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November, 2010

Children With Stomach Infections May Benefit From Probiotics

In some cases, Probiotics may help children with stomach viruses, researchers write in the medical journal Pediatrics. A probiotic is a microbe that protects its host from disease. For humans, the bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus is an example of a probiotic that is found in acidophilus milk, yogurt and some

Can Aspirin Treat And Prevent Depression?

A study that appears in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics addresses the association between use of aspirin and statins and the risk of major depression.

No Evidence That Common Heartburn Drugs In Early Pregnancy Cause Birth Defects

A large Danish study concluded there is no evidence that common heartburn drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), available both over the counter and on prescription, significantly increase the risk of birth defects when taken in early pregnancy.

Exercise May Improve Complications Of Deep Vein Thrombosis

A pilot trial showed that a six-month exercise training program designed to increase leg strength, leg flexibility and overall fitness may improve post-thrombotic syndrome, a frequent, chronic complication of deep vein thrombosis, states a

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COPD May Be A Problem With Autoimmunity

Moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be an auto-immunity problem, according to researchers in Spain, who studied the presence of auto-antibodies in patients with COPD and compared them to levels of control subjects.


Gene Links To Anorexia Found

Scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have identified both common and rare gene variants associated with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. In the largest genetic study of this psychiatric disorder, the researchers found intriguing clues to genes they are subjecting to further investigation

Blood Thinner Apixaban Trials Halted After Increase In Bleeding

Trials for experimental anticoagulant (blood thinner) drug apixaban were stopped because the increasing in bleeding for acute coronary syndrome patients was deemed greater than any possible benefits. The 10,800 patients in 40 countries will come off the medication, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer jointly announced.

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