June 17th, 2013
Short-term use of antidepressants, combined with stress and a high-fat diet, is associated with long-term increases in body weight, a new animal study finds. The results were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
“Our study suggests that short-term exposure to stress and antidepressants, rather than a high-calorie, high-fat diet alone, leads to long-term body weight gain, accompanied with increased bone and spleen weights,” said study lead author Suhyun Lee, a PhD candidate in the medical sciences at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Antidepressants are among the most prevalent medications today, accounting for millions of prescriptions each year. In the United States, physicians wrote more than 1.5 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2009, while physicians in Australia wrote more than 12 million of these prescriptions in 2008.
June 17th, 2013
Consuming 10 milligrams (mg) daily of S-equol delivered via a new fermented soy-based nutritional supplement alleviated menopausal symptoms, particularly the frequency of hot flashes and severity of neck or shoulder muscle stiffness, without impacting thyroid and certain sex hormone levels, according to clinical data presented at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society, (ENDO) 2013.
“This study provides evidence that the daily 10 mg doses of S-equol, a metabolite of the soy isoflavone daidzein, reduced hot flash frequency and relieved muscle stiffness without affecting sex or thyroid hormone levels of Japanese postmenopausal women. The findings confirm and expand on other studies in Japanese and US women documenting the ability of S-equol to help relieve menopausal symptoms,” said Belinda H. Jenks, PhD, coauthor of the study and director of Scientific Affairs & Nutrition Education at Pharmavite LLC. Development and ongoing research of a supplement containing S-equol is conducted by the Saga Nutraceuticals Research Institute of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Pharmavite LLC, the makers of Nature Made® vitamins and minerals, is a subsidiary of Otsuka, which supported the study.
June 11th, 2013
This week, US News & World Report published its annual rankings of the Best Children’s Hospitals. Congratulations, once again, to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for topping the list.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
For the 2013-14 rankings, US News surveyed 179 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in 10 specialties and asked 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would send the sickest children. Eighty-seven hospitals ranked in at least one specialty. Ten hospitals that had high scores in at least three specialties were named to the Honor Roll.
Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University
- Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
- Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Click Here for details on the rankings and a complete list of the Best Children’s Hospital by Specialty.
Source: US News & World Report
June 11th, 2013
The National Minority AIDS Council launched its new Youth Initiative to END the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America. HIV disproportionately impacts America’s young people, especially young gay and bisexual men of color. Approximately 25% of all new infections occur in youth and between 2007 and 2010, there was a 22% increase among gay men aged 13–24.
The initiative, sponsored by ViiV Healthcare, aims to assist youth in becoming more effective and informed health advocates, and empowering them to become more active in their communities.
Young adults between 18 and 25 can apply to be youth activists.
Selected participants will receive a scholarship to attend the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS September 8-11, 2013, in New Orleans. At the conference, they will be exposed to the most cutting edge tools and information available to fight this epidemic, as well as have the opportunity to meet with incredible leaders from the HIV community, including government officials, private funders, and activists who have been working in this field for decades.
June 11th, 2013
A study of older adults with diabetes mellitus (DM) suggests a bidirectional association between hypoglycemic (low blood glucose) events and dementia, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.
There is a growing body of evidence that DM may increase the risk for developing cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia, and there is research interest in whether DM treatment can prevent cognitive decline. When blood glucose declines to low levels, cognitive function is impaired and severe hypoglycemia may cause neuronal damage. Previous research on the potential association between hypoglycemia and cognitive impairment has produced conflicting results, the authors write in the study background.
Kristine Yaffe, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues studied 783 older adults with DM (average age 74 years). During a 12-year follow-up, 61 patients (7.8%) had a reported hypoglycemic event and 148 (18.9%) developed dementia.