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Health - 06.01.2013
Untreated Parkinson's Disease Patients No More Likely to Have Impulse Control Disorders
While approximately one in five Parkinson's disease patients experience impulse control disorder symptoms, the disease itself does not increase the risk of gambling, shopping, or other impulsivity symptoms, according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.01.2013
Most-Used Diabetes Drug Works in Different Way than Previously Thought
Most-Used Diabetes Drug Works in Different Way than Previously Thought
A team, led by senior author Morris J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD , the Willard and Rhoda Ware Professor of Medicine, with the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism , Perelman School of Medicine , University of Pennsylvania, found that the diabetes drug metformin works in a different way than previously understood.

Astronomy / Space Science - Health - 06.01.2013
Penn Medicine: Simulated Mission to Mars Reveals Critical Data About Astronauts' Sleep and Activity Needs
Penn Medicine: Simulated Mission to Mars Reveals Critical Data About Astronauts' Sleep and Activity Needs
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Baylor College of Medicine, has analyzed data on the impact of prolonged operational confinement on sleep, performance, and mood in astronauts from a groundbreaking international effort to simulate a 520-day space mission to Mars.

Health - Mathematics - 04.01.2013
McGill honoured again in Québec Science’s breakthroughs of the year
The achievements of McGill researchers were again recognized in Québec Science's annual selection of the top discoveries, with two McGill-led breakthroughs making the top 10 list for 2012. Moreover, McGill ranked first among all Quebec universities for the number of discoveries featured in the magazine's annual roundup since it was created 20 years ago.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.01.2013
Study suggests effect of fructose on brain may promote overeating
Study suggests effect of fructose on brain may promote overeating
The brain processes fructose and glucose, the two forms of simple sugars, differently - impacting appetite, feelings of satisfaction, fullness, and potential weight gain, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Glucose, but not fructose, suppresses brain activity in regions that promote the desire to eat, whereas fructose feeding may promote overeating through its inability to effectively suppress food-seeking behavior, the scientists found.

Health - 03.01.2013
New strategies needed to encourage male cancer survivors to consider future fertility
New strategies needed to encourage male cancer survivors to consider future fertility
New strategies are needed to encourage men who have banked sperm prior to cancer treatment to engage with ongoing fertility monitoring programmes, researchers from the University of Sheffield have found. Pioneering research presented at the Fertility 2013 conference today (Thursday 3 January 2013) shows that a large proportion of male cancer patients are missing out on appropriate fertility advice.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.01.2013
Pesticides and Parkinson's: UCLA researchers uncover further proof of a link
Pesticides and Parkinson’s: UCLA researchers uncover further proof of a link
For several years, neurologists at UCLA have been building a case that a link exists between pesticides and Parkinson's disease. To date, paraquat, maneb and ziram — common chemicals sprayed in California's Central Valley and elsewhere — have been tied to increases in the disease , not only among farmworkers but in individuals who simply lived or worked near fields and likely inhaled drifting particles.

Health - 03.01.2013
Cognitive behavioral therapy adds no value to drug treatment for opioid dependence
Cognitive behavioral therapy adds no value to drug treatment for opioid dependence
In a surprise finding, Yale researchers report that adding cognitive behavioral therapy to the most commonly used drug treatment for opioid dependence does not further reduce illicit drug use by patients. The study, which could change how such dependence is viewed and treated in the U.S. healthcare system, appears online in the American Journal of Medicine.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.01.2013
The top 12 research stories of 2012
The top 12 research stories of 2012
If anyone deserves a toast for a job well done over the past year, it's the talented researchers at the University of Alberta. Their bold explorations in their own fields, and their work together in interdisciplinary teams rich in experience and expertise, led to discoveries that will expand the boundaries of knowledge and improve the lives of people in Alberta, in Canada and around the world.

Life Sciences - Health - 02.01.2013
Electric stimulation of brain releases powerful, opiate-like painkiller
ANN ARBOR-Researchers used electricity on certain regions in the brain of a patient with chronic, severe facial pain to release an opiate-like substance that's considered one of the body's most powerful painkillers. The findings expand on previous work done at the University of Michigan, Harvard University and the City University of New York where researchers delivered electricity through sensors on the skulls of chronic migraine patients, and found a decrease in the intensity and pain of their headache attacks.
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