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12:00 AM EDT June 12, 2014

Low Cholesterol Linked with Worse Survival in Patients with Kidney Cancer

People are often told to reduce their cholesterol to improve their heart health, but new research suggests that low cholesterol may increase kidney cancer patients’ risk of dying from their disease. The findings, which are published in BJU International, indicate that cholesterol testing may help doctors as they monitor and treat patients with kidney cancer.

June 12, 2014

Survivors of Childhood Liver Transplant at Risk of Becoming “Skinny Fat”

New research reports that survivors of childhood liver transplant remain nutritionally compromised over the long-term. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that the recipients’ return to normal weight post-transplant was due to an increase in fat mass as body cell mass remained low, indicating a slim body composition with little lean muscle mass or “skinny fat”.

7:00 PM EDT June 11, 2014

Advanced breast cancer: benefits of Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) outweigh the risk of harm

In women with advanced (or metastatic) breast cancer, treatment with the breast cancer drug Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) is associated with prolonged survival but also increases the risk of developing heart problems, a new systematic review shows. However, the review, published in The Cochrane Library, concludes that more women benefit from use of Trastuzumab than are harmed.

12:00 AM EDT June 09, 2014

Iron Supplements Improve Anemia, Quality of Life for Women with Heavy Periods

A study by researchers from Finland found that diagnosis and treatment of anemia is importanat to improve quality of life among women with heavy periods.  Findings published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggest clinicians screen for anemia and recommend iron supplementation to women with heavy menstrual bleeding  (menorrhagia).

12:00 AM EDT June 09, 2014

Most Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise

Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed.

June 06, 2014

Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses That Present as Psychological Problems

Learn to decode the ways diseases present as psychological disorders in order to offer better patient

June 04, 2014

Remote school gardens for Indigenous kids

Gardens in remote schools could boost students’ healthy eating habits at a low cost.

This is the finding from a study published in the June issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Andrew Hume from Menzies School of Health Research, led the study that tested a novel, low-cost program to get remote schools started in gardening and nutrition.

June 02, 2014

Does Your Stomach Bacteria Protect you From Obesity?

Research in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics suggests that treating the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is linked to weight gain.

June 02, 2014

Research Explores Success of HIV Prevention Strategies

The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reviews the development of HIV topical microbicides, their limited successes, their failures, and what has been learned

12:00 AM EDT June 02, 2014

Speaking Two Languages Benefits the Aging Brain

New research reveals that bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition later in life. Findings published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, show that individuals who speak two or more languages, even those who acquired the second language in adulthood, may slow down cognitive decline from aging.

June 02, 2014

Study Explores Psychological Impact of Surviving a Campus Mass Shooting

The Journal of Traumatic Stress explores the long-term psychological impact for survivors of campus shootings

12:00 AM EDT May 29, 2014

Circumcision Linked to Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer in Some Men

Circumcision is performed for various reasons, including those that are based on religion, aesthetics, or health. New research indicates that the procedure may help prevent prostate cancer in some men. The findings, which are published in BJU International, add to a growing list of advantages to circumcision.

12:00 AM EDT May 29, 2014

Researchers Offer Strategies to Address Major Geographic Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation in the United States

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast.

12:00 AM EDT May 27, 2014

An Area’s Level of Poverty or Wealth May Affect the Distribution of Cancer Types

A new analysis has found that certain cancers are more concentrated in areas with high poverty, while other cancers arise more often in wealthy regions.

7:00 PM EDT May 25, 2014

Anti-Doping Scientists Pilot Detection Test for EPO Producing Xenon Gas

Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry reports on scientists attempts to detect doping drug Xenon

12:00 AM EDT May 23, 2014

Healthcare professionals must be aware of the signs, symptoms and appropriate response to rarer causes of headaches in pregnancy, suggests new review

Most headaches in pregnancy and the postnatal period are benign, but healthcare professionals must be alert to the rarer and more severe causes of headaches, suggests a new review published today (23 May) in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG).

12:00 AM EDT May 22, 2014

Could Cannabis Curb Seizures? Experts Weed through the Evidence

The therapeutic potential of medical marijuana and pure cannabidiol (CBD), an active substance in the cannabis plant, for neurologic conditions is highly debated. A series of articles published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), examine the potential use of medical marijuana and CBD in treating severe forms of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome.

12:00 AM EDT May 22, 2014

New Insights into Premature Ejaculation Could Lead to Better Diagnosis and Treatment

There are many misconceptions and unknowns about premature ejaculation in the medical community and the general population. Two papers, both being published simultaneously in Sexual Medicine and The Journal of Sexual Medicine, provide much-needed answers that could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment for affected men.

12:00 AM EDT May 22, 2014

New Insights into Premature Ejaculation Could Lead to Better Diagnosis and Treatment

There are many misconceptions and unknowns about premature ejaculation in the medical community and the general population. Two papers, both being published simultaneously in Sexual Medicine and The Journal of Sexual Medicine, provide much-needed answers that could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment for affected men.

12:00 AM EDT May 21, 2014

More maternal mental health surveillance is needed, suggests new study

Maternal depression is more common at four years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, and there needs to be a greater focus on maternal mental health, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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