Diet Study - Irritable Bowel - Huge Genetic Finding In Macular Degeneration

Published: Apr. 24, 2007 at 8:34 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2007 at 1:04 AM CDT
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Stephanie Bell Flynt
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Diet Study

Is dieting a waste of time? For the most part, it very well could be. A review of 31 diet studies finds between one to two thirds of dieters gain back the weight they lose. That leads experts to call dieting a temporary fix. They say a permanent lifestyle change may be the only way to keep the weight off for good. The study is published in the journal, American Psychologist. An abstract is not yet published online.

Irritable Bowel

People with irritable bowel disease, a host of ailments that include chron's disease and colitis, may have an increased risk for nerve damage. A study of patients with IBD shows they are four times more likely to develop conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. It's recommended IBD patients mention any new symptoms, like pain or numbness, to their doctor. The research was done by scientists at the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil, and is not yet published.

Huge Genetic Finding In Macular Degeneration

There's a huge breakthrough in vision research. Scientists have figured out the genetics behind macular degeneration. That's a retina problem where people lose central vision. In addition to the genetics, doctors found two other risk factors, smoking and being overweight. Although it will take years, this new information could eventually lead to new ways of treating and preventing macular degeneration.