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: 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 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 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...