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...
Nov 29 2011
Your Roommates Could Help You Live Longer
Even if you have bad roommates—loud, obnoxious, anal-retentive, etc.—there’s a good chance they’ll help you live longer. A recent study of 44,617 people from 29 countries found that living alone was independently associated with an increase o...
Nov 22 2011
Wait. Why Did I Come In Here?
Nothing makes you feel quite like an exquisite specimen of evolution more than standing in the middle of a room and pondering life’s great question: What did I come in here for? Well, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not going senile and...
Nov 15 2011
Freaks Like Me: Gene Mutation & Blue Eyes
Brown eyes are usually considered soulful, green eyes exotic, and all the shades in the middle an intriguing mix that gives us all our outward personalities. But nothing beats the sparkle of some bright blue eyes. (I am in no way biased in s...
Nov 14 2011
Stem Cells Could Prevent Post-Heart Attack Damage
Dr. Roberto Bolli, left, and Dr. Sohail Ikram of the University of Louisville prepare to infuse patient Mike Jones with adult cardiac stem cells. Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville.It may be premature to give stem cell therapy credit ...
Nov 09 2011
Stick Together, Your Brains Work Better
Could the song of Ecuadorian wrens provide some insight into how the world can support the surge in population? Decide for yourself.