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Scientists Identify Gene Mutations in Smoking-Related Cancers

African-Americans typically have worse outcomes from smoking-related cancers than Caucasians, but the reasons for this remain elusive. However, scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have taken a big step toward solving this puzzle.
25-Jul-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Increases Risk for Neurocognitive Problems in Children Born Very Prematurely

A new study has found that children born extremely premature to women who are overweight or obese before the pregnancy are at an increased risk for low scores on tests of intelligence and cognitive processes that influence self-regulation and...
18-Jul-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Large Multi-Ethnic Study Identifies Many New Genetic Markers for Lupus

Scientists from an international consortium have identified a large number of new genetic markers that predispose individuals to lupus.
17-Jul-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A Big Step? Trial Will Test Improvisational Dance as Dementia Therapy

Depending on what generation you belong to, the term “improvisational dance” may conjure up images of beatniks grooving to the beat of bongos in a darkened coffeehouse or the black-clad Dieter gyrating to techno pop in a Sprockets sketch on...
13-Jul-2017 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Make Significant Progress in Engineering Digestive System Tissues

Researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have reached important milestones in their quest to engineer replacement tissue in the lab to treat digestive system conditions – from infants born with too-short bowels to adults with...
29-Jun-2017 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Older Obese Adults Can Benefit From Moderate Exercise

Moderate-intensity exercise can help even extremely obese older adults improve their ability to perform common daily activities and remain independent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
27-Jun-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Head Impact Exposure Increases as Youth Football Players Get Older, Bigger

Youth football players are exposed to more and more forceful head impacts as they move up in age- and weight-based levels of play, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
21-Jun-2017 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Insurance vs. Out-of-Pocket Payment Not a Big Factor in Weight-Loss Outcomes

Individuals whose insurance covered the cost of a comprehensive medical weight-loss program had one-year outcomes very similar to those of patients who paid for the treatment out of pocket, according to an observational study conducted at Wake...
24-May-2017 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Proper Eating Habits Can Help Young Athletes on and Off the Field

How can parents help their student-athletes gain a competitive edge? By boning up on nutrition basics.
8-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT

Flip-Flops Shouldn’t Be Your Sole Choice in Summer Footwear


The simple sandals that produce the unmistakable thwack-thwack sound effect are clearly the warm-weather footwear of choice for many Americans. But they’re simply not a good fit for every activity.
28-Jun-2017 5:00 PM EDT

Hazards of Cigarette Smoking Extend Way Beyond the Lungs

The long list of conditions that smoking can cause, contribute to, increase the risk of or worsen runs from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and stroke to gum disease, arthritis and erectile dysfunction.
13-Jun-2017 5:00 PM EDT

It’s Safe to Go In the Water, Just Don’t Swallow It

There is nothing better on a hot summer day than a refreshing dip in a pool, stream, lake or ocean. However, bacteria and parasites can lurk in all kinds of water and put a real damper on summertime fun unless people practice a few, simple...
30-May-2017 5:05 PM EDT

Kinesio Tape Sticking as a Treatment for Athletes and Others


Kinesio tape first gained widespread public attention when it was spotted on athletes during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but it has been around since the 1970s.
16-May-2017 6:00 PM EDT

Music Has Powerful (and Visible) Effects on the Brain


“Your brain has a reaction when you like or don’t like something, including music," says Jonathan Burdette, M.D.. "We’ve been able to take some baby steps into seeing that, and ‘dislike’ looks different than ‘like’ and much different...
12-Apr-2017 3:00 PM EDT

Two New Devices Enhancing Treatment for Certain Cardiovascular Problems


A miniaturized pacemaker that doesn’t have any wires and a coronary stent that gradually dissolves in the body – both approved by Food and Drug Administration within the past year – are being put to good use by heart and vascular specialists.
1-Mar-2017 6:00 PM EST

MRI-Guided Laser Surgery Proving Effective for Some Epilepsy Patients

The MRI-guided laser ablation method is far less invasive and time-consuming than conventional surgery and has produced good results for people with medial temporal lobe epilepsy.
21-Feb-2017 5:00 PM EST

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