The FDA has issued its approval to a new skin care drug called Cosentyx (secukinumab) aimed at treating plaque psoriasis. The condition is an autoimmune disorder that causes itchy, irritated skin and is most common in adults aged 15 to 35. The new drug works by binding to a protein called interleukin (IL)-17A. In doing so, it prevents that protein from reaching its receptor.
Women who are exposed to high levels of some pesticides and chemicals may be more likely to experience early menopause, according to a new study from researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. For the study the researchers collected blood and urine samples from 1,400 menopausal women with an average age of 61.
Binge watching of television shows may be a tell-tale sign of depression and loneliness, according to a new study from researchers at International Communication Association. For the study the researchers surveyed 300 people between the ages of 18 and 29, asking them about their medical background and viewing habits.
A new form of eye-tracking technology could help medical trainers diagnose potential concussion symptoms in athletes, according to a new study from researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. For the study the researchers examined 75 brain trauma patients and 64 patients without head injuries. They followed each participant's eye movements using a new eye tracking technology.
Those who suffer from severe depression may also experience increased swelling of the brain, according to a new study from researchers at Duke University. For the study the researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) scans to look at the brains of 20 healthy individuals and 20 severe depression patients.
Even slightly elevated levels of cholesterol in middle age could have a negative impact on heart health later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. For the study the researchers examined health records from 1,478 adults who had not developed heart disease by the age of 55.
Rapid weight loss or weight gain may lead to increased risk of bone fractures for older women, according to a new study from researchers at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the United Kingdom. For the study the researchers collected data from 120,000 post-menopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79 as part of the Women's Health Observational Study and Clinical Trials.
A new study has found that working from home is good for the health and productivity of both employers and employees. Researchers at Stanford University examined a group of 255 employees at a large Chinese travel agency, half of whom worked from home for nine months and half of whom were office-based. They found that those who worked from home were 13 percent more productive.
A new study has found that girls who drink a lot of sugary soft drinks often start their periods younger than girls who consume fewer sugary drinks. Researchers tracked a group of 5,583 girls aged 9 to 14 between 1996 and 2001, noting their intake of sugary drinks. They found that the girls who drank more sugary drinks (over 1.5 servings per day) got their periods 2.7 months earlier.
Everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential to keeping a healthy body. Sometimes, though, dangerous obesity requires cultural or medical intervention. Here are 3 other recent events that are helping the fight against obesity.
Prostate cancer is one of the most dreaded forms of the disease - a major problem in men's health and in the medical community generally. Recent study results released by Medivation Inc. (MDVN) and Astellas Pharma showed that a mid-stage trial of an experimental drug showed some progress. Here a few advancements (and one step back) in the battle to alleviate prostate cancer.
Older adults who suffer a bout of pneumonia could be at an increased risk for heart disease for years to come, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers examined health records from 6,000 people aged 65 and up who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study and another 16,000 between 45 and 65.
Sitting for long portions of each day could lead to increased risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and early death, according to researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. For the study the researchers examined 41 adult Canadians and found that the amount of time they spend sitting was directly linked with increased health risks.
The emotions associated with some memories may have an impact on their recall, according to a new study from researchers at New York University. For the study the researchers tested 119 volunteers by showing them a series of photos including animals and tools. The test subjects were connected to an electrode on one wrist and received a shock with some of the images.
Those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day could be at a decreased risk for developing skin cancer, according to a new study from researchers in the U.K. For the study the researchers examined health records from just under 500,000 adults in the U.S. They found those who reported drinking four or more cups of coffee daily were twenty percent less likely on average to develop melanoma.