January 25, 2010
For Lower Blood Pressure, Low-Carb Diet May Be Best
A low-carbohydrate diet helps people shed as many pounds as a low-fat diet plus the weight-loss drug orlistat does, and the low-carb plan may be better at helping lower blood pressure, researchers report.
Scientists Find Way to Track Flesh-Eating Bacteria
The sequencing of nearly 100 full genomes from three successive epidemics of flesh-eating bacteria have given scientists the first clear picture of the biological events that contribute to deadly epidemics of severe infection.
More Proof Exercise Leads to Healthier Aging
Just in case the world needed more evidence on the matter, along come four new studies verifying that exercise is indeed good for you, even critical if you plan to survive to a vigorous, hardy and tough-boned old age.
Female Teachers Pass on Math Anxieties
Female elementary school teachers who are anxious about their math skills seem to pass on that lack of confidence to their female students, new research suggests.
New Guidelines Suggest Botox for Cerebral Palsy
In children and teens with cerebral palsy, botulinum toxin injections can be an effective treatment for spasticity and muscle tightness that interferes with movement, new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society state.
Genes, Diet Offer New Clues to Parkinson's Disease
MONDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) Researchers say they've spotted a new genetic risk factor for Parkinson's disease, as well as a link between the illness and two other factors, metabolism and vitamin B6.
Discovery Links Genes to Pancreatic Cancer
Researchers have identified four regions of the human genome that predict a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer as a result of what they describe as the biggest-ever sweep of the genome for genes related to the disease.
Wooden Toilet Seats Can Trigger Children's Rash
Harsh cleaning chemicals and wooden toilet seats -- especially those with varnishes and paints -- may be among the reasons why U.S. cases of toilet seat-related skin irritations among children appear to be increasing, researchers say.