January 31, 2011
New Oral Drugs Hailed for Treating MS
For decades, research into
treatments for multiple sclerosis has plodded forward, making slow
but significant gains in improving the lives of people with the
degenerative nerve disorder.
Health Tip: Watch For Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus may occur as a
complication of gastroesphageal reflux disease (indigestion). When
stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, it can cause changes in
the esophageal lining, triggering Barrett's esophagus. In some
cases, it can lead to cancer.
FDA Panel Recommends Testing of Electroshock
An advisory panel to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Friday that
electroconvulsive (also known as "electroshock") devices should be
subject to the same tough testing as other medical devices entering
Brisk Walks May Boost Memory in Older Adults
Older adults who took a
brisk walk three times a week did better on memory tests and
increased the size of their hippocampus, a portion of the brain
involved with memory formation, researchers report.