Anti-Infective Drugs Tied to Eating Disorders

Girls who have serious or repeated infections in childhood are at higher risk for developing eating disorders in adolescence, a new study has found. The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, tracked 525,643 girls — every girl born in Denmark from 1989 through 2006. The researchers recorded all prescriptions that were filled for antibiotics and other anti-infective…

Details

Running in Bolivia

The teenager running alongside me, Luz, doesn’t say much. She is focused, her head dead straight, her stride landing rhythmically on the tarmac highway. Luz belongs to La Paz’s El Condor running club, which escapes the congestion of the city every Saturday for a training run up on the Bolivian high plateau, the altiplano. A…

Details

Saving the Teeth of Patients With Special Needs

Cheryl Closs, a mother of four from West Islip, N.Y., wanted to save her daughter Bella’s two front teeth. They were badly decayed, and one dentist wanted to just pull them out. But Ms. Closs was having none of it. Bella, who is 15 and in 8th grade, has special needs and uses a wheelchair.…

Details

‘Medicare for All’ Gets Much-Awaited Report. Both Sides Can Claim Victory.

Image Charlie Wood, 6, of Charlottesville, Va., and her mother, Rebecca, on Monday at the headquarters of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Supporters of Medicare for all put up pictures of people who relied on crowdfunding to pay for their medical expenses.CreditAl Drago for The New York Times The Congressional Budget Office published…

Details

Stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine moving toward the clinic

Stem cell research is leading to potential new therapies to treat disease, with several applications in clinical trials or expected to enter trials in the coming months. These new discoveries are transforming how we think of medicine and will be key to discussions at the International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting, 26-29 June…

Details

Aging baby boomers push sky high incidence of shingles of the eye

More Americans are being diagnosed with eye complications of shingles, but older adults can call the shots on whether they are protected from the painful rash that can cost them their eyesight. Among a group of 21 million adults, occurrences of herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO), when shingles gets in the eyes, tripled during a 12-year-period,…

Details

Viral infections during pregnancy linked to behavioral abnormalities in offspring

IMAGE: John Howland, of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine, has found that viral infections during pregnancy could be linked to behavioral abnormalities in offspring. view more  Male and female rats whose mother experienced a simulated viral infection during pregnancy behave abnormally, consistent with behavioural alterations in autism or schizophrenia, research by the University of…

Details

Biomarker may predict if immunotherapy is right choice for colorectal cancer patients

DUARTE, Calif. — Foundational research by a City of Hope physician-scientist and his colleagues could one day help metastatic colorectal cancer patients decide whether to choose immunotherapy or chemotherapy as their first treatment option. «Immunotherapy is the new, hot thing, but sometimes traditional chemotherapy can be a better choice,» said Marwan Fakih, M.D., senior author…

Details

Researchers find gene for urethral obstruction

IMAGE: Caroline Kolvenbach, Dr. med. Alina Hilger, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Benjamin Odermatt and Dr. med. Gabriel Dworschak. view more  Credit: © Photo: Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn Even before birth, an obstructed urethra can cause a variety of issues in the unborn child, ranging from mild urinary problems to kidney failure. This highly variable disease is called…

Details