Damaris Christensen

All Stories by Damaris Christensen

  1. Health & Medicine

    Male Choice

    The search for new contraceptives for men.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Transplanted Hopes

    Islet-cell success may bring a diabetes cure closer.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Stress and sleepless nights

    Insomnia is associated with increases in stress hormones, boosts that persist all day and night.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Gene causes body-fat disorder

    A gene linked to a form of muscular dystrophy also causes a disease that deposits fat unevenly after puberty.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Hormone treats autoimmune disease

    A medication combining the drug prasterone and hormone dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, stabilizes or improves symptoms of lupus.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Being a dad comes naturally

    Men whose wives are about to give birth show hormonal fluctuations that may predispose them to better parenting behavior.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Heart risks linked to infertility syndrome

    Women with polycystic ovaries—commonly linked to infertility—are more likely than women without the disease to show early signs of heart disease.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Sobering Work

    Unraveling alcohol's effects on the developing brain.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Dietary Dilemmas

    Low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins diet, could be more effective for weight loss than low-fat diets are.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Lifestyle can prevent diabetes…maybe

    Losing weight and exercising more can help ward off diabetes—but other research suggests that it's hard to get people to make such lifestyle changes.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Singing the blues

    After finding that people with diabetes are slightly more likely to have had an episode of depression in the past 11 years than similar people who have not developed diabetes, some researchers have made the controversial suggestion that depression may cause diabetes.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Darn that diet, anyway

    Seemingly healthful foods—such as broiled chicken and baked fish—can contain high concentrations of compounds that may damage the cardiovascular system, and eating these foods can raise the concentration of these so-called advanced glycation end products in a person's blood.