Damaris Christensen's Articles
- FeatureLow-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins diet, could be more effective for weight loss than low-fat diets are.
- NewsLosing 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.
- NewsAfter 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.
- NewsSeemingly 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.
- NewsOnly about a third of people diagnosed with type II diabetes are taking their medications often enough to keep their blood sugar concentrations under tight control.
- FeatureResearchers are developing methods for inactivating all sorts of pathogens that could be found in blood, including West Nile virus, an emerging infection recently brought to the United States from Africa.
- FeatureMedical researchers are increasingly turning to computer simulations to help them understand the complexity of living systems, design better drugs, and treat patients more effectively.
- NewsMuscle cells taken from embryonic rats and put into an adult rat's heart can transmit the electric signals that govern the heartbeat.
- NewsBy using robotic rather than conventional open-heart techniques, doctors can perform heart surgery with smaller incisions, giving patients less pain and speeding recovery.
- NewsAmong people with chest pain because of clogged heart arteries, regular exercise on a stationary bike reduced symptoms better than surgery did.