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The Biology of Anxious Temperament May Lie With a Problem in an Anxiety “Off Switch”

Reports new study in Biological Psychiatry
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Philadelphia, PA, December 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Persistent anxiety is one of the most common and distressing symptoms compromising mental health. Most of the research on the neurobiology of anxiety has focused on the generation of increased anxiety, i.e., the processes that “turn on” anxiety.

But what if the problem lay with the “off switch” instead? In other words, the dysfunction could exist in the ability to diminish anxiety once it has begun.

Understanding the Brain’s “Suffocation Alarm”

A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports on a genetic clue to fear
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Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Panic disorder is a severe form of anxiety in which the affected individual feels an abrupt onset of fear, often accompanied by profound physical symptoms of discomfort. Scientists have known from studying twins that genes contribute to the risk of panic disorder, but very little is known about which specific genes are involved.

Long-Term Testosterone Therapy Does Not Increase the Risk of Prostate Cancer

New study in the Journal of Urology® analyzed results from three independent registries
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New York, NY, November 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study in The Journal of Urology®, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men.

Preconception Care for Diabetic Women Could Potentially Save $5.5 Billion

Comprehensive care could yield significant lifetime healthcare savings, say researchers in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Philadelphia, PA, November 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Pregnant women with diabetes are at an increased risk for many adverse birth outcomes. Preconception care (PCC) can significantly lower these risks by helping pregnant mothers with diabetes control their glucose levels, resulting in healthier babies and less money spent on complicated deliveries and lifelong medical complications.

Why We Need to Fund Newer Blood-thinning Agents to Prevent Strokes

Health professionals should engage with policy-makers to address care gaps due to misalignment of reimbursement policy and clinical guidelines, say physicians in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Care gaps are emerging due to disharmony between healthcare reimbursement policies and evidence-based clinical guideline recommendations, cautions a group of Canadian physicians. Writing in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, they use the example of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) to make a case for engaging with policy-makers to address the growing barriers to patients’ access to optimal care.

Legally Prescribed Opioid Use May Increase Mortality in Chronic Pain Patients

According to a New Study Published in PAIN®
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PHILADELPHIA, November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Associations between opioid-related overdoses and increased prescription of opioids for chronic noncancer pain are well known. But some suggest that overdose occurs predominately in individuals who obtain opioids from nonmedical sources.

Experts Address Challenges of Delivering Critical Care in Resource-Poor Countries

Latest Issue of Global Heart Focuses on Key Issues Impeding Delivery of Effective Cardiac Care in Resource-Limited Settings
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Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Critical care is defined by life-threatening conditions, which require close evaluation, monitoring, and treatment by appropriately trained health professionals. Cardiovascular care bears these same requirements. In fact, cardiovascular disease will soon surpass even human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the leading cause of mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the latest issue of Global Heart, researchers discuss the challenges of delivering critical care in resource-limited countries.

Beta-Blockers Have No Mortality Benefit in Post-Heart Attack Patients, Say Researchers

Studies Raise Questions about Traditional Management of Heart Attack Patients after Discharge from Hospital, Reports The American Journal of Medicine
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Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Beta-blockers have been a cornerstone in the treatment of heart attack survivors for more than a quarter of a century. However, many of the data predate contemporary medical therapy such as reperfusion, statins, and antiplatelet agents, and recent data have called the role of beta-blockers into question.

New State Level Data Demonstrate Geographical Variation in 10-Year Cardiovascular Risk

Information can help target intervention programs, according to report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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Ann Arbor, MI, November 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ — Public health researchers seeking to determine an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), or stroke have previously relied on national US data, such as that provided by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Now, new data compiled and evaluated by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information at the state level for the first time, paving the way for targeted intervention programs.

Theory or Not? Best Study Designs for Increasing Vegetable Intake in Children

New study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior analyzes 25 years of data
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Philadelphia, PA, November 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Researchers try to develop interventions that are most likely to work. Some times that involves deciding which activities should be included, such as whether to have cooking classes or be involved in a garden. Some times that involves deciding how many people should be involved to find truly meaningful results. However, a little talked about consideration is whether to include behavior theory within the intervention.

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