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Healthy body weight throughout adulthood may help delay disability

... the past couple of decades there has been a trend towards declining rates of disability in older adults. However, the dramatic increase in overweight and obesity in the U.S. may reverse these declines and may lead to an increase in disability among future generations of older adults as well as contribute t...

Parents and schools, major factors in China obesity boom

...besity is widely recognised as a major contributor towards cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, sleep disorders, and psychological and social problems. The China National Nutrition and Health survey in 2002 revealed that the prevalence of overweight individuals has increased overall by 39% in the past ten yea...

JCI table of contents -- May 17, 2007

...transferase (mGPAT). By directing more fatty acids towards triglyceride synthesis within muscle, toxic fatty acid metabolite accumulation was reduced, which protected against fatty acidinduced insulin resistance. The study suggests that regularly performed endurance exercise may help improve insulin resistan...

Neglected epidemic of chronic lung disease; childhood conditions affect adult progesterone levels

...o identify new targets for treatment." Attitudes towards COPD must change, says Professor Barnes. "The attitude that smoking-related lung diseases are self-induced and therefore less worthy of attention needs to be changed; this attitude does not appear to apply to the same extent to ischemic heart diseas...

Probiotics could prevent necrotising enterocolitis in premature babies

...view by Patole and colleagues is an important step towards an evidence-based use of probiotics. "However, further large trials are needed before recommending these promising agents."...

Global integration package welcome news

...further boost Australia's outstanding contribution towards improving global health," she said. ...

Doctors ill equipped to confront parent smoking

...rs surveyed physician training needs and attitudes towards improving secondhand smoke reduction efforts at a Philadelphia hospital. Sixty-six residents across all years of training and twenty-seven preceptors (resident supervisors) responded to the survey. Most pediatricians surveyed believed second-hand ...

First clinical trial of gene therapy for childhood blindness

...important and exciting, and represents a huge step towards establishing gene therapy for the treatment of many different eye conditions." The trials first operations have already taken place in young adult patients who developed the condition as children. Mr James Bainbridge, who leads the surgical team...

$1.5 million awarded for palliative care research

...as the potential to make significant contributions towards reducing suffering caused by cancer and other seri...cer has been the lack of research funding directed towards palliative care interventions." said NPCRC Director R. Sean Morrison, MD, who is also professor of P...

Simple screening can help decrease teen risk behaviors

... (have you ever attempted suicide?), and attitudes towards acting out (do you break rules for no reason?). "We found that the ARI is reliable and comprehensive and can be useful in quickly identifying a wide range of teen risk behaviors," says Lescano. This is important, the authors say, because when teens a...

UN engages banks to light up rural India; Solar loans, energy access transform life for poor

... in the home. In doing so, such projects can help towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. "The success of this project should also serve as a catalytic blue-print for similar schemes across the developing world and lead to the scaling up of renewable energies everywhere." "To average...

New blood test can diagnose and monitor treatment of Parkinson's disease

...understand the many different forms of PD and work towards ways to prevent or delay the disease. "The test will also ensure drug trial participants actually have PD so research outcomes will be statistically more valid, which paves the way for faster and more effective drug development. "When drugs that ...

Research finds that male athletes prefer female team physicians

...le team physicians are more caring and sympathetic towards their medical issues and are easier to talk to, sa...cian were also paramount, as was having compassion towards the athlete. Trust, sensitivity and understanding were important, as was having a positive, encourag...

Did drug reps encourage doctors to prescribe gabapentin for nonapproved uses?

...ailing and the impact it had on doctors' attitudes towards gabapentin. The documents had been produced by a market research company, which had asked doctors visited by Parke-Davis representatives to fill out a standard form after each visit. The researchers focused on data relating to visits made by a sing...

NeuroArm: Navigating the future of surgery

...urgeons operate, and shifts surgery from the organ towards the cell level." Designed to be controlled by a surgeon from a computer workstation, neuroArm operates in conjunction with real-time MR imaging, providing surgeons unprecedented detail and control, enabling them to manipulate tools at a microscopic...

Tennessee researcher earns Komen grant to study depression and breast cancer

...ate participation in behaviors that will move them towards their individual values and goals. The process allows for increased and more rewarding experiences and helps reduce depression symptoms, said Hopko. A psychologist also will work with patients to understand what was rewarding in the past, and help pl...

Approval to start US BTT pivotal trial

...d: "Ventracor has achieved another major milestone towards the commercialisation of the VentrAssist and further strengthened our position in the world's largest healthcare market. "The BTT trial shares the same protocol as the Feasibility Trial. This means that it may be possible that the FDA will accept ...

Addressing the neglect of childhood hearing impairment in developing countries

...ited budgets, she says, has led to a growing trend towards local publicprivate partnerships for health-care delivery in low- and middle-income countries, especially for the most vulnerable populations.Studies of pilot programs in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, and Poland have show...

Still some way to go in tackling racism in mental health care

...say that, although services are pioneers in moving towards equity, they have some way to go before they meet the challenges of a multi-cultural society. The "Count me in" census, published last week by the Healthcare Commission, makes grim reading for people of African and Caribbean origin living in Engla...

New treatment possibilities for fatal genetic disease

...eurons in HD had been established, they could work towards therapies that focused on both D1 and D2 neurons. ...r piece of the Huntingtons disease puzzle and work towards a cure for this progressive genetic disease," he said. A/Prof Dragos research was published in the...

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