George W Citroner

Copy Editor, Copywriter, Technical Writer, Writer

Medical Copywriter & Journalist

I write breaking news and features for Medscape/WebMD and Healthline. I also write and edit fitness articles for Livestrong and provide copywriting for various medical and health brands.
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medscape.com
Unique Brain Pattern May Predict Schizophrenia Conversion

A unique brain marker on fMRI may be associated with an increased likelihood of developing schizophrenia later in life. The findings may facilitate much earlier diagnosis of the disorder. The study of more than 200 participants in China showed a threefold psychosis conversion rate for those who were deemed at clinically high risk (CHR) for schizophrenia and who displayed abnormal modular organization on baseline brain imaging.

November, 16 2018
healthline.com
Article
Why Diabetes Increases the Risk of Heart Disease

A campaign has been launched to educate people with type 2 diabetes about heart disease and what they can do to reduce their risk.

November, 14 2018
healthline.com
This Smartphone App Could Save Your Life If You’re Having a Heart Attack

“This app can speed a patient’s decision to seek care, enabling doctors to act immediately. Reducing the delay to treatment by even an average of an hour could cut the mortality rate in half,” Dr. J. Brent Muhlestein, lead investigator of the study and a cardiovascular researcher at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, told Healthline.

November, 11 2018
healthline.com
Article
Does a Common Heart Medication Raise Your Risk for Lung Cancer?

Researchers say ACE inhibitors can increase your lung cancer risk, but other experts say the benefits outweigh the risks.

November, 6 2018
medscape.com
Article
CSF Testing May Rapidly Identify Cause of Neurologic Symptoms

Testing cytokine levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may rapidly differentiate brain infections from other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, new research suggests.

November, 2 2018
medscape.com
Article
Grief Tied to Death

The death of a loved one is a tragic and ultimately unavoidable experience that we all eventually face. Stories of spouses dying within days or even hours of each other are not uncommon. A recent study may explain why.

October, 29 2018
healthline.com
Article
Cannabis Oil May Reduce Symptoms for People with Crohn’s Disease
October, 24 2018
medscape.com
Article
Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Linked to ADHD in Kids

Prenatal exposure to higher levels of fluoride not only impairs cognitive development but also significantly increases the incidence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, new research shows.

October, 10 2018
medscape.com
Article
Bariatric Surgery for Prepregnancy Weight Loss: A Safe Approach?

Obesity is harmful to everyone's health. But obesity during pregnancy places not only the mother at risk, but also the most vulnerable of all at risk—the fetus and newborn. Recent research finds that a common weight-loss surgery can significantly reduce the risk for birth complications

October, 17 2018
healthline.com
Article
Early PSA Test for Prostate Cancer Recommended for African-American Men
October, 15 2018
healthline.com
Article
The FDA Has Approved 3 Migraine Drugs... What You Should Know About Them
October, 8 2018
medscape.com
Article
Exercise and Risk for Early Menopause: The Final Word?
October, 2 2018
healthline.com
Article
Artificial Intelligence Can Help Doctors Diagnose Heart Defects in Infants
October, 1 2018
medscape.com
Article
Transgender Teens at Significant Risk for Suicide

Transgender male adolescents attempt suicide at a significantly higher rate than other transgender groups or teens whose gender identity matches their birth sex, a new study reports. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 19 years.

September, 28 2018
healthline.com
Article
What the Latest Drug to Prevent Migraine Headaches Can Do
September, 24 2018
healthline.com
Article
Forget the Bathroom... This Is the Place at the Airport with the Most Germs

The researchers found that while at least one respiratory virus was present on 10 percent of everything swabbed, the microbes that could make you sick were particularly common on items such as plastic security bins, card readers in shops, passport checking counters, staircase rails, and children’s play areas.

September, 12 2018
medscape.com
Article
Childhood 'Bridge Symptoms' May Predict Adult Depression

For the first time, researchers have identified "bridge symptoms" in childhood that could be central indicators of anxiety or depressive disorders in later life. In the population-based study, investigators examined the network structure of emotional and behavioral symptoms among elementary school-aged girls in Quebec, Canada. They discovered that bridge symptoms, such as irritability and rejection, were associated with the development of anxiety disorders or major depression in early adulthood.

August, 15 2018
healthline.com
Article
Too Much ‘Good’ Cholesterol Can Cause Health Problems

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine in Georgia studied almost 6,000 people to discover the effect of cholesterol levels on the risk of heart attack and death.

September, 5 2018
healthline.com
Article
Can a Baby Poop ‘Cocktail’ Really Improve Your Gut Health?

Researchers say a probiotic cocktail made from infant feces shows promise in increasing production of short-chain fatty acids in the digestive system.

August, 29 2018
healthline.com
Article
IBD Symptoms May Be Eased by Substance Found in Marijuana

Researchers say a compound in cannabis may in essence “turn off” inflammation in the gut and help with inflammatory bowel disease. There may be a substance in marijuana that can “turn off” gut inflammation. And, if true, that could offer relief for millions of people experiencing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Bath in England performed experiments on mice and human cells. They said they discovered that chemicals in cannabis, called cannabinoids, mimic a compound our bodies naturally produce to regulate gut inflammation. This process, they said, could be used to create more effective treatments for IBD, a chronic and painful illness.

August, 21 2018
medscape.com
Article
New AI Platform Diagnoses Brain Disease in Seconds

An artificial intelligence (AI) platform accurately identifies acute neurologic events, such as stroke, from CT scans in as little as 1.2 seconds, new research suggests. If the findings are confirmed, this technology would radically speed the triage process by immediately alerting physicians to critical findings that may otherwise have remained in a queue from minutes to hours.

August, 13 2018
healthline.com
Article
Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks Might Be Safer Than a C-Section… Here’s Why

According to a new study, inducing labor at 39 weeks can significantly reduce the chances of a woman needing a cesarean (C-section) birth. The research from Northwestern University was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The study authors said that inducing labor at 39 weeks for first-time mothers can significantly reduce the odds of undergoing this invasive surgery.

August, 13 2018
healthline.com
Article
Kidney Dialysis Can Raise Risk of Dementia in Older Adults

I spoke with Mara McAdams DeMarco, PhD, lead study author and assistant professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University about her new study for Healthline.

August, 9 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Children Exposed to Drugs, Violence Experience Higher Incidence of HIV as Adults

Evidence suggests that exposure to certain types of mental and physical stress in adolescence may make it more likely that as adults they will practice behaviors that increase the risk of HIV infection. A longitudinal study conducted by the over 18 years, from Sept. 1994–May 2013, studied the effects exposure to illicit drug use, and violence had on adolescents in later adulthood.

January, 3 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Future of FMT May Depend on New AGA Registry

The first participant has been enrolled in the American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) study, planned to be the largest of its kind.

January, 18 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Possible Obstacle to HIV 'Kick and Kill' Method Found

A new study conducted by George Washington University researchers found that latent HIV reservoirs are resistant to CD8+ T-cells, the white blood cells which eliminate infected cells. Current anti-HIV treatments are very effective at making HIV undetectable, allowing people living with the virus to live longer and healthier lives. These treatments use a class of medications to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART), which also dramatically reduces the possibility of person to person transmission.

January, 26 2018
healthline.com
Article
Why Millennials Are Losing Their Hair Earlier

Stress, diet, and even hair treatments are among the possible reasons younger generations are noticing hair loss at an earlier age. Have you noticed that younger people seem to be losing their hair a lot sooner? It may not be your imagination. New research found that people in China in their 20s are going bald sooner than any generation before them.

January, 21 2018
healthline.com
Article
The Discrimination LGBTQ People Still Face from Healthcare Providers

People with certain sexual orientations say healthcare providers can be reluctant to treat them, and health insurers discriminate against them in their policies. When it comes to accessing quality healthcare in the United States, people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community may still be experiencing discrimination due to their sexual identity or HIV status.

February, 21 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Anticholinergic Practice May Not Affect Tardive Dyskinesia

A systematic analysis of 712 references from the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group's Study-Based Register of Trials investigated the use or withdrawal of anticholinergic drugs in patients experiencing antipsychotic-induced tardive dyskinesia (TD). Guy Schwartz, MD, neurologist, assistant professor and director of the Movement Disorders Section in the Department of Neurology at Stony Brook Medicine, explained the significance of these findings to MD Magazine.

February, 16 2018
mdmag.com
Article
How Can Baby Boomers Become More HCV Aware?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C (HCV) than other adults. Through IV drug abuse and unprotected sex, baby boomers have reported such high HCV rates, Gavin Cloherty, PhD, director of Infectious Disease Research for Abbott’s diagnostics business told MD Magazine.

February, 14 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Channel Blockers Show Promise of New HCV Treatment

Recently-published research has reported exploitable weakness in virus replication that could result in new broad-spectrum antivirals. The antivirals have the potential to revolutionize how infectious diseases like HCV are treated.

February, 3 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Weak Evidence for Vitamin E as Tardive Dyskinesia Treatment

A review of studies investigating the efficacy of vitamin E as a treatment for tardive dyskinesia (TD) has found weak evidence that it may improve the symptoms of TD. According to the lead study author, Hanna Bergman, PhD, the primary objective of this review was to determine if vitamin E provides a clinically significant improvement in people with schizophrenia or other chronic mental illness, who developed TD from taking antipsychotic medications.

February, 13 2018
mdmag.com
Article
HIV Testing Not a Big Concern for Millennials
mdmag.com
Article
New Multi-Drug Resistant Infection Guidelines Released

New expert guidance released January 11 by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) advises hospitals how to determine when they can most safely discontinue contact precautions (CP) for patients experiencing multi-drug resistant infections like Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

January, 25 2018
mdmag.com
Article
DAAs Make Possible Transplant of HCV Positive Organs

More than 100,000 Americans are on the organ donor list, and the vast majority need kidneys. Around 17,000 Americans actually receive a kidney transplant every year, while almost 5,000 die waiting. New research has reported that new DAA drugs may hold the key to making many more organs available to waiting patients.

February, 9 2018
mdmag.com
Article
Effectiveness of Fidaxomicin Versus Vancomycin for Clostridium Difficile Treatment

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is presently one of the largest drug-resistant threats to our population according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the severity and incidence have risen significantly in recent years.

January, 5 2018
healthline.com
Article
Researchers Look at CAR-T Treatments for HIV

In a new study, the treatment that has shown promise in fighting cancer also was effective in battling the virus that causes AIDS. A new treatment that has shown promise in defeating cancer might eventually also be effective in battling the virus that causes AIDS.

January, 10 2018
eatg.org
Interview
How can baby boomers become more HCV aware?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C (HCV) than other adults. Through IV drug abuse and unprotected sex, baby boomers have reported such high HCV rates, Gavin Cloherty, PhD, director of Infectious Disease Research for Abbott’s diagnostics business told MD Magazine.

February, 14 2018
specialtypharmacytimes.com
Article
Latent Viral Reservoirs Create Hurdle to HIV Cure

A new study conducted by George Washington University researchers found that latent HIV reservoirs are resistant to CD8+ T-cells, the white blood cells which eliminate infected cells. Current anti-HIV treatments are very effective at making HIV undetectable, allowing people living with the virus to live longer and healthier lives. These treatments use a class of medications to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART), which also dramatically reduces the possibility of person to person transmission.

January, 26 2018
healthline.com
Article
Drinking Too Much Alcohol May Increase Dementia Risk

Researchers say drinking is the number one preventable risk for dementia. However, there’s conflicting research on how much alcohol is too much. Alcohol and dementia may have a stronger connection than previously thought. The majority of early onset dementia cases are associated with alcohol use disorders or are alcohol-related, according to research recently published in The Lancet Public Health.

March, 1 2018
healthline.com
Interview
Why Are Drug-Resistant HIV Strains Becoming More Prevalent?
March, 22 2018
healthline.com
Article
Brain Stimulation May Help Stutterers, Students, and Athletes

Recent research indicates that sending a mild shock to the brain can help with speech problems and performance levels. However, experts say don’t try this at home. Sending a mild shock to the brain may help resolve speech problems. It may also offer an innovative way to improve learning and performance levels.

April, 5 2018
healthline.com
Article
Menopause Treatment: New Therapy On The Way

Researchers say a new type of drug that blocks a receptor in the brain could provide relief for women going through menopause. There’s good news for women going through menopause, if you can wait three years or so.

April, 9 2018
healthline.com
Article
What’s the Best Way to Talk to a Teen About Sexual Identity?
April, 19 2018
livestrong.com
Article
Zumba Tips for People With Bad Knees
December, 5 2017
healthline.com
Interview
This Is Not a Drill... Researchers Using Proteins to Treat Cavities
April, 23 2018
healthline.com
Interview
New At-Home Treatment for IBS Focuses on Mind Over Body
April, 26 2018
healthline.com
Article
Could a Lung Cancer Drug Point to a Cure for HIV?
March, 12 2018
healthline.com
Article
Long-Term Use of Tylenol During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Autism, ADHD

Researchers say pregnant women who use acetaminophen products for four weeks or more can increase their unborn child’s risk of autism and ADHD. Acetaminophen is one of the most common treatments used by pregnant women for pain and fever.

May, 7 2018
healthline.com
Article
Simple Act of Walking Can Boost Chances of Certain Women to Get Pregnant

Researchers say physical activity in general doesn’t help fertility, but they believe walking may help obese women in particular to become pregnant. Research indicates there is no relationship between most kinds of physical activity and the likelihood of a woman getting pregnant. However, for women who have experienced one or more miscarriages, researchers in a new study say walking may actually help.

May, 15 2018
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