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Are you what you sweat?
Spanish researchers have analysed how the sodium lost through sweat during a marathon influences the maintenance of stable and physiologically sound conditions that allow the body to carry out its functions. Excessive electrolyte loss may lead to a medical problem known as hyponatraemia. For years, scientists have emphasised the importance of staying properly hydrated during exercise. Maintaining the body s sodium levels has become a key priority for the s ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
Asthma-free? Maybe Mom experienced a sunny second trimester
LAWRENCE -- The best way to reduce a child s chances of developing asthma might be making sure Mom had enough vitamin D during the second trimester, a new study from the University of Kansas shows. The most cost-effective way to get Mom more vitamin D could be as simple as health recommendations that consider the benefits of soaking up a little more sun, a practical and cost-effective way to get a dose of D. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
Better outreach and employer engagement critical to New Jersey paid family lea...
March 30, 2016 -- New Jersey parents say that inadequate information and outreach, a lack of employer support, and a confusing application process discourage their participation in the state s landmark paid family leave program, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty NCCP at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health. In the absence of federal policy, New Jersey introduced a paid leave insurance program in 200 ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
Classroom program increases school breakfast participation, not obesity
Serving free breakfast in New York City s classrooms has boosted the number of students eating what some consider the most important meal of the day at school, according to research by New York University s Institute for Education and Social Policy and the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The study, published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management , finds that this increase in s ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
Genome-wide association study of cannabis
Cannabis dependence is a serious problem worldwide and it is of growing importance in the United States as marijuana becomes increasingly legal. A new study published online by JAMA Psychiatry examined what specific genetic variants might contribute to cannabis dependence. Joel Gelernter, M.D., of the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., and coauthors conducted a genome-wide association study for DSM-IV cannabis dependence criterion in three independ ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
Research on risky sexual behaviors is lacking
Sexual health research focused on men who have sex with men is lacking, according to health researchers, even in the midst of rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, in this population. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of syphilis cases, 22 percent of gonorrhea cases and two-thirds of HIV diagnoses in the U.S. occur in men who have sex with men. A recent study identifies mult ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
When women feel their partner demands perfection, sex life suffers
Women who perceive that their sexual partner is imposing perfectionist standards on them may suffer sexual dysfunction as a result, psychologists at the University of Kent have found. In the first in-depth study of how different types of sexual perfectionism affect women over a period of time, researchers also found that partner-prescribed sexual perfectionism contributed to negative self-image. Perfectionism is defined as a striving for flawlessness and t ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 30
Not All Mind Wandering Is Created Equal
Mind wandering sometimes seen as daydreaming or zoning out has been shown to facilitate creative thinking and problem solving, but in the wrong context it can become distracting or even dangerous. Inattentive students can get behind in class, and drivers who aren t paying attention to the road are far more likely to end up in accidents. And for some professions, like surgeons or air traffic controllers, zoning out on the job can lead to disaster. Most rese ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Mar 30
Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic
The Obama administration announced Tuesday additional measures in its 1.1 billion funding request to expand medication-based treatment for Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. President Barack Obama is scheduled to propose the measures at the National Rx Drug Abuse amp Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The White House said the increased initiative could offer hope to tens of thousands of Americans addicted to prescription painkillers, such as ...
Healthday - Tue. Mar 29
How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem
Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don t receive treatment until years later, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent psychiatrist and Transitional Living Service chief at ...
Healthday - Tue. Mar 29
To keep or not to keep a hookworm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Researchers in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside have identified an immune protein in mice that is quickly triggered in the body following infection and serves to protect the body s tissues. Called RELMalpha, this protein, whose homologue in humans is called resistin, is responsible more for protecting the body than attacking the parasite. As mammals, we have an immune system to fight pathogens that attac ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 29
Determining the Value of Food: Do We Have It Wrong? Part 1
What is and wherein, lies the value of food Many would answer that the value of food is defined solely by the nutritional sustenance that it provides. The worth of a particular comestible being nothing more than the aggregate of the various proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and other necessities required to keep the human machine comfortably cruising along at the frenetic pace that is our modern society. In the current scientific and medica ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Mar 29
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