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HIV patients may suffer from hearing loss

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

A new study has indicated that HIV patients may suffer from hearing loss unrelated to overexposure to high noise levels. The study was led by Peter Torre III, PhD, of San Diego State University in California, and looked at middle-aged HIV patients, both male and female. This marks the first study to link hearing loss […]

FDA warns against consumption of powdered pure caffeine

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged against the consumption of powdered pure caffeine, saying that it is a potentially dangerous substance and is deceptively strong. FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Director Michael Landa said, “I cannot say strongly enough how important it is to avoid using powdered pure caffeine. […]

E-readers tied to morning sleepiness and less restful sleep

Monday, December 29th, 2014

According to a new study, those who read e-book readers for around four hours before sleeping at night took longer to sleep and had less restful sleep as compared to those who read print books. The study was led by author Anne-Marie Chang, PhD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who said, “We found […]

Grain-based, prepackaged dessert sales drop

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

The sale of prepackaged, grain-based dessert like pastries, doughnuts, cookies and pies have dropped in the US, according to a new University of North Carolina study. These desserts are classified as ready-to-eat grain-based desserts (RTE GBDs). RTE GBDs are known to come with lots of saturated fat, sugar and calories and may contribute to obesity. […]

Hormone replacement recommended for young menopause patients

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been recommended and warned against in various studies over the last decade. A new review now recommended it for younger women going through menopause. HRT has been recommended for treating almost all menopause symptoms, but research has indicated that it may be linked to a higher risk of blood clots, […]

FDA approves Opdivo for skin cancer treatment

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given accelerated approval for a new skin cancer (melanoma) drug called Opdivo, manufactured by Bristol Myers Squibb. The drug has been recommended for treating advanced melanoma that cannot be surgically removed and does not adequately respond to other drugs. Opdivo works by inhibiting a protein called PD-1 […]

ADA new guidelines recommend statins for diabetics

Friday, December 26th, 2014

New guidelines by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended the use of statins and exercise for diabetics to improve their heart health. This is part of its annual guidelines update. Richard Grant, MD, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente and Chair of the ADA’s Professional Practice Committee, said, “The big change here is to recommend starting […]

Delayed gluten introduction for infants delays but does not prevent celiac disease

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

A new study has found that delaying the introduction of gluten in an infant’s diet did delay the onset of celiac disease symptoms to an extent, but did not prevent the disease altogether. Genetic factors were the biggest predictor of whether or not a child would have celiac disease. The study was done by Italian […]

Liposomal bupivacaine may help improve pain, knee function for knee replacement patients

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

A new study has found that liposomal bupivacaine, a numbing medicine, may be effective in providing pain relief and improving knee function after a knee replacement surgery. The study was led by Jason Davis, MD, of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, who said, “Function-wise, it was a lot easier for patients to move around more […]

Hot weather sparks septicemia, kidney failure hospitalizations

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

According to a new study, heat waves increased the risk of hospitalization among older adults for various conditions other than heat stroke, including kidney failure and septicemia. The study was led by by Francesca Dominici, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The researchers involved said that past studies on the impact […]

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