mercredi 31 décembre 2014

Make a New Year's resolution to manage your diabetes

Early detection and treatment can decrease the risk of developing complications from diabetes. Certified diabetes educators report that the new year is a good time to see a doctor if you think you have diabetes.

Make a New Year's resolution to manage your diabetes

Discovery of mutated gene in dogs could help treat blindness

A MERTK gene defect responsible for a recently identified form of progressive retinal atrophy in Swedish vallhund dogs has been found by an international team of scientists. This discovery opens the door to the development of therapies for diseases that cause blindness both in dogs and humans.

Discovery of mutated gene in dogs could help treat blindness

Significant link between daily physical activity, vascular health

As millions of Americans resolve to live healthier lives in 2015, research shows just how important diligent daily physical activity is. The researchers found that reducing daily physical activity for even a few days leads to decreases in the function of the inner lining of blood vessels in the legs of young, healthy subjects causing vascular dysfunction that can have prolonged effects.

Significant link between daily physical activity, vascular health

Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids

A suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly five-fold that a child would attempt suicide, according to a report. Other studies have established that suicidal behavior can run in families but few studies have looked at the pathways by which suicidal behavior is transmitted in families.

Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids

First baby of the new year race is real, says OB/GYN

As the countdown for the new year begins, so does the race for the first baby of the new year. “The race to have the first baby is something all hospitals share enthusiasm for, especially in large cities like Chicago, and, unfortunately, not all hospitals play fair,” said and OB/GYN.

First baby of the new year race is real, says OB/GYN

Molecules seen binding to HIV-1's protective capsule, blocking infection

New research shows an HIV-1 inhibitor and a host protein binding to HIV-1's protective capsule, preventing it from disassembling. Viral genetic information is kept inside. Researchers believe the process can be targeted for therapeutic purposes in HIV-1 infections.

Molecules seen binding to HIV-1's protective capsule, blocking infection

Project Louise: The Project Ends Now … But It Lasts A Lifetime

Project Louise: The Project Ends Now … But It Lasts A Lifetime

baby steps, will 668/flickr


baby steps, will 668/flickr


With the end of 2014 comes the end of Project Louise. The official end, that is. My excellent CommonHealth hosts gave me a year of coaching and support to see how much I could improve my health, and that year is now over. But my efforts to keep improving my health will continue, I hope and believe, for the rest of my life.


In part that’s because I haven’t reached all the goals I set for myself a year ago. I lost some weight, but not as much as I hoped; I exercised more, but I still haven’t developed the consistent exercise habit that I know I’ll need in order to make fitness a real and permanent part of my life.


On the other hand, I have made some real changes that I know will last. My diet is much better than it was a year ago – more vegetables, less junk – and, maybe even more important, my relationship with food is less complicated and neurotic. I still sometimes eat “bad” foods, but I don’t hate myself when I do – and that means I don’t go off on a binge.


That change is part of a larger one, one that Coach Allison Rimm urged me to undertake – and one that, frankly, didn’t immediately strike me as relevant to this project. Gently, consistently and with remarkable success, she has encouraged me to speak more kindly to myself, to focus on what I’m doing right rather than what I’m doing wrong.


Gentle Nudging


It turns out that gentle encouragement works much better than relentless criticism – something I knew and practiced in raising my children, yet somehow needed to learn in “raising” myself. In teaching me this lesson, Coach Allison has given me a priceless and lasting gift.


And that newfound sense of patience with myself is connected to the main reason I’ll keep working on this “project,” the single most important thing it has taught me. More than better nutrition, more than motivation for exercise, what Project Louise has shown me is that nothing lasting happens overnight. Change is a continuous process, not an isolated event.


No Overnight Success


We all fantasize about the life-changing moment, the day that divides our imperfect past from our glorious future – isn’t that what New Year’s Eve is all about? But in fact most days are pretty much like most other days; the calendar may change tomorrow, but we all know that Jan. 1 won’t feel much different from Dec. 31.


And here’s the thing: That’s OK. I’m planning to make it a little different, by finding that half hour for movement that I’ve been saying I’d do for months. And then I’ll do that again the next day, and the next, and the next after that. For now, that’s all I know. But I’m trusting that that’s enough – and that when it stops feeling like enough, I’ll do more.


I’m reminded of a saying I came across earlier this year, from Dr. Mike Evans. (He’s the one who made a great video about finding time for exercise, which I urge you to check out if you haven’t already.) It is, I think, a useful summary of what works:


“See the big picture, make the small change, feel the daily win. Let it become your habit.”


A Little Bit Better


Project Louise began with the big picture. But what it has taught me is that the small change is the big picture. No, those big life-changing moments don’t really exist. But we do have many small moments, one after another, and in each one we have a choice. All we can do, really, is to try to choose a little better today than we did yesterday, and a little better still tomorrow.


That’s what I’ve been doing this year, and what I’ll be doing next year and the year after that. I’m grateful to have had your company on this leg of the journey. Now, I wish you many small good moments of your own.


Join us on Thursday, Jan. 29, for WBUR On Tap: Project You: a free event with the Project’s own Louise, Coach Allison, Trainer Rick, and CommonHealth co-host Carey Goldberg. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot.


mardi 30 décembre 2014

Cancer treatment potential discovered in gene repair mechanism

A two-pronged therapeutic approach has been discovered that shows great potential for weakening and then defeating cancer cells. The research team's complex mix of genetic and biochemical experiments unearthed a way to increase the presence of a tumor-suppressing protein which, in turn, gives it the strength to direct cancer cells toward a path that leads to their destruction.

Cancer treatment potential discovered in gene repair mechanism

Malaria combination drug therapy for children

A drug combination of artemisinin-naphthoquine should be considered for the treatment of children with uncomplicated malaria in settings where multiple parasite species cause malaria according to researchers.

Malaria combination drug therapy for children

Neonatal HBV vaccine reduces liver cancer risk

Neonatal HBV vaccination reduces the risk of liver cancer and other liver diseases in young adults in China, according to a study. By collecting data on new cases of liver diseases over 30 years from a population-based tumor registry, the researchers estimated that the protective efficacy of vaccination was 84% for primary liver cancer (vaccination reduced the incidence of liver cancer by 84%), 70% for death from liver diseases, and 69% for the incidence of infant fulminant hepatitis.

Neonatal HBV vaccine reduces liver cancer risk