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Inherited brain activity may guide treatment for autism, ADHD

Inherited brain activity may guide treatment for autism, ADHD

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Oregon Health & Science University researchers have found that functional brain connectivity has both familial and heritable associations.The study, published today in Network Neuroscience, used two data sets of MRI brain scans from more than 350 adult and child siblings to assess their identity based on connectotype, or the pattern of functional brain connectivity."Similar to DNA, specific brain systems and connectivity patterns are passed down from adults to their children," Dr. Damien Fair, an associate professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry at OHSU's School of Medicine, said in a press release. "This is significant because it may help us to better characterize aspects of altered brain activity, development or disease."Researchers were able to determine ...
Happy World Vegan Day! Here Are 5 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Happy World Vegan Day! Here Are 5 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

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And a couple potential drawbacks. November 1 marks an important holiday in the health world: World Vegan Day 2017. What is World Vegan Day, you ask? Ever since 1994, the Vegan Society has set aside the first day of November to celebrate the global plant-based eating movement and "highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle can be." But is a vegan diet really healthy? We asked Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, about the health benefits — and potential drawbacks — of an animal-product-free diet.The benefits of a vegan diet:1. Vegan diets help you eat more whole foods.Eliminating meat and dairy will force you to get creative with your produce and whole grain intake, Romano says. "You might be getting in a lot
Study finds infertility increases risk of death in women

Study finds infertility increases risk of death in women

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- New research from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have found that women who have experienced infertility are at an increased risk of death.The study will be presented this week at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress & Expo in San Antonio.Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn analyzed data form 78,214 women enrolled in the National Cancer Institute's Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer screening trial between 1992 and 2001, who were then followed for 13 years. About 14.5 percent of women in the study reported infertility problems."While associations between infertility and overall health have been noted in the male population, until now, the relationship between a woman's fertility and her over...
New treatment found for skin-predominant dermatomysitis

New treatment found for skin-predominant dermatomysitis

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Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine found that the drug anabasum was effective at treating a rare skin condition.The drug reduced the severity of symptoms in patients with dermatomyositis, or DM, a rare and often incurable skin condition that causes symptoms ranging from a skin rash and muscle weakness to fevers, shortness of breath due to lung disease, weight loss and light sensitivity.DM is considered rare with fewer than 100,000 cases in the United States overall."Not only are current treatments limited, but this disease itself is very understudied, so we've had to build our understanding of DM from the ground up just to be in a position to run a trial like this," Dr. Victoria P. Werth, a professor at Penn and chief of dermatology a...
This Is the Healthiest Time to Eat Your Halloween Candy

This Is the Healthiest Time to Eat Your Halloween Candy

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During Halloween season, there's no shortage of candy at your fingertips. It's everywhere: in your office, your house and every supermarket and drugstore.With temptation all around, it can be easy to graze on sweets all day long. Instead, though, it's possible to indulge strategically.The first rule: don't ever eat candy by itself, says Christy Brissette, a Toronto-based registered dietitian. "You want to have something with some protein and some healthy fat and fiber before you have anything that has simple sugars."Eating more substantial food before candy helps slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, she explains, which in turn helps protect levels of blood-sugar-regulating insulin from spiking and then crashing. That's important, Brissette says, because research suggests tha...