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High Temperatures Raise the Risk of Aggression in Dogs
It was an unusually hot day and I was feeling uncomfortably warm. I rang the bell and as the door opened I could see the form of my colleague standing next to a large German Shepherd. The tall man said hello and motioned me into the house, which like most homes in my region, had no air conditioning. As I entered I bent down to offer a greeting to the dog, however instead of approaching he gave me a hard stare, his ears slid down a bit, and the skin on the ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Jun 27
Why We Think We Are Invincible
Last week Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old college student who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea died shortly after returning to the U.S. Warmbier had served more than 17 months for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. He had already been in a coma for more than a year at the time of his return and suffered extensive brain damage , which North Korean officials claim was caused by botulism and a sleeping pill. What happen ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Jun 27
Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients
If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report. Adults who suffered from persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease and almost three times more likely to die from any cause compared to stress-free folks, New Zealand researchers found. The cumulative burden of psychological stress increases the mortality risk in patients with heart dise ...
Healthday - Tue. Jun 27
Yoga more risky for causing musculoskeletal pain than you might think
Yoga causes musculoskeletal pain in 10 per cent of people and exacerbates 21 per cent of existing injuries, University of Sydney research shows. Published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies , the findings come from the first prospective study to investigate injuries caused from recreational participation in yoga. Yoga is an increasingly popular complementary or alternative therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, with millions of people practi ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Transcranial stimulation and/or physical therapy improves walking speed in Par...
June 27, 2017 - Noninvasive brain stimulation and physical therapy--alone or in combination--improve some measures of walking ability in patients with Parkinson s disease PD , concludes a clinical trial in the American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation , the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Transcranial direct current stimulation and physical therapy could be used alone or ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Older adults who take 5+ medications walk slower than those who take fewer med...
Polypharmacy is the term used when someone takes many usually five or more different medications. Experts suggest that, for most older adults, taking that many medications may not be medically necessary. Taking multiple medications also can be linked to problems such as falls, frailty, disability, and even death. Polypharmacy also is a problem for older adults due to side effects or interactions resulting from the use of different medications. Older adults ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease
Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. The study used CRISPR Cas9 gene-editing technology to insert and spread genes designed to suppress wild insects, while at the same time avoiding the resistance to these efforts that evolution would typically favor. The proof-of-concept study was demonstrated in fruit flies but ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Are activity monitors fit for exercise research? Getting there, but further st...
June 26, 2017 - Activity monitors or fitness trackers are fun and informative gadgets to help track daily physical activity. But as a source of objective data for research on the health benefits of exercise, they re not yet fully up to speed, reports a paper in Progress in Preventive Medicine , the official journal of the European Society of Preventive Medicine . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Advances in the development of objective monitori ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Endocrine Society issues Scientific Statement on obesity's causes
WASHINGTON--A new Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society calls for more research aimed specifically at understanding the underlying mechanisms that make it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss. Despite decades of research and billions of dollars spent each year on treatment, understanding of the underlying causes of obesity remains limited. One in three American adults is affected by obesity, and it costs an estimated 147 billion a yea ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Community-wide effort to fight childhood obesity shows promise
Boston, MA - A large-scale effort to reduce childhood obesity in two low-income Massachusetts communities resulted in some modest improvements among schoolchildren over a relatively short period of time, suggesting that such a comprehensive approach holds promise for the future, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, along with two others evaluating Massachusetts efforts to reduce childhood obesity, will be publ ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Comprehensive program improves measures of childhood obesity at community heal...
BOSTON - A comprehensive program to reduce or prevent childhood obesity in low-income communities led to significant improvements in obesity-related measures among children cared for at a Massachusetts community health center. The report of a study led by a MassGeneral Hospital for Children physician is one of three in the July issue of Obesity describing implementation of the Mass. Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration MA-CORD at community health cente ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Study: Lack of sleep + spat with spouse = potential health problems
A lack of sleep doesn t just leave you cranky and spoiling for a fight. Researchers at The Ohio State University Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research say it also puts you at risk for stress-related inflammation. This type of inflammation is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and other diseases. We know sleep problems are also linked with inflammation and many of the same chronic illnesses. So we were interested ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
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