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Researchers find possible treatment for high blood pressure
Date: 2009-08-28 12:17:34

A new anti-aging gene that was recently discovered by scientists may hold some clues as to how to better treat people for high blood pressure.

Principal investigator Zhongjie Sun took the anti-aging gene called "klotho" and found that by "increasing the expression of the gene" in tests, it was successful at lowering blood pressure.

"One single injection of the klotho gene can reduce hypertension for at least 12 weeks and possibly longer," Sun said. "Klotho is also available as a protein and, conceivably, we could ingest it as a powder much like we do with protein drinks."

According to the researcher, this is the first study that shows a possible link between klotho and reducing one's high blood pressure.... Full Story

Study: Ginkgo biloba ineffective in curbing cognitive failure
Date: 2009-12-30 22:19:46
To the disappointment of many who have relied on ginkgo biloba supplements to keep their mind's sharp, recent research has suggested that the herb may not prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease or curb the cognitive decline associated with aging.... Full Story

Study: Disability in elderly population on the rise
Date: 2009-12-29 22:35:13
After decreasing for about 20 years, the disability rate among U.S. senior citizens is on the rise, according to recent research.... Full Story

Gene therapy roots out emphysema in clinical tests
Date: 2009-12-22 22:17:09
Genetic testing for mutations which are responsible for causing emphysema may lead to a single-treatment therapy which provides lifetime protection against the progression of the lung disease, according to recent research.... Full Story

MRI tests identify common symptom of autism
Date: 2009-12-21 22:27:02
Magnetic resonance image tests have allowed researchers to identify the symptoms of autism and analyze the ways in which the condition affects cognitive processing, according to a new study.... Full Story

Herb may ward off side effect of chemotherapy
Date: 2009-12-18 22:13:10
The medicinal herb milk thistle may reduce the liver inflammation often caused by chemotherapy, researchers say.... Full Story

Blood test may reduce the need for antibiotics
Date: 2009-12-11 19:16:21
A non-invasive blood test could help doctors more accurately determine which of their patients need antibiotics to treat a variety of conditions, new research indicates.... Full Story

Diagnostic testing less common in Mexican-Americans
Date: 2009-12-11 19:13:03
Some Latinos may be unaware of the medical benefits offered by diagnostic testing for colorectal cancer because of language barriers, new research indicates.... Full Story

Study: Simple test could diagnose childhood sleeping disorder
Date: 2009-12-07 22:21:29
Doctors may be able to use a simple urine test to diagnose a sleeping disorder in children, new research indicates. ... Full Story

Scientists on cusp of diagnostic saliva testing
Date: 2009-11-25 20:21:01
The protein content in saliva, which changes as people age, may soon provide an avenue of diagnostic testing for age-related diseases, according to new research.... Full Story

Study: Migraines may result in higher risk of stroke
Date: 2009-11-18 22:35:02
Aside from experiencing severe discomfort, migraine sufferers may also be exposed to more than twice the risk of ischemic strokes than those who do not commonly get migraines, a new study indicates.... Full Story

Study: Poor exercise habits don't explain failing obesity tests
Date: 2009-11-17 22:12:24
Though scientists estimate that nearly one third of children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese, a lack of exercise does not explain the rising rates, a new study suggests.... Full Story

Free memory tests mark Alzheimer's Awareness month
Date: 2009-11-16 22:10:48
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will hold its seventh annual National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, November 17, to raise awareness about the impact memory tests have had on the early detection of potentially harmful health conditions.... Full Story

Testing for foot conditions may help athletes heal
Date: 2009-11-09 22:20:03
With the prevalence of foot injuries due to fall sports, officials at the American Pediatric Medical Association (APMA) and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine are warning athletes of foot-related precautions this autumn.... Full Story

Exposure to sneezes may provokehealth anxiety
Date: 2009-11-06 22:15:32
Tales have been told of people suffering a stroke simply by stifling a sneeze; while these accounts may be fictional, new research has shown that being around a sneezing person commonly increases a person's fear of contracting the flu and suffering a heart attack at an early age.... Full Story

Diagnostic testing may relieve healthcare costs
Date: 2009-11-05 22:14:39
The Arrayit Corporation, a researcher of pharmaceuticals, genetics and diagnostic testing, plans to help control healthcare costs through early diagnoses of common diseases.... Full Story

Could marijuana prevent post-traumatic stress disorder?
Date: 2009-11-04 22:29:42
The use of cannabinoids, such as marijuana, could foster the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to recent research.... Full Story

Tests show non-invasive therapy an alternative for broken bones
Date: 2009-11-03 21:43:43
Shock-wave therapy may offer a non-invasive, though equally effective, alternative to surgery from patients whose broken bones have difficulty healing, new research suggests.... Full Story

Scientists test influence of diet on Alzheimer's disease
Date: 2009-10-22 22:22:26
A high protein diet may shrink brain mass and be an exacerbating factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease, new research success.... Full Story

Parkinson's study may bring 'improved diagnostic strategies', testing
Date: 2009-10-22 22:20:49
An international team of researchers, including members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) believes a genetic condition known as Gaucher disease considerably increases a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to the results of a new study.... Full Story

New lab tests help doctors treat lung diseases
Date: 2009-10-13 22:30:19
Developments to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans could soon provide more precise testing and better treatment to sufferers of chronic lung disease and asthma, research suggests.... Full Story

Researchers: Pistachios can deter obesity, diabetes
Date: 2009-10-13 22:14:10
Following a recommendation that Americans limit their sugar intake by the American Heart Association (AHA), some researchers are parading pistachios as a way to moderate sugar consumption.... Full Story

Green tea may influence bone growth
Date: 2009-09-17 22:14:28
Tea drinkers may need to take caution according to a new U.S. study which concludes that green tea may weaken bones.... Full Story

Study: Anxious children likely to become large adults
Date: 2009-09-16 22:40:26
People who experience emotional distress as children are more likely to become obese adults, new research indicates.... Full Story

Blood test gauges need for antibiotics
Date: 2009-09-09 22:06:37
A blood test may be able to assist doctors in verifying which patients are in need of antibiotics and which can be treated though use of alternate remedies, according to new research.... Full Story

New lab test instrument evades botched diagnoses
Date: 2009-09-03 22:32:33
Likvor, a start-up Swedish medical device company has developed a mechanism that will likely result in more accurate lab test results and medical diagnoses in older adults.... Full Story

CDC: Monitoring H1N1 virus and vaccine data
Date: 2009-09-03 22:23:15
Amidst a fervor of concern over the potency of the swine flu infection, the Centers for Disease Control tempered any lingering agitation in its weekly update.... Full Story

Officials urge Congress to renew Child Nutrition Act
Date: 2009-08-31 20:03:45
Obesity rates in the U.S. have continued to thrive for adults and children, and some health officials are hoping kids can reach a healthier body weight through a piece of legislation being renewed before it expires.... Full Story

Study: Hopelessness linked to higher risk of stroke
Date: 2009-08-28 23:03:36
According to new research, healthy middle-aged women who experience feelings of hopelessness may cause their neck arteries to thicken, which can eventually lead to a stroke.... Full Story

Study: Fat in liver may predict disease
Date: 2009-08-26 23:51:53
Fat that builds up in a person's stomach area may not be the best indication of an increased risk for certain diseases, according to a new study.... Full Story

Obesity may result from having overweight friends
Date: 2009-08-21 18:00:13
People who are struggling to lose some extra weight may be getting too much help from their friends.... Full Story

Study: Slight reduction of carbs can help with weight loss
Date: 2009-08-18 22:04:50
People who are interested in losing some extra pounds may simply need to adjust some of the food they eat, particularly if they eat a lot of foods with carbohydrates.... Full Story

Researchers suggest diabetics may be prone to depression
Date: 2009-08-04 22:53:12
A neurotransmitter in the brain may be the cause for depressive symptoms and a lower level of cognitive performance in some diabetics.... Full Story

New HIV vaccine trial to use blood tests to confirm results
Date: 2009-07-31 21:26:35
At Vanderbilt University, researchers will be using blood tests to check the effectiveness in a novel HIV vaccine in a study of 1,350 men planned for the next five years.... Full Story

Mineral may help those worried about immune system after HIV testing
Date: 2009-07-31 21:00:27
HIV testing can help consumers learn whether or not they are at risk for the condition, which weakens one's immunity before it progresses into AIDS. Now, researchers say that supplementing one's diet with a mineral may help promote healthy immune system function.... Full Story

Supplements are best source of vitamin D, experts say
Date: 2009-07-30 22:48:09
Coinciding with the onset of the summer season, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has published recommendations on the safest ways of achieving vitamin D sufficiency.... Full Story

Study: Vitamin C appears to boost diabetes therapy
Date: 2009-07-30 22:38:44
Based on new research results, scientists believe a combination of insulin and vitamin C may prevent the damage caused by type 1 diabetes. ... Full Story

Food allergy testing could improve nutritional choices
Date: 2009-07-30 22:30:12
Taking a food allergy test may help Americans find out what foods may not work well with their personal physiology and increase their understanding of a sometimes confusing topic.... Full Story

Women may be able to change diet to improve cholesterol test results
Date: 2009-07-30 21:44:10
Women who have received results from a cholesterol test indicating elevated levels of LDL cholesterols may be able to improve future measures by making changes in their nutritional habits.... Full Story

Mononucleosis in teens may be linked to chronic fatigue
Date: 2009-07-20 23:08:27
Once quaintly referred to as "the kissing disease" because it can be spread by saliva, infectious mononucleosis is a common viral infection that results in a few weeks or months of excessive fatigue before fading away.... Full Story

Aldosterone may control circadian rhythm as well as blood pressure
Date: 2009-07-10 22:21:40
A hormone which plays a major part in regulating salt balance and blood pressure in the body may also be involved in controlling your body clock, according to research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.... Full Story

New method for analyzing biomarkers may produce diagnostic tests more quick
Date: 2009-06-29 20:35:47
Researchers working with the National Cancer Institute have demonstrated a new method for detecting biomarkers in bodily fluids that may make it possible to determine which biomarkers are useful predictors of disease much more efficiently, according to an article appearing in Nature Biotechnology.... Full Story

Personality and inflammation may be linked
Date: 2009-06-19 22:20:34
A new study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity found that especially in aging women, a low level of the personality trait extraversion and high levels of a key inflammatory molecule, interleukin-6, may be linked.... Full Story

Preventive care a major component of health reform
Date: 2009-06-17 20:47:52
In the ongoing debate over heathcare reform in the U.S., many options for structuring insurance coverage, payment plans and control over medical decision making are being considered. One element is virtually a constant in all the proposals - however, a call for a greater focus on preventive medicine to avoid disease or catch and treat it at an earlier time.... Full Story

Preventative medicine provides massive return on investment
Date: 2009-06-04 20:01:37
Preventative medicine, an active approach of testing, screening and education provides tremendous long-term return on investment by reducing health care costs dramatically, according to a study from the Harvard Medical School.... Full Story

Cardiologists and Periodontists publish new joint guidelines
Date: 2009-06-01 18:16:08
The evidence linking periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease has been growing for years, with medical researchers convinced that inflammation is the uniting characteristic of the two conditions.... Full Story

Inflammation links gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis
Date: 2009-05-28 21:57:25
Researchers have long known that inflammation is a marker of systemic reaction to disease and a risk factor for more than one condition, but a recent study demonstrated an even more dramatic link between inflammatory gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis - cure the gum disease and it helps treat the arthritis.... Full Story

Statins may help prevent recurring stroke
Date: 2009-05-27 21:19:03
People who take statins after a stroke may have a lower risk of a second one, according to research published in the journal Neurology.... Full Story

Physical fitness reduces risk of death
Date: 2009-05-21 22:11:35
Being physically fit reduces the risk of heart disease and even all causes of death, according to study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.... Full Story

Premature birth risk lowered with folic acid supplementation
Date: 2009-05-20 21:22:09
Women who take folic acid supplements for at least a year before conception could lower their risk of premature births, according to new research from the University of Texas Medical Branch.... Full Story

May is national stroke awareness month, experts urge monitoring risk factor
Date: 2009-05-19 22:03:56
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S has a new or recurrent stroke, according to the American Stroke Association, or about 795,000 Americans a year, making it the third leading cause of death in the country. The warning signs appear suddenly, and the effects of a stroke can be devastating.... Full Story

Folic acid during pregnancy may reduce heart defects in babies
Date: 2009-05-14 21:50:25
The number of babies born with severe congenital heart defects with has dropped significantly in Quebec since Canada introduced mandatory fortification of grain produces with folic acid more than a decade ago, according to researchers from McGill University.... Full Story

Long, slow walks may be more effective exercise for the heart
Date: 2009-05-13 20:25:11
Researchers have found that an exercise plan that burns more calories over less-intense periods of exercise might do a better job helping people lose weight and reduce cardiovascular risk than standard cardiac rehabilitation programs.... Full Story

Wait times for appointments can be as long as a year
Date: 2009-05-06 22:36:15
Scheduling an appointment with a doctor can take months, or even a year, according to a new survey by Merrit Hawkins & Associates.... Full Story

Vitamin D deficiency may account for health difference in blacks and whites
Date: 2009-04-24 19:48:13
It is possible that darker skin's reduced ability to efficiently produce vitamin D in response to sunlight may explain the higher rate of vitamin D deficiency in African-Americans, and possibly even some of the health gap between black and white Americans, according to an article in USA Today.... Full Story

Study: Tart cherries increase antioxidant activity
Date: 2009-04-21 22:37:19
Eating as little as one and a half cups of tart cherries can significantly increase the antioxidant activity in the body, according to researchers presenting at the 2009 Experimental Biology meetings in New Orleans. High antioxidant activity in the blood has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects.... Full Story

Low-sodium vegetable juice may help weight loss for people with metabolic s
Date: 2009-04-20 22:15:14
Overweight people with metabolic syndrome may do better at losing weight if they drink at least one glass of low-sodium vegetable juice per day, according to results presented at the 2009 Experimental Biology Meeting.... Full Story

What you eat for breakfast affects workout results
Date: 2009-04-17 22:09:19
Eating a low glycemic index breakfast may improve the amount of fat-burning benefit from exercise before lunch, according to a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition.... Full Story

Study: More people lack Vitamin D
Date: 2009-04-15 18:43:26
Vitamin D levels have decreased in the U.S. Population, according to a new study appearing in the Archives of Internal Medicine.... Full Story

Researchers: Mediterranean diet may be most heart healthy
Date: 2009-04-14 18:16:38
In a massive review of more than 50 years of heart disease and diet research, researchers from McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario, found that despite many claims, only some food groups and diet patterns have evidence of real benefit. The study appears in the latest Archives of Internal Medicine.... Full Story

Benefits of gluten free diet
Date: 2009-04-13 22:57:36
For some people, embracing a gluten-free diet may be a healthy and vital change in one's life, especially if they may have mild allergic reactions to some foods, according to the Full Story

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