Diabetes is a growing problem. Weight loss is seen as a good way to slow the progression of diabetes. A study coordinated by the MUSC Health Weight Management Center shows the scales tipping in Weight Watchers’ favor instead of standard care when it comes to helping people with Type 2 diabetes. ‘People achieved better blood…

The devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster in Japan had a high mental health impact, with some effects persisting several years later, according to a comprehensive research published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, published by Wolters Kluwer. Although symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the Great East Japan Earthquake seem…

What could be the reason behind the rise of monogamous nature among humans, which is natural to most animals? The answer is germs, researchers said arguing that the havoc caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) convinced our ancestors it would be better to mate for life. How Growing STI Disease Burden Can Foster the Emergence…

Individuals who smoke have a higher risk of losing their teeth than non-smokers, said a new study. Beware Smokers! Prolonged Smoking More Likely to Put You At a Risk for Losing Teeth Researchers at the University of Birmingham and the German Institute of Human Nutrition observed that male smokers were 3.6 times and female smokers…

Lung cancer occurs due to the abnormal proliferation of cancer cells in the lung. FDG PET/CT scan (Fluoro-D-glucose-positron emission tomography/Computed Tomography) is a valuable imaging tool for assessing treatment in lung cancer patients.The effectiveness of these imaging tool is still compared with conventional imaging like chest CT. Authors of the study titled “The Value of…

Restaurants don’t perform an effective job of communicating with customers when it comes to addressing risks associated with eating undercooked meat – specifically hamburgers, finds a recent study conducted at the North Carolina State University. Published in the Journal of Food Protection, the study also found that inaccurate information provided by servers often contradicts science-based…

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behavior. The earlier that autism is diagnosed and treated in children, the better outcomes they will experience for future relationships and careers. However, most children aren’t detected and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) until around age four,…

Research has shown that high levels of good cholesterol, also known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL), seem to be protective against heart disease. Rather than depositing fat into the blood vessels the way the “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein (LDL)) does, HDL appears to carry cholesterol away from blood vessels to the liver. From there, the liver…

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), stem cells created from skin cells that can be transformed into any type of cell in the body, revolutionized biomedical science. They have contributed to breakthroughs in regenerative medicine and drug discovery, surpassing what researchers once thought possible. But like any new technology, there is room for improvement. How do…

Over half of people with mild hypertension are treated with medication. Yet treating low risk mildly hypertensive patients with drugs has not been proven to reduce cardiovascular disease or death. Dr Stephen Martin and colleagues argue that this strategy is failing patients and wasting healthcare resources. They call for a re-examination of the threshold and…

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