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Vitamin D levels linked to weight-loss surgery outcomes
Low levels of vitamin D have long been identified as an unwanted hallmark of weight loss surgery, but now findings of a new Johns Hopkins study of more than 930,000 patient records add to evidence that seasonal sun exposure -- a key factor in the body s natural ability to make the sunshine vitamin -- plays a substantial role in how well people do after such operations. Results of the study, published online Dec. 14 in the journal Obesity Science Practice , ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Weight-loss programs tailored to a person's genome may be coming soon
Some health experts predict that the next big advance in helping overweight people achieve a healthier weight will be to use an individual s genetic data to customize diets and physical activity plans, an approach known as precision weight loss. A recent summary report on the genetics of weight loss, developed by some of the leading experts in this field, finds that the biggest challenge to realizing this dream is the need for better analytical tools for d ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Targeting fat-tissue hormone may lead to type 2 diabetes treatment
Boston, MA - A new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues describes the pre-clinical development of a therapeutic that could potentially be used to treat type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and other metabolic diseases. The researchers developed an antibody that improves glucose regulation and reduces fatty liver in obese mice by targeting a hormone in adipose fat tissue called aP2 also known as FABP4 . The stu ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Road rumble strips are a wake-up call to pull over: QUT study
Drowsy drivers are being urged to stop and take a break the first time they hit a road rumble strip these school holidays, with new QUT research revealing the audio-tactile vibrations should be a wake-up call to pull over. Researcher Chris Watling, from QUT s Centre for Accident Research Road Safety - Queensland CARRS-Q , said an estimated 15 per cent of fatal crashes in Queensland were attributed to fatigue and rumble strips were designed to alert a sleep ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Midnight munchies mangle memory
An occasional late-night raid on turkey leftovers might be harmless but new research with mice suggests that making a habit of it could alter brain physiology. Eating at times normally reserved for sleep causes a deficiency in the type of learning and memory controlled by the hippocampal area of the brain, according to findings in the journal eLife . Researchers from the Semel Institute in the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Lo ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Vitamin D deficiency does not increase risk and severity of OSA
A recent study of elderly men found no evidence that obstructive sleep apnea OSA increased in severity or prevalence as a result of vitamin D deficiency. The link between obesity and vitamin D deficiency can be explained a number ways, one of which is that obese individuals are less likely to be physically active, thereby limiting their sun exposure, said senior investigator Ken Kunisaki, MD, MS, Medical Director of the Sleep Apnea Program at the Minneapol ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Wired for gaming: Brain differences in compulsive video game players
SALT LAKE CITY - Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Other changes are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control. The research, a collaboration between the Univers ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Meta-analysis finds evidence for nalmefene in the treatment of alcohol depende...
Currently available evidence from randomized controlled trials RCT does not support the use of nalmefene for harm reduction for people with alcohol dependence, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis SRMA published this week in PLOS Medicine . The study, conducted by Florian Naudet at INSERM, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes, France also indicates that evidential support for the use of nalmefene to reduce alcohol consumption among this ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Hepatitis C tied to increased risk of Parkinson's
MINNEAPOLIS - The hepatitis C virus may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson s disease, according to a study published in the December 23, 2015, online issue of Neurology reg , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Parkinson s disease is considered the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer s disease. Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by a virus. Many factors clearly play a role in t ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
5 Ways to Appear Underconfident—and How to Avoid Them
You re talented, hard-working, and a valuable asset. So why didn t you get that great job or coveted promotion You may be missing the secret sauce of success an air of confidence . If you believe in yourself or at least appear to , others are more likely to believe in you. Projecting confidence gives you a career -boosting edge, whether you re interviewing for a job, meeting with your team , negotiating a raise or promotion, or trying to wow a big client. ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Dec 25
Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks Do
Concerns for personal safety increasingly outweigh those for self survival. What has changed Source Carter News Agency In 2015, nineteen people were killed in selfie-related incidents, and many more injured themselves. During the same period, eight people died of shark attacks. How did we reach the point where the need to show off on social media outweighs common sense for seeing danger and the instinct for self-preservation Self-absorbed selfie shooters h ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Dec 25
Dog Play Is Socially Contagious and Now We Know Why
Dogs just wanna have fun and know how to do it Fine-tuning play on the run When dogs and other animals play they are able to fine tune what they re doing on the run to maintain the play mood. Also, play is very contagious and when dogs see other dogs playing they often want to jump into the fray, as do I. And now, a new research paper by Elisabetta Palagi, Velia Nicotra, and Giada Cordoni titled Rapid mimicry and emotional contagion in domestic dogs , expl ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Dec 25
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