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Research sheds new light on whether we are all getting fatter
A study of trends in Body Mass Index BMI since 1992 for England has found that whilst BMI is rising across both sexes and within all social groups, there have been larger increases in those who already have the highest BMIs. Researchers from the University of Liverpool s Department of Geography analysed data from the Health Survey for England, an annual health survey that captures health information including height and weight measurements for adults aged ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
Virginia Tech researchers suggest gene drive strategy to combat harmful virus ...
With the outbreak of viruses like Zika, chikungunya, and dengue on the rise, public health officials are desperate to stop transmission. Virginia Tech experts explore one way -- through the genetic engineering of mosquitoes to maleness -- in the Feb. 17 issue of the journal Trends in Parasitology . In the paper, the researchers discuss how recent breakthroughs in CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology coupled with their discovery last year of a male sex deter ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
Study finds stigma regarding weight loss may be overblown
A qualitative study from North Carolina State University finds that most people who have lost a lot of weight don t perceive themselves as being judged because they used to be overweight or obese - which contradicts earlier research that people were still stigmatized even after reaching a healthy weight. Previous research found that people judge thin individuals more harshly if they know that those individuals used to be overweight - for example, judging t ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
A new molecular alarm clock in vertebrates
Dozens of chemical interactions in the vertebrate brain go into maintaining a natural sleep schedule, and scientists have recently found one more player on the field a neurochemical called neuromedin U, or Nmu. The protein, which was analyzed in zebrafish but is also found in humans, acts to stimulate wakefulness, particularly in the morning. The study appears Feb. 17, 2016 in Neuron . We found a gene that s involved in promoting wakefulness and suppressin ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
Study of firefighters finds potential pathway between insomnia and depression
DARIEN, IL - A new study of firefighters suggests that insomnia and nightmares may increase the risk of depression by impairing the ability to access and leverage emotion regulation strategies effectively. Results show that a high percentage of participants reported clinically significant insomnia symptoms 52.7 percent , depression symptoms 39.6 percent and nightmare problems 19.2 percent . Further analyses revealed that the indirect effects of overall emo ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
Marijuana smokers 5 times more likely to develop an alcohol problem
February 17, 2016 -- Adults who use marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder AUD --alcohol abuse or dependence-- compared with adults who do not use the drug. And adults who already have an alcohol use disorder and use marijuana are more likely to see the problem persist. Results of a study by researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in the journal ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
New guide from AGS, NHTSA a green light to promoting safe driving for older ad...
A newly updated guide from the American Geriatrics Society AGS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA is putting healthcare professionals on the road to success for assessing and counseling older drivers. With older adults accounting for 10 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes annually and 17 percent of annual traffic fatalities, the Clinician s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers 3rd Edition translates researc ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 16
All sugars are not alike: Isomaltulose better than table sugar for type 2 diab...
Potsdam-Rehbruecke - Like sucrose table sugar , the natural disaccharide isomaltulose PalatinoseTM consists of glucose and fructose, but it is apparently more suitable for people with type 2 diabetes with regard to regulating blood glucose levels. This has now been confirmed in a new study carried out by the German Institute of Human Nutrition DIfE , a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research DZD . The study showed for the first time on subjects ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 16
To encourage exercise, losing a financial reward is more effective than gainin...
PHILADELPHIA - Financial incentives aimed at increasing physical activity were most effective when the rewards were put at risk of being lost, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, which tested the effectiveness of three methods of financial incentives to increase physical activity among overweight and obese adults, shows that depending on how they are framed, incentives of equal amount ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 16
New survey shows strong public support for medical research in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, La.--Feb. 16, 2016-- Louisiana s status as a leader in medical and health research is important to a strong majority of residents 89 , according to a state-based public opinion survey commissioned by Research America. Sixty-nine percent of respondents agree that Louisiana state funds should be used to support scientific research at public universities, and 75 say spending money on medical research is important to Louisiana s economy in terms o ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 16
Push the tobacco industry to change through economic incentives, researchers say
Public health measures to reduce smoking would have more success if policy makers intervened to curb the vast profitability of the tobacco industry, say University researchers. The lucrative nature of the cigarette market, dominated by a small number of large shareholder-owned companies, results in a vigorous fight against any new public health measures that may disrupt their profit-making. The researchers from the University of Bath and University of Otta ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 16
Care, disease management and sociobehavioral interventions in China and Austra...
A Sino-Australian forum is the theme of the new issue of Family Medicine and Community Health FMCH , an international medical journal with editorial offices in China and the U.S. The Winter 2015 issue includes three original research articles, one systematic review on models of oral healthcare, three commentaries and two papers focusing specifically on health care in China. Authors from China contributing to this issue come from the University of Chinese M ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 16
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