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Statins do not protect against dementia

Statins do not protect against dementia

Cholesterol-busting statins may lower the odds of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, but they don't appear to ward off dementia as researchers had hoped, a new review of clinical trials suggests.

April 14, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
A new type of painkiller

A new type of painkiller

A new extended-release anesthetic can safely numb body parts for as long as a week, a new study in rats suggests. If the anesthetic has the same effect in humans, it might one day be used to manage chronic and surgery-induced pain, researchers say.

April 14, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Proposed bans on BPA picking up steam

Proposed bans on BPA picking up steam

At least seven states are considering banning bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in baby bottles and other plastic products that U.S. federal regulators have said is safe but has been banned in Canada because of links to health problems including heart disease and diabetes.

April 13, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Microsoft tries to get a grip on touch computing with Surface

Microsoft tries to get a grip on touch computing with Surface

Now that so-called surface computing has begun to trickle into the mainstream—some real estate agencies, hotels, retailers and other businesses are beginning to use the technology to help their employees and customers interact with information using hand gestures on a touch screen in lieu of a keyboard and mouse—makers of this technology are delivering new uses for the technology and studying ways to improve the touch screen interface.

April 11, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
HIV drugs turned street drugs in South Africa

HIV drugs turned street drugs in South Africa

Teens in South Africa have found a new use for efavirenz (brand name Stocrin in South Africa and Sustiva in the U.S.), an antiretroviral drug that prevents HIV from making copies of itself in the body.

April 7, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Is wisdom in the brain?

Is wisdom in the brain?

Some of us look for wisdom in the Bible, Plato or at Grandma's knee. Dilip Jeste and his colleague Thomas Meeks are searching for it in the brain.

Jeste and Meeks, both geriatric psychiatrists at the University of California, San Diego, hypothesize in the Archives of General Psychiatry that wisdom, or at least the execution of its attributes, can be found in the brain's primitive limbic system as well as its more evolutionarily advanced prefrontal cortex.

April 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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