Researchers examine causes, effects, treatments for alcohol use disorder

New research from Regents’ Professor Katie Witkiewitz at The University of New Mexico Department of Psychology and Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions examines alcohol use disorder, the physical and economic toll it takes, and effective treatments that are now available. Witkiewitz and her colleagues, Barbara McCrady (Distinguished Professor Continue Reading

Few trauma patients assessed for effects of PTSD, acute stress

(HealthDay)—Few trauma patients are assessed for or educated about the potential effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or acute stress disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Journal of Trauma Nursing. Katherine E. Guess, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Continue Reading

Researchers: Favorable survival, fewer side effects after reduced therapy for HPV-linked head and neck cancer

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers reported that reducing the intensity of radiation treatment for patients with human papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer produced a promising two-year progression-free survival rate and resulted in fewer side effects. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, were drawn Continue Reading

Research discovers inhibitor to reverse toxic DUX4 effects

About one in 8,000 people have facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, according to a 2014 study, which is relatively common in the world of genetic diseases. New University of Minnesota Medical School research identifies an inhibitor that protects cells from toxic effects associated with this disease in cells and mice. Facioscapulohumeral muscular Continue Reading

Use of antibiotics in preemies has lasting, potentially harmful effects

Nearly all premature babies receive antibiotics in their first weeks of life to ward off or treat potentially deadly bacterial infections. Such drugs are lifesavers, but they also cause long-lasting collateral damage to the developing microbial communities in the babies’ intestinal tracts, according to research from Washington University School of Continue Reading

Study evaluates effects of noninvasive neuromodulation used to treat obesity

Novel approaches that have been tested to treat obesity include noninvasive neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Studies performed to date have suggested that this method does in fact help reduce appetite, food intake and body weight, but only in some subjects. New findings published in the Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg clearly showing toxic effects of “chemo brain” … unable to think clearly, takes LONG pauses during conversations

No decent human being should get their kicks from taking pot shots at someone who has had to battle cancer, especially when the person in question is 84 years old. Nonetheless, when that person is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and is clearly exhibiting Continue Reading

Major side effects from popular medicines: Beta-blockers and painkillers found to double risk of stroke

Every two seconds, someone somewhere is having a stroke, and the cause isn’t always what you’re told. A stroke is when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Most strokes (80 percent) that occur are ischemic strokes, where the Continue Reading

MEASURED: Acupuncture effects on uric acid in the blood, gout and hyperuricemia; renal health implications

A team of researchers from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine looked at the effects of acupuncture on uric acid in the blood, gout, and hyperuricemia. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The research team randomly divided fifty rats into five groups – blank, model, Continue Reading