(CNN) July 22, 2014 -- After analyzing the DNA of 150,000 people, scientists say they can pinpoint the genetic roots of schizophrenia.In the largest study of its kind, a consortium of researchers from around the world linked the mental illness to 108 spots on people's DNA. Previously, scientists had only discovered 30 such locations. The study was published Monday in the journal Nature.Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease that makes it difficult to separate reality from fantasy. Symptoms such as hearing voices and having delusions can begin as early as the teen years. However, schizophrenia is usually diagnosed in those over age 45...READ MORE


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(WebMD) July 17, 2014 -- Do you really need to check your cholesterol levels on an empty stomach? New research suggests checking your cholesterol even if you’ve eaten gives you similar information. 

Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey III (NHANES III), Bethany Doran, MD, of the NYU School of Medicine, and her colleagues found that higher LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) were linked to a higher risk of death. And it didn’t matter if the test was taken after fasting overnight or after eating...READ MORE


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(NYT) July 16, 2014 -- Recent studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine are adding to concerns about the safety and effectiveness of niacin, a popular drug for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The studies reveal that although this B vitamin can reduce triglyceride levels, raise “good” cholesterol levels (HDL) and reduce “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL), it does not produce the benefits that patients and their doctors might expect. And the studies are revealing serious harms. Here are three things you need to know about niacin...READ MORE


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(MAYO) July 10, 2014 -- The future of health care is moving towards providing safe, quality care via telemedicine; however, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules inhibit the delivery of medical services through telemedicine. Patients should not have to take a road trip to access Mayo Clinic’s medical expertise and knowledge. “Cross-border licensure is a strategic imperative as we move forward in this brave new world,” said Kathleen Harrington, chair of government relations at Mayo...READ MORE