First significant genetic finding in severe PMSThe first significant genetic finding in premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) has now been reported. PMDD is a very severe form of the more usually known premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. PMDD is heritable, affects 5-8% of women, and is linked to severe emotional and physical problems, such as irritability, marked depressed mood, anger, headaches, weight gain and more, to such an extent that quality of life is seriously impacted. Previously,........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 10/2/2007 10:34:17 PM)
Path to new leukemia drugA new, easily ingested form of a compound that has already shown it can attack the roots of leukemia in laboratory studies is moving into human clinical trials, as per a new article by University of Rochester researchers in the journal, Blood.
The Rochester team has been leading the investigation of this promising treatment on the deadly blood cancer for nearly five years. And to bring it from a laboratory concept to patient studies in that........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/2/2007 10:01:04 PM)
Creatine plus exercise enhances strengthLower muscle mass and an increase in body fat are common consequences of growing older.
While exercise is a proven way to prevent the loss of muscle mass, a new study led by McMaster researcher Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky shows that taking a combination of creatine monohydrate (CrM) and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in addition to resistance exercise training provides even greater benefits.
The study would be published on Oct. 3 in PLoS One, an........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/2/2007 8:41:08 PM)
Bright tumors, dim prospectsIt doesn't matter how small or large it is, if a cervical tumor glows brightly in a PET scan, it's apt to be more dangerous than dimmer tumors. That's the conclusion of a new study of cervical cancer patients at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
"We've seen that among patients with the same stage of cervical cancer, there will be some patients who don't respond to therapy as well as others," says lead author Elizabeth A.........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 10/1/2007 10:03:27 PM)
Hazards of using crib bumper padsEventhough bumper pads are theoretically designed to prevent injury to a baby while in the crib or bassinet, the risk of accidental death or injury to an infant from using them outweighs their possible benefits, as per a new study by pediatric scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
In the study, which appears in the September 2007 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, the scientists evaluated three U.S. Consumer........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 10:00:28 PM)
Childhood TV viewing a risk for behavior problemsDaily television viewing for two or more hours in early childhood can lead to behavioral problems and poor social skills, as per a research studyof children 2.5 to 5.5 years of age conducted by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Hopkins scientists observed that the impact of TV viewing on a childs behavior and social skills varied by the age at which the viewing occurred. More importantly, heavy television........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:42:45 AM)
Don't sleep more, don't sleep lessThe first study to assess the stability of three aspects of sleep behavior in relation to long-term mortality finds an increased risk of mortality in short sleep, long sleep and frequent use of medications, as per a research studyreported in the October 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.
The study, authored by Christer Hublin, MD, PhD, of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, Finland, focused on the responses of 21,268 twins........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:35:45 AM)
Children having trouble falling asleep more than maintainingChildren have more difficulty initiating sleep than maintaining sleep. Further, parents tend to underestimate their childrens sleep problems. This highlights the importance of having therapy options available to help a child overcome a sleep disorder, as per a research studyreported in the October 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.
The study, authored by Leonie Fricke-Oerkermann, PhD, of the University of Cologne in Gera number of, centered on........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:34:18 AM)
Standard treatment for prostate cancer may encourage spreadA popular prostate cancer therapy called androgen deprivation treatment may encourage prostate cancer cells to produce a protein that makes them more likely to spread throughout the body, a new study by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests.
Eventhough the finding could eventually lead to changes in this standard therapy for a sometimes deadly disease, the Johns Hopkins scientists caution that their discovery is far too preliminary for patients........Go to the Prostate cancer news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:06:06 AM)
Drug Boosts Survival in Recurrent Ovarian CancerNew clinical data showed an experimental drug called pertuzumab prolonged the survival time for women with recurrent ovary cancer, a University of Alabama at Birmingham doctor said recently.
The data was presented Sept. 24 during a scientific session of the 14th European Cancer Conference held in Barcelona, Spain. The session's main speaker was Sharmila Makhija, M.D., an associate professor in UAB's Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 9/27/2007 10:04:34 PM)
Married oesophageal cancer patients fare worseIn a surprising finding, American researchers have observed that when battling oesophageal cancer, married patients don't fare as well as their single counterparts in certain aspects of their quality of life.
In the study, presented today (Wednesday) at the European Cancer Conference (ECCO 14) in Barcelona, 212 oesophageal cancer patients and 489 patients with Barrett's oesophagus, a non-malignant condition associated with acid reflux,........Go to the Esophageal cancer blog (Added on 9/26/2007 8:58:52 PM)
Autism symptoms can improve into adulthoodHallmarks of autism are characteristic behaviors - repetitive motions, problems interacting with others, impaired communication abilities - that occur in widely different combinations and degrees of severity among those who have the condition.
But how those behaviors change as individuals progress through adolescence and adulthood has, until now, never been fully scientifically documented. In a new study, reported in the September Journal........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 9/26/2007 8:41:11 PM)
Capsule Endoscopy Diagnoses More Crohn's DiseaseResearch from La Fe University Hospital in Valencia, Spain shows that capsule endoscopy diagnoses more Crohn's disease recurrence after surgery than colonoscopy. Capsule endoscopy led to changes in treatment for more than half of the patients studied. The research appears in the recent issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-evaluated scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Crohn's disease is........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 9/26/2007 8:27:28 PM)
HPV might cause bladder cancerThe Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is considered the cause of one of the most important sexually transmitted diseases nowadays, and affects both men and women. HPV is so common in our society that only people who have never had sexual relations can be sure that they have not been exposed to this disease. However, as with other microbes, people infected do not necessarily develop the disease, because, in most cases, it only means the colonization.........Go to the Bladder cancer blog (Added on 9/25/2007 9:40:36 PM)
More Babies Are Born From Monday To FridayPractical and financial constraints on public sector hospitals could be dictating how and when babies are born. Two new studies (1,2) show that as the number of elective, planned caesarean sections rises, more and more babies are born during the week and fewer come into the world at weekends. It appears that hospitals schedule births during the week when they are fully resourced and staff is working 'normal' hours at no extra cost. These........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 9/25/2007 9:36:30 PM)
Breast cancer death rate continues to dropA report from the American Cancer Society finds the breast cancer death rate in the United States continues to drop more than two percent per year, a trend that began in 1990 and is credited to progress in early detection and therapy. But the report says African American women and women of other racial and ethnic groups have benefited less than white women from the advances that have led to those gains, and that a recent drop in cancer........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 9/25/2007 9:21:21 PM)
Children obese due to many unhealthy pressuresUnhealthy options and pressures influence nearly every part of children's daily lives, as per studies released this week in a special supplement of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
The national studies, which include work conducted at the University of Michigan, reveal that, in most middle and high schools across the nation, contracts with soft drink bottling companies give students easy access to sugary beverages.
Low-........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 9/25/2007 8:41:13 PM)
Eye Movement Can Affect Problem-solvingA pair of Beckman Institute scientists has discovered that by directing the eye movements of test subjects they were able to affect the participants' ability to solve a problem, demonstrating that eye movement is not just a function of cognition but can actually affect our cognitive processes.
Prior research (Grant and Spivey, 2003) has shown a relationship between eye movements and problem-solving but Psychology Professor Alejandro Lleras,........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 9/25/2007 5:04:46 AM)
Weight gain between first and second pregnancieA slightly greater number of males than females are born worldwide every year. In recent decades, eventhough there are still more baby boys born than girls, there has been an apparent decline in the ratio of male to female newborns in several industrialized countries, including Canada, Denmark, England, Gera number of, Japan and the United States. That has led scientists to ask: Are there any factors that can influence the probability of giving........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 9/25/2007 4:55:27 AM)
New treatment for shoulder painInflammation of a tendon triggered by calcium deposits, or calcific tendinitis, can effectively be treated with a simple and cost effective percutaneous method as per a recent study conducted by scientists from the Hospital de Basurto in Bilbao, Spain.
We started treating calcific tendinitis as the result of the request of several members of our hospital staff that were suffering with this condition, said Jose Luis del Cura, MD, lead author........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 9/24/2007 9:58:46 PM)
Female Academic Performance Lies In The (gender) BalanceHave you ever felt outnumbered? Like there are just not that a number of people like you around? We've all felt outnumbered in one situation or another and walking into a situation in which you sense the possibility of being ostracized or isolated can be quite threatening.
One group that may experience this kind of threat is women who participate in math, science, and engineering (MSE) settings- settings in which the gender ratio is........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/2/2007 10:07:59 PM)
On-screen smoking in movies and young adult smokingNew study findings show that exposure to on-screen smoking in movies has a strong correlation with beginning to smoke or becoming established smokers among young adults 18-25, a critical age group for lifelong smoking behavior.
The research was conducted by a team from the University of California, San Francisco. Prior studies from around the world observed that viewing on-screen smoking was associated with recruitment of adolescent smokers,........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 10/2/2007 9:55:24 PM)
FDA approves knee-injury deviceA new knee-surgery device investigated by University of Missouri-Columbia scientists that will help to repair meniscus tears, which were previously defined as irreparable, has been approved by the FDA for use in humans.
Prior therapy options forced surgeons to completely remove the damaged portion of the meniscus. Typically the removal of the meniscus leads to painful, debilitating arthritis in the knee. Herb Schwartz, president and CEO of........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 10/2/2007 9:06:52 PM)
Avoid surprise headaches from chocolate, wineScientists in California are reporting development of a fast, inexpensive test suitable for home use that could help millions of people avoid those out of the blue headaches that may follow consumption of certain red wines, cheese, chocolate, and other aged or fermented foods.
The test is designed to detect the presence of so-called biogenic amines, naturally occurring toxins that can trigger a wide range of symptoms in sensitive individuals........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 10:15:31 PM)
Light on human agingMicroscopic worms used for scientific research are living longer despite cellular defects, a discovery that is shedding light on how the human body ages and how doctors could one day limit or reverse genetic mutations that cause inherited diseases, as per a new University of Colorado at Boulder study.
In the first formal study of its kind, scientists manipulated the metabolic state of genetically engineered lab worms called C. elegans and........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 8:57:07 PM)
Obese moms-to-be should gain less weightSeverely obese women should lose weight during pregnancy, while obese women who are pregnant should gain less weight than currently recommended, a Saint Louis University study finds.
The research is the largest population-based study to look at the effect of weight gain during pregnancy by obese expectant mothers, says Raul Artal, M.D., study author and chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and womens health at Saint Louis........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 8:05:30 PM)
Residual fetal cells in women may provide protection against breast cancerFetal cells that persist in a womans body long after pregnancy a common occurrence known in scientific circles as fetal microchimerism in some cases may reduce the womans risk of breast cancer, as per scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The findings, reported in the Oct. 1 issue of Cancer Research, add to the Jekyll and Hyde characteristics of fetal microchimerism, or FMc, which has been found to be both detrimental and........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:41:28 AM)
Women with severe PMS have poor sleep qualityWomen with severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) perceive their sleep quality to be poorer in association with their symptoms in the late luteal (premenstrual) phase, despite there being no specific alterations in sleep structure linked to premenstrual symptoms, as per a research studyreported in the October 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.
The study, authored by Fiona C. Baker, PhD, of the Human Sleep Research Program at SRI International in........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:31:29 AM)
Best weight-loss plans for heart healthOver the past three decades, the rising obesity epidemic has been accompanied by a proliferation of weight-loss plans. However, as a new study by scientists from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) reveals, these weight-loss plans vary significantly in their ability to positively affect heart health.
In A Dietary Quality Comparison of Popular Weight-Loss Plans, reported in the recent issue of the Journal of the American........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 10/1/2007 5:29:44 AM)
Music and Language are Processed by the Same Brain SystemsScientists have long debated whether or not language and music depend on common processes in the mind. Now, scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have found evidence that the processing of music and language do indeed depend on some of the same brain systems.
Their findings, which are currently available on-line and will be published later this year in the journal NeuroImage, are the first to suggest that two different aspects........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 9/27/2007 10:11:19 PM)
Study links asthma to allergiesScientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have observed that more than 50 percent of the current asthma cases in the country can be attributed to allergies, with approximately 30 percent of those cases attributed to cat allergy.
It has long been debated whether people who develop asthma have a genetic propensity to develop allergies, or atopy, said Darryl C. Zeldin, M.D., a senior investigator at the National Institute of........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 9/27/2007 9:51:09 PM)
Alcohol and cancer: is drinking the new smoking?September 26, 2007 (Toronto) - Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have clarified the link between alcohol consumption and the risk of head and neck cancers, showing that people who stop drinking can significantly reduce their cancer risk.
As per CAMH Principal Investigator Dr. Jrgen Rehm, existing research consistently shows a relationship between alcohol consumption and an increased risk for cancer of the........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 9/26/2007 8:53:41 PM)
New drug makes weight loss saferMore than 60 percent of American women are overweight, with nearly a third falling into the category of obese and at greater risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Until now, there has been no safe, long-term medical remedy that tackles unwanted weight gain.
Dr. Nir Barak of Tel Aviv Universitys Sackler School of Medicine has developed what could be a new weight-loss wonder drug. In conjunction with the drug company Obecure, Dr. Barak........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 9/26/2007 7:57:56 PM)
Mutation of the COX2 gene and ovarian cancerScientists in Portugal have discovered that a specific mutation of the COX2 gene seems to play a role in the onset of ovary cancer, increasing womens susceptibility to developing the disease.
The discovery raises the possibility that, if the findings are confirmed by further studies, it might be possible to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which are used already for other conditions, to........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 9/25/2007 10:02:33 PM)
Infections increasing in frequency and costA new review of inpatient data from US hospitals shows that the number of infections caused by a common bacterium increased by over 7 percent each year from 1998 to 2003. The attendant economic burden to hospitals increased by nearly 12 percent annually. The research is reported in the November 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.
Staphylococcus aureus (also known as staph) is a significant cause of a wide range of........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 9/25/2007 9:24:23 PM)
Sense of taste different in women with anorexia nervosaEventhough anorexia nervosa is categorized as an eating disorder, it is not known whether there are alterations of the portions of the brain that regulate appetite. Now, a new study finds that women with anorexia have distinct differences in the insulta the specific part of the brain that is important for recognizing taste as per a new study by University of Pittsburgh and University of California, San Diego scientists currently on line in........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 9/25/2007 9:01:45 PM)
Molecular fingerprint of breast-cancer drug resistanceA way of predicting which patients will respond well to therapy with a common chemotherapy drug used in breast cancer was unveiled at the European Cancer Conference (ECCO 14) today (Monday 24 September). Dr Iain Brown, from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, told the conference that he and his colleague, Dr Andrew Schofield, had identified two genes that could identify which cells would be resistant and which would respond to........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 9/25/2007 5:12:49 AM)
Novel strategy for aggressive leukemiaA novel strategy to hopefully beat into oblivion one of the most aggressive forms of acute myelogenous leukemia combines the strengths of some of the newest leukemia agents, scientists say.
"These are not traditional chemotherapy regimens. These are targeted therapies that our earlier laboratory studies have shown have a synergistic effect," says Dr. Kapil N. Bhalla, director of the Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center.
The strategy........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 9/25/2007 5:08:06 AM)
Physiotherapy after knee surgeryPhysiotherapy can improve the daily lives of patients who have had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis in the short term, as per a research studypublished on bmj.com today.
Osteoarthritis is the commonest form of disability in older people. Total knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty) is a common procedure but even after surgery patients may still experience problems carrying out everyday tasks.
At present, it is not........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 9/25/2007 5:01:55 AM)
A search for biomarkers for colorectal cancerScientists at the Zhejiang University, Hangzhou have discovered that mimecan and Thioredoxin Domain-Containing Protein 5 (TXNDC5) were differentially expressed in colorectal adenoma. The research article describing this work entitled Differential Expression of Mimecan and Thioredoxin Domain-Containing Protein 5 in Colorectal Adenoma and Cancer: A Proteomic Study will be featured in the October 2007 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine.
........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 9/24/2007 10:03:05 PM)