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2010-10-12 06:25:00

Doctors have begun treatment on the first patient to receive human embryonic stem cells, although details of the groundbreaking clinical trial are still under wraps, Geron Corp. announced on Monday. The early stage trial marks the first time the pioneering medical therapy has been used on a human patient in a government approved study. Geron said the Phase I trial will examine the safety of the treatment, as well as how the patient, who suffers from spinal cord injuries, tolerates it. The...

2009-11-17 09:28:06

Music appreciation could help children with language-based learning disabilities The Journal of Neuroscience reports this week that musicians are better than non-musicians at recognizing speech in noisy environments.  The finding from a study conducted by neurobiologists at Northwestern University in Chicago is the first biological evidence that musicians' have a perceptual advantage for "speech-in-noise." When tested against non-musicians, musicians demonstrated faster neural timing,...

2009-10-29 05:50:00

Evolutionary outcomes can be influenced by culture as well as genes, according to a new study released on Wednesday comparing societies around the world. Natural and social sciences are rarely brought together, but the study analyzed the interaction across 29 countries of two sets of data, genetic and cultural. The researchers discovered that the majority of people living in countries considered to be collectivist have a certain mutation within a gene that regulates the transport of...

2009-10-20 14:11:00

"Smart" alloy stretches, contracts by almost 10 percent By chance, two friends, out of the 3,000 scientists attending the fall 2006 Materials Research Society meeting in Boston, ran into each other outside the Hynes Convention Center. Peter Mllner and David Dunand had both graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Mllner, now at Boise State University, was researching magnetic alloys that can change their shape in the presence of a magnetic field. Meanwhile,...

2009-05-30 08:44:36

A new report indicates that elderly men and women who live with their spouse are more inclined to take preventative health measures than those who live alone or with an adult child. However, according to Drs. Denys Lau of Northwestern University in Chicago and James Kirby from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, "colorectal cancer screening, routine dental check-up, and influenza vaccination remain well below national targets according to the Centers for Disease Control's Healthy...

2009-03-13 14:50:00

Social stereotypes affect the way people react to others with mental illnesses, according to a new study.When people with mental illnesses have problems that fall in line with so-called "gender typical" stereotypical norms, others are less likely to have much sympathy for them, Dr. Galen V. Bodenhausen of Northwestern University in Chicago, told Reuters Health. For example, a man with alcoholism is less likely to be shown sympathy than a woman with the same disorder. Bodenhausen worked...

2009-01-30 10:20:00

A surprising new study released on Thursday details how stem cell transplants have reversed multiple sclerosis (MS) in early stage patients. Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago were able to rebuild the immune system of 21 adults -- 11 women and 10 men -- who had failed to respond to standard drug treatments. The study used chemotherapy to first remove defective white blood cells that, rather than protecting the body, attacks the fatty sheath, called myelin, that protects the...

2005-09-12 17:28:48

SAN DIEGO "“ (September 12, 2005) A major finding by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI) has identified a previously unknown cellular mechanism that acts as an off switch for immune system function. The discovery could lead to the future development of new treatments for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system, which normally wards off invading viruses and...

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