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Drug offers hope for a brighter start for premature babies

Prematurely born babies score lower on intelligence tests than their healthy, full-term siblings and frequently require special educational services and other assistance. One suspected cause of the problems they face later in life is bleeding into tissues of the brain, which often occurs during premature births. Giving them an anti-inflammatory drug that reduces the bleeding at birth, however, has raised hope that fewer prematurely born children will suffer significant long-term intellectual and emotional problems.

Investigators in a multi-center study directed by Yale pediatric neurologist Laura R. Ment, M.D., administered the non-steroidal drug indomethacin, which is generally used for treating adults with arthritis, to 431 very-low-birth-weight premature babies shortly after birth. In follow-up ultrasound studies, the infants who had been treated with the drug bled less and had less...

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Combination therapy, acupuncture shown effective in curbing cocaine cravings

Many heroin addicts also abuse cocaine and continue taking the drug even after they stop using heroin. Currently available medications that help them stop using heroin do little to reduce their appetite for cocaine. Yale investigators have found that combining a drug used to treat alcoholism with an experimental drug to treat heroin addiction can help users abstain from using cocaine as well. Another study showed...

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New clue to cocaine addiction

“A lot of people try drugs, but only some of them become addicted,” says David Self, M.D., an assistant professor of...

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Stress testing may hold older persons back from healthy exercise

The standard recommendation to get a stress test before starting to exercise may hinder efforts to keep older people...

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When it comes to diet, parents weigh in heavily with their children

A Yale study has found that children’s perceptions of their parents’ attitudes toward eating and weight have a big...

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Screening for alcohol abuse with a few key questions

There are a variety of screening methods available for detecting alcohol problems. According to a review by Yale...

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An odd silver lining in unhappy marriages

“Freud said that ambivalent, conflicted relationships would predispose the survivor to pathological grief,” said Holly...

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