Health Studies 

Help for Sleep Problems in Autistic Boys

Approximately one child in 88 is on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism Spectrum Disorder is distinguished by difficulties in the areas of socialization and communication, as well as repetitive behaviors. Many children with autism experience difficulty falling asleep and sleeping through the night.¬† A team of researchers from the University of Missouri recently completed a study which shows that bedroom access to television, computers, or video games is associated with less sleep in boys on the spectrum. The study was published in…

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Disease Prescription Drugs 

Drugs Can Now Cure Almost all Cases of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C, or HCV (often called simply hep C), kills 350,000 people every year. Most deaths are caused by cirrhosis (irreversible and catastrophic scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. HCV affects an estimated 130 to 170 million people around the world. There is no vaccine yet that will protect against the acquisition of hep C, but new drugs have been developed that provide a cure for most cases. In the past, the standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C was an antiviral therapy that combined a pegylated interferon and ribavirin,…

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Disease Health Studies 

New Progress toward Developing Immunotherapy for Cancer

Many Americans were introduced to the concept of immunotherapy when former President Jimmy Carter was successfully treated for brain cancer, in his nineties. This groundbreaking approach to cancer therapy mobilizes the patient’s own immune system to kill the tumors in his or her body. Immunotherapy is in its infancy, and its success depends upon increasing scientific understanding of the human genome. Scientist Eduard Porta-Pardo, Ph.D. is the lead author of a study recently published in the journal¬†Cancer Immunology Research. The study was conducted by the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery…

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Diet Health Studies 

Scientists Say Obesity May be a Brain Disorder

A recent study conducted by Macquarie University indicates that obesity may actually be a disorder of the brain, characterized by a progressive deterioration of cognitive processes that impact eating behaviors. The study shows that memory inhibition, which is the helpful ability to “block out” memories that no longer serve us (and which originates in the hippocampus), is liked to overeating. When our brains are functioning properly, our food-related memories should be prominent when we are hungry then recede when we are full. That way, thoughts of food disappear when eating…

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