Volume 9 Issue 52
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Feb-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Unravelling the risk for schizophrenia: Eye movement and attention focus of new study

A Binghamton University researcher has established a new framework to help determine whether individuals might be at risk for schizophrenia. more  

Living in densely populated areas linked to lower body mass

New York City dwellers who reside in densely populated, pedestrian-friendly areas have significantly lower body mass index levels compared to other New Yorkers, according to a new study by the Mailman School of Public Health. Placing shops, restaurants and public transit near residences may promote walking and independence from private automobiles. more

U of MN doctors uncover treatment for advanced ALD patients

Continuing with more than a decade of research, doctors at the University of Minnesota have discovered a treatment to help patients with advanced cases of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare disorder affecting the nerves. The results are published in the late February issue of Bone Marrow Transplantation. more  

Novel test identifies leukemia patients likely to respond to new therapy

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a genetic signature identifying cases of lymphoma that are uniquely susceptible to a newly developed molecular targeted therapy. As a result, physicians organizing clinical trials of the new therapy will be able to enroll patients who’ll be most likely to benefit from it. more

New research may overturn conventional wisdom on drug-resistant tuberculosis  

A newly released study suggests that the majority of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among patients undergoing treatment for the disease may be due to new infections, not acquired resistance. If confirmed in future studies the research, in the March 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, may drive a major shift in strategy for controlling TB. more

BC biologists identify alternative brain cancer treatment  

Boston College biologists have identified an alternative, diet-based method of treating brain cancer that does not involve administering toxic chemicals, radiation or invasive surgery. more

Negative grief emotions decline about 6-months after the loss of a loved one

After the death of a loved one from natural causes, the normal responses from most people are acceptance and yearning for the deceased, according to a new study in the February 21 issue of JAMA that is an empirical examination of the stage theory of grief. more

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There are relatively strong associations between built environment and BMI