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Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain from storing memories

Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain from storing memories

Jan. 27, 2013 — The connection between poor sleep, memory loss and brain deterioration as we grow older has been elusive. But for the first time, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a link between these hallmark maladies of old age Continue reading

Potential of differentiated iPS cells in cell therapy without immune rejection

Potential of differentiated iPS cells in cell therapy without immune rejection

Jan. 25, 2013 — A new study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) shows that tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in an experimental model were not rejected when transplanted back into genetically identical recipients. The study, published online in Cell Stem Cell , demonstrates the potential of utilizing iPS cells to develop cell types that could offer treatment for a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, liver and lung diseases, without the barrier of immune rejection Continue reading

Potential of differentiated iPS cells in cell therapy without immune rejection

Potential of differentiated iPS cells in cell therapy without immune rejection

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Spotting fetal growth problems early could cut UK stillbirths by 600 a year

Spotting fetal growth problems early could cut UK stillbirths by 600 a year

Jan. 24, 2013 — Growth restriction in an unborn child is the single largest risk factor for stillbirth, especially when it goes unrecognized before birth, finds a new study. Yet it is currently missed in most pregnancies. Continue reading

Novel approaches needed to end growing scourge of ‘superbugs’

Novel approaches needed to end growing scourge of ‘superbugs’

Jan. 23, 2013 — With the rising awareness of the so-called “superbugs,” bacteria that are resistant to most known antibiotics, three infectious disease experts writing in the Jan Continue reading

Novel approaches needed to end growing scourge of ‘superbugs’

Novel approaches needed to end growing scourge of ‘superbugs’

Jan. 23, 2013 — With the rising awareness of the so-called “superbugs,” bacteria that are resistant to most known antibiotics, three infectious disease experts writing in the Jan Continue reading

When will we all live to 100?

When will we all live to 100?

Jan. 22, 2013 — An article from John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Kings Fund, published on bmj.com today brings attention to the rising amount of those expected to live to 100 and asks where it will end. According to the Office of National Statistics there seems to be “no end in sight” as far as the number of UK citizens reaching 100 years old is concerned. Continue reading

Alcohol use from adolescence to adulthood follows different, complex pathways

Alcohol use from adolescence to adulthood follows different, complex pathways

Jan. 22, 2013 — Adolescence is often a time of novelty seeking and risk taking, including the initiation of drinking. While heavy drinking that begins in adolescence can lead to problematic alcohol use later in life, other risk factors are also involved in trajectories of alcohol use that may develop. Continue reading

Viral reactivation a likely link between stress and heart disease

Viral reactivation a likely link between stress and heart disease

Jan. 22, 2013 — A new study could provide the link that scientists have been looking for to confirm that reactivation of a latent herpes virus is a cause of some heart problems. Looking at blood samples from 299 heart patients, researchers at Ohio State University found that those who had suffered a heart attack were the most likely to have inflammatory proteins circulating in their blood compared to patients with less acute symptoms Continue reading

‘Ban fast food from school gates’

‘Ban fast food from school gates’

21 January 2013 Last updated at 07:00 ET Wales’ chief medical officer has suggested banning fast food outlets near schools. Dr Ruth Hussey said keeping children in school at lunchtime and providing healthy meals could tackle obesity. Official figures say 35% of children in Wales are overweight and 19% of them are obese. Continue reading