Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) April 24, 2012
ScienceIndex.com is a health sciences social network established in 1998 to index the very latest news, headlines, references and resources from science journals, books and websites worldwide. The site covers news in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society. In the field of Health Sciences, the site has now included the two new categories Dermatology and Endocrinology. While the Dermatology category covers the physiology and pathology of the skin, the Endocrinology category covers the glands of internal secretion, the endocrine glands, and the hormones which they synthesize and secrete.
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ScienceIndex.com’s Dermatology category covers the physiology and pathology of the skin. It currently contains 5,423 articles partly derived from over 30 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Dermatology Sciences RSS feed. One of the latest additions presents a survey of dermatological conditions in mountainous north India. Based upon the fact that dermatological conditions account for a substantial proportion of the global burden of disease in low and middle income countries, the authors of this study measured prevalence and treatment of dermatological conditions and associated factors in Uttarakhand to assist development of dermatological care and prevention programs in India. Their results demonstrate a high prevalence of dermatological conditions and a pattern of conditions somewhat distinctive to this mountainous area of North India. Dermatological conditions included atopic dermatitis, scabies, tinea corporis, and pityriasis alba as the most prevalent. Another recently published article in this category assesses the tumor necrosis factor alpha promoter-308G/A polymorphism in Mexican patients with patchy alopecia areata. The authors’ data suggest that there is a plausible association between the presence of the TNF-308G/A polymorphism and a higher susceptibility for developing patchy AA. This risk might be due to overproduction of TNF, which would facilitate an autoimmune response against the hair follicle.
ScienceIndex.com’s Endocrinology category covers the glands of internal secretion, the endocrine glands, and the hormones which they synthesize and secrete. It currently contains 14,625 articles partly derived from 64 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Endocrinology Sciences RSS feed. One recently included article in this category investigates the effects of hyperglycemia on the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide/cGMP signaling in two different endothelial cell cultures, i.e., primary endothelial cells and immortalized endothelial cells. The authors demonstrate that human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and EA.hy 926 cells show increased oxidative stress and impaired NO-cGMP signaling in response to hyperglycemia. The major difference between the two different cell types was the dramatic decrease in viability in HUVEC whereas EA.hy cells showed rather increased growth under hyperglycemic conditions. Another recently published article suggests that frequent insulin dosage adjustments based on glucose readings are sufficient for a safe and effective therapy. Based on a total of 568 recommendations made by an endocrinologist, the authors conclude that glucose readings are sufficient to adjust insulin therapy in a safe and effective manner, when adjustments are made on a weekly basis. Dedicated software may help adjust insulin dosage between clinic visits.
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