Archive for March, 2007

Natural Therapy for Menopause

March 26th, 2007
For many women the period of menopause is a time of physical and mental transition. Given the controversy over use of medications, the result of a new study showing that physical activity can improve quality of life and ease symptoms is a ...

Computers Search for Parkinson/AD Origins

March 26th, 2007
Supercomputer analysis has helped researchers develop a model of how a particular protein can lead to cellular damage resulting in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and a host of other chronic diseases. Computer simulations allowed researchers from UC San Diego to show the complex process ...

Drug Policy Based Upon Actual Harm

March 23rd, 2007
In a sure to be controversial study published in the Lancet, experts propose a reclassification of frequently abused drugs based upon a new 'matrix of harm' rather than the current system. Currently drug policy in the UK is based upon a conventional ...

Aging Improves Mental Outlook

March 23rd, 2007
As in fine wine, aging appears to improve certain aspects of our emotional health, say researchers from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Older adults exhibit a better balance in the way they view negative and positive feedback thereby improving decision-making ...

Plastic Surgery Helps Self-Esteem

March 23rd, 2007
Although the perception of women who undergo breast enlargement is often mixed, the recipients of the procedure often report a boost in self-esteem and positive feelings about their sexuality. A new study suggests health-care practitioners should be cognizant that the elective procedure ...

Tele-therapy Helps with Depression

March 22nd, 2007
In the largest study of psychotherapy delivered over the telephone, researchers report positive long-term effects for individuals who receive brief telephone-based psychotherapy soon after starting on antidepressant medication. The Group Health study is found in the April Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. ...

Can Supplement Slow Parkinson’s

March 22nd, 2007
Researchers announce the initiation of a large-scale clinical trial to learn if a nutritional supplement can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease (PD). The study is salient because current therapies for PD focus on reducing symptoms rather than changing the course of ...

Emotions Play Role in Safe Sex

March 22nd, 2007
Researchers discover emotional control in the form of believing that an action will be successful is especially important to help adolescents overcome the stress associated with using a condom. The finding is meaningful as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), report adolescents ...

Drug Improves Bone Density for Parkinson’s

March 21st, 2007
Bone fractures among individuals with Parkinson disease is often a significant factor limiting mobility and at times triggering a downhill spiral. Researchers have discovered a drug used to strengthen bone has been found to help reduce the high incidence of hip fractures ...

Depression Among Family Caregivers

March 21st, 2007
Caregiving for family members who have a terminal illness is an arduous and thankless task. A new study of family caregivers of people with ALS (most often spouses) finds that the caregivers are likely to become depressed and feel burdened. However, quality ...