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August 19, 2014
An Old Study Fuels Debate over Blood Pressure Guidelines

In an attempt to determine the optimal blood pressure for patients age 60 or older, Sripal Bangalore, MD, and colleagues performed a post-hoc analysis of 8,354 patients who participated in the INVEST trial, who were age 60 or older, and who had a baseline systolic blood pressure greater than 150 mm Hg.

National Geographic
August 14, 2014
Early Antibiotics Change Gut Microbes, Fuel Obesity

A new set of experiments in mice have shown that low, regular doses of antibiotics at an early age can disrupt these microbe communities, leading to weight gain later in life. The increase in body weight was small, but compounded by a high-fat diet. Led authors Martin Blaser, MD, and Laura Cox, PhD, say if the results apply to humans, they would add to the large body of evidence suggesting that antibiotics should be used more carefully in infants and children.

The Washington Post
August 14, 2014
Speaking of Science - A Switchboard in the Brain Could Unlock Treatment for Autism and Schizophrenia

In a new study published Thursday in Cell, researchers observe the switching method in action for the first time. While the research used mice,  principal investigator Michael Halassa, MD, PhD, sees this as a huge step toward understanding and possibly manipulating the same functions in humans.

The New York Times
August 10, 2014
Without Breaking a Sweat, a Doctor Tracks Ebola and other Epidemics

Michael Phillips, MD, is featured in the Working Life column.

The Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2014
PTSD Continues to Afflict Vietnam Veterans 40 Years after the War

Four decades after the Vietnam War, 11 percent of its veterans still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new research suggesting that for some people it is a condition unlikely to ever go away. Charles Marmar, MD, who was involved in the study, is interviewed.

ABC News
August 7, 2014
Teen with Shorter Right Leg Designs Snap-On Underwear

Charlotte Robinson has endured painful fractures and surgeries since she was a toddler, but when the then 13-year-old needed to wear a massive brace to lengthen her right leg, there was one thing that bugged her: a nurse told her she would have to wear tear-away pants. The fashion-minded teen then started designing her own clothing. Her surgeon, David Feldman, MD, is interviewed.

August 7, 2014
15 Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore

Women's bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer. Marleen Meyers, MD, and Herbert Lepor, MD, discuss signs women should not ignore.

August 7, 2014
15 Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore

Men tend to brush off early cancer signs. One of the best ways to fight the disease is to catch it in the early stages when it is more treatable. Marleen Meyers, MD, and Herbert Lepor, MD, discuss signs men tend to ignore.

NBC - The Today Show
August 7, 2014
Medical Tune-Up: How to Be Fit and Healthy Like Hoda At 50

Maybe you don’t feel fabulous about turning 50, but if you want to stay fit and healthy at 50 and beyond, you need to take charge of your health. “Today” host Hoda Kotb, who is turning 50 on August 9, got a medical exam from cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, and breast cancer surgeon Freya Schnabel, MD, at the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.

The New York Times
August 7, 2014
Combat Stress among Veterans Is Found to Persist Since Vietnam

Most veterans who had persistent post-traumatic stress a decade or more after serving in the Vietnam War have shown surprisingly little improvement since then, and a large percentage have died, a new study finds, updating landmark research that began a generation ago. Charles Marmar, MD, is interviewed.