Health & Medicine

Precision medicine is a growing field that aims to tailor medicine to an individual patient’s body, including their genetic makeup. But in order for the field to successfully grow, it must first understand the genetic and environmental factors of a disease. Too often, there is not enough genetic, environmental and social diversity in research... Read More
Depression can occur at any age, but it’s often overlooked in adults 65 and older—a population that is expected to soar to 72 million by the year 2030.  In her new book “Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide,” Dr. Deborah Serani says depression affects an estimated 15 percent of Americans aged 65 and older, but the mood disorder is often... Read More
According to new research, an overlooked parameter may make it easier for drug makers to identify what solutions may be most effective for liquid oral, nasal and ophthalmic drugs. “Liquid drugs are tested for all kinds of things beyond just what the drug does and how it’s absorbed,” explains Ronny Priefer, professor of pharmacy at Western New... Read More
But Simply Listing Calories on Menus Was Not Effective in this Experiment People who viewed a menu showing them how much brisk walking they would have to do to burn off their lunch, ordered 139 calories less and consumed 97 fewer calories than did a group who ordered from menus without that information. The research was conducted at Texas... Read More
Still actively researching at age 87, Dr. Henry Lynch, president of the Heredity Cancer Center at Creighton University’s School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., has led an unorthodox career. After dropping out of school at 15, lying about his age to join the Navy at 16, and at one time enjoying a professional boxing career, Dr. Lynch became a pioneer... Read More
New research from the University of Rochester finds that certain types of family stresses of low-income children can have adverse effects on their bodies’ cortisol levels.  In turn, children with high and low cortisol levels were shown to have lower than average IQs than their less-stressed counterparts, according to the study, published last... Read More
Do you get impulsive when you’re upset? If so, this could be putting you at risk for binge eating. According to Kelly Klump, professor of psychology at Michigan State University and senior author, the more impulsive you are, the more likely it is you’ll binge eat when experiencing negative feelings.          “It’s human nature to want to turn to... Read More
Smoothies are a go-to choice for busy people who are trying to eat healthier. But how healthy are they, really? Nutrition experts say smoothies really are great for you—as long as you’re paying close attention to what goes in them. Smoothies are helpful as part of a healthy diet because they provide nutrients you might not otherwise get in your... Read More
Individuals with schizophrenia often experience visual perception problems, including contour integration impairment, or difficulty visualizing a whole line from its fragmented parts. This is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting schizophrenia may impair gestalt perception, or the ability to recognize that an object is more than the sum of... Read More