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Research Team Identifies 33 Genes That Contribute to Autism Risk

Research Team Identifies 33 Genes That Contribute to Autism Risk

By Shilo Rea, HealthCanal.com, June 24, 2015 – PITTSBURGH—The list of genes identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by deep DNA sequencing has expanded from nine to 33, according to a new study by an international research team led by the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC), including Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathryn Roeder (right) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Bernie Devlin (left). Published today in Nature, the study examined data on several types of rare, genetic differences in more than 14,000 DNA samples from […]

by · June 24, 2015 · Featured, Health, Medical, News
A blood pressure drug called isradipine has shown promise for preventing alcohol and drug addiction, according to researchers

Blood pressure medication could prevent alcohol, drug addiction

by Catharine Paddock PhD, Medical News Today, June 24, 2015 – One of the drivers of alcohol and drug addiction is the powerful and enduring memories of the triggers – the people, places, sights and sounds that lead up to and surround episodes of substance use. Encounters with such powerful cues are recognized as primary reasons for relapse. Now, a team that successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in rats using a drug already approved for the treatment of high blood pressure, suggests […]

by · June 24, 2015 · Health, Lifestyle, Medical
Beating Advanced Cancers: New Epigenomic Block for Advanced Cancer Progression (Video)

Beating Advanced Cancers: New Epigenomic Block for Advanced Cancer Progression (Video)

By Mayo Clinic, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 19, 2015 – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — An international research team led by Mayo Clinic oncologists has found a new way to identify and possibly stop the progression of many late-stage cancers, including bladder, blood, bone, brain, lung and kidney. The precision medicine study appears online in Oncogene and focuses on kidney cancer and its metastases. Recent studies of the same epigenomic fingerprint in other cancers suggest a common pathway that could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of advanced disease across […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Featured, Health, MayoClinc.org, Medical, News, Videos
Mayo Expert Says New Cholesterol Drugs are Very Effective

Mayo Expert Says New Cholesterol Drugs are Very Effective

By Dennis Douda, Mayo Clinic.org, – June 17, 2015 – The FDA may approve the new medications for use later this year. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has recommended approval of the first drug in a new class of cholesterol-lowering medications, called PCSK9 inhibitors. PCSK9 is a protein that interferes with the liver’s ability to reduce levels of LDL, often called the bad cholesterol. A similar drug made by another company will be considered by the panel today. “The […]

by · June 17, 2015 · Featured, Health, MayoClinc.org, News
Two bars of chocolate a day “lowers risk of stroke and heart disease” WAIT, WHAT?

Two bars of chocolate a day “lowers risk of stroke and heart disease” WAIT, WHAT?

By Mark Young, EyesOnNews.com Managing Editor, June 16, 2015 – Like many of you, when I saw this headline I did a double take and said “can this be true?” I mean I could hear my doctors saying, you can’t have chocolate, it’s not good for you, blah, blah, blah….and then this news. For chocoholics (I’m just an ordinary chocolate lover) of the world, it should have been a “BREAKING NEWS” or “NEWS ALERT” headline.  Instead, this article was buried among […]

by · June 16, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Health, Medical, Science
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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Allow Kids To Use Your Cellphone

By Dr. Michelle Hintz, Psychologist, for EyesOnNews.com, June 15, 2015 – The prevalence of technology means that the amount of time children spend interacting with screens is increasing. This is a troubling trend, and there are numerous reasons why parents should not only carefully restrict children’s usage of technology, but also consider not letting their children use their cell phones. First and foremost, cell phones were designed as a communication tool. Therefore, their primary functions are to facilitate interaction with others […]

by · June 15, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Health
Study shows non-profit, low-cost weight loss program has long-term results

Study shows non-profit, low-cost weight loss program has long-term results

By David Kelly | University Communications, June 15, 2015 – AURORA, Colo. – As America’s obesity epidemic continues to grow, a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shows that a low-cost, non-profit weight loss program offers the kind of long-term results that often elude dieters. “We know that people lose weight and then gain it back,” said study author Nia S. Mitchell, MD, MPH, a researcher with the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at […]

Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

By Tim Stephens, HealthCanal, June 14, 2015 – A protein associated with many kinds of cancer cells was found to suppress the circadian clock, with implications for cancer biology and the workings of the clock itself A new study led by UC Santa Cruz researchers has found that a protein associated with cancer cells is a powerful suppressor of the biological clock that drives the daily (“circadian”) rhythms of cells throughout the body. The discovery, published in the June 4 issue […]

The skinny on trans fat

The skinny on trans fat

By Scott Gilbert, Penn State University, June 14, 2015 –  FDA expected to take action to phase out the remaining trans fat Saturated or unsaturated? Mono or poly? Good or bad? Figuring out fats can leave you frazzled, but there soon may be one less fat to keep straight. As early as this month, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to take action to phase out the remaining trans fat in the nation’s food supply. Unlike mono and poly […]

AARP members watch as Lisa Suennen moderates this year's 50 Live Pitch Event at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
(Credit Lisann Ramos)

Entrepreneurs Pitch Mobile Apps Geared To Seniors

By Editor of WUSF News – June 12, 2015 – Mary Theresa Anderson is sitting in the back of a Miami Beach Convention Center ballroom, listening as entrepreneurs pitch health apps geared toward her and other retirees. The former trauma nurse from Maryland follows along as venture capitalists drill aspiring businessmen and women about products offering brain exercises, real-time health monitoring, even online vitamin delivery. From FitBits to smartphone calorie counters, mobile health apps are one the fastest-growing parts of today’s […]

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Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sex

By Liza Berdychevsky, University of Illinois , June 11, 2015 – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found. “Many older people preserve both a high interest in sex and a high involvement in sexual activities,” said researcher Liza Berdychevsky, a […]

When you know you should go…Part Two

When you know you should go…Part Two

By Heather Dugan, EyesOnNews.com, Connection Coach, June 11, 2015 – Bad habits are a familiar misery and easy default. However ugly the terrain, we all like a good shortcut. But sometimes our instinctual responses gridlock progress towards a much better place, making it difficult to fully disengage from damaging and draining relationships.  Note: Even good love relationships are hard work! Discomfort and adjustments are an essential part of sharing life and can ultimately grow an intimate connection. A “damaging and draining” […]

by · June 11, 2015 · Dating, Featured, Health, Lifestyle, Relationship