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Better Drugs for Diabetes?

New research has found that a crucial signaling pathway, already implicated in the development of cancer, is also linked to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Increased knowledge of the MEK/ERK pathwaycould pave the way for more effective treatment of diabetes.

The study, by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, also shed additional light on how a class of diabetes drugs, known as thiazolidinediones (TZDs), work to improve glucose metabolism.

A Better Global Health Approach

A new and radically different approach is needed to deal with infections on a global basis, an expert says.

“What often seems like an abstract notion becomes very concrete when a deadly virus previously contained in Western Africa infects people on American soil,” said Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor of veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University. “It does create a certain sense of urgency and awareness that this world is much smaller than we think.”

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

No doubt you have heard that consuming alcohol in moderation—one to two drinks per day if you are a man—has been linked to better heart health. But whether an alcoholic beverage is friendly or hostile to your well-being depends on two things: your current health status and how much you drink. A personalized approach is best.

Many Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Emergencies

Patients on dialysis are very vulnerable during emergencies or disasters but many are unprepared for such situations, according to two studies presented at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2014 November 11 to 16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

A release from ASN explains that dialysis patients are highly dependent on technologies to sustain their lives, with ongoing needs for transportation, electricity, and water for the dialysis apparatus. Interruption of these needs by a natural disaster can be devastating.

Surviving the In-Laws at Thanksgiving

By Diane Gottsman

Thanksgiving is approaching, which means family will be coming to visit. While you may be on fabulous terms with your in-laws, finding it difficult to spend extended periods of time together is not uncommon. So, how do you make it through a visit from your in-laws?

Create a flexible itinerary. Offer a few ideas on different activities to consider. Having planned events during their stay allows little time for sitting around. Last minute planning may also make them feel unimportant.

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