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UNC-Chapel Hill researchers reveal type of vaginal bacteria that protects wome...
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a type of vaginal bacteria within the mucus of the female reproductive system that can protect women from HIV as well as other sexually transmitted infections. The vaginal microbiota has long been considered healthy if it was dominated by any species of lactobacillus, said Sam Lai, senior author of the study and an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 8
Refugees
I once met a refugee family. It was In Australia in the late 1970 s. They were South Vietnamese, living in an internment camp north of Adelaide, hand-picked by the Australian Government after their earlier arrival in Malaysia. Expecting to spend months in the camp, they were only allowed to leave it briefly under special conditions. A friend discovered that a small number could be released for an evening if invited to a private house to prepare food. We co ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Oct 7
Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness...
In the happiness world, there s a lot of talk about committing random acts of kindness. As I wrote about in Happier at Home , I m a bigger fan of non-random acts of kindness but there is one random act of kindness that I absolutely believe in. If you support organ donation, please speak up about it. Take a moment to sign the donor registry . That way, everyone can easily know your wishes, should the need arise. Also, let your family and friends know that y ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Oct 7
How All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Use Psychology to Make Money
Every so often, we read about people getting banned from all-you-can-eat AYCE buffets for eating too much . Many of us can recall the signs of gluttony we witnessed at a buffet ourselves plate after heaping plate of food taken back to the table, a stack of half-full plates left behind, and the sweaty, glazed look of someone who has eaten far more than they should have. Combine unrestrained gorging by customers with moderate prices and the fact that a typic ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Oct 7
Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery
Troubled people who have weight-loss surgery are more likely to attempt suicide following the procedure, a new study suggests. These patients were about 50 percent more likely to try to take their own lives after they lost a lot of weight, while more than nine of 10 suicide attempts involved patients with a history of mental health problems, the Canadian researchers found. While we are clear and confident about the medical benefits of weight loss, especial ...
Healthday - Wed. Oct 7
PTSD Can Affect Female Vietnam War Vets, Too: Study
Women who served in Vietnam may be at far greater risk for post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD than female military service members who were stationed in the United States during that war, a new study finds. Because current PTSD is still present in many of these women decades after their military service, clinicians who treat them should continue to screen for PTSD symptoms and be sensitive to their noncombat wartime experiences, wrote study leader Kathryn ...
Healthday - Wed. Oct 7
Using Google online advertising as a public health tool for cancer prevention
Online advertising may be a feasible way to deliver targeted prevention messages related to indoor tanning and skin cancer, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology . Skin cancer is more common than all other cancers combined and indoor tanning is a preventable risk factor that accounts for more than 450,000 new malignant neoplasms cancers each year. Awareness of the dangers of tanning beds is one factor that can lead to behavior change ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 7
Social networks can motivate people to exercise more
Can the Web make people more fit It s a question hot on the minds of everyone from health insurers to gym owners to public health officials. Although millions of dollars a year are being spent designing promotional ads and social media campaigns, they clearly aren t working more than 43 percent of Americans get insufficient levels of daily exercise, and nearly a third are obese. In a new study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, led by professo ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 7
Risk of suicide appears to increase after bariatric surgery
A study of a large group of adults who underwent bariatric surgery finds that the risk for self-harm emergencies increased after the surgery, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery . Morbid obesity is an epidemic in affluent countries approximately 6 percent of Americans are morbidly obese. Mental health problems are prevalent in morbidly obese patients and those undergoing bariatric surgery. Self-harm behaviors, including suicidal ideation ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 7
Extremely active rats become lazy when they artificially receive 'runners' high'
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Past research has shown that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain are activated similarly by dangerous drugs as well as by exercise, which is why therapies have been developed for drug addicts that include lots of exercise. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that activating these pleasure and reward receptors in the brain could provide the reward of dangerous drugs without having to consume those drugs. For th ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 7
Smoking cessation drug proves initially more effective for women
New Haven, Conn.--The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. The study, published Oct. 7 by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research , found that varenicline, marketed as Chantix, was more effective earlier in women, and equally effective in women and men after one year. Studies show that women have a harder time quitting smoking than men, even as quitting ha ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 7
Many use prescription painkillers, most see abuse as major health concern
More than one in four Americans has taken prescription painkillers in the past year, even as a majority say that abuse of these medications is a very serious public health concern, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research. Roughly seven in 10 Americans have been prescribed the medications in their lifetime and 17 percent say they have taken painkillers prescribed for someone else, the researchers found in what they believe ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 7
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