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Weizmann Institute Scientists discover: Amoebas use Midwives to reproduce
University : 23 January, 2000
Giving birth has never been easy. Nature seems to have decided that whoever wants to procreate should put in an effort. Sometimes the process of birth, the physical separation from offspring, is so difficult that a mother needs a helping hand. And humans are not alone in this trait. An interdisciplinary research team at the Weizmann Institute has discovered that 'midwives' also play a role in the microscopic world of amoebas. It is this collaborative birth process, reported in the March 21, 2001 issue of Nature, that has given amoebas an evolutionary edge.
 
Researchers have found that treating depression & social isolation in heart attack patients does not reduce the risk of death
University : 23 January, 2000
Social isolation and depression are important risk factors for heart attack and death. About 25 percent of heart attack patients have one of these conditions, contributing to a three- to four-fold increase in their risk of death. The ENRICHD study hoped to change those odds by offering treatment to heart attack patients with depression or low social support.
 
The first-ever Genetic Toggle Switch, designed to control the activity of genes, was recently engineered
University : 19 January, 2000
The first-ever 'genetic toggle switch,' designed to control the activity of genes, was recently engineered by scientists at Boston University's Center for BioDynamics and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Working with the bacteria Escherichia coli, the researchers were able to successfully switch the expression of genes between stable on and off states by applying a brief chemical or temperature stimulus. The work is reported in the January 20 issue of Nature.
 
New diet book helps to lower blood pressure without the use of medication
University : 16 January, 2000
A new diet book authored by a researcher at Boston University Medical Center helps to lower blood pressure without the use of medication. 'The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet for Hypertension' teaches individuals with hypertension how to use a nutritious medication-free eating plan to reduce elevations in blood pressure as effectively as most hypertension medications.
 
Pioneering study examines aging of Happy Days cohort
University : 15 January, 2000
They say money can't buy love, but could it change the structure of your brain? When the going gets tough, do the tough live longer? And if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what can hard apple cider do?
 
New understanding of a key control mechanism in the brain
University : 13 January, 2000
Weizmann Institute findings could provide new insights into a wide range of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, autism, and epilepsy. Despite more than a century of research on inhibitory neurons, very little is known on how this small population (10-20% of brain neurons) exerts its controlling effect on the brain. Pivotal for normal brain development, learning, and memory, it is not surprising that inhibitory neurons are involved in most neurological disorders. A recent study at the Weizmann Institute, published in the January 2000 issue of Science, reveals key principles underlying the design and function of this inhibitory system.
 
Diabetes researchers testing inhaled form of insulin
University : 12 January, 2000
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are studying an investigational treatment for diabetes using insulin that is inhaled rather than injected. The researchers are testing inhaled insulin therapy in three groups of patients. One study will involve people with Type I, or insulin-dependent diabetes.
 
Study shows quality ulcer care improving in nursing homes
University : 12 January, 2000
In a recent study released in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Boston University School of Medicine and School of Public Health researchers, in conjunction with the Veteran's Health Administration, have shown a significant improvement in the prevention of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients.
 
Younger people are when they start drinking alcohol, more likely they are to drive after excessive drinking
University : 09 January, 2000
The younger people are when they start drinking alcohol, the more likely they are to drive after excessive drinking and get into alcohol-related car crashes over the course of their adult lives, according to a new study conducted at Boston University's School of Public Health.
 
New research into early embryonic pancreatic tissue into the abdomens of adult rats with type I diabetes
University : 03 January, 2000
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