Obesity :: Genes may make some people more motivated to eat, perhaps overeat

Science has found one likely contributor to the way that some folks eat to live and others live to eat. Researchers at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, have found that people with genetically lower dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps make behaviors and substances more rewarding, find food to be more reinforcing than people without that genotype. In short, they are more motivated to eat and they eat more.

Epilepsy :: FDA approves first generic anticonvulsant drug Trileptal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Trileptal (oxcarbazepine), an anticonvulsant drug. Generic oxcarbazepine is FDA-approved for use alone or in combination with other medications in the treatment of partial seizures in adults and children aged four years and above.

Cancer :: Dye test to check response of radiation or chemotherapy in cancer patients

A UNSW researcher has developed a world-first test which will radically improve cancer management. Professor Philip Hogg, the co-director of UNSW’s Lowy Cancer Research Centre, has developed the technology which will determine whether cancer cells are dying within one day of a patient’s treatment with radiation or chemotherapy.

Clinical Trial :: Paving the way for future pan-European clinical trials

Pan-European collaboration is important for many clinical trials and essential for trials that are investigating treatments for rare diseases. That was the message delivered today by the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC), the membership organisation for medical research councils across Europe based at the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg, which is coordinating two trials in rare diseases and about to launch a review of how best to implement clinical trials that are initiated by investigators.

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