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NYU School of Medicine pathology researchers solve another mystery in B lymphocyte development

New York May 18, 2009: A new study published online in Nature Immunology ahead of the June 2009 print issue has found that homologous immunoglobulin (lg) alleles pair up in the nucleus at stages that coincide with V(D)J recombination of the heavy and light chain (Igh and Igk) loci. Researche...

Maryland Mystery Author Organizes Fundraising Ride for Rare Neurological Disorder

LAUREL, Md., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Dystonia Medical Research Foundation: WHAT: Freedom Ride for Dystonia - Debbi Mack and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) -- www.dystonia-foundation.org -- host the first Freedom Rid...

NEWSWEEK Cover: The Mystery of Epilepsy

Why We Must Find a Cure for Epilepsy The Toll of Epilepsy Has Been Overlooked - and the Research Underfunded -For Too Long NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "Put harshly, we need more of a cancerlike sensibility around epilepsy," Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham writes in the April 20 co...

What Causes Mystery Heart Condition?

Stress cardiomyopathy linked to common drugs, study finds THURSDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- The unusual heart syndrome called stress cardiomyopathy can be triggered by some commonly used heart medications, Johns Hopkins University researchers report. Nine cases of the condition...

DNA Testing Lays Romanov Murder Mystery to Rest

Bodies found near rest of Tsar Nicholas II's family identified as 2 missing children WEDNESDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- An enduring mystery has been laid to rest with the DNA identification of the bodies of two children of the last Tsar of Russia. The bones of the siblings, Tsa...

Muscular dystrophy mystery solved; Mizzou scientist moves closer to MD solution

COLUMBIA, Mo. Muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the United States, occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, bony or fatty tissue and loses function. While scientists have identified one protein, dystrophin, as an important piece to curing the dis...

Researchers solve mystery of deep-sea fish with tubular eyes and transparent head

MOSS LANDING, CA Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently solved the half-century-old mystery of a fish with tubular eyes and a transparent head. Ever since the "barreleye" fish Macropinna microstoma was first described in 1939, marine biologists have known that it's...

DNA Solves Switched at Birth Mystery ... After 57 Years

DNA solves another mystery when 57 year old Fred George discovered he was switched at birth. Fred's father, John George, occasionally - sometimes in fun and sometimes more seriously - accused his wife of having had an affair after Fred was born since he looked nothing like the rest of the family....

From mother to daughters: A central mystery in cell division solved

Researchers from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a key step required for cell division in a study that could help improve therapies to treat cancer. Their work describing the mechanism of the contractile ring ...

Scientists Unravel Mystery of Tamoxifen Resistance

Some breast tumors produce a protein that defeats the drug WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 35 percent of women who take tamoxifen to prevent the return of breast cancer do not respond to the drug -- and now scientists think they know why. A battle between proteins ...

Catalyst mystery unlocked

Different keys are not supposed to fit the same lock, but in biological systems multiple versions of a catalyst all make a reaction go, according to a new study that explains the phenomenon. Scheduled for online publication in PNAS Early Edition sometime after Aug. 18, the study challenges en...

Scientists solve mystery of polyketide drug formation

Irvine, Calif., April 1, 2008 Many top-selling drugs used to treat cancer and lower cholesterol are made from organic compounds called polyketides, which are found in nature but historically difficult for chemists to alter and reproduce in large quantities. For the first time, scientists at UC...

Research may unlock mystery of autism's origin in the brain

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. In the first study of its kind, researchers have discovered that in autistic individuals, connections between brain cells may be deficient within single regions, and not just between regions, as was previously believed. Tony Wilson, Ph.D., lead researcher and assistant prof...

Mutant rats offer clues to medical mystery

HOUSTON (Feb. 17, 2009) A research project at Rice University has brought scientists to the brink of comprehending a long-standing medical mystery that may link cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and perhaps even Alzheimer's disease. And for that, we can thank the rat. The recent paper i...

Hopkins-led team solves failed vaccine mystery

Research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center scientists has figured out why a respiratory syncytial virus vaccine used in 1966 to inoculate children against the infection instead caused severe respiratory disease and effectively stopped efforts to make a better one. The findings, publish...

Why do eyelids sag with age? UCLA study answers mystery

Many theories have sought to explain what causes the baggy lower eyelids that come with aging, but UCLA researchers have now found that fat expansion in the eye socket is the primary culprit. As a result, researchers say, fat excision should be a component of treatment for patients seeking to a...

Dying bats in the Northeast remain a mystery

Investigations continue into the cause of a mysterious illness that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of bats since March 2008. At more than 25 caves and mines in the northeastern U.S, bats exhibiting a condition now referred to as white-nosed syndrome have been dying. The U.S. Geologic...

Child Struck With Mystery Illness Shows Signs of Recovering

It is a mother’s prayers answered. Five years back Timothy Bingham was struck down by a mysterious illness so rare that doctors named// it after him- the Bingham syndrome. The boy then aged 5, was struck down by a series of flu like attacks, which rendered him totally paralyzed. It left him in...

BMC Rushes With Samples as Mystery Fever Rings Alarm Bell in Bombay

The civic authorities of Mumbai are keeping a watchful eye as mystery fever claims// two lives recently. The cases reported recently say that the patients were rushed to hospital with "flu with paralysis" symptoms. The civic authorities are sending the fluid samples to competent laborat...

Clues to the Mystery of Lou Gehrig's Disease

Researchers have recently reported clues to unraveling the mystery of the disease best known for striking down New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig nearly 70 years ago//. According to Virginia Lee, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania a team of researchers has identified the misfolded p...

Solution to Bacterial Mystery Promises New Drugs

A 25-year quest to identify the first biochemical step that many disease-causing bacteria use to build their membranes has led to a discovery //that holds promise for effective, new antibiotics against these bacteria, according to investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The finding ...

Scientists Unravel the Mystery behind Calbindin-D28K Protein

Researcher Dr. John Cavanagh in association with fellow researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Duke University explain in detail about the shape function //and structure of the protein, calbindin-D28K. They analyzed the protein with great accuracy and studied its interaction with the other protei...

No Clue to Cause of Mystery Illnesses

Several health problems have been reported by residents living near the former VA Tech Peebles factory in Pilton in the years following the massive fire which ripped// through this industrial site in 1999. About 40 people reported common health problems such as eczema, asthma, psoriasis and t...

Transport of Proteins Unravels the Mystery behind Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases are diseases which occur due to progressive degeneration of the nerves across the body. Some of the important and fatal diseases are Huntington's, ALS and Kennedy disease. // Researchers have found that the main causes for such diseases are the blockage of the transport ...

Cholesterol mystery solved through research mice

Researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine developed a breed of research mice to decipher the complexities of cholesterol//. It studies how "good" cholesterol is used by the body to protect against heart attacks and strokes. According to John S. Parks, Ph.D., from Wake For...

Dry Earwax Mystery Solved: Ear Wax Gene Identified

An exhaustive genetic study conducted on more than 3000 people has helped solve one of the ancient mysteries associated with earwax. // It could eventually explain why some people have dry earwax while some others have a sticky, brown exudate. The study has further established that people fro...

The mystery of the bulge in North Queenslanders

In an attempt to understand why north Queenslanders are becoming so fat, a new group has been formed. The team comprises medical experts// from Townsville's James Cook University (JCU). Their task would beto explore the reasons behind the region's growing waistline. The parameters studied would ...

Genetic mystery behind muscle development unraveled.

New genes such as microRNAs (miRNAs) belong to the newly discovered group of genes. Researchers working at the University of North Carolina have discovered two genes // belonging to the microRNA group. These genes function was later attributed to the proper development of muscles in the organism. ...

$2.4 Million Grant To Unravel The Mystery Of Language Recognition.

Greg Hickok, neuroscientist, professor of cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine, was recently awarded a grant by The National Institute of //Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) which is part of The National Institute of Health ($2.4 million for 5 years). This...

Cholesterol Mystery Solved By Nobel Laureates

A 72 year old mystery about cholesterol synthesis which has been bugging scientists for so long has finally been cracked by Nobel laureates. // The Shoenheimer effect has long been unexplained, but not now. The first evidence for end-product feedback regulation of a biosynthetic pathway was de...

Understanding The Mystery Behind Sleepless Nights

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder leaves nearly millions groggy and restless every morning. What many don't know is that // the tricks they do to get to sleep may actually be what's keeping them awake. Sleep specialists say as we age, biological changes gradually cause sleep to be lighter ...

Cancer gene mystery to be cracked!

A major research project is to be launched by researchers from the UK and Netherlands in the hope of identifying the cluster of genes associated with cancer. The research will be led by Dr. Julian Downward from Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute, along with Dr. René Bernards of the Neth...

Treatment of SARS Still a Mystery

A new study commissioned by the World Health Organization has suggested that doctors are still clueless as to what, if any, treatments may work against SARS// in the event of the return of the dreaded disease. Some 70 studies that was conducted during and after the 2003 outbreak that killed 4...

Mobile Phone Messages Assists in Unraveling Murder Mystery

It was a well-planned honeymoon murder, worked out to the last detail. But the mobile phone messages proved their undoing and helped// nail a new bride and her lover in the crime. The murder last Sunday of 30-year-old Anantharaman amid the idyllic locales of this tourist resort in Kerala's Idu...

Discovery Of New Molecule Could Solve Cancer Spread Mystery

A new study published in the May issue of Cancer Cell says that scientists have identified a new molecule that could resolve the mystery of how cancer progresses.// This molecule was found to inhibit the progression of lethal malignant glioma cells both in vivo as well as in vitro. This study...

A Step Towards Unraveling The Schizophrenia And Depression Mystery

In what can be considered as an important breakthrough in our still limited understanding of major mental illness, researchers have identified a new gene linked to major mental illness // that links back to a previously discovered gene known to increase the risk of schizophrenia and depression. ...

Unhooking the Obesity-Diabetes Connection

...ing the link may someday lead to a cure, studies suggest SUNDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may be closer to solving a medical mystery with huge implications for personal and public health: Why obese people are prone to developing type 2 diabetes. A series of studies appearing onli...

Pinnacle Health Solutions Launches New Web Site, Making Affordable Health Care and Benefits Easy to Understand

...olutions. "In today's hectic world, filled with a sometimes overwhelming number of choices, you can rely on Pinnacle Health Solutions to take the mystery out of health care coverage while providing affordable rates." With Pinnacle Health Solutions, medical practices, dental, hearing, vision, pr...

Mini-Strokes May Cause Vision Loss

... TUESDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- A study of people who suffer the mini-strokes called silent cerebral infarcts could help explain the medical mystery of normal-tension glaucoma, Hong Kong ophthalmologists report. Glaucoma is the progressive loss of vision caused by deterioration of the optic nerv...

Gene findings revealing reasons for neuroblastoma risk

...ohn M. Maris, M.D., chief of Oncology and director of the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Now we have unlocked a lot of the mystery of why neuroblastoma arises in some children and not in others." In the largest gene study to date in pediatric oncology, Maris's study team perfo...
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