Study proves alcohol injections for common cause of foot pain highly successful
Sonographically-guided alcohol injections has a high success rate and is well tolerated by patients with Morton’s neuroma, a common cause of foot pain, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Kingston Hospital NHS Trust in Middlesex, United Kingdom.
Penn researchers find potential new target for type 2 diabetes
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered a potential new target for treating type 2 diabetes, according to a new study that appeared online this week in Nature. The target is a protein, along with its molecular partner, that regulates fat metabolism. more
Sun exposure early in life linked to specific skin cancer gene mutation
Skin cancers often contain different gene mutations, but just how these mutations contribute to the cause of melanomas has been a mystery. more
Taking folic acid does not reduce risk of precancerous colon tumors
Taking folic acid supplements does not reduce the risk of developing precancerous tumors in the colon and may even increase the risk, a new study has found. more
A wider range of sounds for the deaf
More than three decades ago, scientists pursued the then-radical idea of implanting tiny electronic hearing devices in the inner ear to help profoundly deaf people. An even bolder alternative that promised superior results — implanting a device directly in the auditory nerve — was set aside as too difficult, given the technology of the day.
It's not all the parent's fault -- Delinquency in children now linked to biology
How do sweet children turn into delinquents seemingly right before our eyes" A unique study appearing in the June issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that, in children, a highly reactive autonomic nervous system, which regulates our cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory functions, paired with a stressful family environment leads to increased instances of maladaptive personality change. more
Alzheimer's enzyme acts as a tumor suppressor
Researchers at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (“Burnham”) have provided the first evidence that gamma-secretase, an enzyme key to the progression of Alzheimer’s, acts as a tumor suppressor by altering the pathway of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), a potential treatment target for cancer. Expedited to publication online by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these findings reveal a limitation of targeting gamma-secretase for treatment of Alzheimer’s and potentially other diseases. more
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