Archive for December, 2007

JAMA / Archives – A 20-minute evening back massage may help relieve pain and reduce anxiety following the stress of major surgery when given in addition to pain medications, according to a report in the December 2007 issue of Archives of Surgery. Many patients still experience pain following major surgery despite the availability of pain-relieving […]

University of Alberta – Intensive rehabilitation training for patients with spinal cord injuries can stimulate new branches growing from severed nerve fibers, alongside compensatory changes in the brain, say Canadian researchers. Most importantly, it could lead to restoring hand function and the ability to walk. A study recently published in the November 2007 issue of […]

Proven treatments for aging skin include niacin, N-acetyl glucosamine, retinoids, and UVA blockers. Blackwell Publishing – Cosmeceuticals, beauty aids that reportedly work like prescription drugs, are providing new ways to treat aging skin. A study recently published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology explores a variety of new ingredients in cosmeceuticals that provide a visibly […] – People with clinical addictions know first-hand the ravages the disease can take on almost every aspect of their lives. So why do they continue addictive behaviors, even after a period of peaceable abstinence? Some answers appear rooted in regions of the brain active during decision-making and related to impulsive choices. “It’s perhaps not […]

Appetite in animal studies normalized by adequate BDNF, a nerve-growth factor stimulated in the brain by SSRIs and some prescription mood stabilizers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to one-third of the population in the United States is obese and another third is overweight. Excessive weight gain is elicited by alterations […]

Newswise — UCSD researchers have proven in animal studies that fibrosis in the liver can be not only stopped, but reversed by RSK-inhibitory peptide. Their discovery, published in PLoS Online on December 26, 2007, opens the door to treating and curing conditions that lead to excessive tissue scarring such as viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, […]