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West Nile Cases Increase After A 10 Year Lull

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more cases of the West Nile virus in 2012 than any year, making it the worst West Nile virus outbreak since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. Nearly 700 cases of the virus have been reported across the country as of August 14, including 26 deaths. Dr. George DiFerdinando Jr...

Obesity May Speed Up Mental Decline

Combined with high blood pressure and other metabolic factors, people who are obese in middle age may experience a more rapid decline in cognitive skills like thinking and memory. These are the findings of a new study published online in the journal Neurology on Tuesday...

Common Antifungal Drug Shrinks Tumors

An approved generic drug that has been in use for decades is showing promise as a treatment for cancer: in trials on mice it shrank tumors by disrupting their blood supply. Thiabendazole is a generic, FDA-approved, inexpensive antifungal and antihelmintic drug that can be taken orally and has been in clincal use for over 40 years. The drug is not currrently used to treat cancer...

Obesity Could Be Treated With Deep Brain Stimulation

A review article in the August issue of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, suggests that scientific advances in understanding the "addiction circuitry" of the brain could effectively treat obesity using deep brain stimulation (DBS)...

Common Parasite Linked To Suicide Risk

Testing positive for a common parasite that lives in the bodies of 10 - 20% of Americans is linked to a sevenfold higher risk of attempted suicide according to new research. This was the main finding of a study appearing in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry that supports growing evidence linking infection by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite to suicide attempts...

Stress May Cause Illness By Changing Genes

A new study suggests that acute psychological stress, which is known to increase the risk of physical and mental illness, may do so by altering the control of genes. A report on the study, thought to be the first to show that stress alters the methylation of DNA and thus the activity of certain genes, appeared online in the journal Translational Psychiatry on 14 August...

Psoriasis Treatments May Protect The Heart

A study published Online First in JAMA's journal Archives of Dermatology reveals that using tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors for treating psoriasis is linked to a considerably lower risk for heart attacks or myocardial infarction compared to other forms of treatment...

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