Archive for 2006

Time Can Repair Alcohol’s Damage to Brain

December 20th, 2006
The journal, Brain, published a study this week that demonstrated that a brain's volume, form and function changed positively over time for people who were diagnosed with alcohol dependence who then abstained from alcohol. The study used sophisticated scanning technology and ...

FDA to Improve Warnings on OTC Pain Meds

December 20th, 2006
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to change the safety labeling on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs used to treat pain, fever, headaches, and muscle aches. New information will be displayed regarding the potential for stomach bleeding and liver damage and when ...

Experts Discuss Sleep Aids

December 20th, 2006
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional organization dedicated to the assurance of quality care for patients with sleep disorders, has issued a position statement on treating insomnia with over-the-counter sleep aids and/or herbal supplements. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint ...

Breast Cancer Patients Not Taking Meds?

December 20th, 2006
Hormone therapy drugs can reduce the risk of disease recurrence among postmenopausal women with early-stage, hormone-sensitive breast cancer, yet one out five women prescribed the drugs may not take them regularly. The fact that even women with cancer can be non-adherent to ...

Marital Bliss Calms Stress

December 20th, 2006
The health value of human touch and social relationships has been romanticized for centuries. New research finds that women under stress who hold their husbands' hands show signs of immediate relief, which can clearly be seen on their brain scans. A MRI provided ...

Mental Drills Help Older Adults

December 20th, 2006
Among older adults, maintaining independence often hinges on the ability to perform particular activities of daily living. A potentially ground-breaking study suggests cognitive training can improve mental function for up to 5 years and help individuals experience fewer declines in the ability ...

Improve Education on ADHD Meds

December 18th, 2006
A new study presents some of the reasons why children and adolescents stop taking prescription stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers believe improved education on how the medication works, potential side effects and dangers of abuse is needed ...

Holiday Blues for the Elderly

December 18th, 2006
Elderly depression is a disorder that can surface during the holiday season. Detection of warning signs may be the best gift family members could ever provide. University of Michigan specialists report characteristics may be as innocuous as noticing that one of your ...

Relationship Support after Childbirth

December 18th, 2006
Although the birth of a first child is a blessed event, research suggests it can also be the beginning of the end for many couples. Typical parental education consists of childbirth classes and perhaps early infant care but rarely is a prospective ...

Ethnic Perceptions of Body Weight

December 15th, 2006
For many the acronym BMI is not a misspelled nice foreign car, rather a threatening expression that they are overweight or obese. Yet while body mass index precisely classifies individuals along a range of above or below optimal weights as based on ...