On our Lab Notes page CalorieLab’s editors select and rank the day’s essential health news items in real time. Readers can suggest, vote and comment on items. Below are brief summaries of yesterday’s (June 30, 2012) Lab Notes items. To see today’s items, visit Lab Notes.
A new compound discovered by researchers at UCLA has been found to restore muscle strength in mouse models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by generating more functional dystrophin which is “lost” as a result of a mutation in the DNA that makes the protein.
New research in mice suggests that being infected with higher numbers of the influenza virus when first exposed may result in a higher immunity during subsequent infections, even with other strains, and could possibly lead to developing a better vaccine.
Higher education and lower weight are linked for U.S. women: only 25% of those who have a bachelor’s degree or better are likely to be obese, while the obesity rates of those with less than a B.A. range from 39 percent to 43 percent.
(By CalorieLab editors)