Stress hormone cortisol may increase alcohol relapse risk – Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics could increase the risk of relapse. The study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found in high levels in chronic alcoholics, as well as those recovering from the condition. Researchers found […]

Nalmefene reduces heavy alcohol drinking

Newswise – Problem drinkers who took the craving-curbing drug nalmefene whenever they felt the desire to drink alcohol reported fewer heavy drinking days each month than drinkers who took a placebo pill, but both groups reported marked reductions in heavy drinking days. Nalmefene is not yet available in the United States; it is still considered […]

Fitness may lessen inflammation – Although a number of studies have suggested that regular exercise reduces inflammation – a condition in the body linked to cardiovascular illness and other diseases, such as diabetes – it’s still not clear whether there is a definitive link. And if such a connection exists, the nature of the relationship is by no […]

Aerobic exercise, not weight training, best for heart failure patients

Walking and bicycle riding improve size of heart and ejection fraction, but weight lifting seems to block this improvement in patients with heart failure. American College of Cardiology – According to new research, aerobic exercise remodels heart size and improves pumping ability (ejection fraction) in patients with stable heart failure, literally turning an enlarged heart […]

Avoid hysterectomy with focused ultrasound to shrink fibroids

A noninvasive ultrasound procedure effectively shrinks uterine fibroids and significantly relieves fibroid-related symptoms in women, according to the results of a multicenter clinical trial reported in the June 2007 issue of the journal Radiology. Magnetic resonance-guided, focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) allows radiologists to precisely target fibroids without harming healthy surrounding tissue. “This treatment immediately stops […]

NSAIDs naproxen and celecoxib might not prevent Alzheimer’s dementia

American Academy of Neurology – Over-the-counter pain medication naproxen and prescription pain reliever celecoxib do not prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published April 25, 2007, in the online edition of Neurology®, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These findings appear to contradict earlier observational studies, which found sustained use of […]