A new study of water habitats in Europe and Australia, that for the first time examines the effect of pesticides on regional biodiversity, concludes pesticide use significantly reduces regional biodiversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers, in some areas by as much as 42%...
Obesity has been officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association, an action that could put more emphasis on the health condition by doctors and insurance companies in order to minimize its effects. The new decision was made at the AMA's annual meeting on Tuesday by delegates in Chicago, and went against a recommendation by a commi […]
Many U.S. adults are not up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations, putting vulnerable babies at risk of the potentially deadly disease, according to a new survey. The number of whooping cough (Pertussis) cases is increasing in the United States...
Hunger strikers currently detained in GuantÃ¡namo Bay should receive independent medical advice, 153 doctors told President Barack Obama in an open letter published today in The Lancet. An increasing number of doctors and healthcare professionals are expressing concern and alarm that the hunger strikers are not receiving a proper or humane standard of medica […]
German scientists have found a way to predict a person's risk of developing type 1 diabetes, their study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The American Diabetes Association estimates there are over 3 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes, while Diabetes UK says that are about 300,000 in the UK...
Postmenopausal women had better improvement in verbal learning and memory after receiving treatment with testosterone gel, compared with women who received sham treatment with a placebo, a new study found. Results were presented at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco...
Understanding how gastric bypass surgery changes the properties of nerve cells that help regulate the digestive system could lead to new treatments that produce the same results without surgery, according to Penn State College of Medicine scientists, who have shown how surgery restores some properties of nerve cells that tell people their stomachs are full.. […]
A high-fat diet in adolescence appears to have long-lasting effects on learning and memory during adulthood, a new study in mice finds. The results were presented at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco...
Memory improves in older, overweight women after they lose weight by dieting, and their brain activity actually changes in the regions of the brain that are important for memory tasks, a new study finds. The results were presented at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco...
The report by the Government Accountability Office noted that the federal government has missed several deadlines, and there is a risk it won't be ready to open the online marketplaces Oct. 1. But the report also noted some positive signs.
The New York Times reports that millions of people shopping in the new online marketplaces will discover their choices -- or lack thereof -- will depend on where they live. The Washington Post reports that many states are racing to have the online marketplaces ready to enroll people by Oct. 1. Also in the news, exchange developments from Wisconsin, Californi […]
The Associated Press reports that the funding sought by the Obama administration for the Internal Revenue Service's health law activities could be in jeopardy as a result of recent scandals. Meanwhile, The Hill reports that GOP lawmakers are developing plans for handling constituents' questions about the health law.
Low-income women with diabetes who are pregnant or who recently gave birth face almost twice the risk of depression compared to women without diabetes, says a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
While less strict blood sugar control may be appropriate for some diabetes patients, most should adhere to the target goal of an A1C level of less than 7 percent that has long been recommended for reducing the risk of diabetes-related complications. A1C is a measure of blood glucose levels over the previous two or three months.
The rate of new cases of type 2 diabetes has nearly doubled in the United States in the last decade, with most new cases appearing in southern states, says a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.
For patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), botulinum toxin A injections relieve disabling blepharospasm and neck and hand dystonia, a relatively large retrospective study shows. About three quarters of patients with PSP actually developed dystonia during the treatment. “The best benefit [was in] patients with blepharospasm — about 80% of patient […]
Botulinum toxin injections are first-line treatment for cervical dystonia, and although the injections can have adverse effects, adequate consent is rarely obtained from patients, a study shows. Formal consent was deficient at the time of an initial injection and even more so at subsequent ones. “What tends to happen is there’s a mention of consent [...]
Dr. Leonard B. Miller, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Boston, works with his patients to find the best solution for their needs and ensure successful results. While BOTOX® injections are typically used to smooth wrinkles or cosmetically enhance facial features, there are a variety of other conditions the minimally-invasive treatment can be used to addr […]
New York plastic surgeon Dr. Scott J. Zevon publishes valuable patient resource, “Consumers’ Guide to Effective Botox Use Every year over 4 million Americans add BOTOX® injections to their to-do list, making it by far the most popular cosmetic treatment in the nation, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. But improperly performed [ […]
Frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s-feet, oh my! If the rise in Botox procedures is any indication, the fountain of youth might be found in a syringe, even for 20-somethings whose signs of aging are often invisible to the naked eye. “I think as I’ve kind of gotten a little older, I’ve just kind of [...]
Despite the availability of many cosmetic surgeries and procedures to treat the aging face, there is still little understanding of how the face grows older. A special presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), being held April 11-16, 2013, in New York, NY, will review current results from [...]
A new study examining more than a million individuals aged older than 45 years has, for the first time, verified an upper, safe limit for vitamin D in terms of mortality and cardiovascular events. The researchers also confirm the increased risk of death from suboptimal levels of the vitamin, corroborating the findings of many previous [...]
A new wrinkle has developed in the fight by the FDA against counterfeit drugs. An unapproved, foreign version of the cosmetic treatment Botox has shown up in the U.S., this time in counterfeit packaging that makes it appear to be the same product that is made for the U.S. market. The agency said in a [...]
Allergan Inc. (AGN)’s Botox, used primarily for cosmetic treatments, is also approved as a preventative therapy for migraines, though only for severe sufferers who have attacks lasting four hours or more at least 15 days a month. That means only about 10 percent of migraine patients qualify for that option. Sales for Botox as a [...]
Study Shows Increased Physical Self Awareness Stemming From The Social Media Mirror Social media is leading consumers to have a more self-critical eye, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The annual poll of 752 of the organization’s board-certified facial plastic surgeons found that there w […]