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Vascular complications differ with diabetes duration and age of diagnosis

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A recent study has found that the risk of vascular complications may differ with the age of diagnosis of diabetes and the duration of its presence. The risk of death due to narrowing arteries may be a greater risk for older diabetics than for younger patients. The study was led by Sophia Zoungas, MD, PhD, […]

FDA recommends approval of liraglutide

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The US FDA’s advisory panel has recommended liraglutide (brand name Contrave) for treating obese patients suffering from weight-related health problems. Liraglutide is a weight-loss drug already approved by the FDA for diabetes treatment, with the brand name Victoza. Donna Ryan, MD, FACP, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and member of the FDA panel also […]

Cuba, Gates Foundation joins Ebola response

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Cuban government have joined the Ebola response in West Africa as health officials struggle to manage the increasing number of new cases. The BMGF has donated USD 50 million for various efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak, and the Cuban government has committed 165 health professionals to […]

High insomnia, restless leg syndrome rates found in multiple sclerosis patients

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

According to new research, multiple sclerosis (MS) patients may be more prone to fatigue and trouble sleeping because of sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. The study was led by Steven Brass, MD, MPH, MBA to assess the prevalence of sleep disorders in MS patients. The researchers focused on obstructive sleep […]

New flu medication being reviewed by FDA

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The US FDA is reviewing a potential new medication that can reduce flu symptoms. Peramivir is the medication in question, and it is administered through an injection. Every year, around 200,000 people visit the hospital with the flu. Findings about the peramivir’s efficacy and safety were presented by Rich Whitley, MD at the American Society […]

CVD risk drops, blood pressure improves with more fruit intake

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

A new Chinese study has found that eating more fruits leads to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and improved blood pressure. Several studies have identified health benefits of fruits, and the link between fruit consumption and heart health has long been established. This study, however, indicates that the more fruit consumed the better. […]

Bra use is not linked to breast cancer risk

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Many believe that bra use is linked to a greater risk of breast cancer, but a new study has debunked this belief. Researchers led by Lu Chen, MPH of Seattle said that bra usage is not linked to breast cancer risk. Chen said, “Our study found no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s […]

MSF calls for more cooperation from nations for Ebola outbreak

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

International aid organizations including Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have called for greater cooperation from nations to address the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The Ebola outbreak has become the largest ever in history, with death estimates having crossed 1,900 and suspected cases exceeding 3,500. MSF and other international aid organizations have been […]

Type 2 diabetes in elders increase mild cognitive impairment risk

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The average human’s brain functioning slows down as he or she ages, but middle-aged type 2 diabetes patients may find themselves more at risk of this decline in brain function than non-diabetics. The American Diabetes Association has stated that diabetes can weaken small blood vessels in the patient’s brain and restrict blood flow. This study, […]

ADHD stimulants do not limit children’s growth

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Stimulants have been found to be effective in treating ADHD and are often prescribed, but some have raised concerns that they may limit growth in children. However, a recent study has found that this concern is not likely true. The study was led by Elizabeth B. Harstad, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital and found that […]

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