Faster diagnosis of inherited, lethal nerve disease could advance search for new treatments

Faster diagnosis of inherited, lethal nerve disease could advance search for new treatments Physicians report success in a small study of a modified skin biopsy that hastens the earlier diagnosis of an inherited and progressively fatal nerve disease and seems to offer a clearer view of the disorder’s severity and progression. With a quicker and…

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Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects

Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning – don’t drink while pregnant. Experts have issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Now a new study finds that prenatal ethanol exposure (from maternal alcohol consumption…

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Mindfulness-based therapy may reduce stress in overweight and obese individuals

Mindfulness-based therapy may reduce stress in overweight and obese individuals In a randomized clinical trial of women who were overweight or obese, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) increased mindfulness and decreased stress compared with health education. In addition, fasting blood sugar levels decreased within the MBSR group, but not within the health education group. Mindfulness-based therapy…

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Fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin identified as new biomarkers for weight loss

Fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin identified as new biomarkers for weight loss A personalized diet approach could lead to greater weight loss and maintenance success, report researchers. Their study identifies fasting blood sugar and/or fasting insulin as new biomarkers for weight loss in people with prediabetes or diabetes. Fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin identified as…

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