February 03, 2010
Wii Popularity Leads to New Kind of Gaming Injury
Following the introduction of Wii to video gaming in 2006, more than just the ligaments and tendons in the hands of players are getting injured these days: a new report details foot injuries that have been incurred while playing with the Wii.
Visual Processing Plays Role in Body Dysmorphic Disorder
The brains of people with a psychiatric condition called body dysmorphic disorder -- which causes them to believe they're disfigured and ugly -- respond differently than normal to images of their face, U.S. researchers have found.
Kidney Function May Be Tied to Bone Loss
Even a slight loss of kidney function is associated with increased loss of bone mineral density and greater risk of disabling fractures that can lead to premature death, researchers say.
Organ Transplant Drug Keeps Immune System in Check
Adding a new drug to the heavy regimen of immunosuppressant drugs given to organ transplant recipients not only prevented rejection of the new organ but also cut down on the amount of immunosuppressant drugs needed, a new study finds.
Very Obese People May Be Missing Genes
Adding more evidence to theories linking DNA to weight, European scientists report that a genetic variation seems to virtually guarantee that a person will become obese.
Xiaflex Approved for Rare Hand Condition
Collagenase clostridium histolyticum (Xiaflex) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first drug to treat a disabling hand condition called Dupuytren's contracture.
Biking to School Boosts Kids' Fitness
New British research suggests that kids -- especially girls -- who ride bicycles to school are in better shape than those who walk and take buses or cars.
Health Tip: Help Your Newborn Learn
Your newborn isn't too young to begin learning, the Nemours Foundation says. Age-appropriate toys can stimulate the developing senses of touch, sound and site.