Volume 8 Issue 32
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Treatment method improves survival for advanced laryngeal cancer, U-M study finds

Chemotherapy and radiation can be effective at treating cancer of the larynx, or voice box, without removing the organ that controls speech and swallowing. But it doesn't work for everyone. more  

Study using new imaging technology detects subtle brain changes in patients with Type 1 diabetes

Although people with diabetes are twice as likely as the general population to develop depression, the cause of this increased risk is not well understood. Now, a Joslin Diabetes Center-led collaboration has documented for the first time subtle changes in the gray matter of the brain of type 1 diabetes patients compared to control subjects who did not have diabetes. They made these observations using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), a relatively new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that allows researchers to take very sensitive measurements of small regions in the brain. For the first time, doctors have reason to ask if the increased risk of depression could in fact be due to changes in brain. more

Intelligence may contribute to health inequalities

Intelligence may play an important role in health inequalities, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. more  

Anticholinergic drugs linked to mental impairment in elderly people

Anticholinergic drugs may lead to mild cognitive (mental) impairment in elderly people, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. more

Life-threatening lupus responds to stem cell transplant therapy 

Transplanting patients with blood stem cells that originate from their own bone marrow can induce the remission of life-threatening, treatment-resistant lupus, according to a study that took place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Researchers found that 50 percent of the 50 patients in the study had disease-free survival at five years with an overall five-year survival rate of 84 percent. The study is published in the February 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. more

Scientists find genetic pathway that could lead to drugs for kidney disease  

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have reported a discovery at the cellular level that suggests possibilities for drug therapy for kidney disease. more

UNC nutrition researchers dispute claims that obesity problem is exaggerated

Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers disagree with a prominent Colorado attorney’s contention that talk of a national and global epidemic of obesity is exaggerated. more


Low IQ scores are linked to higher rates of death and disease