Health News

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:12

A bodily illusion termed the ‘marble hand illusion’ suggests that we rapidly update our assumptions about the perceived material qualities of our body depending on recent multiple sensory stimulations. This novel study from researchers in Milano-Bicocca University and IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano in Milan, Italy and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and Bielefeld University, Germany is published in the journal PLoS One.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 16:00

A study on genetics of cattle breeds has shed new light on the genetic history of domesticated cattle which in turn can teach us about human history. Previously geneticists thought that almost 10,000 years ago, Africans domesticated cattle that were native to Africa. However, the results of the new study from the University of Missouri has revealed that in fact these ancient cattle had their origins in an area known as ‘The Fertile Crescent’ in the Middle East. This suggests that these ancient African farmers migrated south to Africa, bringing cattle with them. The study is published in PLoS Genetics on 27th March.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:03

The problems people with autism have with memory formation, higher-level thinking and social interactions may be partially attributable to the activity of receptors inside brain cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:09

“Today, we’re going to make history,” said 18-year-old Eric Ramos on the day UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors operated on his ailing heart. Eric, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is one of only three patients in the United States with the condition to receive a battery-operated left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to keep his weakening heart pumping blood through his body. He is the first patient in the country to be given a specific, smaller LVAD, which means doctors would not need to manipulate his diaphragm, which could compromise his already limited pulmonary function.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:05

Just as archeologists try to decipher ancient tablets to discern their meaning, UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer biologists are working to decode the purpose of an ancient gene considered one of the most important in cancer research. The p53 gene appears to be involved in signaling other cells instrumental in stopping tumor development. But the p53 gene predates cancer, so scientists are uncertain what its original function is.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:47

Peach extract reduces lung metastases in a mouse model of breast cancer. The reduction is due to phenolic compounds in the peach extract and is mediated via reduction of expression of enzymes called metalloproteinases which are associated with cancer metastases. These are the results of an article in press in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry from researchers in Texas A&M University AgriLife Research.