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Depression has little impact on cognition for early BD patients

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

New research suggests that depressive episodes have little to no additional impact on the cognition of patients diagnosed with early bipolar disorder (BD). The research team included Lakshmi Yatham (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) and co-workers. A total of 68 patients with first-episode mania and 38 controls were part of this study. The researchers […]

MRIs can determine stroke patients who best respond to clot-busting medicines

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A study suggests that MRI may help doctors identify which stroke patients will most likely benefit from Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only FDA-approved therapy for ischemic strokes. This therapy must be administered in three to 4.5 hours after onset of stroke in certain patients. However, it can trigger deadly bleeding in the brain in […]

Better lung function seen in COPD patients with healthy diet

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be treated but not cured. However, a recent study has found that COPD patients who had a diet with lots of healthy food like fish, bananas, grapefruit and cheese had better lung function. The study was led by Corinne Hanson, PhD, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in […]

Weight loss-focused diabetes prevention may be more effective than genetics-focused approach

Monday, May 26th, 2014

A recent study found that the risk of type 2 diabetes was greatest among obese people regardless of their genetic profile. This indicates that weight loss may be more effective way of lowering the risk of diabetes, regardless of the person’s genetic risk. The study was led by Claudia Langenberg, MD, program leader with the […]

Schizophrenia patients commonly cite hallucinations as suicide motive

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

A recent study suggests that delusions and hallucinations are common factors that trigger suicidal tendencies and attempts in schizophrenic patients. They were found to be the motive for 70.7 percent of the patients in the study. The study was done by Wataru Ukai and colleagues from Sapporo Medical University in Japan. A total of 65 […]

Newborns with overweight mothers have higher risk of oxygen deficiency

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

A study has found that very heavy women had a greater risk of giving birth to babies with low levels of oxygen or complications due to lack of oxygen. The lead author of the study was Martina Persson, MD, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Data on women who had single births of live […]

Similar failure rates for new and old schizophrenia medications

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Both oral and injectable medications are available for treating schizophrenia, with injections being known to last longer and helping patients to continue their treatment. A recent clinical trial has compared paliperidone palmitate, a new medication, and haloperidol decanoate, an older one. On comparing side effects, it was found that both medications were equally effective in […]

Home walking may improve peripheral artery disease symptoms

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes arteries to harden and narrow, reducing blood flow to the legs and causing pain. A new study suggests that a simple home walking program may prove effective in relieving this pain and improving circulation. The study was led by Mary McGrae McDermott, MD, professor of medicine at the Northwestern University […]

Coronary heart disease risk greater in female diabetics than male diabetics

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

A review of studies has found that women diagnosed with diabetes had a greater risk of developing coronary heart disease as compared to diabetic men. Moreover, the risk of heart disease was greater in diabetics as compared to non-diabetics in both sexes. The study was led by Sanne A. E. Peters, PhD, from the Julius […]

Bacteria in urine may have implications for overactive bladder patients

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Urine has long been considered sterile, but a new study seems to have debunked the notion and found a link between bacteria in urine and people with overactive bladders (OAB). More specifically, the researchers have found that women with and without OAB had different bacteria in their urine samples. Some bacteria are found in OAB […]

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