Health Problems

Factors predict low BMD in pediatric blood cancer survivors

Low bone mineral density (BMD) is common in childhood leukemia and lymphoma survivors, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in Cancer. Hadley M. Bloomhardt, M.D., from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues estimated the frequency of reduced BMD detected by off-therapy surveillance with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, factors associated […]

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Researchers use genetic profiles to predict obesity risk at birth

Researchers have come up with a scoring system based on genetic markers that predicts an individual’s inborn risk for obesity. Using data from the largest existing genome-wide study of obesity, they applied new algorithms to integrate information from more than two million genetic variants affecting body mass index (BMI). The resulting score accurately predicted BMI […]

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Gene levels could help predict prognosis for colorectal cancer

Levels of a gene that helps the immune system differentiate the good cells from the bad could be a good indicator of prognosis in people with colorectal cancers, Medical College of Georgia researchers report. Looking at 15 genes known to be associated with colorectal cancers—eight associated with lower survival rates and seven with higher—the researchers […]

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Using sleep disorder to predict Parkinson’s disease

A large multi-centre study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson’s disease progression, which will allow better candidate selection for clinical trials and more effective therapy development. The study, led by Dr. Ron Postuma at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) and the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health […]

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Teens’ Social Media Use Does Not Predict Later Depression

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 — Social media use does not predict later depressive symptoms among adolescents or college undergraduates, according to a study recently published in Clinical Psychological Science. Taylor Heffer, from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues studied associations between social media use and depressive symptoms over time among 594 adolescents […]