Imperial Valley News Center
Atlanta, Georgia - A new study suggests that current estimates significantly underestimate the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking. The Surgeon General estimates that each year, smoking kills about 480,000 Americans. The study, led by American Cancer Society researchers, suggests that cigarette smoking may kill tens of thousands more from diseases that are not currently counted as caused by smoking.
Imperial, California - The American Diabetes Association is excited to announce its new relationship with Alpha Gamma Delta, an international women’s fraternity founded in 1904, in order to help educate and raise awareness of diabetes through their collegiate and alumnae membership.
Washington, DC - A nationally representative survey shows that natural product use in the United States has shifted since 2007, with some products becoming more popular and some falling out of favor. Overall, natural products (dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals) remain the most common complementary health approach.
Washington, DC - With proposals ranging from innovative therapies to the development of unique organoid models of the brain, five scientists have been selected to receive the 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The five scientists will each receive $500,000 per year for five years to support their research. NIDA's annual Avant-Garde Award competition, now in its eighth year, is intended to stimulate high-impact research that may lead to groundbreaking opportunities for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in drug users.
Dallas, Texas - UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a common signaling mechanism to produce interferons - a family of proteins used to signal the immune system when the body needs to defend itself against a virus, tumor, or other diseases.
Imperial, California - Possibly. Doctors use the term "pica" to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value - such as ice, clay, soil or paper. Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia.