Month: December 2007

Cholesterol-lowering drugs and the risk of hemorrhagic stroke

Public release date: 12-Dec-2007 ST. PAUL, Minn. – People taking cholesterol-lowering drugs such as atorvastatin after a stroke may be at an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding in the brain, a risk not found in patients taking statins who have never had a stroke. But researchers caution the risk must be balanced against…

Why don’t we get cancer all the time?

Public release date: 19-Dec-2007 The seemingly inefficient way our bodies replace worn-out cells is a defense against cancer, according to new research. Having the neighboring cell just split into two identical daughter cells would seem to be the simplest way to keep bodies from falling apart. However that would be a recipe for uncontrolled growth,…

The physiology of champions

Public release date: 20-Dec-2007 What could be a greater test of the limits of human physiology than the Olympics” To mark the 2008 games in Beijing, the Journal of Physiology present a special issue focusing on the science behind human athleticism and endurance. This unique collection of original research and in-depth reviews examines the genes…

Why exertion leads to exhaustion

Public release date: 20-Dec-2007 Scientists have found an explanation for runners who struggle to increase their pace, cyclists who can’t pedal any faster and swimmers who can’t speed up their strokes. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Kansas State University have discovered the dramatic changes that occur in our muscles when we push ourselves…

Why fish oil is good for you

Public release date: 25-Dec-2007 It’s good news that we are living longer, but bad news that the longer we live, the better our odds of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Many Alzheimer’s researchers have long touted fish oil, by pill or diet, as an accessible and inexpensive “weapon” that may delay or prevent this debilitating disease.…

Hospital superbugs now in nursing homes and the community

Public release date: 27-Nov-2007 Hospital superbugs that can break down antibiotics are so widespread throughout Europe that doctors increasingly have to use the few remaining drugs that they reserve for emergencies. Now these hospital superbug strains have spread to nursing homes and into the community in Ireland, raising fears of wider antibiotic resistance, scientists heard…

How to get a man to enjoy a chick flick

Public release date: 27-Nov-2007 Is there any way to get a man to savour a melodramatic, so-called ‘chick flick”’ It’s possible, if he knows up front that the story is pure fiction, according to U of A School of Business Associate Professor Jennifer Argo. “We looked at fact and fiction stories and found that if…