an equal rate of incidence and mortality-the number of those who get it, and the number of those who die from it-Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is a brain cancer death sentence. more  

Wisconsin scientists grow two new stem cell lines in animal cell-free culture

Scientists working at the WiCell Research Institute, a private laboratory affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have developed a precisely defined stem cell culture system free of animal cells and used it to derived two new human embryonic stem cell lines. more

Cystic fibrosis clinical study patients show less lung function decline

Although cystic fibrosis patients in clinical trials had more severe illness, worse lung function, a lower weight level and more respiratory infection than non-participants, their involvement in research studies resulted in less lung function decline over a 7-year period. more  

Lung cancer screening encouraged for smokers with a strong family history of the disease

To detect invasive lung cancer in its early stages, researchers urge current and former smokers who have a strong family history of the disease to take a lung function test and undergo screening with spiral computed tomography. The test is especially important should the previously diagnosed relative be young (around 50). more

Penn study reveals prevalence of night eating syndrome among people with psychiatric conditions 

According to a study that appears in the January 1 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota found that night eating syndrome is a common disorder among psychiatric outpatients and is associated with substance use and obesity. more

Suicide risk does not increase when adults start using antidepressants, study finds  

The risk of serious suicide attempts or death by suicide generally decreases in the weeks after patients start taking antidepressant medication, according to a new study led by Group Health Cooperative researchers and published in the January issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. The study also found that the risk of suicidal behavior after starting 10 newer antidepressant medications is less than the risk posed by older medications. more

Treatment for depression study sees third of subjects reach remission after first phase

Phase one of a four-phase, six-year study on treatments for depression the largest of its kind and led by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center showed nearly half fully recovered from their symptoms or had major improvement after treatment with an antidepressant medication. more


Microscopic view of a colony of original human embryonic stem cell lines. Credit: Jeff Miller.