July 23rd, 2010
06:41 PM ET

New therapies slow vision loss in diabetics

Researchers have found two new treatments that could slow the progression of vision loss in high-risk adults with type 2 diabetes. The vision loss, called diabetic retinopathy, is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina. In diabetics with retinopathy, the blood vessels can leak and causing the retina to swell. Abnormal new blood vessels can also develop which causes vision loss.
In the largest study of its kind to date, trial investigators followed 2,865 type 2 diabetics. Just under 50 percent of patients had mild retinopathy at the start of the trial. Over a four-year period, researchers took retinal photographs that recorded any changes in the blood vessels and the progression of retinopathy.


July 23rd, 2010
04:53 PM ET

Actress reveals pain of postpartum depression

In the current issue of her personal newsletter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow describes  "one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life," a period of post-partum depression.

She writes in Goop that instead of the same “euphoria” she felt after the birth of her first child, for "five months I had, what I can see in hindsight as postnatal depression" after giving birth to her son, Moses, in 2006.

The newsletter also has a post from "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" star Bryce Dallas Howard, whose  severe postpartum depression was disagnosed after she gave birth to her first child at the age of 25.

Read more on the Marquee blog.

Filed under: Depression • Pregnancy

July 23rd, 2010
04:31 PM ET

Gulf residents report anxiety, sleeplessness

Nearly 60 percent of coastal Louisiana residents in a phone survey indicated that they were constantly worried about the Gulf Coast oil disaster.

More than eight out of 10 respondents reported worrying about their family, friends and community's survival to the complications caused by the environmental disaster, according to sociology researchers from Louisiana State University. FULL POST

July 23rd, 2010
04:05 PM ET

Lautenberg bill aims to boost dispersant safety

More  information is needed to determine the safety of the chemicals being used to help contain spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, says Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey. He announced plans at a recent hearing  to introduce a bill to ensure longer-term testing of the chemicals, known as dispersants.

The bill, expected to be introduced early next week, would require dispersants to be tested for health effects under a variety of conditions, ban the use of non-approved dispersants and require chemical ingredients in dispersants to be made public.


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