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'Apple-shaped' people have no extra risk of heart problems

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:15:01 EDT

'Apple-shaped' people have no extra risk of heart problems



A woman's stress does not seem to affect success of fertility treatments

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:02:00 EDT

Quick Study: A woman's stress does not seem to affect success of fertility treatments.



Vitamin D deficiency may be a factor in development of allergies

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:55:01 EST

Young people low in Vitamin D may be more prone to allergies, according to a new study.



Children seem to gain extra weight after having their tonsils removed

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:55:03 EST

A study analyzes data from nine studies, involving 795 children who had a tonsillectomy, with or without adenoid removal, before they turned 18.
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Fiber seems to be linked to a reduced risk of disease in people older than 50

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:38:00 EST

THE QUESTION: Diets high in fiber have been shown to aid weight loss and help with digestive problems. Might fiber also offer other health benefits?



Too little or too much sleep may take a toll on the heart

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:17:00 EST

Quick Study: Too little or too much sleep may take a toll on the heart.



Unhealthy physical conditions may contribute to memory loss

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:05:01 EST

Quick Study: A combination of health problems may contribute to memory loss in older people.



Antidepressants may help recoveryfrom weakness or paralysis on one side

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:40:00 EST

THE QUESTION One type of antidepressant, called an SSRI (or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), acts beneficially on a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Might such an antidepressant help people regain motor skills after a stroke has left them weak or paralyzed on one side of the...
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Antidepressant may reduce frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:59:01 EST

Quick Study: Antidepressant may reduce frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes.



Diarrhea medicine may ease irritable bowel symptoms for some people

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:25:02 EST

Diarrhea medicine may ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome for some people.



Milk-based formula may lead to bigger babies than a protein-hydrolosate formula

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:45:03 EST

Quick Study: Milk-based formula may lead to bigger babies than a protein-hydrolosate formula, according to research in the journal Pediatrics.


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Random test of echinacea shows little effect on cold symptoms

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 23:13:03 EST

Random test of echinacea shows little effect on cold symptoms.
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Quick Study: Acupuncture helps some kids with lazy eye

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:00:01 EST

Quick Study: Acupuncture helps some kids with lazy eye.



Quick Study: Using sunscreen may reduce risk of deadly skin cancer

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:20:01 EST

Quick Study: Daily use of sunscreen appears to reduce a person's risk of developing a deadly type of skin cancer.



Teenage girls and recurring depression

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:59:02 EST

THE QUESTION Even after treatment, depression sometimes comes back. Among teenagers, what might contribute to this recurrence?



Quick Study: Pace of dementia seems unaffected by fish oil

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:28:02 EST

THE QUESTION Might taking fish oil supplements slow the mental decline of people with Alzheimer's disease?
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Quick Study: Colds seem less common and severe among those who exercise most

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 14:59:01 EST

Quick Study: Colds seem less common and severe among those who exercise most .



Quick Study: Yoga may help ease the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:16:00 EDT

THE QUESTION To ease chronic muscle pain and fatigue, people with fibromyalgia often are urged to exercise and develop coping skills, along with taking medication. Might yoga help?



Quick Study: Walking may prevent memory problems in older people

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:08:03 EDT

THE QUESTION Might a regular walking regimen protect against the memory loss that occurs when the brain shrinks in old age?


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Quick Study: More-conservative surgery seems as good as usual breast cancer care

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:38:00 EDT

Quick Study: More-conservative surgery seems as good as usual breast cancer care
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Quick Study: Best approach for warts may be freezing them off

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION People often try to get rid of warts on their hands or feet by having them frozen off or by destroying them with an acidic solution. Sometimes the growths are left to go away on their own. Does one method work better than others?






Quick Study: Fibromyalgia:

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia be relieved by tai chi, the mind-body exercise of Chinese origin that combines gentle, graceful, continuous movements with deep breathing and relaxation techniques?



Quick Study: Short interval between miscarriage and new pregnancy may have merit

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Does the chance of having a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage depend on when you try again?
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Quick Study:

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT




Quick Study:

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might a diet rich in antioxidants protect against dementia?



Quick Study: Sedentary lifestyle is linked to shorter life span

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION People who are physically active tend to live longer. Might being inactive, specifically spending a lot of time simply sitting, have the opposite effect?






Quick Study: Daily glucosamine supplements performed no better than placebo

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might glucosamine, a supplement widely taken for knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, help relieve low-back pain of similar origin?



Quick Study: Testosterone supplement may have cardiovascular risks for older men

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Testosterone supplementation has been shown to build muscle and strength in older men, who often experience a drop in this male hormone. But does it do the same if the men are not fully healthy?



Statins may not have preventive benefits

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Numerous studies have shown cholesterol-lowering statins to aid in preventing complications and progression of cardiovascular disease, extending the lives of those who take them. But do the drugs do the same for people who do not have the disease and want to keep from developing it?



Quick Study:

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION After straining or spraining a muscle or tendon, might rubbing or spraying on a painkiller ease the hurt?
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Quick Study: Healthful eating may keep cataracts at bay

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might the foods people eat affect whether they develop cataracts?



Quick Study:

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might a combination of drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes help prevent the disease in people considered on the verge of developing the disease?



Quick Study:

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT




Quick Study: Immunizations

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might giving infants a sweet-tasting sugar solution before immunizations make the shots more bearable?
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Quick Study: Eating nuts may lower cholesterol

Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Should people looking for nonmedicinal ways to lower their cholesterol consider eating more nuts?



Quick Study: Fish oil may not improve the mental functioning of older people

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION People sometimes take fish oil supplements, hoping to stave off dementia or even improve their cognitive abilities late in life. Does this help?



Smoking and other bad habits may combine to bring an earlier end to life

Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Do key lifestyle choices -- whether people exercise, eat right, do not smoke and do not overindulge in alcohol -- affect how long they live?



Quick Study:

Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Does the age at which deaf children receive a cochlear implant affect the pace at which they develop speech and language abilities?
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Quick Study: Not all carbohydrates affect the heart equally

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Might the type of carbohydrates that people consume make a difference in the likelihood that they will develop heart disease?






Quick Study:

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Does the regularity of people's daily activities affect how well they sleep?



Quick Study: Acupuncture may lessen fear of dental work

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION When fear and apprehension keep someone from going to the dentist, might acupuncture help relieve the anxiety?
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Head lice can be treated with drug that kills tapeworms

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

THE QUESTION Head lice generally are treated with an insecticide solution. But when that does not eradicate the infestation, might it help to try a drug normally used to kill parasitic worms, such as tapeworms?



Lung damage from smoking cigars and pipes

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Cigarette smoking is a main cause of the disease of the airways and lungs known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Does smoking pipes or cigars have a similar effect?



Quick Study: Migraines may be linked to higher risk of cardiovascular problems

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Are cardiovascular problems more common in people who have migraines?
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Antidepressant drug may aid in restoring cognitive functions after a stroke

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Might taking an antidepressant help people regain their memory and thinking skills after a stroke?



Psoriasis improved in study of people taking biologic drugs Stelara and Enbrel

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Among the newer treatments for the chronic skin disease psoriasis are biologics, drugs created in a lab from living cells to block specific cells or proteins involved in psoriasis. How do two of these drugs compare?



Treating irritable bowel syndrome with St. John's wort, psoriasis with biologics

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Antidepressants are sometimes used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Might St. John's wort, which is sometimes used as an herbal alternative to antidepressants, relieve symptoms of the intestinal disorder?



Contraceptive pills may reduce a woman's bone density

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Do oral contraceptives affect the bone density of the young women who most often take them?
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Quick Study:

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Does the severity of depression affect whether antidepressants would be helpful?



QUICK STUDY

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Soy-based foods contain isoflavones, which act in a manner similar to estrogen, a natural hormone that is thought to play a role in the growth of cancer cells. Should women with breast cancer, then, avoid foods containing soy?



Sugary colas may lead to gestational diabetes; soy foods may reduce cancer rates

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Might sugar-sweetened drinks lead to gestational diabetes?



Suppressing anger may cause heart problems; exercise may cut stroke risk in men

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION When people think they're treated unfairly at work, does the way they deal with their anger affect the health of their heart?
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Quick Study:

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST




Quick Study: Breast cancer, smoking cessation

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION After treatment for breast cancer, does the density of a woman's breasts affect whether the cancer will return.



QUICK STUDY

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Acetaminophen is often given to infants who have just been vaccinated to keep them from developing a fever. Might this affect the vaccine?



Preventing Diabetes

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST


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Quick Study: Chemotherapy fatigue, prostate cancer surgery

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

THE QUESTION Fatigue is a frequent complaint of people getting chemotherapy for cancer. Might exercise change that?