Month: November 2013

Most ignored medical breakthroughs – prior to 2013

Editor’s Note (Ralph Turchiano) – Outdated from 2013, will do another one upon request.    This is part 1 of the most ignored medical breakthroughs since I started accumulating research. There is far more research that never made any of the major media outlets. Healthcare does not need to be scary nor expensive if science…

License to Ill : CEOs who attempt to put forth a moral image more likely to engage in socially irresponsible behavior

Firms that engaged in prior socially responsible behavior are more likely to then engage in socially irresponsible behavior, research finds By Sean Nealon on November 20, 2013 Elaine M. Wong, an assistant professor of management RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — In 2008, the CEO of British Petroleum, Tony Hayward announced that BP’s safety record was among…

Discovery of brain activity in severely brain injured patients who ‘wake up’ with sleep drug

Contact: Jennifer Gundersen jeg2034@med.cornell.edu 646-317-7402 Weill Cornell Medical College Pattern of brain activity points to possible neural circuit switched on by drug and may identify other patients who could respond NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) — George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained…

Discovery of brain activity in severely brain injured patients who ‘wake up’ with sleep drug

Contact: Jennifer Gundersen jeg2034@med.cornell.edu 646-317-7402 Weill Cornell Medical College Pattern of brain activity points to possible neural circuit switched on by drug and may identify other patients who could respond NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) — George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained…

Resveratrol a Natural Compound Mitigates Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse, University of Missouri Researchers Find

Nov. 19, 2013 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon, sossamonj@missouri.edu, 573-882-3346 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Studies have shown that resveratrol, a natural compound found in colored vegetables, fruits and especially grapes, may minimize the impact of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease in those who maintain healthy diets or who regularly take resveratrol supplements. Now, researchers at the…

Resveratrol a Natural Compound Mitigates Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse

Nov. 19, 2013 Story Contact(s):  Jeff Sossamon, sossamonj@missouri.edu, 573-882-3346 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Studies have shown that resveratrol, a natural compound found in colored vegetables, fruits and especially grapes, may minimize the impact of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease in those who maintain healthy diets or who regularly take resveratrol supplements. Now, researchers at the…

Children’s cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide

Contact: Carrie Thacker carrie.thacker@heart.org 214-706-1665 American Heart Association The study is the first to show that kids’ cardiovascular fitness has declined around the globe since about 1975: In the United States, kids’ cardiovascular endurance fell an average 6 percent per decade between 1970 and 2000. Across nations, endurance has declined consistently by about 5 percent…

Children’s cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide

Contact: Carrie Thacker carrie.thacker@heart.org 214-706-1665 American Heart Association Abstract: 13498 (Room D163) Many kids don’t run as far or fast as their parents did, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. The decline in running fitness may indicate worse health in adulthood, the researchers said. “If a young person is…

AIDS guidelines for children may not improve death rates but may improve treatment access ( Yes, you read that right )

Contact: Fiona Godwin medicinepress@plos.org Public Library of Science Recent changes to World Health Organization guidelines for starting anti-AIDS drugs (antiretroviral therapy—ART)  in young children are unlikely to improve death rates but may increase the numbers of children receiving ART by simplifying access to treatment,  according to a study by international researchers published in this week’s…

The big male nose

New study explains why men’s noses are bigger than women’s By: Richard C. Lewis | 2013.11.18 | 11:26 AM Male noses grow disproportionately larger than female noses beginning at puberty, a University of Iowa study has found. The reason: Males need to breathe in more oxygen to feed muscle mass than females. Image courtesy of…

Staying on medication may not translate to avoiding readmission

Contact: Sarah Avery sarah.avery@duke.edu 919-660-1306 Duke University Medical Center DURHAM, N.C. – A targeted effort to help high-risk heart failure patients stay on their medications did improve adherence to drug regimens, but had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates, according to a study at Duke Medicine. The findings, presented Monday at the American Heart…

Staying on medication had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates

Contact: Sarah Avery sarah.avery@duke.edu 919-660-1306 Duke University Medical Center Staying on medication may not translate to avoiding readmission DURHAM, N.C. – A targeted effort to help high-risk heart failure patients stay on their medications did improve adherence to drug regimens, but had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates, according to a study at Duke…

Bitter melon extract may have potential to fight head and neck cancer

Contact: Riya V. Anandwala ranandwa@slu.edu 314-977-8018 Saint Louis University ST. LOUIS – Extract taken from an Asian vegetable may have therapeutic qualities to treat head and neck cancer, a Saint Louis University researcher has found. Preliminary findings of the research were published in the Public Library of Science One Journal by Ratna Ray, Ph.D. associate…