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Body Weekly - April 2013 Archives


Fainting may run in families while triggers may not (4/30/2013)

New research suggests that fainting may be genetic and, in some families, only one gene may be responsible. However, a predisposition to certain triggers, such as emotional distress or the sight of blood, may not be inherited. The study is published in the April 16, 2013, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


In sex, happiness hinges on keeping up with the Joneses, CU-Boulder study finds (4/29/2013)

In sex, happiness hinges on keeping up with the Joneses, CU-Boulder study finds. Sex apparently is like income: People are generally happy when they keep pace with the Joneses and they're even happier if they get a bit more. ...> Full Article


Drinking cup of beetroot juice daily may help lower blood pressure (4/28/2013)

Blood pressure decreased about 10 mm Hg in high blood pressure patients who drank a cup of beetroot juice daily. Beetroot juice contains dietary nitrate, which may help relax blood vessel walls and improve blood flow. Increasing intake of foods rich in dietary nitrate may be an affordable and attainable way to manage blood pressure, researchers said. ...> Full Article


System allows multitasking runners to read on a treadmill (4/27/2013)

System allows multitasking runners to read on a treadmillA new innovation allows treadmill users to work their bodies and brains at the same time. The system, called ReadingMate, adjusts text on a monitor to counteract the bobbing motion of a runner's head so that the text appears still. ...> Full Article


Impact of portion size on overeating is hard to overcome (4/26/2013)

People given large servings of food eat more than those given smaller servings, even after they have been taught about the impact of portion size on consumption, research from the University of New South Wales shows. Learning how to engage in mindful -- rather than mindless -- eating also did not decrease food intake by a significant amount in those given large servings. The study in the Journal of Health Psychology, highlights the need to find new ways to reduce the effect of portion size. ...> Full Article


New studies explore mango's potential health-affirming properties (4/26/2013)

New mango nutrition research was presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Boston. This preliminary research identifies important findings that merit further investigation to determine whether mangos can potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation. ...> Full Article


Anxious about life? Tylenol may do the trick (4/25/2013)

Researchers have found a new potential use for the over-the-counter pain drug Tylenol. Typically known to relieve physical pain, the study suggests the drug may also reduce the psychological effects of fear and anxiety over the human condition, or existential dread. ...> Full Article


New data show that white potatoes increase intake of potassium (4/25/2013)

The consumption of white potatoes is linked to an increased intake of potassium, according to a new study by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education released today at Experimental Biology 2013. ...> Full Article


What really makes us fat? (4/24/2013)

If we are to make any progress in tackling the obesity crisis, we have to look again at what really makes us fat, claims an article published in this week's BMJ. ...> Full Article


Menu labels displaying amount of exercise needed to burn calories show benefits (4/24/2013)

More restaurants are displaying calorie information on their menus than ever before. It's not a coincidence; by law, retail food establishments that are part of a chain with twenty or more locations nationwide must disclose the calorie content of each menu item. The goal is to encourage consumers to make healthier, informed food choices. ...> Full Article


U-M researchers find new way to clear cholesterol from the blood (4/24/2013)

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified a new potential therapeutic target for lowering cholesterol that could be an alternative or complementary therapy to statins. ...> Full Article


Marketing research offers prescription for better nutrition (4/23/2013)

Marketing research offers prescription for better nutritionIt may seem counterintuitive to take health advice from a marketing professor, but when it comes to analyzing consumer data and its relationship to managing health issues such as diabetes, one University of Alberta researcher may have the right prescription. ...> Full Article


Experiment shows why some stress is good for you (4/23/2013)

Experiment shows why some stress is good for youChronic stress is known to cause major health problems, yet acute stress can be good for you. A new study by UC Berkeley professor Daniela Kaufer shows why. Stress generates new nerve cells in the brain that, two weeks later, help you learn better. Thus, unlike chronic stress, acute stress primes the brain for improved cognitive and mental performance. ...> Full Article


Healing by the clock (4/22/2013)

Genetic screening in flies reveals that the circadian clock regulates intestinal regeneration in response to damage, meaning that gut healing fluctuates according to the time of day. ...> Full Article


Revealing the scientific secrets of why people can't stop after eating one potato chip (4/21/2013)

The scientific secrets underpinning that awful reality about potato chips -- eat one and you're apt to scarf 'em all down -- began coming out of the bag today in research presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The meeting, which news media have termed "The World Series of Science," features almost 12,000 presentations on new discoveries and other topics. It continues here through today. ...> Full Article


Researchers discover new link between heart disease and red meat (4/20/2013)

A compound abundant in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks has been found to promote atherosclerosis -- or the hardening or clogging of the arteries -- according to Cleveland Clinic research published online this week in the journal Nature Medicine. ...> Full Article


Lift weights to lower blood sugar? White muscle helps keep blood glucose levels under control (4/19/2013)

Researchers in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan have challenged a long-held belief that whitening of skeletal muscle in diabetes is harmful. ...> Full Article


Genes behind obesity mapped in large-scale study (4/18/2013)

An international research team has identified seven new gene loci linked to obesity. Researchers were also able to show that the genetic mechanisms that cause extreme obesity are similar to those that cause milder forms of overweight and obesity. ...> Full Article


Dartmouth researchers find there is no single sexy chin (4/17/2013)

A new Dartmouth College global study finds significant geographic differences in chin shapes. ...> Full Article


New evidence that natural substances in green coffee beans help control blood sugar levels (4/16/2013)

Scientists today described evidence that a natural substance extracted from unroasted coffee beans can help control the elevated blood sugar levels and body weight that underpin type 2 diabetes. Their presentation on chlorogenic acids -- widely available as a dietary supplement -- was part of the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, being held here this week. ...> Full Article


Fit people have a better attention span than those with bad physical health (4/15/2013)

Fit people have a better attention span than those with bad physical healthAn article published in the journal PLOS ONE confirms that good physical health is related to a better functioning of both the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. ...> Full Article


Study finds that hot and cold senses interact (4/14/2013)

Study finds that hot and cold senses interactA study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine offers new insights into how the nervous system processes hot and cold temperatures. ...> Full Article


Month of birth impacts on immune system development (4/13/2013)

Newborn babies' immune system development and levels of vitamin D have been found to vary according to their month of birth, according to new research. ...> Full Article


Low testosterone levels may herald rheumatoid arthritis in men (4/12/2013)

Low testosterone levels may herald the subsequent development of rheumatoid arthritis in men, suggests research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. ...> Full Article


Vitamin D proven to boost energy -- from within the cells (4/11/2013)

Vitamin D is vital for making our muscles work efficiently and boosting energy levels, new research from Newcastle University has shown. ...> Full Article


On Yak-a-mein soup, a.k.a, 'Old Sober' (4/11/2013)

One of the Crescent City's time-honored traditions -- a steaming bowl of yak-a-mein soup, a.k.a., "Old Sober" -- after a night of partying in the French Quarter actually does have a basis in scientific fact. That was the word today from an overview of the chemistry of hangovers, presented as part of the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. ...> Full Article


Nothing fishy about it: Fish oil can boost the immune system (4/10/2013)

Fish oil rich in DHA and EPA is widely believed to help prevent disease by reducing inflammation, but until now, scientists were not entirely sure about its immune enhancing effects. A new report appearing in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, helps provide clarity on this by showing that DHA-rich fish oil enhances B cell activity, a white blood cell, challenging the notion that fish oil is only immunosuppressive. ...> Full Article


Declaring a truce with our microbiological frienemies (4/9/2013)

Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may be lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to a Penn State biologist. ...> Full Article


America: Time to shake the salt habit? (4/8/2013)

Dr. Ted Kotchen at the Medical College of Wisconsin has written a review paper summarizing data linking excessive sodium intake to increased rates of hypertension, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Is it time for national policy? ...> Full Article


New research on the effects of traumatic brain injury (4/7/2013)

Considerable opportunity exists to improve interventions and outcomes of traumatic brain injury in older adults, according to three studies published in the recent online issue of NeuroRehabilitation by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. ...> Full Article


Researchers discover primary role of the olivocochlear efferent system (4/6/2013)

New research from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology may have discovered a key piece in the puzzle of how hearing works by identifying the role of the olivocochlear efferent system in protecting ears from hearing loss. ...> Full Article


Protein-rich breakfasts prevent unhealthy snacking in the evening (4/5/2013)

Protein-rich breakfasts prevent unhealthy snacking in the eveningEating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, which could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the US. ...> Full Article


Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focus (4/4/2013)

Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focusIf you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again ?? and breathe, and focus. According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus. ...> Full Article


Could that cold sore increase your risk of memory problems? (4/2/2013)

The virus that causes cold sores, along with other viral or bacterial infections, may be associated with cognitive problems, according to a new study published in the March 26, 2013, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Men and women get sick in different ways (4/1/2013)

A new article titled "Gender medicine: a task for the third millennium" presents research on gender-related differences conducted by Giovannella Baggio of Padua University Hospital and her team. The study concludes that additional and more far-reaching clinical investigations of gender differences are needed in order to eliminate fundamental inequalities between men and women in the treatment of disease. ...> Full Article


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