(February 25, 2012 - Insidermedicine)
From Los Angeles - A new drug for metastatic melanoma can greatly increase survival, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Studying 132 patients with metastatic melanoma, researchers found that patients who took the new drug Zelboraf survived nearly twice as long those treated with standard therapy.
?From California, the structure of the botulinum neurotoxin has been characterized by researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Medical School of Hannover in Germany. The botulinum neurotoxin is among the most resilient and powerful neurotoxins ever discovered; it can lead to botulism, making it an ideal candidate for bioterrorism. Understanding the structure of the toxin is the first step in discovering how to disable and treat it. ?
And finally, from New Hampshire - Movies can increase risk of binge drinking among teens, according to a report published in BMJ Open. Surveying 6,500 boys and girls aged 10-14 for two years, researchers found that alcohol consumption in movies accounted for 28% of increase in alcohol use among the teens, and for a 20% increase in binge drinking.