Lieberman Op-Ed in National Review Online
by Ben Lieberman
April 5, 2002
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Diagnosing congestive heart failure with a blood test by Biosite Inc. that measures levels of a hormone is better than traditional methods like chest X-rays or medical history, researchers said on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High blood levels of a naturally occurring compound involved in blood vessel function may be the "missing link" between insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
The study findings also suggest drugs that improve insulin sensitivity may reduce levels of the compound, ADMA, and ultimately lower a person's heart disease risk.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who experience a type of excruciating back pain caused by kidney stones are more likely to be miserable in the morning than at night, a new study reports.
Such back pain is sometimes known as renal colic and is caused when a tiny kidney stone travels down the ureter, the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder.
A kidney stone is a hard mass made up of crystals that have settled out of urine while inside the kidney.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bleeding ulcers are on the rise among elderly UK patients, British researchers report.
Peptic ulcers are sores or raw areas in the lining of the stomach or the upper portion of the small intestine, known as the duodenum. Up to 15% of people with ulcers will experience bleeding, a serious and in some cases life-threatening complication. Perforation of the stomach or duodenal wall can also occur.
Every day, we get letters from HSI members and e-Alert readers with questions, comments, and concerns. We get an extraordinary amount of mail, so we can't possibly answer every one personally. But occasionally I'll notice a common thread running through the mail, a question or topic that seems to come up again and again. That's just what I've been seeing lately - and fortunately, I have a powerful answer.
ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Certain types of intestinal bacteria could be linked to the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the results of a new study.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks joint tissues, leading to damage in many parts of the body, including bone, cartilage and various internal organs. The disease can cause severe disabilities, particularly in older people, and its exact causes are still not known.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people with Alzheimer's disease also have psychotic symptoms, and a recent study shows Alzheimer's patients whose siblings have both disorders are more likely to exhibit psychosis, as well.
"This paper may be the strongest evidence to date that psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's disease have a distinct biologic basis, with unique genetic underpinnings," said lead author Dr. Robert A. Sweet of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with type 1 diabetes maybe more likely to experience certain sexual problems than their healthy peers, researchers report.
Unlike the far more common type 2 diabetes, type 1 usually is diagnosed in childhood and involves anaberrant immune system attack on the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.