Archive for August 9th, 2012
The hunt is intensifying for new treatments for migraines, the common and debilitating headaches that have confounded scientists for decades.
Of greatest focus for researchers is a brain chemical known as CGRP, which appears to play a role in the transmission of pain, but not in other brain functions, such as cognition or mood. Researchers are trying a variety of experimental drugs to stop CGRP from working by blocking its receptors in the brain. Others are working on artificial antibodies that could soak up the chemical in the bloodstream or brain before it can trigger migraines.
In the latest State of the Climate report released by NOAA and the National Climatic Data Center, July 2012 is the warmest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States. Yes, not only the warmest July ever recorded, but the warmest month ever recorded since record-keeping began in 1895. In fact, July 2012 beat the old record set back in July 1936, the same year we experienced record heat and drought during the Dust Bowl era.
Australian researchers tracked the eating behavior of more than 7,000 children at ages 6 months, 15 months and 2 years, and found that a healthy diet was linked to slightly higher IQ scores at age 8. The findings appear in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
The Tobacco Co. joined other cigar retailers and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to speak out against federal regulation for cigar retailers. The tobacco industry is concerned it is facing many oppressive restrictions and taxes, the retailer's owner Greg Zimmerman said. FDA action would be intrusive and unnecessary, Zimmerman added.
This first known analysis of a large cohort of adults with suspected immune deficiency using established diagnostic criteria confirmed the diagnosis in two-thirds of all patients. The findings highlight the wide spectrum of primary immune deficiency states seen in adult medical practices and the need for increased awareness of their existence.