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High cortisol levels may contribute to alcoholism, study finds
Date: 2010-09-23 15:45:20
Individuals who are struggling with an addiction to alcohol may want to consider cortisol testing to determine if their levels of the hormone are high. A recent study from European researchers has found that the stress hormone may play a role in alcohol dependency.... Full Story

Many men at risk of experiencing low testosterone
Date: 2010-08-20 21:15:03
More men may benefit from testosterone testing than previously thought, as a new estimate from the Northwestern University School of Medicine claims that as many as 5 million men in the U.S. may have low testosterone levels.... Full Story

Stress may contribute to cognitive decline
Date: 2010-08-19 20:52:25
Cortisol testing may benefit individuals who are concerned about developing dementia or have a family history of the illness, as a new study published in the journal, Brain, found that high stress levels during middle age may contribute to cognitive decline later in life. ... Full Story

Stress causes unhealthy inflammation
Date: 2010-08-10 21:24:32
Cortisol testing may benefit individuals who regularly feel anxious and nervous, as a new study has found that the stress hormone may play an important role in the function of the immune system. ... Full Story

Fructose contributes to growth of pancreatic cancer cells
Date: 2010-08-05 20:24:36
Individuals who have a family history of cancer and consume a diet high in sugars may want to consider seeking a pancreatic cancer test, as a new study has found that fructose, a common sugar in western diets, contributes to the growth of cancer cells. ... Full Story

Stress raises risk of cognitive decline in elderly diabetics
Date: 2010-07-29 21:54:37
Older diabetics may want to consider seeking a cortisol test, as recent research has shown that the stress hormone may contribute to cognitive decline in seniors who have poor insulin control.... Full Story

HPV infection tied to skin cancer
Date: 2010-07-09 20:54:46
STD testing may benefit individuals who are already at risk for skin cancer, as a new study has found that human papilomavirus (HPV) infection may increase the risk of developing the dangerous skin condition.... Full Story

Blood test helps detect rare lung cancer
Date: 2010-07-06 22:06:53
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that a simple blood test that is currently available from most healthcare providers could help in diagnosing a certain rare form of lung cancer in women. ... Full Story

African American patients have poorer health outcomes following cancer diagnosis
Date: 2010-07-06 14:16:11
Black patients who receive a positive cancer test are almost twice as likely to die from their disease as other races, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Michigan. ... Full Story

Researchers identify symptoms of 'male menopause'
Date: 2010-06-17 22:44:21
Researchers from Imperial College London have identified a set of symptoms that, in addition to testosterone testing, are sufficient for diagnosing "male menopause." ... Full Story

Scientists unravel H. pylori genes
Date: 2010-06-17 22:42:51
Researchers from New York University recently made a breakthrough in cataloging the genes of Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria known to cause inflammation and gastrointestinal cancer. Scientists hope that this will lead to more effective H. pylori tests.... Full Story

Vitamin B6 shown to reduce lung cancer risk
Date: 2010-06-17 13:59:35
Recent research into the health benefits of vitamin B6 has shown that it may lower the risk for lung disease, and individuals with many common risk factors for the disease, such as smoking habits, could benefit from blood testing for vitamin B levels.... Full Story

Survey: Many cancer survivors avoid medical tests
Date: 2010-06-15 22:08:49
Despite the fact that cancer can often predispose individuals to a range of other diseases, a new survey has found that many cancer survivors forego further medical testing because they worry the financial cost will be too great. ... Full Story

Blood protein linked to Alzheimer's disease
Date: 2010-06-10 18:45:13
Individuals who are already at an elevated risk for developing Alzheimer's disease may want to seek out a blood test, as a new study has found that a certain kind of blood abnormality may contributed to the condition. ... Full Story

Few women receive HPV vaccine, survey finds
Date: 2010-06-07 22:35:18
Many females may benefit from cervical cancer testing, as a new survey has found that only about one in three young women ever receive the vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection known to lead to the cancer. ... Full Story

Vitamin E decreases COPD risk
Date: 2010-06-01 18:33:58
Individuals at risk for lung diseases may want to consider a vitamin E test, as a recent study has shown that the nutrient can decrease the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).... Full Story

New RA cases rising among women
Date: 2010-05-27 20:23:42
Despite decades of falling rheumatoid arthritis (RA) rates, a collection of recent medical tests has shown that the joint condition is actually on the rise among women.... Full Story

Low testosterone may be to blame for poor night's sleep
Date: 2010-05-24 18:43:36
Men who tend to get poor sleep may want to consider having their testosterone tested, as a new study from the University of Montreal has found there may be a link between low testosterone levels and a poor night's sleep. ... Full Story

Stomach cancer on the rise among young whites
Date: 2010-05-20 20:07:29
Young, white adults may want to consider an H. pylori test to see if they are infected with the bacteria, as a new study has found that stomach cancer is on the rise and the bacteria may be to blame. ... Full Story

Diabetics may benefit from adding bran to their diet
Date: 2010-05-12 18:43:05
Cholesterol tests have shown that individuals with type 2 diabetes often have certain risk factors for heart disease. But new research from the American Heart Association has shown that eating bran can help reduce some of these risk factors. ... Full Story

Study: Dark chocolate may help brain protect itself from stroke
Date: 2010-05-06 20:26:14
Individuals who have tested positive for certain risk factors associated with strokes may want to consider adding dark chocolate to their diet, as new research suggest a compound in the sweet may help protect the brain from damage. ... Full Story

Healthcare reform laws may lead to better diabetes care
Date: 2010-04-30 21:42:28
Diabetes is recognized as one of the leading killers of Americans, but many say that there is still not enough being done to help people with the disease.... Full Story

New program makes diabetes testing more efficient
Date: 2010-04-28 13:50:51
Diabetes can be a daunting disease to control, but a new program offers information and testing for individuals at risk of developing the illness. ... Full Story

Genetic test shows risk of developing Alzheimer's
Date: 2010-04-27 22:34:30
Researchers may be closer to determining which individuals are at risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, thanks to the discovery that a particular gene may cause the disease.... Full Story

Study: Red wine reduces risk of stroke
Date: 2010-04-22 19:35:02
For many people, a glass of red wine can be a pleasant way to relax at the end of a long day, but a new study found that red wine might also help reduce the risk of stroke.... Full Story

Study: Dark chocolate helps liver cirrhosis
Date: 2010-04-19 22:29:14
Just about everyone likes chocolate for its delicious taste, but a new study presented at the International Liver Conference suggests that it may also have significant health benefits for individuals with cirrhosis of the liver.... Full Story

Study: Dark chocolate helps liver cirrhosis
Date: 2010-04-19 22:29:14
Just about everyone likes chocolate for its delicious taste, but a new study presented at the International Liver Conference suggests that it may also have significant health benefits for individuals with cirrhosis of the liver.... Full Story

Healthy diet may help ward off Alzheimer's disease
Date: 2010-04-13 19:18:35
According to a new study to be published in the June issue of the Archives of Neurology, consuming a healthy diet may decrease a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. ... Full Story

Research panel recommends dementia test to identify seniors who are unsafe behind the wheel
Date: 2010-04-13 19:16:23
Authorities with the American Academy of Neurology reported on Monday that a simple dementia test and the input of close family members are the two best ways to determine the appropriate time to take driving privileges away from senior citizens suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of cognitive decline. ... Full Story

Women lower stroke risk by taking a walk
Date: 2010-04-08 09:00:00
One of the best types of medicine to avoid suffering a stroke is taking a simple walk, researchers say.... Full Story

Seniors sleep better when they follow a schedule
Date: 2010-04-07 16:39:18
As people reach old age, they frequently report increased difficulty in sleeping. Now a study has shown that senior citizens can avoid insomnia and improve their sleep quality by following a set routine as they perform daily chores.... Full Story

New test may help reveal early-stage emphysema
Date: 2010-04-06 19:22:34
According to a recent University of Iowa study, a new testing method may help physicians identify smokers who are at the greatest risk of developing emphysema.... Full Story

Patient safety incidences at hospitals continue to be problematic
Date: 2010-04-02 22:54:17
According the 2010 HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals study released earlier this week, nearly 1 million patient safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients at U.S. hospitals over the last three years. ... Full Story

X-Rays often miss hip and pelvic fractures
Date: 2010-03-29 16:50:21
According to a new Duke University Medical Center study, X-rays fail to identify a significant number of hip and pelvic fractures.... Full Story

Comparative review identifies most accurate genetic test for autism
Date: 2010-03-15 17:58:07
A comprehensive new study has found that chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) is the most accurate genetic test used to detect abnormalities that relate to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ... Full Story

Long-term use of osteoporosis medication linked to increased risk of thigh fracture
Date: 2010-03-12 19:48:04
A new study has suggested that long-term use of osteoporosis medication may be associated with unusual fractures of the thigh bone.... Full Story

New cognitive impairment test may help diagnose Alzheimer's disease at an earlier stage
Date: 2010-03-11 22:28:03
Researchers from the University of Tennessee recently developed a new behavioral test that has been found to be extremely accurate in detecting cognitive abnormalities related to Alzheimer's disease. ... Full Story

Stroke risk linked to family history
Date: 2010-03-09 18:56:04
Results of a recently published study suggest that people whose parents have had a stroke, especially by the time they were 65 years of age, are at a considerably increased risk of suffering a similar episode in their lifetime. ... Full Story

Combination drug therapy more effective in treating BPH
Date: 2010-03-05 19:09:26
A recent study conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has found that two drugs designed to treat enlarged prostates are more effective when administered together.... Full Story

Childhood obesity risk higher in minorities
Date: 2010-03-01 19:05:05
A new study has found that obesity is more prevalent in black and Hispanic children and that several risk factors actually begin before birth. ... Full Story

New brain test may help diagnose early-stage Alzheimer's disease
Date: 2010-02-22 18:22:14
Over the last few years, there have been great strides made in developing diagnostic testing options for patients with Alzheimer's disease. Recently, a new study has found that an innovative brain scan may help doctors determine whether a person with memory loss has brain variances that can predispose him or her to the debilitating condition. ... Full Story

Ibuprofen use linked to decreased risk of Parkinson's disease
Date: 2010-02-18 18:29:25
People who regularly take ibuprofen may be at a significantly decreased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study.... Full Story

Signs of autism may not appear until one year of age
Date: 2010-02-17 19:12:31
A new study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry suggests that early signs of autism in infants do not start emerging until a child reaches one year of age. ... Full Story

Botox linked to decreased migraine frequency
Date: 2010-02-15 23:35:38
A new study has found that Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox, may help prevent certain forms of migraine headaches. ... Full Story

Study: Eating chocolate may lower the risk of stroke
Date: 2010-02-12 19:23:20
New analysis of available research has found that the consumption of chocolate may be linked to a lower risk of stroke and stroke-related death. ... Full Story

Chronic migraines linked to increased risk of heart attack
Date: 2010-02-11 14:06:46
Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University have found that people who have chronic migraines may be more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack compared to those in good health. Patients dealing with the chronic condition are also at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and high blood pressure. ... Full Story

Study: Preconception testing for SMA risk not cost-effective
Date: 2010-02-05 19:16:55
A recent study has concluded that it is not cost-effective to screen couples to determine whether they are at a high risk of having children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the most common genetic cause of infant mortality and the second most common inherited autosomal recessive disorder.... Full Story

Brain scans may help identify awareness in some vegetative patients
Date: 2010-02-04 19:07:38
A team of European neuroscientists recently conducted a series of tests that suggest that patients thought to be in a vegetative state may be able to show some signs of consciousness. ... Full Story

Blood test may identify severity of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Date: 2010-02-03 19:36:16
Researchers from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine have reportedly found that a simple blood test may be able to predict whether patients with the lung-scarring disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) will become even more ill.... Full Story

Gene mutation may be leading cause of premature birth
Date: 2010-02-02 18:36:27
U.S. researchers have found that a gene mutation may lead to cellular and molecular changes in the uterus that can cause premature birth. Authors of the study believe that the recent findings could lead to new strategies for treating and preventing prematurity. ... Full Story

Preoperative CT scans may reduce unnecessary appendectomies in younger wome
Date: 2010-01-29 19:32:27
According to a recent study, the use of preoperative computed tomography (CT) scans on women of a reproductive age with suspected acute appendicitis may help reduce needless surgeries. ... Full Story

Magnesium supplementation may prevent memory loss
Date: 2010-01-29 19:34:44
Recent laboratory testing suggests that increased levels of magnesium may improve learning and memory, and that inadequate levels of the compound may lead to impaired cognitive function in older adults. ... Full Story

New medical test may improve efficiency of aneurysm detection
Date: 2010-01-25 23:05:00
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a new medical test that may be able to help radiologists detect aneurysms with greater speed and accuracy. ... Full Story

Study: Brain scan test can accurately diagnose post traumatic stress disord
Date: 2010-01-21 22:58:00
U.S. researchers may have found a way to objectively test for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after discovering a method to read distinct patterns of magnetic fields created by brain cells. ... Full Story

Eye test may help diagnose Alzheimer's disease, study concludes
Date: 2010-01-21 18:39:30
According to a new study, a simple eye test may be able to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease before it fully develops. ... Full Story

ED may be a sign of impending heart disease, study concludes
Date: 2010-01-19 19:08:51
A 12-year research study has found that erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a warning sign of future cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure. ... Full Story

St. John's wort not effective in treating symptoms related to IBS
Date: 2010-01-12 18:52:47
Recent medical testing has discovered that St. John's wort, a widely known herbal remedy for depression, is not an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).... Full Story

PET tests can help diagnose Parkinson's disease, new study concludes
Date: 2010-01-11 23:33:59
According to a recent study, brains scans using positron emission tomography (PET) technology can help diagnose with high accuracy which type of Parkinson's-related disease a person has. ... Full Story

Can cell phone use help prevent Alzheimer's?
Date: 2010-01-08 19:15:47
According to recent lab tests, the electromagnetic waves produced from cell phones may be able to prevent or even reverse Alzheimer's disease. ... Full Story

The Mozart Test: Exposure to classical music may help premature babies gain
Date: 2010-01-08 19:07:41
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that the development of babies who are born prematurely may be aided by exposure to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... Full Story

Lab test finds epilepsy drug may help ALS patients
Date: 2010-01-05 23:36:34
A preliminary test has found that the drug talampanel, which is currently being used to treat symptoms for epilepsy, may be able to slow the muscle weakening associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ... Full Story

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