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July 29, 2015

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July 29, 2015

Tailored Mobile Health Technologies May Help Patients Take Their Medications Appropriately

July 28, 2015 — There was only a 5 percent error rate when patients with chronic kidney disease used mobile health technologies designed to help them use medications ... read more

Improved Survival of HIV Patients Facilitates Heart Disease Research

July 27, 2015 — The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease ... read more

Weight Loss for a Healthy Liver

July 27, 2015 — Weight loss through both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery can significantly reduce features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a disease characterized by fat in the liver, according to two ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Scientists uncover a port of liver entry for malaria parasites, and if these results hold up in humans, drugs that target this entry protein might help prevent the spread of ... read more

Low-Dose Lithium Reduces Side Effects from Most Common Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

July 27, 2015 — Low-dose lithium reduced involuntary motor movements -- the troubling side effect of the medication most commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD) -- in a mouse model of the condition that ... read more

Patient Satisfaction Is Good Indicator of Success After Spinal Surgery

July 24, 2015 — Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease--especially in terms of reduced pain and disability--are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a ... read more

Premature Birth Linked to Withdrawn Personality

July 24, 2015 — Adults born very premature are more likely to be socially withdrawn and display signs of autism, research shows. The results showed that the adults born very preterm scored highly for displaying a ... read more

New Method to Halt the Advance of Liver Cancer

July 23, 2015 — Drugs targeting the lymphotoxin-beta receptor may improve liver cancer treatment, a new study suggests. The findings could provide new treatment strategies for the disease, which is the third leading ... read more

Preventing Knee Pain in at-Risk Adults With Diabetes

July 23, 2015 — An intensive program of diet and exercise had a small but statistically significant protective effect against the development of knee pain in the short term among overweight adults with diabetes, a ... read more

Potential New Targets for Treating Kidney Disease

July 23, 2015 — Proteins in the Wnt signaling pathway help drive kidney scarring that can lead to chronic kidney disease, researchers report. When investigators examined the complex process of scarring, or fibrosis, ... read more

New Insights Into the Circuitry of PTSD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

July 23, 2015 — Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate ... read more

Researchers Find Key Player in Diabetic Kidney Disease Through Power of Metabolomics

July 22, 2015 — Tapping the potential of metabolomics, an emerging field focused on the chemical processes of metabolism, researchers have identified a new and pivotal player in diabetic kidney ... read more

Coping by Avoidance in Making Decisions for Relatives in ICU May Lead to PTSD

July 22, 2015 — Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an intensive care unit may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a new ... read more

July 22, 2015 — A diet high in soybean oil causes more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods, according to a new study. In the U.S. the consumption of ... read more

Menopause Associated With More Fat Around Heart, Raising Risk for Heart Disease

July 22, 2015 — Late- and post-menopausal women have significantly greater volumes of fat around their hearts -- a risk factor for heart disease -- than their pre-menopausal counterparts, a study has shown for the ... read more

Some Vietnam Vets Currently Have PTSD 40 Years After War Ended, Study Finds

July 22, 2015 — While it has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, about 271,000 veterans who served in the war zone are estimated to have current full posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plus subthreshold ... read more

Screening in Pregnancy Key to Eliminating Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

July 22, 2015 — Canada has almost eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission, known as vertical transmission, in recent years by ensuring that all women have the opportunity to be screened for HIV in pregnancy and ... read more

New Drug Combination Treats Hepatitis C Patients Also Infected With HIV

July 21, 2015 — A new combination of drugs that effectively treats hepatitis C (HCV) patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) has been discovered by researchers who report that the novel ... read more

Manipulating Molecule in the Brain Improves Stress Response, New Target for Depression Treatment

July 21, 2015 — Increasing the levels of a signaling molecule found in the brain can positively alter response to stress, revealing a potential new therapeutic target for treatment of depression, researchers ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Protect Against Parkinson's Disease

July 21, 2015 — Diabetes patients taking glitazone antidiabetes drugs had a 28 percent lower incidence of Parkinson's disease than people taking other antidiabetic treatments, according to new research led by ... read more

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