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June 03, 2013
Lose weight between babies, Saint Louis University study suggests
A Saint Louis University study calls for women who are obese to lose weight between pregnancies and not to gain excessive weight when they are pregnant.

Women reject sexually promiscuous peers when making female friends
College-aged women judge promiscuous female peers more negatively than more chaste women and view them as unsuitable for friendship, finds a study by Cornell University developmental psychologists.

Powerhouse Fire, California
NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color satellite image of California's Powerhouse Fire with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument on June 1, 2013.

USC report: Law dramatically reduced hospital prices for the uninsured
A study indicates that California's statewide fair pricing law reduced prices for the uninsured.

No early birds getting the worms: York U study finds songbirds risk missing peak food supply
A mismatch between the departure schedules of songbirds and higher spring temperatures at their breeding sites means they are arriving 'late' for the advanced spring and likely missing out on peak food they need to be productive breeders.

Using cattails for insulation
A growing number of homeowners are insulating their walls in order to lower energy costs.

INRS pays tribute to a leading figure in the Canadian space adventure
Steven MacLean, president of the Canadian Space Agency from 2008 to 2013, received an honorary doctorate from Université du Québec under the aegis of INRS University, in recognition of his brilliant career as a physicist, astronaut, and manager for scientific and technological advancement in space and his commitment to support the dissemination of scientific culture among youth.

Addressing biodiversity data quality is a community-wide effort
Improving data quality in large online data access facilities depends on a combination of automated checks and capturing expert knowledge, according to a paper published in Zookeys. The authors from the Atlas of Living Australia and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility welcome a recent paper by Mesibov (2013) highlighting errors in millipede data, but argue that addressing such issues requires the joint efforts of 'aggregators' and the wider expert community.

Stem cell study could aid quest to combat range of diseases
Scientists have taken a vital step forward in understanding how cells from skin tissue can be reprogrammed to become stem cells.

Harper Government and Genome Canada launch new program
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the launch of a new Genome Canada program designed to move genomics-based solutions from laboratories to the marketplace.

Biodiversity argumentation: How to get it right
Finding the arguments with the best 'fit' for a specific situation was defined as the foundation of effective biodiversity argumentation during the first stakeholder meeting of the EU FP7 project BESAFE.

Salt gets under your skin
It's time to expand the models for blood pressure regulation, according to clinical pharmacologist Jens Titze, M.D., associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Berkeley Lab researchers unlock mystery behind dormant breast tumor cells that become metastatic
Berkeley Lab researchers have identified the microenvironment surrounding microvasculature as a niche where dormant cancer cells may reside, and the sprouting of microvasculature blood vessels as the event that transforms dormant cancer cells into metastatic tumors.

Female moths use olfactory signals to choose the best egg-laying sites
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, discovered that the ability of Manduca sexta moths to recognize changes in the profile of volatile compounds released by plants being attacked by Manduca caterpillars allows them to lay their eggs on plants that are less likely to be attacked by insects and other predators, and to avoid competing against other caterpillars of the same species for resources.

Common gene known to cause inherited autism now linked to specific behaviors
Using a mouse model of fragile X syndrome (FXS) -- the genetic malady that is the most common inherited cause of autism -- researchers at UCLA found that the mouse neuronal networks showed too much activity, firing too often and in synch, much more than a normal brain.

Agricultural fires in Africa
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite detected dozens of fires burning in central Africa on June 3, 2013.

Multiple sclerosis: Back to basics?
Failure to find an effective therapy for the chronic neurological disease multiple sclerosis, despite 100 years of scientific research, could indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the disease, a review article published today in F1000Prime Reports suggests.

Researchers discover a new way fish camouflage themselves in the ocean
Researchers found that lookdown fish camouflage themselves through a complex manipulation of polarized light after it strikes the fish skin.

Diet likely changed game for some hominids 3.5 million years ago, says CU-Boulder study
A new look at the diets of ancient African hominids shows a

New study points to increased incomes from music streaming
The issue of intellectual property rights in the music industry remains a hot topic, and the debate seems to intensify every time technological advances are made.

USF College of Nursing gets $2.1M award from PCORI to study cancer symptom management
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has approved a $2.1-million award to the University of South Florida College of Nursing to study

Despite living closer to better hospitals, black patients go to lower-quality hospitals
Black patients are more likely to have surgery performed at low-quality hospitals even though they frequently live closer to better facilities than white patients.

EORTC study shows radiotherapy and surgery provide regional control for breast cancer patients
Final analysis of the EORTC 10981-22023 AMAROS (After Mapping of the Axilla: Radiotherapy Or Surgery?) trial has shown that both axillary lymph node dissection and axillary radiotherapy provide excellent regional control for breast cancer patients with a positive sentinel node biopsy.

DFG establishes 12 new collaborative research centers
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is to establish 12 new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs).

Songbirds may give insight to nature vs. nuture
On June 3rd, JoVE will publish a research technique that allows neural imaging of auditory stimuli in songbirds via MRI.

Doctor's advice for cancer patients: Personal values influence treatment recommendations
What treatment a doctor recommends for advanced cancer not only depends on medical aspects.

'Watering the forest for the trees' emerging as priority for forest management
A new analysis led by the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station encourages resource managers to consider a broadened view of forests as consumers of water.

Molecular switch for cheaper biofuel
Biofuel is often obtained from starchy plants - but this places fuel production in competition with food production.

Are smartphones disrupting your sleep? Mayo Clinic study examines the question
Smartphones and tablets can make for sleep-disrupting bedfellows. One cause is believed to be the bright light-emitting diodes that allow the use of mobile devices in dimly lit rooms; the light exposure can interfere with melatonin, a hormone that helps control the natural sleep-wake cycle.

Emergency C-section rates are climbing, as is the need for accompanying emergency anesthesia
There is an increasing need for safe emergency anesthesia as cases of emergency Caesarean section continue to rise, say experts speaking at Euroanaesthesia, the annual congress of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

Using science to address farm pollution
Half of the nitrogen-based fertilizer used on US crops seeps into the environment, prompting an interdisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists to investigate ways to curb pollution.

PET finds increased cognitive reserve levels in highly educated pre-Alzheimer's patients
Highly educated individuals with mild cognitive impairment that later progressed to Alzheimer's disease cope better with the disease than individuals with a lower level of education in the same situation, according to a study published in the June issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

New strategy for defeating neuroblastoma
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found a promising strategy for defeating neuroblastoma -- a malignant form of cancer in children -- that focuses on the so-called MYCN protein.

Risk of kidney disease doubled with use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics
The risk of acute kidney disease is doubled for people taking oral fluoroquinolone antibiotics, according to a study of published in CMAJ.

Modern dragons in danger-- the relentless exploitation of Asian giant lizards revealed
A new study reveals that Southeast Asian monitor lizards, representing the world's largest lizards, are harvested and traded for their skins and as pets in intangible volumes despite existing legislation - and much of this trade is illegal.

Early life risk factors and racial/ethnic disparities in childhood obesity
Racial and ethnic disparities in children who are overweight and obese may be determined by risk factors in infancy and early childhood, according to a study published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.

'CLEO: 2013 -- the Premier International Laser and Electro-Optics Event' in San Jose next week
CLEO: 2013, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics -- from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products.

Meeting online leads to happier, more enduring marriages
More than a third of marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online, according to new research at the University of Chicago, which also found that online couples have happier, longer marriages.

Despite good prognosis, some turn a blind eye to genetic screening
Even if Australians with newly diagnosed bowel cancer were routinely tested for a genetic predisposition to further cancers, one in three people would still not take the necessary steps to use that information to prevent further disease.

New kind of antibiotic may be more effective at fighting tuberculosis, anthrax, and other diseases
Diseases such as tuberculosis, anthrax, and shigellosis -- a severe food-borne illness -- eventually could be treated with an entirely new and more-effective kind of antibiotic, say scientists who found 46 previously untested molecules that target and disrupt an important step in the process of protein synthesis in bacteria.

Manipulating memory in the hippocampus
Dr. Boaz Barak of Tel Aviv University has discovered that manipulating the levels of the protein tomosyn in a part of the brain associated with learning and memory may aid in the development of therapeutic procedures for epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Large multi-generational family helps unlock genetic secrets to developmental dysplasia of the hip
Research from Thomas Jefferson University is laying the foundation for a genetic test to accurately identify hip dysplasia in newborns so that early intervention can be initiated to promote normal development.

NASA's Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of the nearest galaxies
Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University have used NASA's Swift satellite to create the most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies.

Tiger moths: Mother Nature's fortune tellers
A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University shows Bertholdia trigona, a species of tiger moth found in the Arizona desert, can tell if an echo-locating bat is going to attack it well before the predator swoops in for the kill - making the intuitive, tiny-winged insect a master of self-preservation.

Expanding Medicaid is best financial option for states, study finds
Much debate has occurred about whether states should expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Rash decision? New UK coins increase nickel skin allergy risk 4 fold
In a bid to save £10 million a year the British Treasury is replacing copper-nickel five and ten pence coins with new nickel-plated steel versions.

Eurofins MWG Operon extends its gene synthesis business with the acquisition of Entelechon
Eurofins MWG Operon announces the acquisition of Entelechon GmbH. Entelechon is a globally operating provider of gene synthesis.

Discovery's Edge online issue
Here are highlights from the online issue of Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine.

The jewels of the ocean: 2 new species and a new genus of octocorals from the Pacific
Two new beautiful species of octocorals and a new genus have been described from the well explored west coast of North America.

June 2013 story tips
The following are story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for June 2013.

Dartmouth researchers test safety of Nivolumab in kidney cancer
Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center will present a poster on a phase I clinical trial of Nivolumab, a PD-1 receptor blocking antibody, being used in combination with other drugs in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma at the ASCO Annual Meeting on June 3, 2013.

Virtual communities to link health professionals
The grant from at the US Department of Health and Human Services will enable the Global Health Delivery Project to host six professional virtual communities and 36 virtual expert panels on over the next three years.

Singapore research team identifies new drug target in deadly form of leukemia
Researchers at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore have identified ways to inhibit the function of a key protein linked to stem cell-like behavior in terminal-stage chronic myeloid leukemia, giving new hope to future treatments for this deadly form of cancer.

Blood vessels in the eye linked with IQ, cognitive function
The width of blood vessels in the retina, located at the back of the eye, may indicate brain health years before the onset of dementia and other deficits, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Early-life risk factors account for racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity
A new prospective study finds that the increased prevalence of obesity and overweight among black and Hispanic children can largely be explained by early-life risk factors such as rapid infant weight gain, early introduction of solid foods and a lack of exclusive breast feeding.

New biomolecular archaeological evidence points to the beginnings of viniculture in France
France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking -- but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now.

A healthy start
The burden of mortality and morbidity in the perinatal period - pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum - remains a major concern in Europe.

Musculoskeletal conditions, injuries may be associated with statin use
Using cholesterol-lowering statins may be associated with musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies (joint diseases) and injuries, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

Researchers identify genetic signature of deadly brain cancer
A multi-institutional team of researchers have pinpointed the genetic traits of the cells that give rise to gliomas -- the most common form of malignant brain cancer.

Test to improve stem cell safety
CSIRO scientists have developed a test to identify unsafe stem cells.

Technique could identify patients at high risk of stroke or brain hemorrhage
Measuring blood flow in the brain may be an easy, noninvasive way to predict stroke or hemorrhage in children receiving cardiac or respiratory support through a machine called ECMO, according to a new study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Potential new way to suppress tumor growth discovered
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center, have identified a new mechanism that appears to suppress tumor growth, opening the possibility of developing a new class of anti-cancer drugs.

Thompson Ridge Fire, New Mexico
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of a large light-brown colored plumes of smoke from two large fires burning in New Mexico: the Thompson Ridge Fire and the Tres Lagunas Fire.

Mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures more susceptible to viruses that can affect human health
Virginia Tech scientists have discovered mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and thus more likely to transmit diseases to people.

An altered gut microbiota can predict diabetes
Intestinal bacteria may have a greater influence on us than was previously thought.

Preventing an immune overreaction
In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Dr.

NIH to fund clinical research network on antibacterial resistance
Duke University, Durham, NC, has been awarded $2 million to initiate a new clinical research network focused on antibacterial resistance.

A path to compact, robust sources for ultrashort laser pulses
Laser researchers are challenging a basic assumption of engineering:

University of Iowa VP for research to discuss advanced computing at DC forum
Daniel Reed, vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa, will discuss advanced computing at a congressional briefing organized by the American Chemical Society on June 4 in Washington.

Duke to co-lead NIH research network on antibacterial resistance
Investigators at Duke Medicine and UCSF have been selected to oversee a nationwide research program on antibacterial resistance, which includes a focus on the growing unmet challenges associated with MRSA and E. coli.

Scientists develop new technique to selectively dampen harmful immune responses
A team from The Scripps Research Institute has demonstrated a new technique that may lead to a better way to selectively repress unwanted immune reactions without disabling the immune system as a whole.

Mutations in susceptibility genes common in younger African American women with breast cancer
A high percentage of African-American women with breast cancer who were evaluated at a university cancer-risk clinic were found to carry inherited genetic mutations that increase their risk for breast cancer.

Researchers develop a faster method to identify Salmonella strains
A new approach may be able to reduce by more than half the time it takes health officials to identify Salmonella strains, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Critically ill patients to benefit from lung probe
Intensive care patients who are on breathing support could be helped by a new tool to enable doctors to see inside their lungs.

Credit card fraudsters quickly exposed
Most people feel safe from fraudsters if their credit card is safely tucked away in their wallet.

Time limits on welfare can lead to higher mortality rates
US workfare programs have been praised for improving the economic well-being of families but little is known about how these policies affected participants' health and mortality.

Study: Companies pay almost $6,000 extra per year for each employee who smokes
A new study suggests that US businesses pay almost $6,000 per year extra for each employee who smokes compared to the cost to employ a person who has never smoked cigarettes.

NTRK1: A new oncogene and target in lung cancer
To the list of oncogenic drivers of lung cancer that includes ALK, EGFR, ROS1 and RET, results of a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at ASCO 2013 show that mutations in the gene NTRK1 cause a subset of lung cancers.

Despite regulations, financial analysts say private calls with executives are essential
A new study of 365 sell-side financial analysts shows that private phone calls with managers remain an essential source of analysts' earnings forecasts and stock recommendations -- even in light of regulations limiting selective disclosure of financial information.

Butterfly on the brink: First Schaus female found in a year raises hope for revival of species
The fate of a species may rest upon a single butterfly captured in late May by University of Florida lepidopterists.

Surgery for obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers is safe and effective
Around half of people with an extreme form of obsessive compulsive disorder responded well to a type of psychosurgery that proved to be safe and effective, according to research published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry.

Earth's Milky Way neighborhood gets more respect
New, accurate distance measurements indicate that our Solar System resides in a prominent feature of the Milky Way Galaxy, not a mere

Use of flaxseed supplementation in the management of high cholesterol levels in children
A study by Helen Wong, R.D., of The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues examined the safety and efficacy of dietary flaxseed supplementation in the management of hypercholesterolemia (high levels of cholesterol) in children.

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for June 4, 2013
This news release contains information about articles being published in the June 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Alzheimer's leaves clues in blood
Alzheimer's researchers in Spain have taken a step closer to finding a blood test to help in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Dense hydrogen in a new light
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. The way it responds under extreme pressures and temperatures is crucial to our understanding of matter and the nature of hydrogen-rich planets.

A grassy trend in human ancestors' diets
Most apes eat leaves and fruits from trees and shrubs.

New study predicts rising irrigation costs, reduced yields for US corn
Simulations predict that in 40 years, yields for corn grown for ethanol will shrink even as climate change increases the need for irrigation, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.

Research shows promise for reducing greenhouse gases
University of Calgary scientists are investigating how

Clinicians often wait for 'red flags' before discussing elderly driving
Clinicians often wait too long before talking to elderly patients about giving up driving even though many may be open to those discussions earlier, according to a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the CU College of Nursing.

Lightest exoplanet imaged so far?
A team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope has imaged a faint object moving near a bright star.

WUSTL engineer to develop new biosensors with NSF Career Award
Srikanth Singamaneni, Ph.D., assistant professor of materials science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St.

Harvard development expert: Agricultural innovation offers only path to feed Africa and the world
The world can only meet its future food needs through innovation, including agricultural biotechnology, says a Harvard development specialist.

American, Nepalese children disagree on social obligations with age
As preschoolers age, American kids are more prone to acknowledge one's freedom to act against social obligations compared to Nepalese children, who are less willing to say that people can and will violate social codes, finds a cross-cultural study by Cornell University published in the current issue of the journal Cognitive Science.

Galactic knee and extragalactic ankle
It is obvious from the data of the KASCADE-Grande experiment at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology that the so-called

Enzyme from wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel
Robust enzyme discovery that could help lead to sustainable biofuels.

Perfectly designed microelectronics
Microchips play an important role in industrial and household electronics.

June GSA Today takes another crack at the Old Faithful geyser
In the June issue of GSA Today, Kieran O'Hara of the University of Kentucky and E.K.

A new species of marine fish from 408 million years ago discovered in Teruel
Researchers from the University of Valencia and the Natural History Museum of Berlin have studied the fossilised remains of scales and bones found in Teruel and the south of Zaragoza, ascertaining that they belong to a new fish species called Machaeracanthus goujeti that lived in that area of the peninsula during the Devonian period.

Evidence mounts that 4 lifestyle changes will protect heart, reduce your risk of death
A large, multi-center study led by Johns Hopkins researchers has found a significant link between lifestyle factors and heart health, adding even more evidence in support of regular exercise, eating a Mediterranean-style diet, keeping a normal weight and, most importantly, not smoking.

Hidden effects of climate change may threaten eelgrass meadows
Some research has shown that the effects of changes in the climate may be weak or even non-existent.

More TV time equals higher consumption of sweetened beverages among children
More time in front of the TV set and higher exposure to TV adverts may lead to increased consumption of sweetened beverages among children.

Enhancer RNAs alter gene expression
In a pair of distinct but complementary papers, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues illuminate the functional importance of a relatively new class of RNA molecules.

Tres Lagunas Fire, New Mexico
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of a large light-brown colored plume of smoke blowing east-southeast from the Tres Lagunas Fire burning in New Mexico.

JCI early table of contents for June 3, 2013
This release contains summaries, links to PDFs, and contact information for the following newsworthy papers to be published online, June 3, 2013, in the JCI: Preventing an immune overreaction; A potential gene therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIA; A new target in castration-resistant prostate cancer; and many more.

Chimpanzees have 5 universal personality dimensions
While psychologists have long debated the core personality dimensions that define humanity, primate researchers have been working to uncover the defining personality traits for humankind's closest living relative, the chimpanzee.

$1.76 million federal grant to support palliative care program at CWRU nursing school
Medical advancements that extend the lives of patients with cancer, heart failure and other serious chronic diseases have created another need: More clinicians skilled in specialized care for people with terminal illnesses.

Set in the right light
Lighting plays a big role at events presenting new products, on television shows, and at concerts.

Rare stellar alignment offers opportunity to hunt for planets
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri.

Vacations part of Soviet Union's 'good life,' with Sochi the dream resort
The Soviet Union had ideals about vacation and how it fit within

Wayne State researchers seek to determine impacts of differential speed limits on state freeways
Years of research have produced mixed views on whether different freeway speed limits for cars and trucks make roads safer, but Wayne State University researchers are taking a comprehensive approach to answering that question for state officials.

Vegetarian diets associated with lower risk of death
Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced death rates in a study of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists with more favorable results for men than women, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

IU researchers focus on a brain protein and an antibiotic to block cocaine craving
A new study conducted by a team of Indiana University neuroscientists demonstrates that GLT1, a protein that clears glutamate from the brain, plays a critical role in the craving for cocaine that develops after only several days of cocaine use.

Less than half of dying patients are placed on a nationally recommended care pathway
Less than half of terminally ill patients are placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient despite it being recommended nationally, concludes UK research published online in the BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care journal.

New explanation for slow earthquakes on San Andreas
New Zealand's geologic hazards agency reported this week an ongoing,

Japan signals commitment to the TMT project
In an important milestone for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, Japan, one of the project's five international partners, has indicated its strong national backing for the next-generation astronomical observatory.

12 million mosquito nets and innovative thinking make Ghana malaria partnership a success
In a report to be released this month, the Promoting Malaria Prevention and Treatment Project will describe an innovative model for distributing over 12 million mosquito nets to prevent the transmission of malaria in Ghana.

Oncologists are stressed and have difficulty discussing death with patients -- Ben-Gurion U. study
The researchers found that the strategies for effective communication about end of life included: being open and honest with patients, and having ongoing early conversations about treatment goals, while balancing hope and reality about end of life.

'Back to sleep' does not affect baby's ability to roll
University of Alberta research shows little change in babies' ability to roll from their tummy to back and vice versa 20 years after 'back to sleep' campaign.

Turning point for early human diets occurred 3.5 million years ago
Prior to about 3.5 million years ago, early humans dined almost exclusively on leaves and fruits from trees, shrubs, and herbs -- similar to modern-day gorillas and chimpanzees.

Staff who smoke cost companies thousands of pounds more to employ
Employers have to pay around £4,000 more a year to employ a member of staff who smokes compared to a non-smoking employee, finds research published online in the Tobacco Control journal.

Anatomy determines how lizards attract partners and repel rivals
Catching the attention of females in a darkened rainforest amid a blur of windblown vegetation is no easy task.

Patients with type 2 diabetes or hypertension must be evaluated for sleep apnea
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is advising anyone with type 2 diabetes or hypertension to be evaluated for sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep medicine physician.

For some men, it's 'T' time -- test or no test
Prescriptions for testosterone therapy have increased significantly during the last 10 years, according to a study in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Smoking, sugar, spirits and 'sin' taxes: Higher price would help health, Mayo Clinic doctors say
Go ye and sin no more -- or pay for it, when it comes to junk food, smoking and consuming alcohol.

Middle-aged women commonly become ill with stress
In four out of 10 cases, long-term stress suffered by women leads to some form of physical complaint.

Threatened frogs palmed off as forests disappear
The study, carried out by the Zoological Society of London describes how forests converted to palm oil plantations are causing threatened forest dwelling frogs to vanish, resulting in an overall loss of habitat that is important for the conservation of threatened frog species in the region.

Interleukin 17F level and interferon beta response in patients with multiple sclerosis
A study by Hans-Peter Hartung, M.D., of Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldoft, Germany, and colleagues examines the association between IL-17F and treatment response to interferon beta-1b among patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

Dogs help improve moods among teens in treatment
Lindsay Ellsworth is prescribing a new, mood-boosting therapy for teenagers in drug and alcohol treatment: Shelter dogs.

Cancer drug shortages hit 83 percent of US oncologists
Eighty-three percent of cancer doctors report that they've faced oncology drug shortages, and of those, nearly all say that their patients' treatment has been impacted, according to a study from researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to