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Friday, June 26, 2015

Health Research: Medication may stop drug, alcohol addiction ♦ Got acne? Lay off the B 12 ♦ Diabetic blindness: Best source of stem cells to block vision loss

Medication may stop drug, alcohol addiction Researchers have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat high blood pressure.
Nearly half of Hispanics unaware they have high cholesterol; less than a third treated About half of Hispanics were not aware that they had high cholesterol, a study has shown. Of those who were aware, less than a third were treated. Younger adults, women, the uninsured, those with lower income, and more recent immigrants were less likely to have their high cholesterol controlled.
Got acne? Lay off the B12 Vitamin B12 tweaks how genes behave in the facial bacteria of some people who normally enjoy clear skin, leading to pimples.
Diabetic blindness: Best source of stem cells to block vision loss Stem cells taken from donors are more likely to be more effective at battling diabetic retinopathy than cells taken from patients' own bodies. The work is a critical step toward the goal of injecting stem cells into patients' eyes to stop or even reverse the vision loss.

Future physicians more inclined to embrace genomic medicine than practicing physicians Medical students showed a greater acceptance of using approaches in genomic medicine, a key element in the practice of precision medicine, to treat patients as compared to physicians currently in practice.

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