Antioxidants against the flu virusAs the nation copes with a shortage of vaccines for H1N1 influenza, a team of Alabama scientists have raised hopes that they have found an Achilles' heel for all strains of the fluantioxidants. In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) they show that antioxidantsthe same substances found in plant-based foodsmight hold the key in preventing the flu virus from wreaking havoc on our........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/29/2009 10:40:00 PM)
Blocking heat shock protein to fight cancerLike yoga for office drones, cells do have coping strategies for stress. Heat, lack of nutrients, oxygen radicals all can wreak havoc on the delicate internal components of a cell, potentially damaging it beyond repair. Proteins called HSPs (heat shock proteins) allow cells to survive stress-induced damage. Researchers have long studied how HSPs work in order to harness their therapeutic potential.
Donna George, PhD, Associate Professor of........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/29/2009 9:14:23 PM)
Hormone replacement therapy decreases mortality in some womenHormone replacement treatment (HRT) to treat menopausal estrogen deficiency has been in widespread use for over 60 years. Several findings based on observation over the years showed that HRT use by younger postmenopausal women was linked to a significant reduction in total mortality; available evidence supported the routine use of HRT to increase longevity in postmenopausal women. However, the 2002 publication of a major study, the Women's........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 7:21:46 AM)
People with depression have more physical symptomsNew research shows people who feel depressed tend to recall having more physical symptoms than they actually experienced. The study indicates that depression -- not neuroticism -- is the cause of such over-reporting.
Psychology expert Jerry Suls, professor and collegiate fellow in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, attributes the findings to depressed individuals recalling experiences differently, tending to........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 7:19:59 AM)
Treating steroid-induced osteoporosisA recent study determined glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (OP) is now treatable with Teriparatide, a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone. Scientists found patients with glucocorticoid-induced OP who were treated with teriparatide for 36 months had a greater increase in bone mineral density (BMD) and fewer new vertebral fractures than those treated with alendronate. The findings of this study are reported in the recent issue of........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 7:14:38 AM)
Crushing cigarettes in a virtual reality environmentSmokers who crushed computer-simulated cigarettes as part of a psychosocial therapy program in a virtual reality environment had significantly reduced nicotine dependence and higher rates of tobacco abstinence than smokers participating in the same program who grasped a computer-simulated ball, as per a research studydescribed in the current issue of CyberPsychology and Behavior, a peer-evaluated journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/28/2009 6:25:07 AM)
Room design can enhance patient careThe design of a consultation room can improve the quality of a visit to the physician's office. A collaborative research study developed by Nurture by Steelcase and Mayo Clinic, was conducted to understand the extent to which a consultation room designed to support present-day clinical encounters could affect the consultation between patients and clinicians. The results of this randomized trial, the first of its kind, will appear in the recent........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/28/2009 6:17:16 AM)
Married with children the key to happiness?Having children improves married peoples' life satisfaction and the more they have, the happier they are. For unmarried individuals, raising children has little or no positive effect on their happiness. These findings (1) by Dr. Luis Angeles from the University of Glasgow in the UK have just been published online in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies.
Prior research suggests that increasing numbers of children do not make people any........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/27/2009 9:49:34 AM)
Binge eating trendsExisting research shows that rates of binge eating among adult women is virtually identical across race. However, among college age women, it's a different story: Caucasian women are more apt to exhibit binge eating behaviors than African American women, as per a research studypresented at this month's annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society.
"We are trying to figure out when the diet trajectory changes, and when it is that........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/26/2009 7:45:29 AM)
Women do have same the heart attack symptoms as menThe gender difference between men and women is a lot smaller than we've been led to believe when it comes to heart attack symptoms, as per a newly released study presented to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.
"Both the media and some patient educational materials frequently suggest that women experience symptoms of a heart attack very differently........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 10/26/2009 7:41:06 AM)
Promising New Path For Treating TraumasA discovery by researchers at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation could help save lives threatened by traumatic injuries like those sustained in car crashes or on the battlefield. The work also holds potential for treating severe infectious diseases and diabetes.
In a paper published online today in the advance edition of the scientific journal Nature Medicine, OMRF researcher Charles Esmon, Ph.D., with co-authors Florea Lupu, Ph.D.,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/25/2009 11:39:38 PM)
Suboptimal vitamin D levels in millions of US childrenBoston, Mass. -- Millions of children in the United States between the ages of 1 and 11 may suffer from suboptimal levels of vitamin D, as per a large nationally representative study reported in the recent issue of Pediatrics, accompanied by an editorial.
The study, led by Jonathan Mansbach, MD, at Children's Hospital Boston, is the most up-to-date analysis of vitamin D levels in U.S. children. It builds on the growing evidence that levels........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 10/25/2009 11:37:10 PM)
Obesity prevention efforts in El PasoResearchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus found that obesity prevention efforts in the El Paso region were the most effective in Texas in decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity.
Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, examined regional changes of child obesity from 2000-2002........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/22/2009 7:19:17 AM)
Psychological trauma in HIV patientsThe feeling of stigmatization that people living with HIV often experience doesn't only exact a psychological toll new UCLA research suggests it can also lead to quantifiably negative health outcomes.
As per a research findings reported in the recent issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, scientists from the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA observed........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/21/2009 11:32:23 PM)
Who believe in equality are more likely to buy on impulseA newly released study from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business finds that Americans who believe in equality are more-impulsive shoppers. And it has implications for how to market products differently in countries where shoppers are more likely to buy on impulse.
The study, "Power-Distance Belief and Impulsive Buying," was authored by Rice management professor Vikas Mittal and recently accepted for publication in the Journal........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 10:21:23 PM)
Drinking coffee slows progression of liver diseasePatients with chronic hepatitis C and advanced liver disease who drink three or more cups of coffee per day have a 53% lower risk of liver disease progression than non-coffee drinkers as per a newly released study led by Neal Freedman, Ph.D., MPH, from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The study observed that patients with hepatitis C-related bridging fibrosis or cirrhosis who did not respond to standard disease therapy benefited from........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 10:13:01 PM)
Call to reconsider screening for breast cancer and prostate cancerTwenty years of screening for breast and prostate cancer - the most diagnosed cancer for women and men - have not brought the anticipated decline in deaths from these diseases, argue experts from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in an opinion piece reported in the "Journal of the American Medical Association".
Instead, overall cancer rates are higher, a number of........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 10/20/2009 10:01:52 PM)
Deep into the brain workingResearch presented today at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health, provide further insights into brain mechanisms, including those involved in music, social interaction, learning and memory.
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New findings indicate that musical training might enhance other auditory skills such as........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 8:46:19 AM)
Chronic illnesses go undiagnosed in uninsuredA newly released study shows uninsured American adults with chronic illnesses like diabetes or high cholesterol often go undiagnosed and undertreated, leading to an increased risk of costly, disabling and even lethal complications of their disease.
The study, published online today [Tuesday] in Health Affairs, analyzed data from a recent national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The researchers, based........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 8:35:09 AM)
Do you enjoy drinking vegetable juice?Decades of studies have documented the link between eating a diet rich in vegetables and multiple health benefits, yet nearly eight out of 10 people worldwide fall short of the daily recommendation. Research presented at the International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables suggests the best approach appears to be to focus on the factors that are often behind this vegetable gap: convenience and enjoyment.
Two........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 8:28:34 AM)
Learn from past flu seasonPregnant women who catch the flu are at serious risk for flu-related complications, including death, and that risk far outweighs the risk of possible side effects from injectable vaccines containing killed virus, as per an extensive review of published research and data from prior flu seasons.
The review, a collaboration among researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Emory University and Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/29/2009 10:05:56 PM)
Pregnant women using psychiatric medications The odds triple for premature child delivery pregnant women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medication, as per a newly released study.
Scientists at the University of Washington, University of Michigan and Michigan State University observed that a combination of medicine use and depression either before or during pregnancy was strongly associated with delivery before 35 weeks' gestation.
Amelia Gavin, main author and........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 10:04:40 PM)
Statin against parkinsonism?Simvastatin, a usually used, cholesterol-lowering drug, may prevent Parkinson's disease from progressing further. Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center conducted a study examining the use of the FDA-approved medicine in mice with Parkinson's disease and observed that the drug successfully reverses the biochemical, cellular and anatomical changes caused by the disease.
"Statins are one of the most widely used........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 9:12:13 PM)
Tai Chi reduces osteoarthritis painScientists from Tufts University School of Medicine have determined that patients over 65 years of age with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who engage in regular Tai Chi exercise improve physical function and experience less pain. Tai Chi (Chuan) is a traditional style of Chinese martial arts that features slow, rhythmic movements to induce mental relaxation and enhance balance, strength, flexibility, and self-efficacy. Full findings of the study are........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 7:17:07 AM)
Brain cell transplants to repair neural damageA Swiss research team has observed that using an animal's own brain cells (autologous transplant) to replace degenerated neurons in select brain areas of donor primates with simulated but asymptomatic Parkinson's disease and previously in a motor cortex lesion model, provides a degree of brain protection and appears to be useful in repairing brain lesions and restoring function.
"We aimed at determining whether autografted cells derived from........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/29/2009 7:13:02 AM)
Vegetables can protect unborn child against diabetesNew evidence is emerging for how important it is for pregnant women to eat good, nutritious food. Expecting mothers who eat vegetables every day seem to have children who are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes, a newly released study from the Sahlgrenska Academy has revealed.
The study waccording toformed in collaboration with Linkoping University, which is conducting a population study called ABIS (All Babies in Southeast Sweden). The........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 10/28/2009 6:31:38 AM)
Exercise for lymphoma patientsA healthy dose of exercise is good medicine, even for lymphoma patients receiving chemotherapy, University of Alberta scientists have found.
The Healthy Exercise for Lymphoma Patients (HELP) trial, a three-year study led by Kerry Courneya, Canada Research Chair in physical activity and cancer in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, observed that a regimen of aerobic exercise training produced significant improvements in physical........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/28/2009 6:21:56 AM)
Mutation dramatically increasing schizophrenia riskAn international team of scientists led by geneticist Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has identified a mutation on human chromosome 16 that substantially increases risk for schizophrenia.
The mutation in question is what researchers call a copy number variant (CNV). CNVs are areas of the genome where the number of copies of genes differs between individuals. The CNV is located in a region referred to by........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/26/2009 7:46:37 AM)
Obesity, blood pressure and cholesterolObese patients taking medications to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels are less likely to reach recommended targets for these cardiovascular disease risk factors than their normal weight counterparts, as per new research presented at the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Dr. Vineet Bhan, a resident at the University of Toronto,........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 10/26/2009 7:43:32 AM)
Master control switch for regeneration of nerve fibers Scientists at Children's Hospital Boston report that an enzyme known as Mst3b, previously identified in their lab, is essential for regenerating damaged axons (nerve fibers) in a live animal model, in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. Their findings, published online by Nature Neuroscience on October 25, suggest Mst3b or agents that stimulate it as a possible means of treating stroke, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/26/2009 7:33:26 AM)
Survival after heart attack improvesIn recent years, women, especially younger women, experienced larger improvements in hospital mortality after myocardial infarction (MI) than men, as per a research studyreported in the Oct. 26, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine
Over the last decade several studies showed that younger women, but not older ones, are more likely to die in the hospital after MI than age-matched men. A team of Emory University scientists examined........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 10/26/2009 7:30:27 AM)
Looking into eyes to find Alzheimer'sThe eyes appears to be the windows to the soul, but new research indicates they also may mirror a brain ravaged by Alzheimer's disease.
UC Irvine neuroresearchers have observed that retinas in mice genetically altered to have Alzheimer's undergo changes similar to those that occur in the brain - most notably the accumulation of amyloid plaque lesions.
In addition, the researchers discovered that when Alzheimer's therapies are tested in........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/22/2009 7:22:26 AM)
Fighting obesity with plant-based foodsThe cheeseburger and French fries might look tempting, but eating a serving of broccoli or leafy greens first could help people battle metabolic processes that lead to obesity and heart disease, a new University of Florida study shows.
Eating more plant-based foods, which are rich in substances called phytochemicals, seems to prevent oxidative stress in the body, a process linked to obesity and the onset of disease, as per findings published........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/22/2009 7:09:16 AM)
Now you can see: Perception of invisible stimuliEventhough we assume we can see everything in our field of vision, the brain actually picks and chooses the stimuli that come into our consciousness. A newly released study in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology's Journal of Vision reveals that our brains can be trained to consciously see stimuli that would normally be invisible.
Lead researcher Caspar Schwiedrzik from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Gera........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 10/21/2009 11:26:19 PM)
Cancer diagnosis using sensor biochipsIt is very difficult to predict whether a cancer drug will help an individual patient: only around one third of drugs will work directly in a given patient. Scientists at the Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Medical Electronics at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have developed a new test process for cancer drugs. With the help of microchips, they can establish in the laboratory whether a patient's tumor cells will react to a given drug. This........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/21/2009 11:20:34 PM)
Melanoma treatment optionsA targeted chemotherapy for the therapy of skin cancer is one step closer, after a team of University of Alberta scientists successfully synthesized a natural substance that shows exceptional potential to specifically treat this often fatal disease.
U of A chemistry professor Dennis Hall said after three years of work, his research team has successfully produced the substance called Palmerolide A.
"The potency of palmerolide is........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/20/2009 10:15:43 PM)
Think what you eatNew research released recently is affirming a long-held maxim: you are what you eat and, more to the point, what you eat has a profound influence on the brain. The findings offer insight into the neurobiological factors behind the obesity epidemic in the United States and other developed countries. The findings exposed changes in brain chemistry due to diet and weight gain, and were reported at Neuroscience 2009, the Society for Neuroscience's........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/20/2009 10:09:57 PM)
Blood lead levels and test scoresExposure to lead in early childhood significantly contributes to lower performances on end-of-grade (EOG) reading tests among minority and low-income children, as per scientists at Duke University and North Carolina Central University.
"We found a clear dose-response pattern between lead exposure and test performance, with the effects becoming more pronounced as you move from children at the high end to the low end of the test-score curve,"........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 8:57:12 AM)
285 million people worldwide have diabetesThe International Diabetes Federation (IDF) released new data today showing that a staggering 285 million people worldwide have diabetes. The latest figures from the IDF Diabetes Atlas indicate that people in low and middle-income countries (LMCs) are bearing the brunt of the epidemic, and that the disease is affecting far more people of working age than previously believed.
In 1985, the best data available suggested that 30 million people........Go to the Diabetic news blog (Added on 10/20/2009 8:38:32 AM)
Major swine flu outbreak at US Air Force AcademyWith the 2009 influenza season upon us, characterization of the epidemiology and duration of shedding for the nH1N1 virus is critical. Investigators from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Epidemiology Consult Service capitalized on a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights about the natural behavior of the nH1N1 virus, including shedding patterns, during a recent large-scale swine flu outbreak........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 10/20/2009 8:32:20 AM)