Health & Medicine

  1. Health & Medicine

    Insight into preemies’ blindness

    Lack of a growth factor called IGF-1 has been implicated as a trigger for a disease that can cause vision problems, including blindness, in premature babies.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Alzheimer’s damage might start off early

    Copper and free radicals may initiate the brain damage of Alzheimer's disease long before its hallmark protein plaques have formed.

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    Seemingly safer steroid mimics

    A glucocorticoid mimic may offer the autoinflammatory effects of steroids with fewer side effects.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Boning up with vitamin E

    Vitamin E may ward off osteoporisis—at least in mice.

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    Saving fertility for cancer survivors?

    A compound called sphingosine-1-phosphate preserves fertility in female mice given radiation treatment.

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    Glucose control spares arteries in diabetes

    Very strict control of blood glucose concentrations helps limit atherosclerosis formation in people with type I, or juvenile-onset, diabetes.

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    Critical Care: Sugar Limit Saves Lives

    Strictly controlling blood-sugar concentrations in critically ill patients can reduce deaths by a third.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Forget about jet lag, and much more

    Airline flight attendants with chronic jet lag have higher stress hormone concentrations and smaller temporal lobes (centers of short-term memory in the brain)than do more rested attendants.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Prostate protection? This is fishy

    Diets rich in fish may cut a man's risk of prostate cancer.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Tofu May Get the Lead Out

    Lead, a toxic heavy metal, can show up in the most unexpected places. For instance, several recent studies documented a worrisome tainting of calcium supplements. Just last month, some Mexican lollipops were recalled from U.S. stores upon a finding that their wrappers had leached lead into the candy. And recently, this column recounted the perils […]

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    Studies suggest how salad may protect heart

    Lutein, a yellow pigment in many fruits and vegetables, may inhibit processes that jump-start the development of atherosclerosis.

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    Leukemia overpowers drug in two ways

    Researchers discover why the anticancer drug Gleevec, also called STI-571, helps many patients who have chronic myelogenous leukemia but not those who have entered the crisis stage of the disease.