Volume 8 Issue 51
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Feb-2006 
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UCLA scientists find male gene in brain area targeted by Parkinson's

UCLA scientists have discovered that a sex gene responsible for making embryos male and forming the testes is also produced by the brain region targeted by Parkinson's disease. Published in the Feb. 21 edition of Current Biology, the new research may explain why more men than women develop the degenerative disorder, which afflicts roughly 1 million Americans. more  

Telemetry captures stroke patients’ cardiac problems

To detect "silent" or new cardiac abnormalities, all patients hospitalized for stroke should receive continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring (telemetry) for at least the first 24 hours after the stroke is detected, according to a Loyola University Health System study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2006. more

Men in their 50s have more satisfying sex lives than men in their 30s

Men in their fifties are more satisfied with their sex lives than men in their thirties and forties, recording similar levels to 20-29 year-olds, according to a survey published in the February issue of BJU International. more  

Flesh-eating bacteria escape body's safety net

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that so-called flesh-eating "Strep" bacteria use a specific enzyme to break free of the body's immune system, a finding which could potentially lead to new treatments for serious infections in human patients. more

High risk of breast cancer associated with genetic variation in leptin and its receptor 

Individuals with either of two genetic variations that lead to high serum levels of the cytokine leptin and to overexpression of leptin in fatty tissue, are more at risk of developing breast cancer than others. more

MMWR Reprint: Resurgence of wild poliovirus type 1 transmission and consequences of importation --- 21 countries, 2002--2005  

After the 1988 World Health Assembly resolution to eradicate poliomyelitis globally, the number of polio-endemic countries decreased from 125 in 1988 to six (Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan) in 2003. However, during 2002--2005, a total of 21 previously polio-free countries§ were affected by importations of wild poliovirus (WPV) type 1 from the six remaining countries (primarily Nigeria) where WPV was endemic; four countries (Indonesia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) had outbreaks of >100 polio cases. more

Parkinson's disease: challenges, progress, and promise

Margaret, a woman in her thirties, began to experience tremors and stiffness of her left arm while she walked. When these symptoms continued, she saw several neurologists to determine what was going on. Because she was young, the doctors initially thought she might have a brain tumor or multiple sclerosis. However, after a brain scan and neurological examinations, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. more


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