Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Blood Testing to Treat Mood Disorders

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Blood testing for mood disorders may help the medical community come up with better treatments for the conditions.

Currently, there are no blood tests for mood disorders. And relying on patients to rate the severity of their symptoms and on the clinicians’ impression may limit the chances of effective treatment and new drug development.

Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine instead propose a new way to help identify blood biomarkers to help determine mood state.

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Jinx of the J-1 visa: IMGs finding other paths to residency

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Glenns Ferry Health Center used to attract international medical graduates looking for work. But the Idaho clinic is now struggling to hire IMGs and finds itself part of a national crisis facing rural health centers.

The clinic has one full-time physician and two locum tenens who run the center’s three sites in the southern part of the state. Four doctors are needed, but two years of aggressive recruiting, including offering higher salaries, have generated no new hires, putting the clinic on the verge of closing one of its offices. That would leave patients, especially Medicaid mothers who rely on the center for prenatal and delivery services, few alternatives.

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Hair Helps Police Track Criminals

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Water is not only good for your body — it’s good for the police! The general location a person drank water is recorded in their hair, showing where they have been in recent weeks and years. This could help police track the past movements of criminal suspects or unidentified murder victims.

“You are what you eat and drink — and that is recorded in your hair,” co-author Thure Cerling, University of Utah, was quoted as saying.

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Hair Texture Gene Discovered

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — The next time you have a bad hair day, think twice before you point fingers at the weather … your genes may be to blame!

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have uncovered a gene involved in determining hair texture in humans. Mutations in the P2RY5 gene cause hereditary “wooly” hair — hair that is coarse, dry, tightly curled and sparse.

Since wooly hair is most commonly found in Pakistani families, researchers performed a genetic analysis of six families of Pakistani origin with hereditary wooly hair. The mutated P2RY5 gene was clearly found mutated and deemed the cause for the family’s hair texture.

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Parity, genetic privacy bills face snags

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Washington — Bills to protect Americans from misuse of their genetic information and to prevent discrimination in mental health benefits attracted broad support last year but still face a tough road this year because of unresolved disputes.

Both the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 and the House and Senate mental health parity bills have an array of co-sponsors and support. All of the measures, except the House mental parity measure, were approved by one chamber of Congress last year.

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DNA from Cloned Animals

Friday, February 15th, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire)  Now that the FDA has declared meat and milk from cloned animals is safe to eat, a number of companies are producing cloned animals for the livestock industry.  Some are already marketing semen from clones.

A poll done by Consumers Union found that 89 percent of consumers want their food labeled to indicate whether it’s from cloned animals.   But should access to DNA from every unique clone be made public?  Patrick Cunningham of Dublin’s Trinity College and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland thinks so. 

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How to Reduce Puffy Eyes (Cure For Allergies)

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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Reduce puffy eyes and by allergies, sinus conditions, premenstral syndrome or even excess salt intake, as salt also causes water retention. Most people have puffy eyes when they

Do you have frequent or intense episodes of:
Do you have allergies? Take the Test! Give yourself one point for each “yes” answer and Puffy Eyes? Yes . No . Headaches? Yes . No . Facial Pain? Yes . No . Ear Popping? Yes . No

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Rhuematoid Arthritis Symptom

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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Diet often cures inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid, psoriatic, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, and non specific arthritis. Osteoarthritis is also benefits by a healthy diet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lipids consumed in the diet, including fatty acids, cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins, exert effects upon the immune system. This might suggest a nutritionally based therapeutic

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Predicting Protstate Cancer Recurrence

Friday, February 15th, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) Currently, pathology reports and PSA levels are all that doctors have to predictor whether a man’s prostate cancer will spread or come back. New research done at the Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute has uncovered a biomarker that can significantly improve on what’s available.

Dr. Joshua Alumakal, MD conducted a study on men with localized prostate caner examining DNA and a gene modification process called methylation in which tumor suppressing genes like CDH13 are turned off. With the tumor-suppressing gene turned off, there is nothing to put the brakes on cell growth and spread. 

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Georgia Blues plan sued under any-willing-provider law

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Georgia physicians are fighting what they say is an illegal attempt by the state Blues to shut some doctors out of the health plan’s HMO network in violation of the state’s so-called any-willing-provider law.

Most states have such laws, which generally prohibit managed care entities from excluding doctors from their panels as long as the physicians meet the plan’s criteria and are willing to accept its terms. But doctors say BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia’s refusal to include some of Northeast Georgia Cancer Care LLC’s oncologists in its HMO plan is putting patient care at stake.

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