RSSArchive for July, 2013

Racing for change: Group encourages African-American women to try distance running

Racing for change: Group encourages African-American women to try distance running

Throwing on a pair of running shoes and heading out the door is one of the cheapest, simplest forms of exercise. But when two college friends took up running to burn off some of the freshman 15-pound weight gain, their families and friends couldn’t relate. “[They] would ask us what we were doing, and when […]

Pediatric Melanoma Difficult to Diagnose and on the Rise

Pediatric Melanoma Difficult to Diagnose and on the Rise

Brenda Royer said the spot looked like someone had taken a red pen and dotted her daughter’s cheek. But instead of washing off with some soap and water, the small, red dot started to grow. “It was a like a pencil eraser, only larger,” Royer, of Tomball, Texas, said about the spot on her then-2-year-old […]

Blood pressure drugs may help Alzheimer’s, study suggests

Blood pressure drugs may help Alzheimer’s, study suggests

Patients who took a certain type of blood pressure medication got measurable relief from worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms, too, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s the latest in a series of studies on the effects of various blood pressure drugs on the fatal and incurable brain disease, which is affecting more and more Americans as people live […]

Health Law Boosts Status Of Alternative Medicine -- At Least On Paper

Health Law Boosts Status Of Alternative Medicine — At Least On Paper

Jane Guiltinan said the husbands are usually the stubborn ones. When her regular patients, often married women, bring their spouses to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health to try her approach to care, the men are often skeptical of the treatment plan — a mix of herbal remedies, lifestyle changes and sometimes, conventional medicine. Chiropractor photo by […]

80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

WASHINGTON — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, […]

HIV/AIDS: The Fight Isn't Over

HIV/AIDS: The Fight Isn’t Over

As a scientist, I’ve dedicated more than two decades of my career to stopping HIV/AIDS. And since the disease first emerged in 1981, we have made tremendous progress against it. But there’s no better season than summertime — as Pride events take place across the country — to face facts. So while I do applaud […]

Why breast cancer kills more black women: They’re sicker

Why breast cancer kills more black women: They’re sicker

Breast cancer may be killing black women at a higher rate than whites because they are sicker to start with, researchers reported on Tuesday. Doctors and policymakers have known for years that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Studies have offered all sorts of clues – there may […]

Scientists give mice false memories

Scientists give mice false memories

Imagine you’re a mouse, and you’re freaking out right now because a researcher is putting you into a chamber. You distinctly remember feeling shocks to your tiny feet in that chamber. What you don’t know — cue the creepy music — is that scientists have manipulated your memory by tinkering with your brain cells, giving […]

Pre-Med Programs Eye Curriculum to Prep Students for New MCAT® Exam

Pre-Med Programs Eye Curriculum to Prep Students for New MCAT® Exam

Pre-med students who entered college last fall will be among the first to take the new Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) that will be introduced in the spring of 2015. At colleges and universities across the country, pre-medical advisers and undergraduate faculty are trying to determine which courses students should take to prepare for the […]

What Is Your Weakness?

What Is Your Weakness?

An excerpt from Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty In 2011, the AAMC published a survey that evaluated the importance of 12 variables on medical school admissions decisions. These variables included total MCAT scores, science and math GPA, and the interview. The interview was rated the most important factor. “High grades and/or MCAT scores […]