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Expedition Reveals Effects of Altitude on Blood Pressure

August 27, 2014 2:00 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

An expedition to Mount Everest by Italian researchers has shown for the first time that blood pressure monitored over a 24-hour period rises progressively as people climb to higher altitudes. The researchers also found that a drug used for lowering blood pressure, called telmisartan, was effective in counteracting the effects of altitude up to 3,400 meters.

FDA Wants Comments of 'Safer' Tobacco

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's...

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Heightens Later Obesity Risk

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research | News | Comments

A study examining body mass index in a large clinical sample of children with Fetal Alcohol...

Collaborative Care Improves Depression in Teens

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

Among adolescents with depression seen in primary care, a collaborative care intervention that...

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Wii Balance Boards May Help MS Patients

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis reduce their risk of accidental falls. MRI scans showed that use of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system appears to induce favorable changes in brain connections associated with balance and movement.

UN Urges Crackdown on e-Cigs

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Hielprin | News | Comments

Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes— banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors— until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said today.

Medical Marijuana Linked to Lower Rx Overdose Deaths

August 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests.

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Cancer is Number One Killer in Some Countries

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Ivy Shiue | News | Comments

A study suggests that, although cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes twice as many deaths as cancer in some countries, in 10– Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, San Marino and Israel– cancer has now overtaken it as the leading cause of death in men. Denmark has also become the first country where cancer has overtaken CVD as the leading cause of death in women.

Pediatricians Call for Later School Start Time

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Pediatricians have a prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems.

Thailand's Farmers Turn to Edible Bugs

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Denis Gray | News | Comments

Farmers in Thailand are turning to the profitable crisp and crunchy critters in their backyards, satisfying a big domestic appetite for edible insects.

AHA: e-Cigs May Aid Quitting

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

The American Heart Association issued new policy recommendations today on the use of e-cigarettes and their impact on tobacco-control efforts. Based on the current evidence, the association's position is that e-cigarettes that contain nicotine are tobacco products and should be subject to all laws that apply to these products.

Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big— in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

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Citizen Scientists Save Lives

August 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of East Anglia | News | Comments

Citizen scientists are saving the lives of people living in the shadow of deadly volcanoes, according to new research. A report reveals the success of a volunteer group set up to safeguard communities around the “Throat of Fire” Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Many Considerations Needed for Water Conservation Strategy

August 22, 2014 7:00 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new health impact assessment provides short- and long-term recommendations for urban water conservation that save water while also protecting and promoting public health.

Coffee May Fight Gum Disease

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Boston Univ. | News | Comments

Coffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants fight gum disease. Researchers in dental medicine have found that coffee consumption does not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and may have protective effects against periodontal disease.

U.S. Aid Workers Released as Liberia Seals Slum

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Jonathan Paye-Layleh | News | Comments

After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials have said.

Sleeplessness Increases Obesity Risk

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia Univ. | News | Comments

Nearly one-fifth of 16-year-olds surveyed reported getting less than six hours of sleep. This group was 20 percent more likely to be obese by age 21, compared to their peers who got more than eight hours of sleep.

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Breastfeeding May Lower Risk of Postnatal Depression

August 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not.

Almost Half of All Languages May Be Endangered

August 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Joel Shurkin | News | Comments

There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world, and 95 percent of the world’s population speak 300 of them. Half the world speaks the largest 16. According to the Endangered Languages Project, some 40 percent of the world's languages are threatened.

Neuroscience Tools Explore Connections Between Consumers, Media

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: the neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, research has been using neuroscience technologies that gauge subconscious emotions by monitoring brain and body activity to show just how powerfully we also connect to media and marketing communications.

Alzheimer's May Not Impact Quality of Life

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by ScienceNetwork WA | News | Comments

An 18-month longitudinal study is the first to investigate associations between quality of life and cognitive functions for people with Alzheimer’s, as reported by patients and caregivers. Surprisingly, researchers found that 26 of 47 participants with the disease showed stable or increased quality of life despite deterioration in their conditions.

Immune System Dazed, Confused During Spaceflight

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

Researchers have a good idea what causes immune system changes on Earth— things like stress, inadequate sleep and improper nutrition. New research suggests that spaceflight may temporarily alter the immune system of crew members flying long-duration missions aboard the ISS.

Sports Drinks Cause Weight Gain for Average People

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Patricia Waldron | News | Comments

Elite athletes down sports drink to help them reach new heights of performance. But for the average young person, these "health drinks" may cause them to reach new highs— on the bathroom scale.

U.S. Coal in Asia Could Slash Emissions

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Duke Univ. | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the U.S. Despite the large amount of emissions produced by shipping the coal, total emissions would drop because of the superior energy efficiency of South Korea’s newer coal-fired power plants.

Hatha Yoga Boosts Brain Function in Older Adults

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults’ performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, researchers report. The findings involved 108 adults between the ages of 55 and 79 years of age, 61 of whom attended hatha yoga classes. The others met for the same number and length of sessions and engaged in stretching and toning exercises instead of yoga.

UN Wants Exit Screening for Ebola at Airports

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Heilprin | News | Comments

Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency has said. The agency didn't spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leona and a small number of people in Nigeria.

McDonald's Takes Aim at Junk Food Image

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Candice Choi | News | Comments

At a time when Americans are playing closer attention to what they eat, McDonald’s is trying to sway public opinion by reaching out to reporters, bloggers and other so-called "influencers" who write and speak about the restaurant.

U.S. Wants Cars to Talk to Each Other

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

The Obama administration has said it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

GM Paranoia Hinders China's Ability to Feed Itself

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Cong Cao | News | Comments

One of China’s major genetically modified food projects is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried. The expiry on August 17 of the biosafety certificates issued to strains of GM rice signals a major blow to the fight to establish GM food in China.

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