Archive | May, 2010

NIH Study Finds That Overweight Girls Who Lose Weight Reduce Adult Diabetes Risk

May 28, 2010

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Overweight girls who lose weight before they reach adulthood greatly reduced their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University, who analyzed 16 years of data on nearly 110,000 women. The study followed 109,172 female nurses from 1989 to 2005, noting how many developed diabetes […]

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Viagra for Women!

May 25, 2010

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FDA advisory committee to consider approving pill designed to boost women’s sex lives. As a follow-up on my last blog the FDA, in mid June, will consider a pill labeled as women’s ‘Viagra.’  Like others in the FDA pipeline, this might represent a long-sought step toward equity for women’s health or be the latest example […]

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Medicalizing Human Conditions: A Growth Industry.

May 23, 2010

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From Brandeis University: Menopause. Normal pregnancy. Infertility. ADHD. Erectile dysfunction. Over the last several decades, these conditions have come to be defined and treated as medical problems. They’ve been “medicalized.”  Researchers, led by Brandeis sociologist Peter Conrad, evaluated 12 conditions that had been defined as medicalized by physician organizations, and for which there were current […]

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US global health initiative should include meaningful funding for noncommunicable diseases, experts say.

May 14, 2010

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Although they “pose a severe threat to national economies and the global economic system,” noncommunicable diseases “tend to be overlooked…and are underfunded by bilateral and multilateral agencies.” Therefore, the CEOs say the US’ “global health initiative should include meaningful funding for noncommunicable diseases.” The American ambassador to the UN is also encouraged to support an […]

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Why Is Breast Milk Best? It’s All in the Genes.

May 13, 2010

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Is breast milk so different from infant formula? The ability to track which genes are operating in an infant’s intestine has allowed University of Illinois scientists to compare the early development of breast-fed and formula-fed babies. They say the difference is very real. “For the first time, we can see that breast milk induces genetic […]

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Foods touted for health benefits should be held to similar scientific standards as drugs.

May 13, 2010

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In a study published on May 12 by the IOM; Evaluation of Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Chronic Disease, as the IOM study committee were evaluating “a box of Cheerios,” they started to consider a larger question: Was it okay for the box to tell consumers ‘You could lower your cholesterol 4% in six weeks’? […]

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Rotavirus vaccine led to decline in hospitalizations for gastroenteritis.

May 13, 2010

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From the AMA Morning Rounds we find that Epidemiologist Aaron T. Curns of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his colleagues studied hospitalizations for gastroenteritis in 18 states accounting for almost 50% of the U.S. population. They compared rates for children hospitalized from 2000 to 2006 to those in the following two years. […]

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Latest EuroASPIRE III data highlight ongoing failures in primary and secondary prevention.

May 13, 2010

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The meeting sends the message that despite all of the drugs available to ward off primary and secondary cardiovascular events, an exploding population of people both with and without a history of coronary events is failing to reach risk-factor targets.  first EuroASPIRE survey in 1995-1996 in nine countries, followed by a second survey in 1999-2000 […]

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Combination Antibiotics Effective Against Chlamydia-Induced Arthritis.

May 1, 2010

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A federal multicenter clinical trial, led by the University of South Florida College of Medicine reported in the May 2010 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism, lends hope that eradication of this persistent infection is attainable and a possible cure exists. In the latest double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial, 42 patients were randomly assigned to one of […]

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