04/18/2014 - 10:20

There is no evidence for a clinically significant association between vitamin D levels and menopause-related symptoms in post-menopausal women. This is the overall finding of a study from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) published online ahead-of-print in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society.


04/18/2014 - 09:09

A new gene variant present in about one third of people appears to significantly increase the risk of colorectal cancer associated with eating processed meat. The study of over 9000 colorectal cancer patients compared with over 9000 control subjects suggests that a genetic variant called rs4143094 is significantly associated with processed meat consumption. These are the main findings of a study published on 17th April 2014 in the journal PLoS Genetics. The study is from a multinational team of collaborating laboratories.


04/17/2014 - 16:57

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults.


04/17/2014 - 11:24

A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).


04/17/2014 - 10:24

Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of mental retardation, caused by loss of function of the gene for a protein called fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). A new study in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) indicates that the normal function of this protein is to bind directly to the ribosomes, which are the structures in the cell on which proteins are synthesised, and selectively inhibit translation of proteins. The study, published on 17th April in the Cell Press journal Molecular Cell, is from researchers in the University of California, the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health and the State University of New York at Albany.