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A hormone is a chemical released by one or more cells that affects cells in other parts of the organism. Only a small amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. It is essentially a chemical messenger that transports a signal from one cell to another.
Psychological techniques help reduce body dissatisfaction in women with bulimia nervosa

Psychological techniques help reduce body dissatisfaction in women with bulimia nervosa

Researchers from the University of Granada have proven that there are two psychological techniques that help reducing body dissatisfaction and its associated symptoms in women with bulimia nervosa, both of them based in the exposure of their bodies in a mirror. [More]
Mood disorder experts question effectiveness of metyrapone drug

Mood disorder experts question effectiveness of metyrapone drug

Pioneering research by mood disorder experts at Newcastle University has questioned the effectiveness of metyrapone, a drug suggested to treat depression. [More]
Traditional acupuncture no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms

Traditional acupuncture no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms

A new study has revealed traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments are no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms. [More]
Low levels of cortisol in bipolar patients associated with depression, obesity and metabolic syndrome

Low levels of cortisol in bipolar patients associated with depression, obesity and metabolic syndrome

New observations show that older bipolar patients often have decreased activity in the hormone system responsible for the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. Low levels of cortisol in bipolar patients were also associated with depression, low quality of life, obesity, dyslipidaemia and metabolic syndrome. [More]
Study findings may help explain why risk of stroke changes after menopause

Study findings may help explain why risk of stroke changes after menopause

Risk of stroke in women may come down to a compound the body produces from estrogen known as 2-methoxyestradiol (2-ME). Furthermore, the compound's therapeutic potential may extend beyond treating stroke in women to healing brain injuries in men, a new study in American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism reports. [More]
Estrogen helps women fight flu virus better than men

Estrogen helps women fight flu virus better than men

Estrogen dramatically reduced the amount of flu virus that replicated in infected cells from women but not from men, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows. [More]
Phthalate DEHP could lead to weight gain

Phthalate DEHP could lead to weight gain

In cooperation with the Integrated Research and Treatment Center Adiposity Diseases at the University of Leipzig and the University Hospital Leipzig, researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research have now published a study in the PLOS ONE journal showing that the phthalate DEHP leads to weight gain and revealed the metabolic processes involved. [More]
Researchers reveal biological connection between obesity and colorectal cancer risk

Researchers reveal biological connection between obesity and colorectal cancer risk

Obesity has long been associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer, but the link has never been understood. Now, a research team led by investigators at Thomas Jefferson University has revealed the biological connection, and in the process, has identified an approved drug that might prevent development of the cancer. [More]
Estrogen may protect women against flu

Estrogen may protect women against flu

The female sex hormone estrogen has anti-viral effects against the influenza A virus, commonly known as the flu, a new study in American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology reports. [More]
Increasing levels of FGF21 hormone protects against loss of immune function in the elderly

Increasing levels of FGF21 hormone protects against loss of immune function in the elderly

A hormone that extends lifespan in mice by 40% is produced by specialized cells in the thymus gland, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. The team also found that increasing the levels of this hormone, called FGF21, protects against the loss of immune function that comes with age. [More]
Finding may aid in the design of potential therapies for thyroid problems

Finding may aid in the design of potential therapies for thyroid problems

Thyroid disease affects about 12 percent of the U.S. population. While many people with thyroid disease don't even know they have it, an overactive or underactive thyroid can cause a slew of problems, including weight gain or loss, mood changes and infertility. In children, an underactive thyroid can be fatal, which is why they are tested for a deficiency at birth. [More]
Having more kids may lead to slower rate of aging

Having more kids may lead to slower rate of aging

A study by Simon Fraser University researchers suggests that the number of children born to a woman influences the rate at which her body ages. [More]
Scientists reveal underlying mechanisms that lead to more difficult-to-treat symptoms of schizophrenia

Scientists reveal underlying mechanisms that lead to more difficult-to-treat symptoms of schizophrenia

Scientists at Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, and the Université Paris Descartes have found that deficits in social memory--a crucial yet poorly understood feature of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia--may be due to a decrease in the number of a particular class of brain cells, called inhibitory neurons, in a little-explored region within the brain's memory center. [More]
Researchers identify mechanism that allows cancer cells to grow rapidly when blood sugar levels rise

Researchers identify mechanism that allows cancer cells to grow rapidly when blood sugar levels rise

Researchers have identified a mechanism that allows cancer cells to respond and grow rapidly when levels of sugar in the blood rise. This may help to explain why people who develop conditions in which they have chronically high sugar levels in their blood, such as obesity, also have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. [More]
Millendo signs license agreement, secures funding to test new drugs for treatment of endocrine disorders

Millendo signs license agreement, secures funding to test new drugs for treatment of endocrine disorders

Millendo Therapeutics, a University of Michigan startup company, announced an exclusive license agreement with AstraZeneca for the worldwide development and commercialization rights to test a new compound, MLE4901, for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. [More]
New phase III trial takes intravaginal DHEA a step closer to approval

New phase III trial takes intravaginal DHEA a step closer to approval

A new phase III trial with positive results is taking intravaginal DHEA a step closer to governmental approval. The formulation could provide women who cannot or do not wish to use intravaginal estrogen with an effective vaginal alternative for easing vaginal symptoms and pain with sex after menopause. [More]
BioTE Medical Combat Trauma Treatment Study shows promising results in veterans with PTSD and TBI

BioTE Medical Combat Trauma Treatment Study shows promising results in veterans with PTSD and TBI

A current BioTE Medical Combat Trauma Treatment Study (in conjunction with the Veterans Advocacy Center (VAC)) is showing promising results in helping veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). [More]
HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

The HealthWell Foundation, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, today announced it has opened a new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). [More]
Microencapsulation method can help overcome challenges in pancreatic islet transplantation

Microencapsulation method can help overcome challenges in pancreatic islet transplantation

A microencapsulation method, developed by OIST researchers, can help to overcome major challenges in pancreatic islet transplantation. [More]
Researchers identify liver-derived hormone that regulates sugar intake

Researchers identify liver-derived hormone that regulates sugar intake

We all love our sugar, especially during the holidays. Cookies, cake, and candy are simply irresistible. While sugar cravings are common, the physiological mechanisms that trigger our "sweet tooth" are not well defined. [More]
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