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Severely Obese Children May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes


More than 3 million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than overweight children, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Landmark NIH Study Shows Intensive Blood Pressure Management May Save Lives

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More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease and lowers risk of death in adults  with high blood pressure, according to the initial results of a landmark clinical trial (SPRINT) funded by the National Institutes of Health. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the national Coordinating Center for the SPRINT trial and also heads one of the five networks conducting the trial.

Common Antidepressant May Change Brain Structures in Depressed and Non-depressed Individuals

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A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in very different ways, according to new research by Carol A. Shively, Ph.D., professor of pathology-comparative medicine.

Study Shows Exercise Does Not Improve Cognition in Elderly


Kaycee M. Sink, M.D., associate professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, evaluated whether a 24-month physical activity program would result in better cognitive function, lower risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia, or both, compared with a health education program. The researchers found that moderate-intensity physical activity did not improve cognition compared with the health education program.  


High iron intake may increase appetite, disease risk

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Using an animal model, Donald A. McClain, Ph.D., director of the Center on Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, and colleagues have found that dietary iron intake, equivalent to heavy red meat consumption, suppresses leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite. The study is published in the Aug. 24 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Telephone-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Rural Older Adults


In a study recently published by JAMA Psychiatry, Gretchen A. Brenes, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, found that telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy was better at reducing worry, generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and depressive symptoms in older adults who live in rural areas.

Last Updated: 05-28-2015
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