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Articles from Vol. 132, No. 2705, February

Bipolar Kids Respond to Mood Stabilizers
Children with psychiatric problems who also have a high risk of developing bipolar disorder respond well to a mood-stabilizing drug, maintains a study that is the first to examine the drug's effect on youngsters predisposed to manic depression. Researchers...
Calcium Key Provider of Good Health
Obesity rates are higher than ever, with an estimated 61% of U.S. adults overweight or obese and 13% of children and adolescents carrying extra pounds, according to the latest government statistics. The good news from the National Dairy Council, Rosemont,...
Combination Therapy Increases Dementia
Older women taking combination hormone therapy have twice the rate of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, compared with those who do not take the medication, according to the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study conducted by the National Institute...
Computer Model Tracks SARS
A computational method for simulating the spread of flu-like illnesses such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that is being developed by a University at Buffalo (N.Y.) geographer may provide policymakers and analysts with new ammunition for...
Depressed Women Should Seek Treatment
One in five pregnant women may be experiencing symptoms of depression, but few are getting help for them, a University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, study finds. Moreover, those with a history of depression any time before their pregnancy--about one in four--are...
Ecstasy Babies Likely Abnormal
A study shows that 21-day-old rat pups exposed in the womb to the drug MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine, often called Ecstasy) during a period corresponding to the first trimester in human pregnancy exhibit changes in brain chemistry and behavior,...
Females in Dark concerning Basic Care
Despite high numbers of women in their 40s having babies, many are ill informed about their ability to safely conceive in these later years, maintains a survey by the Vagisil Women's Health Center, White Plains, N.Y. It shows that 39% believe that...
Genetic Disorder Traced to Cilia
A potential new contributor to obesity--faulty cilia--has been discovered by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. Many a high school biology student has glanced into a microscope to see the planet's smallest animals--paramecium and...
Genital Warts Have No Cure
More than 24,000,000 Americans are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause one of the most common, yet least recognized, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)--external genital warts (EGWs). In fact, nearly three out of four Americans...
Good Night's Sleep May Slow Disease
A good night's rest may be one weapon in the fight against cancer, say researchers at Stanford (Calif.) University Medical Center. Their work is among the first to piece together the link between mental well-being and cancer recovery. Previous studies...
Hormone Therapy Needs Replacing
For a time, hormone replacement therapy (the administration of estrogen either alone or in combination with other hormones) served as the preferred treatment for postmenopausal women hoping to reduce the progression of osteoporosis, a debilitating...
Inflamed Blood Vessels Key Risk Factor
For more than two decades, health professionals and medical researchers have pointed to cholesterol as a major culprit in the fight against coronary artery disease and heart attack. Public awareness has been raised, and today most Americans at least...
Less Toxic Therapies on the Horizon
Autoimmune diseases--which include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, Grave's disease, and small vessel vasculitis--are caused when antibodies produced by an individual's immune system mistakenly are directed to attack the body's own tissues....
Loss of Tresses Depresses
Hair loss is most commonly associated with male-pattern baldness, but women can have alopecia, too, and it may have significant impact on their quality of life. Too often, women suffer psychological and emotional effects that can range from decreased...
Making Alzheimer's Treatment Decisions
A caregiver's assessment of an Alzheimer's patient's quality of life is the key factor in determining if and why some caregivers decline to use a treatment that slows progression of the patient's disease, according to a study from the Institute on...
Mites Might Cause Mighty Problems
You are not alone. Most individuals have millions of mites living in their hair and on their skin. These microscopic bugs may be linked to thinning hair, acne, and other skin conditions. "Many people don't like the idea of bugs living in their hair...
Novel Compound Deters Drinking in Mice
Relapses remain among the toughest hurdles alcoholics face while trying to avoid the drinking that often ruins their lives and indelibly scars their families. The urge to drink excessively, which most people do not feel at all, is enormously powerful...
Physicians' Computer Use Speeds Patient Care
Hospitals significantly may be able to reduce the time it takes to dispense medications to patients and complete X-rays and lab tests by having physicians fill out orders via computer rather than by hand, suggests an Ohio State University, Columbus,...
Possible Cure for Ebola Virus
A single injection of a fast-acting, experimental Ebola vaccine successfully protects monkeys from the deadly virus after only one month. If this vaccine proves similarly effective in humans, it may allow scientists to contain life-threatening outbreaks...
Rapid Recuperation for Dementia Caregivers
Home caregivers showed rapid recuperation from depression within three months of the death of their relatives suffering from dementia, and the improvements continued for a year, notes a study of caregivers and the end of life. "Depression often results...
Religious Facilities Limit Services
The ban on services instituted by many religiously affiliated hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies, and insurers goes beyond abortions, extending to end-of-life options; research and therapy using fetal and embryonic stem cells; counseling...
Sudden Cardiac Death Still a Mystery
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a catastrophic disruption of the heart rhythm that can cause a seemingly healthy human to drop dead without warning. More people die from SCD each year than from AIDS, breast cancer, and lung cancer combined. The condition...
The Picture of Health: The Art of Norman Rockwell Immortalizes the Family Doctor
In 1916, 22-year-old Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, the magazine he Considered to be the "greatest show window in America." As his commercial career flourished, Rockwell was contracted to create images for the...
Those Afflicted Usually Unaware
It is a prevalent disease but nearly 90% of people infected do not know they have it. That is one of the sobering statistics associated with genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects one in five adults in the U.S. "It has been...
Thrill-Seeking Teens More Likely to Puff
Adolescents who demonstrate impulsive and risk-taking behavior and an increased need for stimulation, a personality trait known as "novelty-seeking," are more receptive to tobacco advertising and are at high risk for smoking initiation, according to...
Users Report Depression and Injuries
People with substance abuse disorders often have accompanying medical or psychiatric conditions that can include bone fractures, muscle injuries, pain disorders, depression, anxiety, and even psychoses, maintain two studies by the National Institute...
Warning Signs Differ in Women
A study of women's symptoms prior to heart attack indicates that about 95% say they knew their symptoms were new or different a month or more before experiencing their Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). This was true even when the precursors were common...
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