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2010-03-15 09:03:00

Vitamin D is quickly becoming the "go-to" remedy for treating a wide range of illnesses, from osteoporosis to atherosclerosis. However, new evidence from a Wake Forest University School of Medicine study suggests that supplementing vitamin D in those with low levels may have different effects based on patient race and, in black individuals, the supplement could actually do harm. The study is the first to show a positive relationship between calcified plaque in large arteries, a measure of...

2009-11-02 15:03:17

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine suggests that many patients are dissatisfied with the way they receive results of radiology tests and want more access to information in their medical records, specifically, detailed, lay-language results from those tests. The study, published today in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, reports that in general, patients are not happy with the way they receive information about...

2009-09-14 10:21:39

A popular stomach-acid reducer used to prevent stress ulcers in critically ill patients needing breathing machine support increases the risk of those patients contracting pneumonia threefold, according to researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Hospital-acquired pneumonia is the leading cause of infection-related deaths in critically ill patients. It increases hospital stays by an average of seven to nine days, cost of care, and the risk of other complications. "As best we...

2009-09-06 10:11:34

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine reveals a key component in the development of preeclampsia in pregnant women, a condition that can result in miscarriage and maternal death. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, appears in the September issue of Endocrinology. In it, researchers focused on identifying the differences in the uteri of pregnant women with and without preeclampsia and how the mother's tissues vary from the immediately...

2009-09-03 12:00:10

People with type 2 diabetes are not consuming sufficiently healthy diets and could benefit from ongoing nutritional education and counseling, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. The study appears in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. "The most important thing about controlling diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, is being able to manage energy in and energy out, and the best way to do that is...

2009-08-19 08:00:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ --A new blood test, measuring the level of omega-3 fatty acids in red blood cells, is now broadly available for the first time to the public everywhere as a consumer-friendly, at-home "finger stick" test. While scientists have long known of the benefits of fish and fish oil for overall heart health, over the past decade research has proven that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish dramatically reduce one's risk for cardiovascular disease....

2009-08-18 15:00:00

 A mutation in a gene that helps regulate high blood pressure is a cause of inherited kidney disease, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and colleagues.The discovery provides insight into a protein, renin, that is important in blood pressure regulation, and reveals the cause of one type of inherited kidney disease occurring in adults and children, said co-investigator Anthony Bleyer, M.D., professor of...

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2009-08-12 13:43:17

A new study shows that the rate of severe obesity in U.S. children and teenagers has tripled over the past three decades. Data reviewed from a long-running government health survey showed that as of 2004, nearly 4 percent of 2- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. were severely obese. The researchers reported in the journal Academic Pediatrics that the number was three times what it was in 1976, and over 70 percent from 1994. "Children are not only becoming obese, but becoming severely obese, which...

2009-07-17 08:00:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Edward G. Chadwick has been selected as executive vice president for finance and chief financial officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a new position created as part of the Medical Center reorganization that began two years ago. He began work July 1. Chadwick reports directly to John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO of the Medical Center. With 30 years of experience, Chadwick is considered a national leader in health care...

2009-07-15 08:28:14

Prolonged use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat people infected with both HIV and hepatitis B (HBV) helps to better control the hepatitis B infection and could delay or prevent liver complications, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.Researchers also found that patients who had higher levels of a common liver enzyme upon beginning treatment for HIV-HBV co-infection were at an increased risk of being diagnosed with...


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