Health News

Flipping the Switch on MS
In multiple sclerosis (MS), white blood cells known as leukocytes enter the central nervous system (CNS) with help from a family of molecules (MMPs) and then damage the protective coating called myelin around nerves.
FDA Approves Pain Reliever Abstral for Cancer Patients
The FDA has approved the use of Abstral for additional pain relief in cancer patients. The drug is an immediate release medication designed to help individuals already on regular opioid pain treatment.
Bad for the Bones
Past studies have established links between anti-epileptic drugs and bone density loss . Now, new research indicates that specific anti-epileptic drugs correspond to an increased risk of bone fractures in people 50 years of age and older.
Nevermind Mindfulness
Mindful meditation -- a combination of gentle yoga maneuvers and meditation -- doesn't appear to help those with the chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia.
Common Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
Oral bisphosphonates, a treatment for bone disease, may double the risk of developing esophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet), according to a new study from the University of Oxford.
Hunting Down Huntington's Disease
Findings from a new study indicate a host of new clinical, functional, and neuroimaging tests are able to track the progression of Huntington's disease (HD) before outward symptoms begin to appear.
Strawberries Get Sweeter
A naturally occurring compound found in strawberries and other produce has been shown to slow motor problems and death associated with three models of Huntington's disease.
Triple-Header Treatment?
The discovery of a small family of molecules could lead to big advances in the treatment of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases. The molecules protect brain cells in these nerve-degenerative diseases.
Smoke Signals
According to new research from the University of Texas Health Science Center, two significant signaling molecules communicate through nerve cells to regulate electrical and chemical activity.
Making Connections
The brain consists of a complex web of connections. In order for people to integrate and synthesize information from various parts of the brain, brain cells create long-distance links between one another.