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Studies Advance Potential Use of MRI Magnetic Fields to Diagnose and Treat Balance Disorders and Dizziness

Magnetic pull of MRI shown in zebrafish and in people with common inner-ear disturbance ...

Early detection helps manage a chronic graft-vs.-host disease complication

Simple, cost-effective questionnaire outperforms other tests in spotting lung involvement ...

“Rare” diseases: more than 400,000 Austrians affected

(Vienna ) A disease is classified as rare if it affects fewer than one in 2,000 people. Even though the number of patients with each individual condition is small, the overall number of people affected is considerable: around five to eight per cent of the population have one of these “rare” diseases, equivalent to 27 million Europeans, including more than 400,000 Austrians. According to estimates, there are around 6,000 to 8,000 different rare or undiagnosed diseases in total. ... Full story

Two effective treatments for CFS/ME are also cost-effective

Two treatments found previously to be the most effective for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) have now been found to be the most cost-effective treatments evaluated in a large clinical trial. ... Full story

Shaky hand, stable spoon: U-M study shows device helps essential tremor patients

cess rate,” says Chou, who is an associate professor in the U-M Medical School’s departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. “People get really frustrated by tremor, and experience embarrassment that often leads to social isolation because they’re always feeling conscious not just eating but even drinking from a cup or glass.” ... Full story

Unhealthy Attachments

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara take a deep look at the structure of myelin membranes to uncover insight into demyelinating diseases ... Full story

Nanoparticles treat muscular dystrophy in mice

By Julia Evangelou Strait - Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have demonstrated a new approach to treating muscular dystrophy. ... Full story

Blue light may fight fatigue around the clock

Boston, MA-- Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that exposure to short wavelength, or blue light, during the biological day directly and immediately improves alertness and performance. These findings are published in the February issue of Sleep. ... Full story

Mood-stabilizing Drug Could be New Treatment for Inherited Liver Disease, Says Pitt/Children’s Team

PITTSBURGH – Opening up a can of worms is a good way to start hunting for new drugs, recommend researchers from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ... Full story

Rice, UTMB develop diagnostic test for cryptosporidiosis

Tampa, FL – Declines in the underlying brain skills needed to think, remember and learn are normal in aging. In fact, this cognitive decline is a fact of life for most older Americans. ... Full story

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