Blood pressure levels in childhood track into adulthoodHypertension in childhood is linked to higher blood pressure or high blood pressure in adulthood, as per a research studyby scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their analyses of previously published blood pressure tracking studies over the last four decades show a consistent relationship between children's blood pressure levels with their blood pressure levels as adults. The results are reported in the June 2008........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 6/16/2008 10:14:55 PM)
Abortion drug's off-label use may have led to deathsPreliminary U-M studies indicate that oral use of RU-486's companion drug misoprostol is safe, but vaginal use may undermine body's immune responses.
The off-label use of a drug given with RU-486 to terminate a pregnancy may be responsible for a handful of rare, fatal infections seen in women taking the drugs since 2000, a study by University of Michigan researchers suggests.
The drug misoprostol is FDA-approved to be taken by mouth along........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 6/16/2008 10:09:47 PM)
Carbon Nanotubes Could Have Asbestos-Like Health ComplicationsA recent laboratory study has shed new light on the possibility of a nexus between carbon nanotube exposure and the asbestos-like health effects.
Carbon nanotubes are molecular-level structures that are now being used in thousands of products from tennis rackets and hair dryers to computer chips and electronics. They are renowned for their unparalleled strength and remarkably low mass, and were seen by a number of as the next frontier of........Go to the Mesothelioma blog (Added on 6/15/2008 1:19:04 PM)
Normal sleep linked to successful agingA research abstract that will be presented on Wednesday at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), finds a link between normal sleep and healthy aging.
The study, authored by Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, of the University of California at San Diego, and his colleagues, focused on 2,226 women 60 years of age or older. Reports of use of sleeping aids, daytime somnolence, napping, sleep latency,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/11/2008 8:42:19 PM)
Vitamin supplement little more than 'snake oil'A popular vitamin supplement is being advertised with claims that are demonstrably untrue, as revealed by research reported in the open access journal BMC Pharmacology
Benfotiamine is a synthetic derivative of thiamine (vitamin B1). It is marketed heavily as a dietary supplement using a selection of unsubstantiated, 'not-quite-medical' claims that tend to characterize this field. A large part of this campaign has been built around the belief........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/11/2008 8:26:47 PM)
Raloxifene reduces risk of invasive estrogen-receptor positive breast cancerWomen who took raloxifene were less likely to develop invasive estrogen-receptor (ER) positive breast cancer compared with women who did not, as per data from a randomized controlled trial published online June 10 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute The drug did not reduce the risk of non-invasive cancer or invasive ER-negative cancers.
A prior analysis of data from the Raloxifene Use for the Heart (RUTH) trial, which enrolled........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 6/10/2008 10:13:34 PM)
Students with a delayed school start time sleep longerHigh school students with a delayed school start time are more likely to take advantage of the extra time in bed, and less likely to report daytime sleepiness, as per a research abstract that will be presented on Monday at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
The study, authored by Zaw W. Htwe, MD, of Norwalk Hospitals Sleep Disorders Center in Norwalk, Conn., focused on 259 high school........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/9/2008 9:55:10 PM)
Children with high risk for a sleep-related breathing disorder Children with high risk for a sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) are more likely to have anxiety, as per a research abstract that will be presented on Monday at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
The study, authored by Shalini Paruthi, MD, of the University of Michigan, focused on 341 families with a child in second through fifth grade, who were surveyed about SRBD symptoms as........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 6/9/2008 9:29:45 PM)
New pathogen from pigs' stomach ulcersResearchers have isolated a new bacterium in pigs' stomachs thanks to a pioneering technique, offering hope of new therapys to people who suffer with stomach ulcers, as per research reported in the recent issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
The bacterium that usually causes stomach ulcers in humans is called Helicobacter pylori. Extensive research has been carried out on this bacterium and the two........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 6/8/2008 8:41:30 PM)
Vitamin D and type 1 diabetesSun exposure and vitamin D levels may play a strong role in risk of type 1 diabetes in children, as per new findings by scientists at the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. This association comes on the heels of similar research findings by this same group regarding vitamin D levels and several major cancers.
In this new study, the scientists observed that........Go to the Diabetic news blog (Added on 6/5/2008 10:28:04 PM)
Revision of osteoporosis guidelinesTufts University researcher Bess Dawson-Hughes, M.D., chaired the committee that recently updated the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis. The new Clinician's Guide incorporates the World Health Organization (WHO) absolute fracture prediction algorithm (FRAX), a computer-based tool expected to increase the identification of patients at risk for osteoporosis.
"The introduction........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/5/2008 10:23:03 PM)
How to lose weight without losing boneA higher-protein diet that emphasizes lean meats and low-fat dairy foods as sources of protein and calcium can mean weight loss without bone loss--and the evidence is in bone scans taken throughout a new University of Illinois study.
The research, which compared the results of a high-protein, dairy-intensive diet with a conventional weight-loss diet based on the food-guide pyramid, was published in this month's Journal of Nutrition.
"This........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 6/5/2008 10:18:03 PM)
Brief, intense exercise benefits the heartShort bursts of high intensity sprints known to benefit muscle and improve exercise performancecan improve the function and structure of blood vessels, in particular arteries that deliver blood to our muscles and heart, as per new research from McMaster University.
The study, lead by kinesiology doctoral student Mark Rakobowchuk, is published online in the journal American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 6/4/2008 11:04:33 PM)
Public funding and human embryonic stem cell researchBolstered by supportive policies and public research dollars, the United Kingdom, Israel, China, Singapore and Australia are producing uncommonly large shares of human embryonic stem cell research, as per a report from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the June 2008 issue Cell Stem Cell. Aaron Levine, assistant professor of public policy and author of the book Cloning: A Beginner's Guide, studied how countries output of research papers........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 6/4/2008 10:56:17 PM)
Heart patients fare better in 3-year programPeople recovering from acute heart problems such as heart attack and heart surgery are more likely to develop habits to control heart attack risk factors when they meet regularly with cardiac "disease managers," as per scientists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. These managers are nondoctor cardiac rehabilitation specialists who lead long-term follow-up programs that last three years. With these risk factors under control, heart patients are likely........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 6/4/2008 10:35:37 PM)
Magnet-controlled camera in the bodyImages from inside the body? It can be done with tiny cameras which the patient has to swallow. In the past there was no way of controlling the device as it passed through the body. Now it can be steered and stopped where desired, and even deliver images of the esophagus.
Images of the inside of the intestine can be obtained even today: The patient swallows a camera that is no larger than a candy. It makes its way through the intestine and........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 6/3/2008 10:40:28 PM)
Recommendations for Rheumatoid Arthritis TherapyTo manage the painful and incapacitating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic, inflammatory joint disease, the majority of patients rely on disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). In addition to trusted nonbiologic DMARDs, many biologic agents now promise to improve therapy for RA. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR), respected worldwide for its devotion to fostering excellence in patient care, has not updated........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 6/3/2008 10:23:56 PM)
Cold Medication Use in Young Childrensignificant number of adverse effects and several deaths, leading the FDA to recommend against their use for children less than two years old. Despite these concerns about safety and efficacy, there has been little research on patterns of cough and cold medicine use in very young children. Now, a new study from the Emergency Medicine Network (www.emnet-usa.org) led by Katherine O'Donnell, M.D. of Children's Hospital Boston reveals important new........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 6/1/2008 10:49:41 PM)
Acupuncture reduces pain and dysfunction in head and neck cancerNew data from a randomized, controlled trial observed that acupuncture provided significant reductions in pain, dysfunction, and dry mouth in head and neck cancer patients after neck dissection. The study was led by David Pfister, MD, Chief of the Head and Neck Medical Oncology Service, and Barrie Cassileth, PhD, Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Dr. Pfister presented the findings........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 6/1/2008 10:46:47 PM)
New combination therapy safe, promising for melanomaThe combination of two different biotherapies may be beneficial for patients with inoperable melanoma, as per a University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) study presented at the 44th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.
Scientists in the melanoma and skin cancer program at UPCI combined two biotherapies therapys that stimulate the immune system to fight cancer and found the results promising........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 6/1/2008 10:39:59 PM)
Why some don't respond to cholesterol-lowering drugsA variation in the way the body processes a single protein may explain why some people don't respond well to drugs that lower "bad" cholesterol, as per a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association
The gene variation, called alternative splicing, explained 9 percent of the drugs' decreased power to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in study participants in comparison to people with the standard processing pathway.
........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 6/16/2008 10:13:22 PM)
Complex Changes in the Brain's Vascular System Occur after MenopauseA number of women experience menopausal changes in their body including hot flashes, moodiness and fatigue, but the changes they don't notice can be more dangerous. In a new study, scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered significant changes in the brain's vascular system when the ovaries stop producing estrogen. MU researchers predict that currently used estrogen-based hormone therapies may complicate this process and may do........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/16/2008 9:19:27 PM)
Hot flashes underreported and linked to forgetfulnessWomen in midlife underreport the number of hot flashes that they experience by more than 40 percent, and these hot flashes are associated with poor verbal memory, as per a research studyby scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The study is published online and will appear in the September/recent issue of the journal Menopause
It is the first study to explore the relationship between objectively measured hot flashes and........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/16/2008 9:16:06 PM)
Montana still threatened by West NileWest Nile virus is apparently here to stay despite Montana's cool, wet spring, says Montana State University entomologist Greg Johnson.
Urging Montanans to protect themselves with repellents, Johnson said the mosquitoes that carry the virus are sure to emerge when temperatures reach the 70s and 80s. Infection rates and deaths may not always be as high as they were in 2003 and 2007, but Montanans should be aware of the threat.
"Regardless........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 6/11/2008 9:00:01 PM)
Efficacy of travelers' diarrhea vaccineScientists at The University of Texas School of Public Health have observed that patients given a travelers' diarrhea vaccine were significantly less likely to suffer from clinically significant diarrhea than those who received placebo, as per a research studypublished in this week's edition of the Lancet The patch-based vaccine is part of the Phase 2 study in conjunction with the Iomai Corporation.
The study, which followed 170 healthy........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 6/11/2008 8:21:55 PM)
Cost of cancer care on riseThe cost of cancer care incurred during the period two months previous to cancer diagnosis and 12 months following diagnosis increased substantially between 1991 and 2002 for elderly patients in the United States, as per a research studypublished online June 10 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute The increases in costs for breast, lung, and colorectal cancer were due in large part to increases in the percentage of patients receiving........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 6/10/2008 9:51:57 PM)
Unique drug combination for Type I diabetesPromising results from a study that tested a new approach for reversing Type 1 diabetes are being presented this week at the American Diabetes Association's 68th Annual Scientific Session in San Francisco.
The study tested the combination of Lisofylline (LSF), a drug that is being developed to halt immune damage to insulin producing cells, and Islet Neogenesis Associated Protein peptide (INGAP), a drug based on a naturally occurring protein........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 6/10/2008 9:15:50 PM)
Women worrying about cancerA significant number of women worrying about cancer may be experiencing sleep disturbances, even without a breast cancer diagnosis, as per a research abstract that will be presented by Amita Dharawat, MD, on Monday at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
This collaborative study, from the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island University in........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 6/9/2008 9:25:34 PM)
Mother's obesity and newborn deathsmaternal obesity appears to have no impact on the early survival of infants born to white women, the situation is different for black women, scientists report in the June 2008 issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Infants of obese black mothers had a higher risk of death in the first 27 days following birth than newborns of obese white mothers, the scientists found. Furthermore, this black disadvantage in neonatal infant mortality........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 6/9/2008 8:27:50 PM)
Origins of the brainOne of the great scientific challenges is to understand the design principles and origins of the human brain. New research has shed light on the evolutionary origins of the brain and how it evolved into the remarkably complex structure found in humans.
The research suggests that it is not size alone that gives more brain power, but that, during evolution, increasingly sophisticated molecular processing of nerve impulses allowed development........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 6/8/2008 8:26:11 PM)
Primary care visits reduce hospital utilizationScientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have observed that primary care visits reduce hospital utilization among Medicare beneficiaries at the end of life. The recently published study appears in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
As per researchers, medical therapys for the six percent of Medicare beneficiaries who die each year comprise almost 30 percent of Medicare expenditures. In addition, the quality of........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/5/2008 10:21:06 PM)
How best to treat chronic pain?How best to alleviate chronic pain, a leading cause of disability and employee absenteeism, continues to perplex both patients and their doctors.
A review of recent studies on pain medicine appearing in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that while various approaches and combinations of therapies to treat pain have advantages and disadvantages, scientists don't yet know how to determine which is best for........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 6/5/2008 10:15:37 PM)
Symbicort for treatment of asthma in children as young as 6AstraZeneca today announced that it submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of a new indication for SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Inhalation Aerosol for the long-term maintenance therapy of asthma in pediatric patients ages 6 to 11 years old. SYMBICORT is currently approved for the long-term maintenance therapy of asthma in patients 12 years........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 6/4/2008 11:06:30 PM)
Substance in red wine keep hearts youngHow do the French get away with a clean bill of heart health despite a diet loaded with saturated fats? Researchers have long suspected that the answer to the so-called "French paradox" lies in red wine. Now, the results of a new study bring them closer to understanding why.
Writing this week in the online, open-access journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE, scientists from industry and academia, including the University of........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 6/4/2008 11:00:01 PM)
Regular tipple may curb risk of rheumatoid arthritisAlcohol cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50%, reveals research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The Scandinavian scientists base their findings on more than 2750 people taking part in two separate studies, which assessed environmental and genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis.
Over half the participants (1650) had the disease and had been matched for age, sex, and........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 6/4/2008 10:53:19 PM)
Toward Ending Cartilage LossResearchers have long wrestled with how to aid those who suffer cartilage damage and loss. One popular way is to inject an artificial gel that can imitate cartilage's natural ability to act as the body's shock absorber. But that solution is temporary, requiring follow-up injections.
Now Brown University nanotechnology specialist Thomas Webster has found a way to regenerate cartilage naturally by creating a synthetic surface that attracts........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 6/3/2008 10:31:29 PM)
Eating and weight gain not necessarily linkedYou may not be what you eat after all.
A new study shows that increased eating does not necessarily lead to increased fat. The finding in the much-studied roundworm opens the possibility of identifying new targets for drugs to control weight, the scientists say.
The discovery reveals that the neurotransmitter serotonin, already known to control appetite and fat build-up, actually does so through two separate signaling channels. One set........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 6/3/2008 10:27:46 PM)
Researchers find human virus in chimpanzeesAfter studying chimpanzees in the wilds of Tanzania's Mahale Mountains National Park for the past year as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Virginia Tech researcher Dr. Taranjit Kaur and her team have produced powerful scientific evidence that chimpanzees are becoming sick from viral infectious diseases they have likely contracted from humans.
In an article would be reported in the August issue (available on-line in June) of........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 6/3/2008 10:10:49 PM)
Mom's behavior key to dad's involvement in child careMothers play an important role in determining how much fathers get involved in taking care of their infants, as per new research.
A study of 97 couples observed that fathers were more involved in the day-to-day care of their infants when they received active encouragement from their wife or partner.
In fact, this encouragement was important even after taking into account fathers and mothers views about how involved dads should be, the........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/1/2008 10:45:23 PM)
It's Okay to Keep Those FeelingsContrary to popular notions about what is normal or healthy, new research has observed that it is okay not to express one's thoughts and feelings after experiencing a collective trauma, such as a school shooting or terrorist attack.
In fact, people who choose not to express their feelings after such an event may be better off than those who do talk about their feelings, as per University at Buffalo psychology expert Mark Seery, Ph.D., lead........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 6/1/2008 10:33:27 PM)