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Rheumatoid Arthritis – Central Nervous System works to monitor Inflammation

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Central Nervous System works to monitor Inflammation

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine demonstrated how rheumatoid arthritis inflammation of the joints are sensed and adjusted by the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS has a potential to directly control immune system responses. The study will be first published in the September edition of the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine.

“The central nervous system is not just a passive responder to the outside world, but is fully able to control many previously unanticipated physiologic responses, including immunity and inflammation," said Gary S. Firestein, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Director of UCSD's Clinical Investigation Institute, who led the study.

Gene Therapy May Prove Effective For Melanoma and Ovarian Cancers – It May Work With Many Other Forms of Cancer

Gene Therapy May Prove Effective For Melanoma and Ovarian Cancers – It May Work With Many Other Forms of Cancer

New research indicates that gene therapy may become a breakthrough therapy for some cancers. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) say that they have found a way to turn normal white blood cells into cancer fighters. In another report from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, researchers say that they have been able to significantly abolish or inhibit tumor progression in a mouse model of ovarian cancer using gene therapy.

The researchers from the NCI report that they have effectively used gene therapy to help 2 patients with melanoma overcome the disease even after it had spread to distant parts of the body. They say that if this method can be perfected, it can help patients with many types of cancer.

Autism - Sensory Integration Therapy

Autism - Sensory Integration Therapy

Over the years, many studies have demonstrated a link between sensory integration therapy and improving the quality of life for autistic people. Sensory integration therapy is a valuable tool to teach autistic children how to interact with their environment. One of the main difficulties autistic children face is how they perceive the environment. Oftentimes, their sensory impulses are contradictory to what is expected by society.

Autistic children often have severe difficulty managing their sensory perceptions and a host of seemingly self-destructive behaviors or actions that are perceived to be senseless is the result. Autistic people sometimes cannot perceive their own physicality and must resort to these behaviors to “feel” something. For instance, some autistic children may bang their head against a wall or spin around in circles. Others have been known to self harm or crash into objects. These behaviors are the direct result of sensory integration impairment.

Social Networking for Cancer Patients

Social Networking for Cancer Patients

MyCancerPlace http://www.mycancerplace.com the first worldwide community for cancer patients, has just been launched. It’s allows members to create a real community where they can connect and network with other, share personal stories and emotional support, discuss treatment information and resources, listen to teleconferences, find out about cancer events, create personal web pages with text and pictures that can be updated and changed easily, and more.

Nicotine in Cigarettes Rose An Average of 10 Percent – Doral Largest Increase

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has discovered that the nicotine content of cigarettes has increased over the past decade. The agency says they routinely require tobacco companies to measure the nicotine content and report the results on a yearly basis.

The measurement of nicotine is computed using a method that mimics smoking. They found that the “yield” rose 9.9 percent from 1998 to 2004, or form 1.72 milligrams to 1.89 milligrams. The “total” nicotine content rose an average of 16.6 percent for the same period, and the amount of nicotine per gram of tobacco increased 11.3 percent.

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