33MD for February 12, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 7:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

We’ve all been there: runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, feeling miserable from a bad cold. Now scientists may have cracked the code that could give all of us relief! They’ve pieced together the genetic code of the human rhino-virus, or common cold. They found 80 new cold virus strains and assembled the genetic information into a “family tree.” Their findings could lead to new drugs to treat specific strains of the virus and maybe even vaccines to prevent colds.

There’s a new, non-invasive test for prostate cancer that can let doctors know whether it’s malignant or benign. Experts at the University of Michigan say the amino acid, sarcosine, can indicate just how aggressive a prostate tumor is. The compound can be detected through a simple urine test. Researchers call this an exciting development, but say several more studies are needed before sarcosine can be used to make clinical decisions.

Finally, a big waistline could turn into a big headache. A new study out of Drexel University says overweight people may be at a higher risk of migraines. Doctors found age, gender, and the way your body distributes fat affects the risk of migraine. Researchers say losing weight, especially around your middle, will help cut your chances of suffering migraines.