New breathing therapy reduces panic and anxietyA new therapy program teaches people who suffer from panic disorder how to reduce the terrorizing symptoms by normalizing their breathing.
The method has proved better than traditional cognitive treatment at reducing both symptoms of panic and hyperventilation, as per a newly released study.
The biological-behavioral therapy program is called Capnometry-Assisted Respiratory Training, or CART, said psychology expert and panic disorder........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/21/2010 6:16:13 AM)
Caffeine negatively affects childrenCaffeine consumption in children is often blamed for sleep problems and bedwetting. Information on childhood caffeine consumption is limited, and a number of parents may not know the amount or effects of their child's caffeine consumption. As per a research findings published in The Journal of Pediatrics, scientists observed that 75% of children surveyed consumed caffeine on a daily basis, and the more caffeine the children consumed, the less........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 12/16/2010 7:24:18 AM)
Fighting flu in newborns begins in pregnancyA three-year study by Yale School of Medicine scientists has observed that vaccinating pregnant women against influenza is over 90 percent effective in preventing their infants from being hospitalized with influenza in the first six months of life. Reported in the December 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the study builds on preliminary data the research team presented last year at the Infectious Disease Society of America in........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/15/2010 7:10:36 AM)
Strategy to improve cancer vaccinesThe promise of vaccines targeted against various types of cancer has raised the hopes of patients and their families. The reality, however, is that these promising therapys are difficult to develop. One of the challenges is identifying a discrete cellular target to stop cancer growth without inactivating the immune system. Researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center report a laboratory finding that has the potential to increase........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/15/2010 7:01:55 AM)
Breast cancer in pregnant womenDo not delay therapy of breast cancer just because a woman is pregnant, said lead researcher Sibylle Loibl, Dr. med, of the German Breast Group.
This suggestion is based on study results detailing the effects of different therapy options on the infant. Loibl presented this data at the 33rd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 8-12, 2010.
"At the time we started the study in 2003, there was hardly any information........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/13/2010 7:26:25 AM)
Cataracts: Prevention and TreatmentFor many people, cataracts are a common, inevitable consequence of aging. A cataract is a blurring and impairment of vision as the eye's natural lens becomes cloudy. In addition to this blurriness, individuals with cataracts may have difficulty seeing at night, decreased experience of colors, and heightened sensitivity to bright conditions; they may often find themselves getting new prescriptions from their eye doctors. Cataracts can begin to........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 12/10/2010 10:58:18 PM)
Cranberry Juice Not Effective Against Urinary Tract InfectionsDrinking cranberry juice has been recommended to decrease the occurence rate of urinary tract infections, based on findings based on observation and a few small clinical trials. However, a newly released study reported in the January 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, and now available online, suggests otherwise.
College-aged women who tested positive for having a urinary tract infection were assigned to drink eight ounces of........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/9/2010 7:35:56 AM)
Are depressed people too clean?In an effort to pinpoint potential triggers leading to inflammatory responses that eventually contribute to depression, scientists are taking a close look at the immune system of people living in today's cleaner modern society.
Rates of depression in younger people have steadily grown to outnumber rates of depression in the older populations and scientists think it appears to be because of a loss of healthy bacteria.
In an article........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/8/2010 7:15:14 AM)
Eat brightly-coloured fruits and vegetablesGround-breaking research from Professor Douglas Kell, reported in the journal Archives of Toxicology, has observed that the majority of debilitating illnesses are in part caused by poorly-bound iron which causes the production of dangerous toxins that can react with the components of living systems.
These toxins, called hydroxyl radicals, cause degenerative diseases of a number of kinds in different parts of the body.
In order to protect........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/8/2010 6:56:22 AM)
Why married men behave betterScientists have long argued that marriage generally reduces illegal and aggressive behaviors in men. It remained unclear, however, if that association was a function of matrimony itself or whether less "antisocial" men were simply more likely to get married.
The answer, as per a newly released study led by a Michigan State University behavior geneticist, may be both.
In the recent issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, online today,........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:15:53 AM)
Questions about genetic testing of newbornsRequired genetic screening of newborns for rare diseases is creating unexpected upheaval for families whose infants test positive for risk factors but show no immediate signs of the diseases, a new UCLA study warns.
"Eventhough newborn screening undoubtedly saves lives, some families are thrown on a journey of great uncertainty," said UCLA sociology professor Stefan Timmermans, the study's main author. "Rather than providing clear-cut........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:06:14 AM)
Moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of metabolic diseasesWith the emergence of an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes (DM) throughout the world, the association of lifestyle habits that may affect the risk of metabolic diseases is particularly important. Most prospective studies have shown that moderate drinkers tend to have about 30% lower risk of developing late onset diabetes than do non-drinkers, and moderate drinkers also tend to be at lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MS). A........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 11/30/2010 7:58:57 AM)
Sleep apnea and heart diseasePeople with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder linked to obesity, have more non-calcified or "bad" plaque in their coronary arteries, as per a research studypresented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
"Our study reveals that individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are prone to developing an aggressive form of atherosclerosis that puts them at risk for impaired blood flow and........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 11/30/2010 7:55:21 AM)
Belly fat puts women at risk for osteoporosisFor years, it was believed that obese women were at lower risk for developing osteoporosis, and that excess body fat actually protected against bone loss. However, a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) observed that having too much internal abdominal fat may, in fact, have a damaging effect on bone health.
"We know that obesity is a major public health problem," said the study's........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 11/30/2010 7:52:32 AM)
HIV drugs interfere with blood sugarThe same powerful drugs that have extended the lives of countless people with HIV come with a price - insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have determined why that happens. Their research shows that HIV protease inhibitors directly interfere with the way blood sugar levels are controlled in the body. This leads to insulin resistance,........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 11/23/2010 8:03:26 AM)
IQ scores and academic performance iin autismNew data show that a number of children with autism spectrum disorders have greater academic abilities than previously thought. In a study by scientists at the University of Washington, 90 percent of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders showed a discrepancy between their IQ score and their performance on reading, spelling and math tests.
"Academic achievement is a potential source of self-worth and source of feeling of........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 11/18/2010 7:46:14 AM)
Vitamin C: A life-saving treatment for sepsis?Physicians caring for patients with sepsis may soon have a new safe and cost-effective therapy for this life-threatening illness. Research led by Dr. Karel Tyml and colleagues at The University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute have observed that vitamin C can not only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can reverse the disease.
Sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in your body. Your immune........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 11/18/2010 7:11:14 AM)
US adults most likely to forgo care due to costA new 11-country survey from The Commonwealth Fund finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other industrialized nations to go without health care because of costs, have trouble paying medical bills, encounter high medical bills even when insured, and have disputes with their insurers or discover insurance wouldn't pay as they expected. As per the report, the findings highlight the need for Affordable Care Act........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 11/18/2010 7:03:21 AM)
Melanoma does not conform to the cancer stem cell modelMichigan scientists have determined that most types of melanoma cells can form cancerous tumors, providing new evidence that the deadliest form of skin cancer does not conform to the increasingly popular cancer stem cell model.
In addition, the scientists observed that melanoma tumor cells can change their appearance by switching various genes on and off, making the cancerous cells a stealthy, shape-shifting target for scientists seeking new........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 11/16/2010 7:05:12 AM)
Radiation fears should not deter women from mammographyThe risk of radiation-induced breast cancer from mammography screening is slight compared to the benefit of expected lives saved, as per a newly released study appearing online and in the recent issue of the journal Radiology
"Recently, there have been reports in the press focusing on the potential radiation risk from mammography, especially as used for periodic screening," said the study's main author, Martin J. Yaffe, Ph.D., senior........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 11/16/2010 7:00:19 AM)
Compound with potent effects on biological clockUsing an automated screening technique developed by pharmaceutical companies to find new drugs, a team of scientists from UC San Diego and three other research institutions has discovered a molecule with the most potent effects ever seen on the biological clock.
Dubbed by the researchers "longdaysin," for its ability to dramatically slow down the biological clock, the new compound and the application of their screening method to the........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/16/2010 7:54:09 AM)
Where unconscious memories formA small area deep in the brain called the perirhinal cortex is critical for forming unconscious conceptual memories, scientists at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain have found.
The perirhinal cortex was believed to be involved, like the neighboring hippocampus, in "declarative" or conscious memories, but the new results show that the picture is more complex, said main author Wei-chun Wang, a graduate student at UC Davis.
The results........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/16/2010 7:31:41 AM)
Breast inflammation is key to cancer growthPHILADELPHIA It took 12 years and a creation of a highly sophisticated transgenic mouse, but scientists at Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have finally proven a long suspected theory: Inflammation in the breast is key to the development and progression of breast cancer.
In the December 15 issue of Cancer Research, the researchers say they can now definitively show that an inflammatory process within the breast itself promotes growth of........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/15/2010 7:02:57 AM)
HOXB7 gene promotes tamoxifen resistanceA gene target for drug resistance, a triple-drug cocktail for triple negative breast cancer, and patients' risk for carpal tunnel syndrome are among study highlights scheduled to be presented by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers during the 33rd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 8-12. The information is embargoed for the time of presentation at the symposium.
A number of postmenopausal women with........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/13/2010 7:44:41 AM)
Pomegranate juice components to fight cancerScientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified components in pomegranate juice that both inhibit the movement of cancer cells and weaken their attraction to a chemical signal that promotes the metastasis of prostate cancer to the bone. The research could lead to new therapies for preventing cancer metastasis.
Performed in the lab of Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology, the research was presented today........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/13/2010 6:57:05 AM)
Biological diversity of ovarian cancerCancer prevention experts have long been frustrated by the lack of a meaningful way to screen women for ovary cancer. It is a relatively rare disease that often progresses with few symptoms until it is too late for potentially curative therapys, and elevated values of the most usually used biomarker used in screening, CA125, are also correlation to other disorders.
Now, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute say that incorporating the........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 12/13/2010 6:49:46 AM)
Autism breakthroughEastern Virginia Medical School scientists have identified a potential novel therapy strategy for the social impairment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), an aspect of the condition that has a profound impact on quality of life.
"Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders are either disinterested in social interactions or find them unpleasant. They often don't understand what other people are thinking or feeling and misinterpret........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/9/2010 7:47:59 AM)
Embryonic stem cell researchStates, not the federal government, now fund the majority of human embryonic stem cell research conducted in the United States, as per a recent study in the journal Nature Biotechnology In addition, states varied substantially in the extent to which they prioritized human embryonic stem cell research, and much of the research performed in the states could likely have been funded by the National Institutes of Health under federal guidelines........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/9/2010 7:02:20 AM)
Mammogram sensitivity and menstrual cycleTry to schedule your screening mammogram during the first week of your menstrual cycle. It might make breast cancer screening more accurate for pre-menopausal women who choose to have regular mammograms. This recommendation comes from an article published online December 3 in Radiology by Diana Miglioretti, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute.
Dr. Miglioretti and her co-authors are working on an issue at the heart........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:47:37 AM)
A flu vaccine that lastsThe costly, time-consuming process of making, distributing and administering millions of seasonal flu vaccines would become obsolete if scientists could design a vaccine that confers decades-long protection from any flu virus strain. Making such a universal influenza vaccine is feasible but licensing it may require innovation on several fronts, including finding new ways to evaluate the efficacy of vaccine candidates in clinical trials,........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:19:57 AM)
Religion and happinessWhile the positive connection between religiosity and life satisfaction has long been known, a newly released study in the recent issue of the American Sociological Review reveals religion's "secret ingredient" that makes people happier.
"Our study offers compelling evidence that it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction," said Chaeyoon Lim, an assistant professor of sociology........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:11:34 AM)
Influenza virus strains show increasing drug resistanceTwo new studies raise public health concerns about increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses, their ability to spread, and a lack of alternative antiviral therapy options. The findings appear in the January 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases (Please see below for links to these articles online.).
Influenza viruses are treated with two classes of drugs: M2 blockers (adamantanes) and neuraminidase inhibitors........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:04:54 AM)
Screening tool to identify heart diseaseIn a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), scientists say they may have an explanation as to why African Americans, despite having lower amounts of coronary artery calcification, are at increased risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular events compared with Caucasians.
The answer, as per scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, S.C.,........Go to the Heart news blog (Added on 11/30/2010 7:54:06 AM)
Acupuncture changes brain's perception of painUsing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scientists have captured pictures of the brain while patients experienced a pain stimulus with and without acupuncture to determine acupuncture's effect on how the brain processes pain. Results of the study, which the scientists say suggest the effectiveness of acupuncture, were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
"Until now, the role........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 11/30/2010 7:51:21 AM)
Thermotherapy instead of chemotherapy?Using hyperthermia, Virginia Tech engineering scientists and a colleague from India unveiled a new method to target and destroy malignant cells. The research was presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Physical Society Nov. 23 in Long Beach, Calif.
The cancer therapy uses hyperthermia to elevate the temperature of tumor cells, while keeping the surrounding healthy tissue at a lower degree of body heat. The researchers used both........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 11/23/2010 7:54:00 AM)
Role of dietitians in diabetes managementSt. Louis, MO, November 23, 2010 Proper nutrition treatment is essential for the successful management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and registered dietitians (RDs) can play a key role as part of the health care team. An article in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reviews the evidence and nutrition practice recommendations presented in the American Dietetic Association Nutrition Practice Guidelines for Type........Go to the Diabetic news blog (Added on 11/23/2010 7:51:45 AM)
Insight into the Cause of Common DementiaScientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida have found a clue as to how some people develop a form of dementia that affects the brain areas linked to personality, behavior, and language.
In the Nov. 17 online issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the researchers write that they discovered a link between two proteins - progranulin and sortilin - they say might open new avenues for the therapy of frontotemporal lobar........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 11/18/2010 7:09:45 AM)
Progress in Alzheimer's disease New studies identify brain changes in people with Alzheimer's disease. The results give scientists a greater understanding of the disease and may help at-risk individuals by improving early detection. New animal research also shows a novel approach to Alzheimer's vaccine design that may avoid dangerous side effects. These new results were reported at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 11/17/2010 7:51:45 AM)
Preterm birth rates improveEight states earned a better grade on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve.
Following three decades of increases, in 2008 the nation saw the first two-year decline in the preterm birth rate, a 4 percent drop from 2006. The 2008 preliminary preterm birth rate dropped to 12.3 percent, from the 2006 final rate of 12.8 percent. The March of Dimes says........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 11/17/2010 7:43:45 AM)
Rational family structure dominatesntellectual and social. The nuclear family still holds a strong position in Sweden. Some 70 percent of the population live in a nuclear family, shows research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
A number of families today consist of networks of various people that include a whole host of constellations, without being a nuclear family.
Family scientists are at any rate pleased at the break up of the nuclear family, and the late 20th........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 11/16/2010 7:02:04 AM)