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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:43 EDT
Identifying teen alcohol and drug abuse
The number of teens who abuse tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other substances hasn’t changed much in the past couple of decades – but for those who are prone to addiction for one reason or another, the menu of substances to choose from is larger than ever.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:19:35 EDT
Asian Americans lower insulin resistance on traditional diet
Asian Americans have been shown to lower insulin resistance on a traditional diet, researchers report. One part of this puzzle may lie in the transition from traditional high-fiber, low-fat Asian diets to current westernized diets, which may pose extra risks for those of Asian heritage, says the senior author of the study.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:18:52 EDT
U.S. health system not properly designed to meet needs of patients nearing end of life, say experts
The US health care system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, says a new report.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:18:24 EDT
Lack of facial expression leads to perceptions of unhappiness, new research shows
People with facial paralysis are perceived as being less happy simply because they can't communicate in the universal language of facial expression, a new study shows. The findings highlight the important role the face plays in everyday communication and indicates people may hold a prejudice against those with facial paralysis because of their disability.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:40 EDT
Math model designed to replace invasive kidney biopsy for lupus patients
Mathematics might be able to reduce the need for invasive biopsies in patients suffering kidney damage related to the autoimmune disease lupus. The model could also be used to monitor the effectiveness of experimental treatments for inflammation and fibrosis, researchers say.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:36 EDT
Reduced energy density in foods can create healthier food environment, may help to reduce obesity
An official position statement pointing to the pervasive availability of foods high in energy density as a contributing factor for weight gain and obesity has been released by the Obesity Society. As detailed in the position statement, a diet reduced in energy density can accommodate a wide range of eating patterns, and can support a lifestyle that includes a healthy, well-balanced diet for weight management.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:34 EDT
Certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners have long been promoted as diet and health aids. But breaking research shows that these products may be leading to the very diseases they were said to help prevent: scientists have discovered that, after exposure to artificial sweeteners, our gut bacteria may be triggering harmful metabolic changes.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:32 EDT
Testosterone therapy should only be for men with hypogonadism, experts say
The appropriate population for testosterone replacement therapy is men with hypogonadism, experts say. The treatment has vast potential for adverse cardiovascular outcomes associated with its use in inappropriate populations, they add. Though testosterone use has sharply increased among older men in the past decade, the experts say that testosterone therapy should be limited to men who meet the diagnostic guidelines for hypogonadism.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:29 EDT
First blood test to diagnose depression in adults
The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed, providing the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test also predicts who will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, offering the opportunity for more effective, individualized therapy. The test also showed the biological effects of the therapy, the first measurable, blood-based evidence of the therapy's success and showed who is vulnerable to recurring episodes of depression.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:27 EDT
Role of hormone in response to ovarian cancer treatment
The results of an investigation into how we might better tailor therapy for ovarian cancer have been released. The goal of the study was to investigate the role of the hormone HE4 in modulating an ovarian cancer's response to hormones and hormonal therapies. HE4 is a biomarker that is elevated in ovarian cancer and is known to play a role in resistance to chemotherapy.
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