Tag: "improvement" at biology news
Brightening prospects of using fluorescent nanotubes in medical applications
...efficiency by five to ten times. The fact that the improvement
was considerably larger – 20 to 100 times – came as a pleasant surprise. “Quantum efficiency is critical, but there are several other factors that make nanotubes particularly well suited for use in living systems,” says Hertel. These factors includ...
Gene therapy study shows safety and statistically significant improvement in Parkinson's disease
...uraging, with treated patients showing significant improvement
in both the “on” and “off” states of their illness...t time point following treatment suggests that the improvement
was not likely due to the surgical lesioning of the targeted brain region, as surgical approaches ty...
Focused ultrasound relieves fibroid symptoms in women
...eported greater symptom relief and quality of life improvement
than those treated with the original protocol. No serious adverse effects were reported. "We have shown that treating fibroids with an optimized, less restrictive protocol allows for treatment of a greater fibroid volume, which results in even gre...
Statin treatment improves spatial memory in mouse models of Alzheimer's
...evels may play an important role in statin-induced improvement
of spatial reference memory. The transgenic mic... able to do so. Normal mice on statin also showed improvement
in the time they usually take to reach the platform compared to normal mice on saline. After the maz...
Implanting dopamine generators in brain cells obtains improvement in Parkinson's in monkeys
...rators (dopaminergics) in brain cells has produced improvement
in the symptoms in Parkinson's, according to the r...rotid body into the striate area of the brain, the improvement
in movement in monkeys with Parkinson's and which had received transplants was demonstrated to last ...
Switching genes to overdrive improves muscular dystrophy symptoms in mice
...oosting PGC-1alpha caused “a clear and substantial improvement
in the structure and function of skeletal muscle in this disease model,?the scientists wrote....
Mutation improves memory, may lead to memory-enhancing pill
...slation could serve as therapeutic targets for the improvement
of memory, for instance in human disorders associated with memory loss." ...
Action video games sharpen vision 20 percent
...of near-daily gaming, the Tetris players showed no improvement
on the test, but the Unreal Tournament players cou...ther activities and possibly everyday life." The improvement
was seen both in the part of the visual field where video game players typically play, but also beyo...
Enhancing activity of marijuana-like chemicals in brain helps treat
... marijuana and hashish, helped trigger a dramatic improvement
in mice with a condition similar to Parkinson's. ...o human Parkinson's disease, resulting in a small improvement
in the mice. "That was sort of expected," said Malenka. "The cool new finding came when we thoug...
ConocoPhillips establishes $22.5M biofuels research program at Iowa State
...y and rural economies. Studies will emphasize crop improvement
and production, the harvesting and transportation of biomass and the impacts of biofuels on economic policy and rural sociology. According to Brown, the details of specific projects have yet to be determined. He estimates the research program will...
Robotic therapy helps restore hand use after stroke
...y using this robotic device. "Most spontaneous improvement
in function occurs in the first three months after a stroke, and after that things tend to plateau," said Dr. Steven C. Cramer, senior author of the study and associate professor in neurology, anatomy and neurobiology at UCI. "Robot-assisted therapy ...
Insomnia drug can improve brain function
...reased brain metabolism, and PET scans also showed improvement
in cerebral areas involved in motivational processing. Although previous studies have shown the positive effect of zolpidem on catatonic conditions, the authors state, "To our knowledge, this is the first study assessing the impact of zolpidem of ...
Scientists find potential 'off-switch' for HIV virus
...aid that potential applications to HIV might be an improvement
over drug cocktails, which are the mixtures of antiviral agents that have been the best-available treatment for the disease for a decade. "Drug cocktails extend the life of the patient, but they do not completely alleviate the symptoms of HIV, no...
Smoking ban dramatically reduces air pollution in Irish pubs
...airborne carcinogens for patrons and staff, and an improvement
in the respiratory health of bar workers, accordin...tunate, although unavoidable." "The significant improvement
in the health of the nonsmoking bar workers is very welcome, but the findings of the study underline...
UCSF brain tumor vaccine trial shows promising results
...Award at AANS. “We are encouraged by the prolonged improvement
in overall survival rates, although this phase 1/2 study is not designed to primarily evaluate efficacy. The patients in this trial represent the most challenging patient population to treat.? Of the 12 patients being treated, eight can currently b...
Genes and biomarkers that allow doctors to choose the right therapy for the right patient
...of toxicity and efficacy could lead to significant improvement
in both the quality of treatment and outcomes." Cetuximab, an antibody that attacks the ability of cells to respond to the epidermal growth factor, has been previously shown to be effective in treating metastatic colorectal cancer. Dr. Laure...
Illuminating the dark side of plants
... of Poisonous and Injurious Plants is a remarkable improvement
to a great book. New graphics and formal structure increase its value for the lay person and the clinician." Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants presents clear information on hundreds of plants. It is lavishly illustrated, elegantly highl...
Procedure predicts embryos most likely to result in pregnancy
...nchanged within the last decade suggesting that an improvement
is needed over the current methodology used for embryo evaluation. The new procedure will be presented in an abstract at the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Conference in Reno, Nevada on March 16. Emre Seli, M.D., assistant professor in the...
Pregnancy hormone key to repairing nerve cell damage
...in the production of new myelin, which may lead to improvement
of symptoms." The paper's findings represent the first example of a natural, biological mechanism that produces new myelin in the adult brain and spinal cord and identifies prolactin as a potential therapeutic substance for future testing in people w...
Lead-'scrubbing' drug may also improve muscle function in lead-exposed children
...(SUX-sim-er) chelation therapy showed a 19 percent improvement
in their ability to perform moving tasks—such as c...who received succimer therapy showed a significant improvement
in balance and movement compared to the non-therapy group,?says Bhattacharya. “This new data—combine...
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