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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.

Exercise as Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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In the study reported at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Laura Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, found that a potent lifestyle intervention such as aerobic exercise can impact Alzheimer’s-related changes in the brain.

Clinical Trial Helps Patients Who Suffer from Rare Skin Disorder that Limits Time Outdoors


Herbert Bonkovsky, M.D., professor of gastroenterology, was a contributing author on a study recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine that showed how a melanin-producing synthetic hormone could significantly increase pain-free exposure in people with a rare genetic disorder resulting in excruciating pain within minutes of sun exposure.

Are Sugar and Honey Just As Bad For You As High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

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Some experts contend that consuming any form of added sugar, be it table sugar, all-natural honey or high-fructose corn syrup, is equally damaging to your health. But according to Kylie Kavanagh, D.V.M., assistant professor of pathology and comparative medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, not all calories are created equal.

  • Read more about the debate in a HealthDay article that was picked up by several outlets including CBSNews.com and Health.com.
  • View Dr. Kavanagh’s research on the damaging health effects of dietary fructose.
  • Learn more about Comparative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist

Scientists Advance Efforts to Build Replacement Kidneys in the Lab


 Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are working to make use of the more than 2,600 kidneys that are donated each year that must be discarded due to abnormalities and other factors. The scientists aim to “recycle” these organs to engineer tailor-made replacement kidneys for patients.



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