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February 2008 Archive

February 25, 2008

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The Role of Diet in Metabolic Syndrome

A new study has implicated meat, fried food and, surprisingly, diet soda in the development of metabolic syndrome. More research will now be needed to confirm and explain these intriguing findings.

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Cholesterol Drug Makes Staph More Vulnerable

An experimental cholesterol-fighting drug can also strip staph bacteria of their golden color and make the microbes more susceptible to killing by the immune system. The finding may lead to new options for battling Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

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Team Care for Depressed Older Adults Cuts Medical Costs

A team approach to treating depression in older adults has already been shown to be effective. According to a new study, it's also less expensive than usual care.

February 11, 2008

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Supplement Use Widespread Among Cancer Patients and Survivors

Researchers have found that, while vitamin and mineral supplement use is widespread among cancer patients and survivors, up to 68% of physicians may not know when their patients are using them. The finding highlights the need for doctors to discuss supplement use with their cancer patients.

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Gene Variants Protect Against Depression Triggered by Childhood Stress

Certain variations in a gene that helps regulate our response to stress may protect adults who were abused in childhood from developing depression, a new study has found.

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New Method Detects Fatal Copper Disorder at Birth

A blood test developed by NIH scientists can detect a rare but deadly genetic disorder called Menkes Disease in newborns. The test may eventually lead to newborn screening to identify affected children before symptoms appear, when treatment is mostly likely to succeed.

February 4, 2008

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Blood Pressure Medication for People with Metabolic Syndrome

For people with metabolic syndrome—who are at increased risk for cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, heart failure and stroke—treatment of high blood pressure with less expensive diuretic drugs may be a better choice than newer, more costly medications, according to a new report.


Subconscious Signals Can Trigger Brain's Drug-Craving Centers

Quick flashes of cocaine-related photos—so brief viewers don’t even realize what they’re seeing—can instantly trigger “reward circuitry” in the brains of drug-addicted patients, activating the same brain regions that respond to sexual images. Researchers say their findings may provide new clues for treating addictions and possibly other conditions, like eating disorders, that are marked by uncontrolled desires and behaviors.

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Molecular Pattern Linked to Colon Cancer Prognosis

An international research team has linked levels of molecules called microRNAs to colon cancer progression. The finding may lead to new tools to assess colon cancer prognosis and help clinicians determine appropriate treatments. The researchers also uncovered a potential new target for colon cancer therapies.

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