• Scientists fish for new epilepsy model and reel in potential drugScientists fish for new epilepsy model and reel in potential drug

    Scientists fish for new epilepsy model and reel in potential drug

    Wednesday, 04 September 2013

    According to new research on epilepsy, zebrafish have certainly earned their stripes. Results of a study in Nature Communications suggest that zebrafish carrying a specific mutation may help researchers discover treatments for Dravet syndrome (DS), a severe form of pediatric epilepsy that results in drug-resistant seizures and developmental delays.

  • The six elements of physical fitnessThe six elements of physical fitness

    The six elements of physical fitness

    Wednesday, 04 September 2013

    In 1st grade, my gym teacher made us all memorize the definition of physical fitness. Decades later, I still recall it as: Physical Fitnesslearning to use your body in many different ways.

  • Taming suspect gene reverses schizophrenia-like abnormalities in miceTaming suspect gene reverses schizophrenia-like abnormalities in mice

    Taming suspect gene reverses schizophrenia-like abnormalities in mice

    Saturday, 25 May 2013

    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.

  • Maryland General will no longer deliver babiesMaryland General will no longer deliver babies

    Maryland General will no longer deliver babies

    Saturday, 25 May 2013

    Carver said this afternoon that 50 total employees would lose their jobs, including 10 to 15 doctors and midwives. They could get jobs at other UMMS facilities, including other positions at Maryland General.

  • How Many Calories in Your Fast-Food Meal? Guess AgainHow Many Calories in Your Fast-Food Meal? Guess Again

    How Many Calories in Your Fast-Food Meal? Guess Again

    Saturday, 25 May 2013

    THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- People who eat at fast-food restaurants are consuming significantly more calories than they realize -- and teens are the worst offenders, a new study found.

  • NIH scientists discover molecule triggers sensation of itchNIH scientists discover molecule triggers sensation of itch

    NIH scientists discover molecule triggers sensation of itch

    Friday, 24 May 2013

    Scientists at the National Institutes of Health report they have discovered in mouse studies that a small molecule released in the spinal cord triggers a process that is later experienced in the brain as the sensation of itch.

  • How we work out: Stiff Guy YogaHow we work out: Stiff Guy Yoga

    How we work out: Stiff Guy Yoga

    Friday, 24 May 2013

    "Stiff Guy Yoga" may sound humorous, but these guys take their workout seriously. And they should. Because when done properly, yoga helps alleviate tightness, tones the body and relieves stress.

  • Suppressing protein may stem Alzheimer's disease processSuppressing protein may stem Alzheimer's disease process

    Suppressing protein may stem Alzheimer's disease process

    Thursday, 25 April 2013

    Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered a potential strategy for developing treatments to stem the disease process in Alzheimers disease. Its based on unclogging removal of toxic debris that accumulates in patients brains, by blocking activity of a little-known regulator protein called CD33.

  • CareFirst proposes 25 percent rate increase under health care reformCareFirst proposes 25 percent rate increase under health care reform

    CareFirst proposes 25 percent rate increase under health care reform

    Thursday, 25 April 2013

    Blaming the cost to implement health care reform, the state's largest health insurer has proposed eye-popping rate increases to state regulators for individuals and small businesses.

  • 5 ways to live healthier, longer5 ways to live healthier, longer

    5 ways to live healthier, longer

    Thursday, 25 April 2013

    There are dozens of anti-aging gimmicks out there but the real secret to turning back the hands of time lies in a healthy lifestyle.