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Five vascular diseases linked to one common genetic variant

Five vascular diseases linked to one common genetic variant

Genome-wide association studies have implicated a common genetic variant in chromosome 6p24 in coronary artery disease, as well as four other vascular diseases: migraine headache, cervical artery dissection, fibromuscular dysplasia, and hypertension. However, it has not been clear how this polymorphism affects the risk for so many diseases. In the journal Cell, researchers show how […]

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Premenopause vs. perimenopause: Symptoms and stages

Premenopause vs. perimenopause: Symptoms and stages

During her life, a woman experiences many hormone fluctuations that affect her fertility. When she starts her period, she can potentially conceive a child. As she gets older, her reproductive hormone levels drop and eventually cease, leading to what is known as menopause. Menopause is when the ovaries stop making estrogen and other sex hormones, […]

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Not just hot flashes: Many women experience substantial premenopausal symptoms

Not just hot flashes: Many women experience substantial premenopausal symptoms

Although considerable attention is paid to the problem of hotflashes, a quarter of premenopausal women in their forties and early fifties experienced a range of moderate to severe physical and psychological symptoms , according to a study published in the open access journal Women’s Midlife Health. Addressing these symptoms early is critical to reducing women’s […]

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Autism severity detected with brain activity test

Autism severity detected with brain activity test

UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children. Specifically, the researchers found that the lower a child’s peak alpha frequency – a number reflecting the frequency of certain brain waves – the lower their non-verbal IQ was. This is the first study to highlight […]

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Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans

Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans

In a study including 150 military veterans with chronic low back pain, researcher Dr. Erik J. Groessl and his team from the VA San Diego Healthcare System found that veterans who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use. Groessl is […]

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Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism

Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism

A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children – although the effect appears to be limited. In looking at a cohort of children born between 2001 and 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, Drexel University’s Brian Lee, PhD, and Craig Newschaffer, PhD, and their co-authors […]