Symptoms and care of irregular heartbeats differ by gender Mar. 11, 2013
Women with atrial fibrilation have more symptoms and lower quality of life than men with the same heart condition, according to an analysis of patients in a large national registry compiled by the Duke Clinical Research Institute.
BPA May Affect the Developing Brain by Disrupting Gene Regulation Feb. 25, 2013
Environmental exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a widespread chemical found in plastics and resins, may suppress a gene vital to nerve cell function and to the development of the central nervous system, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Medicine.
Defect in Immune Memory May Cause Repeat Bladder Infections Feb. 14, 2013
Recurrent bladder infections, which are especially common among women, may result from a defect among the bladder’s immune fighters that keeps them from remembering previous bacterial infections. The immune memory lapse can hamper a timely and effective attack, according to researchers at Duke Medicine and Duke-National University of Singapore.
Growth Factor Aids Stem Cell Regeneration After Radiation Damage Feb. 3, 2013
Epidermal growth factor has been found to speed the recovery of blood-making stem cells after exposure to radiation, according to Duke Medicine researchers. The finding could open new options for treating cancer patients and victims of dirty bombs or nuclear disasters.
New Brain Circuit Sheds Light on Development of Voluntary Movements Jan. 23, 2013
All parents know the infant milestones: turning over, learning to crawl, standing, and taking that first unassisted step. Achieving each accomplishment presumably requires the formation of new connections among subsets of the billions of nerve cells in the infant’s brain. But how, when and where those connections form has been a mystery.