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3 posts from March 2009

12 March 2009

Research suggests strong role for Vitamin D (The Dana Foundation Website - 9 March 2009)

Dana_logo Low Vitamin D levels have been linked to a variety of health problems in the past few years.  New genetic research suggests that Vitamin D may play a much better role in the development and maintenance of the immune system than ever before imagined.

Excerpt:

Vitamin D, a micronutrient we absorb from the sun’s rays, has long been known to be beneficial to bone health, preventing childhood diseases such as the bone-softening rickets. But new research suggests that the micronutrient’s reach may be much deeper—it may play a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of the human immune system...

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Search widens for causes of psychiatric disorder (The Dana Foundation Website - 25 February 2009)

Dana_logo An emerging discipline, epigenetics, is offering researchers ways to understand more about how genes and the environment interact in the development of psychiatric disorders.

Excerpt:

Despite the recent leaps in our knowledge concerning the human genome, research in this area has not yet provided the kind of concrete answers that physicians and their patients had long hoped for. An emerging discipline, epigenetics, may—and may offer new directions for research as well as more targeted therapies for treatment...

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10 March 2009

Deeper understanding of the blood-brain barrier may lead to targeted treatments (The Dana Foundation Website - 9 February 2009)

Dana_logoAn article about advances in understanding how the blood-brain barrier works may provide clinicians hope for better treatments for certain disorders. 

Excerpt:

 Several new studies of the blood-brain barrier may pave the way for better treatments of certain cancers and inflammatory brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a network of specialized blood vessels that both transports nutrients into the neural tissue from the bloodstream and blocks potentially harmful substances...

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