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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Depression Can Lead to Work Disability

Oct. 5, 2015 — In Norway, men suffering from depression are three times more likely to become work disabled than non-sufferers. This risk is only twice as great for women. Now researchers have carried out a study ... read more

High Opioid Use in Older People With COPD Raises Safety Concerns

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with COPD, according to a study. Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine might be prescribed ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Hepatic fibrosis, which involves scarring of the liver that can result in dysfunction and, in severe cases, cirrhosis and cancer, may be as much a consequence of genetics as environmental ... read more

Research Shows a Cause of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Type 1 Diabetes

Oct. 1, 2015 — A molecular basis has been found for why 80 percent of patients with longstanding Type 1 diabetes have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms including gastroparesis (delayed emptying of food), irritable ... read more

New Study Removes Cancer Doubt for Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers are calling on the medical community to reconsider developing a known drug to treat people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) after new evidence shows it does not increase the risk of ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — When a pathogen invades the body, specific cells in the human immune system are ready to take immediate action in order to destroy it. The molecular characteristics of these killer cells were unknown ... read more

Glutamate: Essential Food for the Brain

Oct. 1, 2015 — Glutamate is an amino acid with very different functions: in the pancreas, it modulates the activity of the pancreatic ß--cells responsible for insulin production, whereas in the brain it is the ... read more

Screening for Mental Health Issues in a Pediatric Emergency Department

Oct. 1, 2015 — Investigators piloted a brief mental health screening tool to be used with patients accessing the emergency department for medical complaints who might be at risk for mental health problems. Of the ... read more

Children With Severe Obesity May Be at Higher Risk for Heart Disease and Diabetes

Oct. 1, 2015 — A direct correlation has been found between more severe forms of obesity in children and related risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes--particularly in boys. It is estimated that ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that reactivation of ancient viral genes embedded in the human genome may cause the destruction of neurons in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results ... read more

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Death in People With Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Sep. 30, 2015 — Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of death in people with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP), according to a new study. PDP affects more than 50 per cent of people with Parkinson's ... read more

Cognitive-Behavioral Prevention Program for Teens at-Risk of Depression Shows Benefit

Sep. 30, 2015 — A cognitive-behavioral prevention program for depression among at-risk youth showed benefit more than 6 years after the implementation of the intervention, according to a new ... read more

Psoriasis, Risk of Depression in the US Population

Sep. 30, 2015 — The chronic inflammatory skin condition psoriasis was associated with the risk of major depression, although the risk was unrelated to the severity of the disorder, according to a new ... read more

Lung Disease May Increase Risk of Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Mouse Study Suggests

Sep. 30, 2015 — Numerous studies have identified obesity and poor diet as risk factors for insulin resistance and diabetes. Now, a new study adds another risk factor to the list: inflammatory lung ... read more

Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

Sep. 29, 2015 — New research suggests that age, race and family history are the biggest risk factors for a man to develop prostate cancer, although high blood pressure, high cholesterol, vitamin D deficiency, ... read more

Among South Asians, Risks of Developing Diabetes Begins at Birth, Says Research

Sep. 29, 2015 — South Asian women who minimize their risk of gestational diabetes and avoid excessive weight gain in pregnancy may help to prevent diabetes in their own children, new research ... read more

Primary Healthcare Providers Urged to Screen Teens for Depression, Suicide Risk

Sep. 29, 2015 — Depression and suicide risk screening can assist healthcare providers in preventing suicides in teens, nursing researchers find. It's estimated that 80 percent of all 13 to 18 year olds are seen ... read more

'Housing First' Approach for Homeless People Doesn't Help Obesity

Sep. 29, 2015 — The 'Housing First' approach of giving homeless people with mental illness a place to live without any preconditions such as sobriety or enrollment in a psychiatric treatment program has ... read more

Multicenter Study Examines Safety of Medical Cannabis in Treatment of Chronic Pain

Sep. 29, 2015 — A Canadian research team has completed a national multicenter study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic ... read more

High Cardiovascular Hormone/peptide Levels in Cancer Patients Linked to Shorter Survival

Sep. 29, 2015 — High circulating levels of cardiovascular hormones/peptides in cancer patients are linked to shorter survival, regardless of disease type and stage of progression, reveals ... read more

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