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The Role of Communication in Healing & Other News of Note

Posted Mar 05 2010 6:01am

Communication Is the Best Medicine (Futurity)

Efforts to improve communication between patients, family doctors, and specialists can have a crucial impact on patients – in some instances working as effectively as drugs.

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[According to lead researcher Bobbie Foy, professor of primary care at the University of Leeds,] “The results were impressive. In cases where family doctors and specialists were collaborating, blood sugar was much better controlled in people with diabetes – which is a significant step in avoiding the complications associated with the condition.

“In the case of patients with depression, the improvement in outcomes was about the same as you would get from treating their depression with drugs”…. More

Babies with Few Teeth by Age One “More Likely to Need an Orthodontist in the Future” (Telegraph, UK)

The research, which involved teams from Imperial College London, the University of Bristol and the University of Oulu in Finland, has identified several genes which affect tooth development in the first year of life.

They found that babies who carried specific genetic variants tended to have fewer teeth by their first birthday than other children.

By the time they turned 30 those carrying one of the genes were 35 per cent more likely than their classmates to need treatment by an orthodontist… More

WebMD’s Big Lie (Carlat Psychiatry Blog)

In order to provide quality web-based health content, you need money. The question is how you choose to make that money. WebMD, like many web sites, makes money from advertising, but it consistently goes several steps further, allowing its content to be transformed into one long stream of stealth advertising.

The incredibly successful company was just caught red-handed by Senator Chuck Grassley, who saw a WebMD television commercial encouraging viewers to log on to the site in order to take a depression screening test. When Grassley navigated over to the test, he found that it was funded by Eli Lilly – information that was apparently omitted from the TV commercial… More

An Apple a Day? Study Shows Soluble Fiber Boosts Immune System (PhysOrg)

A new University of Illinois study touts the benefits of soluble fiber – found in oats, apples, and nuts, for starters – saying that it reduces the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system.

“Soluble fiber changes the personality of immune cells – they go from being pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us recover faster from infection,” said Gregory Freund, a professor in the U of I’s College of Medicine and a faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Division of Nutritional Sciences… More

Extremes of Sleep Related to Increased Fat around Organs (ScienceDaily)

Not getting enough sleep does more damage than just leaving you with puffy eyes. It can cause fat to accumulate around your organs – more dangerous, researchers say, than those pesky love handles and jiggly thighs.

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine reveals how extremes of sleep – both too much and too little – can be hazardous to your health – especially for young minority women, a group most affected by obesity and chronic metabolic disease. The findings also indicate that there’s more to “fat” than what we choose to eat – social factors such as the need to work three jobs in a bad economy – could be causing dangerous fat deposition around vital organs… More

SIBLING Proteins May Predict Oral Cancer (PhysOrg)

The presence of certain proteins in premalignant oral lesions may predict oral cancer development, Medical College of Georgia researchers said.

SIBLINGs, or Small Integrin-Binding Ligand N-linked Glycoproteins, are a family of five proteins that help mineralize bone but can also spread cancer. SIBLINGs have been found in cancers including breast, lung, colon and prostate.

“Several years ago we discovered that three SIBLINGs – osteopontin, bone sialoprotein and dentin sialophosphoprotein – were expressed at significantly high levels in oral cancers,” said Dr. Kalu Ogbureke, an oral and maxillofacial pathologist in the MCG School of Dentistry. “Following that discovery, we began to research the potential role of SIBLINGs in oral lesions before they become invasive cancers”… More


Filed under: cancer , children's health , dentistry , Drugs , Food , general health , Mental Health , nutrition , obesity , orthodontics Tagged: big pharma , communication , depression , Eli Lilly , fat , genetic research , healing , immune system , obesity , oral cancer , orthodontics , SIBLING proteins , sleep , soluble fiber , WebMD
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