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2009-06-11 11:24:44

Researchers have found a potential new treatment for the common problem of muscle atrophy. Results of the animal study were presented at The Endocrine Society's 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.Muscular atrophy is a debilitating process that results in an extensive loss of muscle mass and function, which greatly worsens quality of life. It occurs in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, AIDS and heart failure, negatively affecting the patients' prognosis. Also, muscular atrophy can occur...

2009-06-05 15:02:56

New research led by the University of Cincinnati (UC) suggests that the hunger hormone ghrelin is activated by fats from the foods we eat"”not those made in the body"”in order to optimize nutrient metabolism and promote the storage of body fat.The findings, the study's author says, turn the current model about ghrelin on its head and point to a novel stomach enzyme (GOAT) responsible for the ghrelin activation process that could be targeted in future treatments for metabolic...

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2009-06-03 08:16:38

Why does dishing with a girlfriend do wonders for a woman's mood? A University of Michigan study has identified a likely reason: feeling emotionally close to a friend increases levels of the hormone progesterone, helping to boost well-being and reduce anxiety and stress. "This study establishes progesterone as a likely part of the neuroendocrine basis of social bonding in humans," said U-M researcher Stephanie Brown, lead author of an article reporting the study findings, published in the...

2009-06-02 14:32:22

 In investigating the complex neurocircuitry behind weight gain and glucose control, scientists have known that the hormone leptin plays a key role in the process. But within the myriad twists and turns of the brain's intricate landscape, the exact pathways that the hormone travels to exert its influence have remained a mystery.Now, a study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) sheds further light on the subject. Reported in tomorrow's issue of the journal...

2009-06-02 14:26:54

Mice lacking the fat hormone leptin or the ability to respond to it become morbidly obese and severely diabetic"”not to mention downright sluggish. Now, a new study in the June Cell Metabolism shows that blood sugar control in those animals can be completely restored by returning leptin sensitivity to a single class of neurons in the brain, which account for only a small fraction of those that normally carry the hormone receptors."Just the receptors in this little group of neurons are...

2009-05-13 11:35:03

Improving the environment in which rats are reared can significantly strengthen the physiological process of wound healing, according to a report in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. Researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Shriners Burns Hospital found that giving rats living in isolation the opportunity to build nests led to faster and more complete healing of burn injuries than was seen in...

2009-05-04 20:53:48

Swiss researchers say the so called love hormone -- oxytocin -- eases conflict stress. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, evaluated how real-time behavior in couples was affected by exposure to either oxytocin or a placebo. The researchers recruited adult couples who received oxytocin or placebo intranasally -- within the nose. The couples then engaged in conflict discussion while in the laboratory. The researchers find oxytocin increased positive communications more than a...

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2009-05-04 07:12:14

Ten years ago, Stanford University School of Medicine scientist Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, and his colleagues made headlines when they identified the culprit behind the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now Mignot and his collaborators have shown for the first time that a specific immune cell is involved in the disorder "” confirming experts' long-held suspicion that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease. The work, which will be published online May 3 in Nature Genetics, could lead to better...

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2009-04-30 08:33:30

Relationships are difficult and most of us probably think at some point that communicating positively with our partner when discussing stressful issues, like home finances, is an impossible task. What if there was a safe way to take the "edge" off these discussions? The biology of human social relationships is just beginning to emerge as groundbreaking research on social cognition conducted in animals is now informing research in humans. In its May 1st issue, Biological Psychiatry, published...

2009-04-28 07:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Is your mattress making you fat? SleepBook.com, sponsored by Sit 'n Sleep, recently interviewed two sleep experts to find out; their answers were surprisingly candid. Medical studies performed in the past few years are revealing that sleep loss can contribute to weight gain. "It interferes with our circadian rhythms and with the way we regulate our hormones," William Kohler, medical director of the Florida Sleep Institute, says. There are two...


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2011-04-28 17:02:45

Labor Induction is a process of giving an artificial start to birth with medical intervention or other methods. When an induction is not performed for emergency or other medical reasons, the method is considered an elective process. The decision to induce labor has increased in recent years due to its convenience or because it easily accommodates busy schedules. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, say that labor should only be induced when it is more risky...

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