Oct 17 2012
Study Roundup: Psoriasis Drug May Be Used to Treat Crohn's Disease
--By Jenara NerenbergThe GistResearchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have concluded that a drug normally used to treat psoriasis—ustekinumab—can also decrease symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, according to a new s...
Oct 08 2012
Study Roundup: Fish Intake Good and Bad for Pregnant Women
-- by Jenara NerenbergThe GistMercury consumption—most often from fish—by pregnant women may be associated with an increased risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their children,a new reportpublished online byArchives of Pedi...
Sep 27 2012
Study Roundup: Is TV Making Our Kids "Mean Girls"?
The Gist We’ve all heard the adage: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But is it true? Over the years, considerable attention has been paid to combating the “sticks and stones”—namely, nose-bloodying scho...
Sep 27 2012
Study Roundup: Can Anti-anxiety Medications Cause Dementia in Older People?
The GistBenzodiazepines are a class of drugs frequently prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and other conditions including alcohol dependence and seizures. Introduced in the 1960s, they offered a relatively safe replacement...
Sep 26 2012
Study Roundup: Can Gut Bacteria Imbalances Lead to Type 2 Diabetes?
The Gist The bacteria residing in a person’s intestines—often referred to as gut bacteria or microflora—is much more like an environmental ecosystem than previously realized. As many as 100 trillion different bacteria may reside there, affec...
Sep 25 2012
Study Roundup: Are Total Knee Replacements Being Performed Too Often or Too Little?
The Gist Total knee replacement, also known as total knee arthroplasty, is one of the most common and most expensive surgical procedures carried out in the United States. It is a common treatment for knee pain associated with osteoarthritis ...
Sep 25 2012
Obesity, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease: Is There a Link?
The Gist Recent research has dramatically altered how scientists view the link between Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, diet, and obesity. To understand how these seemingly separate health issues are interconnected, it is essential to unders...
Sep 24 2012
Study Links BPA to Miscarriages, Birth Defects in Primates
The Gist BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used in a variety of common food containers, such as water bottles, heat-activated register receipts, cups, linings for metal food cans, bottle tops, and more. It is a synthetic form of es...
Sep 19 2012
Study Roundup: Which Oil May Lower Blood Pressure?
The Gist If you are looking for more ways to control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels through food, it may be time to add one or two more varieties of cooking oil to the pantry. At a recent 2012 scientific meeting on high blood pre...
Sep 18 2012
Study Roundup: Is Coconut Water Really a Perfect Sports Drink?
The Gist Coconut water is currently being hyped as the all-natural sports drink. But how true is that claim? Does it really work? New research published yesterday provides some new insight into this question. Scientists found that the chemicals i...