Hitting back at noncommunicable diseases in the Pacific

Hitting back at noncommunicable diseases in the Pacific

30 August 2013 -- What do a fitness club in the Cook Islands, backyard gardens in Kiribati and a dispensary in the Federated States of Micronesia have in common? They are all actively engaged in fighting the noncommunicable disease (NCD) crisis in the Pacific by implementing WHOs Package of Essential NCD interventions. In the Pacific region, most deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases.

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Taming suspect gene reverses schizophrenia-like abnormalities in mice
Scientists have reversed behavioral and brain abnormalities in adult mice that resemble some features of schizophrenia by restoring normal expression to a suspect gene that is over-expressed in humans with the illness. Targeting expression of the gene Neuregulin1, which makes a protein important for brain development, may hold promise for treating at least some patients with the brain disorder, say researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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