Traditional Chinese medicines stall progression of diabetes

(MedHeadlines) – Traditional Chinese herbal medicines hold promise for slowing the progression from prediabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis, according to new research accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). [Read more...]

Elevated blood pressure at home but not in clinic can indicate increased heart attack risk

(MedHeadlines) – In an individual patient data meta-analysis of studies published before July 2013, Jan A Staessen and colleagues (University of Leuven, Belgium) found that patients with masked hypertension, or normal BP in clinic but elevated BP when measured at home, had an increased risk of death and cardiovascular events compared with those who had normal BP in both the clinic and at home. [Read more...]

More benefits emerging for one type of omega-3 fatty acid: DHA

(MedHeadlines) – A study of the metabolic effects of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, concludes that these compounds may have an even wider range of biological impacts than previously considered, and suggests they could be of significant value in the prevention of fatty liver disease. [Read more...]

Ingredients in chocolate, tea and berries could guard against diabetes

(MedHeadlines) – Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes – according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King’s College London. [Read more...]

Aspirin intake may stop growth of vestibular schwannomas/acoustic neuromas

(MedHeadlines) – Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital have demonstrated, for the first time, that aspirin intake correlates with halted growth of vestibular schwannomas (also known as acoustic neuromas), a sometimes lethal intracranial tumor that typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus. [Read more...]

Impulsive personality linked to food addiction

(MedHeadlines) – The same kinds of impulsive behavior that lead some people to abuse alcohol and other drugs may also be an important contributor to an unhealthy relationship with food, according to new research from the University of Georgia. [Read more...]

Radiotherapy is less often used by breast cancer patients with young children

(MedHeadlines) – Radiotherapy (RT) after breast conserving surgery (BCS) has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer (BC) recurrence. However, although younger women tend to have more aggressive tumors and have higher risks of recurrence than older BC patients, they are less likely to receive RT after BCS, according to a study published December 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Although treatment patterns among older BC patients have been well-studied, factors affecting non-compliance among younger women are not well-known. [Read more...]

Insomnia linked to higher mortality

(MedHeadlines) – Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, affects up to one-third of the population in the United States. In new findings, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that some insomnia symptoms are associated with an increased risk of mortality in men. These findings are published online in Circulation and will appear in an upcoming print issue. [Read more...]

Introducing solid foods while continuing to breast feed could prevent child allergies

(MedHeadlines) – Introducing solid food with breast milk after the 17th week of birth could reduce food allergies in babies, according to University of Southampton research. [Read more...]

Smokers who quit improve their health faster than previously thought

(MedHeadlines) – Cigarette smokers who are over 65 years of age may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of never-smokers when they quit faster than previously reported, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. [Read more...]