How to erase a memory — and restore it

  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.   The study, published in the June 1 advanced online issue of the journal Nature, is the first to show the ability to selectively remove a memory and…

Discrepancies between trial results reported on clinical trial registry and in journals ( nearly all had discrepancies )

– nearly all had at least 1 discrepancy in the study group – Our findings raise questions about accuracy of both ClinicalTrials.gov and publications, as each source’s reported results at times disagreed with the other. During a one year period, among clinical trials published in high-impact journals that reported results on a public clinical trial…

Should your surname carry a health warning?

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmj.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Research: The Brady Bunch? New evidence for nominative determinism in patients’ health: Retrospective, population based cohort study Patients named Brady could be at an increased risk of requiring a pacemaker compared with the general population, say researchers in a paper published in the Christmas edition of The…

Individuals have a right to participate in risky research trials, which might harm their health or even kill them

Patient participation in high-risk research could benefit novel drug trials Published on September 19, 2013 at 2:47 AM         · Individuals have a right to participate in risky research trials, which might harm their health or even kill them, and institutional review boards (known as research ethics committees in the UK) – which are responsible for…

Good hygiene may be to blame for soaring Alzheimer’s

Modern cities and improved hygiene could be behind rising rates of Alzheimer’s in Britain and the rest of the developed world, scientists have said. Countries where everyone has access to cleaning drinking water, such as the UK and France, have nine per cent higher Alzheimer’s rates then average.  Photo: PHANIE/ALAMY <!– remove the whitespace added…

Existence of new element confirmed

Contact: Dirk Rudolph Dirk.Rudolph@nuclear.lu.se 46-462-227-633 Lund University An international team of researchers, led by physicists from Lund University, have confirmed the existence of what is considered a new element with atomic number 115. The experiment was conducted at the GSI research facility in Germany. The results confirm earlier measurements performed by research groups in Russia.…

Breastfeeding Could Prevent ADHD

Monday, July 22, 2013 TAU research finds that breastfed children are less likely to develop ADHD later in life We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health — including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder…

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers find exposure to maternal antibodies affects behavior

Contact: Phyllis Brown phyllis.brown@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 916-734-9023 University of California – Davis Health System Researchers identify risk factor for autism in a subset of children: Maternal Antibody-Related autism Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that prenatal exposure to specific combinations of antibodies found only in mothers of children with autism leads to changes in…

Elevated Gluten Antibodies Found in Children with Autism

But No Link  to Celiac Disease June 20, 2013 Posted in: Autoimmune diseases, Clinical Research, Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Pediatrics NEW YORK—Researchers have found elevated antibodies to gluten proteins of wheat in children with autism in comparison to those without autism. The results also indicated an association between the elevated antibodies and the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms…

Cholesterol-drugs cause unusual swellings within neurons resulting in cognitive disturbances

Contact: La Monica Everett-Haynes leverett@email.arizona.edu 520-626-4405 University of Arizona Research reveals possible reason for cholesterol-drug side effects University of Arizona researchers have identified a clue to explain the reversible memory loss sometimes caused by the use of statins, one of the most widely prescribed medications in the world.              IMAGE:   Of 1,040 drugs…