Electronic Medical Record Triples Rate Of Osteoporosis ScreeningsUse of the Electronic Health Record tripled the rate of osteoporosis screenings in women who are at risk for the disease, as per a research studyconducted recently by a team of Geisinger Health System researchers.
About half of those who were screened were considered high-risk for the disease, the study found.
An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from the disease and the nation collectively spends about $18 billion per year on bone........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/8/2006 5:12:19 AM)
Data From Robotic Medical Tools Could Improve Surgery SkillsBorrowing ideas from speech recognition research, Johns Hopkins computer researchers are building mathematical models to represent the safest and most effective ways to perform surgery, including tasks such as suturing, dissecting and joining tissue.
The team's long-term goal is to develop an objective way of evaluating a surgeon's work and to help doctors improve their operating room skills. Ultimately, the research also could enable........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/8/2006 4:39:03 AM)
New Approach To Melanoma TreatmentWhile investigating a fungus known to cause an infection in people with AIDS, two grantees of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), unexpectedly discovered a potential strategy for treating metastatic melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. The therapy approach, which involves combining an antibody with radiation, has since been further developed and is........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 12/7/2006 9:57:30 PM)
Blood Pressure Drugs Could Halt Pancreatic Cancer SpreadCommon blood pressure medications might help block the spread of pancreas cancer, scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found. The researchers showed in laboratory studies that two types of pressure-lowering drugs - ACE inhibitors and AT1R blockers - may help reduce the development of tumor-feeding blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. Such drugs, they say, may become part of a novel........Go to the Pancreatic cancer blog (Added on 12/7/2006 9:49:39 PM)
Evolutionary Risk of Cancer And Body MassA key enzyme that cuts short our cellular lifespan in an effort to thwart cancer has now been associated with body mass.
Until now, researchers believed that our relatively long lifespans controlled the expression of telomerase-an enzyme that can lengthen the lives of cells, but can also increase the rate of cancer.
Vera Gorbunova, assistant professor of biology at the University of Rochester, conducted a first-of-its-kind study to........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:51:40 PM)
Abnormal Pap Smears Not UnusualA report, published in health journal Sexual Health, has found nearly all women had had at least one Pap smear test in their lives with 26 percent reporting an abnormal result.
Two thirds of these women were treated at clinics after abnormal tests with about one in five women reporting negative effects on their sex lives.
More than 900 women aged between 18-59, randomly selected from the Commonwealth electoral roll, took part in the........Go to the Uterine cancer blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:42:51 PM)
Sleep Problems In Overweight ChildrenOne-fourth of overweight children may have sleep problems that regular physical activity can largely resolve, scientists say.
Research reported in the recent issue of Obesity shows a surprising 25 out of 100 overweight, inactive children tested positive for sleep-disordered breathing, including telltale snoring.
After about three months of vigorous after-school physical activity such as jumping rope, basketball and tag games, the number........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:17:11 PM)
New Treatment Approaches For GlaucomaNew research from Children's Hospital Boston and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) may help explain how glaucoma causes blindness, revealing the chain of cellular and molecular events that ultimately damage the optic nerve, preventing visual information from traveling from the eye to the brain. The study, done in mice, indicates possible targets for intervention, including an inflammatory molecule called tumor necrosis factor-alpha........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:13:28 PM)
Virtual Reality Can Improve MemoryConventional wisdom tells us that experience is the best teacher. But a new study of virtual marketing strategies finds that this isn't always true. Ann E. Schlosser (University of Washington) tested how well people used a camera after learning about its functions two different ways: either through an interactive virtual rendition or through text and static pictures. She observed that though virtual experiences improved people's memories of........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/5/2006 9:25:55 PM)
Perception Of Overweight And ObesityOverweight black Americans are two to three times more likely than heavy white Americans to say they are of average weight even after being diagnosed as overweight or obese by their doctors, as per a research studyled by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers.
Weight "misperception" was most common among black men and women, and also was found among Hispanic men (but not women) in comparison to their white counterparts. The findings,........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/5/2006 7:41:05 PM)
How Movement Lubricates Bone JointsTaking a cue from machines that gently flex patients knees to help them recover faster from joint surgery, bioengineering scientists at UC San Diego have shown that sliding forces applied to cartilage surfaces prompt cells in that tissue to produce molecules that lubricate and protect joints.
The results reported in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage are important in the ongoing efforts of the group led by Robert Sah, a Howard Hughes Medical........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 12/5/2006 4:48:38 AM)
Implant Measures Tumor GrowthA tiny implant now being developed at MIT could one day help doctors rapidly monitor the growth of tumors and the progress of chemotherapy in cancer patients.
The implant contains nanoparticles that can be designed to test for different substances, including metabolites such as glucose and oxygen that are linked to tumor growth. It can also track the effects of cancer drugs: Once inside a patient, the implant could reveal how much of a........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/4/2006 9:57:44 PM)
Gene Therapy For Erectile DysfunctionThe first human trial of gene transfer treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) indicates that gene treatment that lasts for months and eliminates the patient's need for on-demand drugs (such as Viagra and Cialis), could become the future therapy of choice for this common problem, as per a paper in the most recent issue of Human Gene Therapy.
Lead author Arnold Melman, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Albert Einstein........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/3/2006 9:13:04 PM)
Parenting a child with an eating disorderParenting a child with an eating disorder - monitoring meals, friends and activities - can be a full-time job. But two new studies from scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital indicate a need for increased vigilance in two key areas: Internet use among adolescents with the condition, and pre-teen weight loss in seemingly healthy children.
One study, would be reported in the recent issue........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/3/2006 8:32:10 PM)
Glucocorticoid, Skin Abnormalities And StressInhibiting glucocorticoid, a type of steroid, can prevent skin abnormalities induced by psychological stress, as per a new study from the recent issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. The new study also shows how psychological stress induces skin abnormalities that could initiate or worsen skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
The study, "Glucocorticoid blockade........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:53:59 AM)
Treating The BedwettersChildren with a form of bedwetting that does not respond to a common medicine have more sodium and urea in their nighttime urine, possibly because of an imbalance of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance, a new study has observed.
The finding helps physiologists understand why about 30% of children who suffer from bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) do not respond to desmopressin, a drug that successfully treats the other 70%. The findings,........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:36:36 AM)
Fortified Milk For Preschool ChildrenConsumption of milk fortified with specific micronutrients-zinc, iron, selenium, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E-significantly reduces diarrhea and acute lower respiratory illness among children in developing countries, as per scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Micronutrient Research at Annamalai University in India. The study was published November 28, 2006, on the website of the........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 11/30/2006 5:14:37 AM)
Metabolic Syndrome May Be Treatable With Malaria DrugStudies of a rare genetic condition that increases cancer risk have unveiled a potential therapy for metabolic syndrome, a common disorder that afflicts as a number of as one in every four American adults and puts them at sharply increased risk of type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries.
Researchers know relatively little about metabolic syndrome, which is associated with a range of symptoms that include obesity, insulin resistance, high blood........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 11/30/2006 4:38:02 AM)
Predicting The Risk Of GlaucomaInvestigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a model to identify patients at high risk of developing glaucoma. Their research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Las Vegas.
The model that predicts glaucoma risk relies on five key risk factors. It was developed using data from two landmark clinical trials: the Ocular High blood pressure Treatment Study (OHTS)........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 11/30/2006 4:30:37 AM)
Risks Increase On Episodic Antiretroviral TherapyResults from one of the largest HIV/AIDS therapy trials ever conducted show that a specific strategy of interrupting antiretroviral treatment more than doubles the risk of AIDS or death from any cause. In the study, the researchers used two predetermined levels of CD4+ T cells, the primary immune cell targeted by HIV, to guide them in respectively suspending or restarting the study participants on antiretroviral treatment.
A report........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 11/29/2006 9:36:22 PM)
Sutent, One Of The New 'Targeted' Cancer DrugsThe new "smart" drugs are a really exciting element of cancer medicine. One of the new molecularly-targeted cancer drugs is Sutent. It is a "multi-targeted kinase inhibitor." A drug that inhibits several proteins involved in triggering replication in cancer cells. Basically, inhibits various kinases, a type of enzyme that transfers phosphate groups from high-energy donor molecules to specific target molecules.
Sutent (sunitinib) is an........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/9/2006 5:45:52 PM)
Viagra Against Cancer?Sildenafil and other "impotence drugs" that boost the production of a gassy chemical messenger to dilate blood vessels and produce an erection now also show promise in unmasking cancer cells so that the immune system can recognize and attack them, say researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Tests at Hopkins on mice with implanted colon and breast tumors showed that tumor size decreased two- and threefold in sildenafil-treated........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/8/2006 5:07:23 AM)
Hormonal Contraception Does Not Increase HIV RiskUsing hormonal contraception does not appear to increase women's overall risk of infection with the AIDS virus, report the authors of a large study commissioned by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.
The study, published on the Web site of the journal AIDS, is the largest, most comprehensive of its kind to date. It followed thousands of women in Africa and compared their patterns........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 12/7/2006 10:05:19 PM)
Growing Heart MuscleIt looks, contracts and responds almost like natural heart muscle - even though it was grown in the lab. And it brings researchers another step closer to the goal of creating replacement parts for damaged human hearts, or eventually growing an entirely new heart from just a spoonful of loose heart cells.
This week, University of Michigan scientists are reporting significant progress in growing bioengineered heart muscle, or BEHM, with........Go to the Heart news blog (Added on 12/7/2006 9:46:32 PM)
The Friendship ClinicA number of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder suffer through a range of problems, from poor grades to poor relations with parents and teachers. But more than half of these children also have serious problems making friends. Too often they live lonely lives, never learning to develop the social skills they need to make friends as children or as adults.
"Children with ADHD often are peer-rejected, and their difficulties........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 12/7/2006 9:41:50 PM)
Statin Users Risk Heart Attacks By Dropping TreatmentThousands of statin users worldwide are suffering preventable heart attacks, simply because they are not complying with their therapy or are taking too low a dose, as per new research published on-line (Thursday 7 December) in European Heart Journal.
These life-saving drugs, used to lower cholesterol levels in people who are at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), can only be optimally effective if patients use them properly - and a........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:46:11 PM)
How We Put Stress Into WordsHow does a child learn that the stress is on the second syllable of giraffe, and on the first of zebra?.
Is it memory, the structure of the word itself or clues provided by the sounds in the word?.
New research by psychology expert Dr Padraic Monaghan, of the University of York, will try to answer the question. He is leading a new project to study the mechanism of language processing that governs how stress is assigned in words.
The........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:33:30 PM)
Asian Immigrants Have Fewer Mental Health ProblemsImmigrants from Asia have lower rates of psychiatric disorders than American-born Asians and other native-born Americans, as per the first national epidemiological survey of Asian Americans in the United States.
The study showed different mental health patterns among women and men, with birthplace the key factor for women and English-language proficiency the main variable among men. Asian-American immigrant women were far less likely to........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/6/2006 8:08:42 PM)
how caring sentiments can affect business senseImagine you are selling a used car on eBay. You will demand a higher price for the car if your toddler is sitting on your lap, says surprising new research from the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Scientists from the University of Toronto observed that simply thinking about a personal relationship causes sellers to set a higher price, even if the relationship is not directly correlation to the transaction.
"Relationships........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/5/2006 9:16:31 PM)
Cause Of Cancer Drug Side EffectA troublesome side effect caused by some cancer drugs appears to be caused by a broken "pump" in the liver that fails to push these medicines into a "drain," as per researchers at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. The finding offers clinicians a way to identify patients who are likely to develop diarrhea as a side effect from taking these drugs, the scientists said.
The discovery also has implications for people taking other drugs, since........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 8:09:03 PM)
chlorpyrifos exposure in pregnancyChildren who were exposed prenatally to the insecticide chlorpyrifos had significantly poorer mental and motor development by three years of age and increased risk for behavior problems, as per a peer-evaluated study published recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its journal, Pediatrics. Chlorpyrifos, which was banned for residential use in 2001, is still widely applied to agricultural crops in the U.S. and abroad, including a........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 12/5/2006 4:53:30 AM)
Uterine Preservation In Treating FibroidsEventhough fibroidsnon-malignant tumors that grow in the uteruscan cause pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding and infertility, women of childbearing age often choose to forego therapy because the available therapy options dont guarantee fertility.
In a study in the recent issue of The Female Patient, physicians at.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia present a case history of a 35-year-old women whose numerous fibroids........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/5/2006 4:31:27 AM)
Treating obesity vital for public healthPhysicians who once treated mainly elderly patients for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke are seeing increasingly younger patients who have the same ailments.
A review in the recent issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings focuses on the increasing prevalence of metabolic syndrome, a state characterized by cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and abnormal levels of glucose (sugar) and fats in the blood.........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/3/2006 9:08:49 PM)
Better Tumor VaccinesA "super" form of the enzyme Akt1 could provide the key to boosting the effect of tumor vaccines by extending the lives of dendritic cells, the immune-system master switches that promote the response of T-cells, which attack tumors, said scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the "advance online publication" section of the current issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology.
"By keeping the dendritic cells alive........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/3/2006 8:28:44 PM)
Varying Weight Training Intensity In WomenWomen who undertake a long-term weight training program produce more biologically active growth hormone, a finding that allows physiologists to understand why weight training improves muscle tone and optimizes metabolic function.
A study reported in the recent issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism looked at different forms of growth hormone, used different testing methods, and varied weight training........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:43:24 AM)
Preparing Food Helps Young Adults Eat BetterYoung adults who often purchase their own food and prepare meals at home eat fast food less often, eat more fruits and vegetables and have better overall diet quality than those who are not involved in planning and cooking their meals, as per scientists at the University of Minnesota.
The study surveyed more than 1,500 people ages 18 to 23 about their food purchasing and preparation habits and the quality of their diets. The scientists found........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:18:36 AM)
Go To Church To Breathe Easier Going to church might help you breathe easier. A new study by Temple Universitys Joanna Maselko, Sc.D., observed that religious activity may protect and maintain pulmonary health in the elderly.
Pulmonary function is an important indicator of respiratory and overall health, yet little is known about the psychosocial factors that might predict pulmonary function. At the same time, religious activity is emerging as a potential health........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 11/30/2006 5:02:05 AM)
Pregnant Women With Placental InfectionPregnant women who develop an infection of the placenta or nearby membranes in their first pregnancy have twice the risk of getting it in their second pregnancy, scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.
The infection, called chorioamnionitis, occurs in 0.5 percent to 10 percent of births. It can cause bleeding and widespread infection in the mother and infect the fetus as well, possibly resulting in cerebral palsy. If the........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 11/30/2006 4:57:38 AM)
Seven-point System Gauges Seriousness Of Heart Failuresimple points system may soon help guide therapy of elderly heart failure patients. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis observed that by counting how a number of of seven easy-to-obtain health factors a patient has, physicians can estimate the patient's risk of dying.
The points system may steer doctors toward considering more aggressive therapys such as implantable defibrillators and pacemakers for those at........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 11/30/2006 4:27:52 AM)
Vegetables May Help Protect Against Prostate CancerOur parents may have been on to something when they told us to eat our vegetables, finish eating every pea and bean on our plates.
In two separate studies it was observed that nutrients in certain foods might reduce the risk for prostate cancer, as per Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D., M.P.H., a member of the Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Shannon will present these findings........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 11/30/2006 4:17:15 AM)