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Body Weekly - April 2014 Archives


Take the bat, leave the candy (4/30/2014)

'Take me out to the ballgame' doesn't exactly conjure up images of apple slices and kale chips. The more likely culprits include French fries, soda and the occasional box of Crackerjacks. ...> Full Article


Ginseng can treat and prevent influenza and RSV, researcher finds (4/29/2014)

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist in Georgia State University's new Institute for Biomedical Sciences. ...> Full Article


Why your nose can be a pathfinder (4/28/2014)

Why your nose can be a pathfinderWaves in your brain make smells stick to your memories and inner maps. ...> Full Article


Eating rice boosts diet quality, reduces body weight and improves markers for health (4/27/2014)

New research, funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the USA Rice Federation, shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals. ...> Full Article


Calcium score predicts future heart disease among adults with little or no risk factors (4/27/2014)

Researchers found that the process of 'calcium scoring' is accurate in predicting the chances of dying of heart disease among adults with little or no known risks of heart disease. ...> Full Article


Making sense of our senses (4/26/2014)

Making sense of our sensesAccording to a new book by Tel Aviv University's Prof. Thalma Lobel, our senses influence our decisions and behavior more than we can possibly imagine. Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence, published this month by Simon and Schuster, explores over 100 experiments in the modern science of embodied cognition conducted at universities around the world and concludes that sensual physical experiences unconsciously affect our everyday choices, and have profound implications for our lives. ...> Full Article


Lashing out at your spouse? Check your blood sugar (4/26/2014)

Lashing out at your spouse? Check your blood sugarLower levels of blood sugar may make married people angrier at their spouses and even more likely to lash out aggressively, new research reveals. ...> Full Article


There's no faking it -- your sexual partner knows if you're really satisfied (4/25/2014)

There is no point faking it in bed because chances are your sexual partner will be able to tell. A study by researchers at the University of Waterloo found that men and women are equally perceptive of their partners' levels of sexual satisfaction. The study by the Department of Psychology at Waterloo, identified sexual communication and ability to recognize emotions as important factors that predict accuracy in gauging one partner's sexual satisfaction. ...> Full Article


Researchers identify specific causes of brown fat cell 'whitening' (4/24/2014)

Boston University researchers have learned new information about the consequences of overeating high-calorie foods. Not only does this lead to an increase in white fat cell production, the type prominent in obesity, but it also leads to the dysfunction of brown fat cells, the unique type of fat that generates heat and burns energy. ...> Full Article


Research finds chips with olestra cause body toxins to dip (4/24/2014)

According to a clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati researchers, a snack food ingredient called olestra has been found to speed up the removal of toxins in the body. ...> Full Article


Daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol (4/23/2014)

Daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterolEating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce 'bad cholesterol' and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found. ...> Full Article


Faster eye responses in Chinese people not down to culture (4/23/2014)

New research from University of Liverpool scientists has cast doubt on the theory that neurological behavior is a product of culture in people of Chinese origin. ...> Full Article


Columbia scientists identify key cells in touch sensation (4/22/2014)

In a study published in the Apr. 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, Ph.D., associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures. ...> Full Article


Antioxidants can protect against omega 6 damage -- or promote it (4/21/2014)

Given omega 6 fatty acid's reputation for promoting cancer -- at least in animal studies -- researchers are examining the role that antioxidants play in blocking the harmful effects of this culprit, found in many cooking oils. After all, antioxidants are supposed to prevent DNA damage. But employing antioxidants could backfire, say researchers. ...> Full Article


Does a junk food diet make you lazy? Psychology study offers answer (4/21/2014)

A new University of California Los Angeles psychology study provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary, rather than vice versa. ...> Full Article


Diffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomy (4/20/2014)

Diffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomyA team of researchers from the Center for Imaging Science at the Johns Hopkins University and the CMLA of the École Normale Supérieure Cachan have demonstrated new algorithmic technologies for the parametric representation of human shape and form. Coupled with advanced imaging technologies, this presents opportunities for tracking soft-tissue deformations associated with cardiovascular studies, radiation treatment planning in Oncology, and neurodegenerative brain illnesses. ...> Full Article


A new approach to detecting changes in GM foods (4/19/2014)

Comparing biochemicals of GM foods to their non-GM counterparts helps lead decisions. ...> Full Article


Morning rays keep off pounds (4/18/2014)

A surprising new strategy for managing your weight? Bright morning light. People who had most of their daily exposure to bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day, reports a new study. The earlier light exposure occurred, the lower the BMI. The influence of morning light on weight was independent of physical activity, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. ...> Full Article


Body odor changes following vaccination (4/17/2014)

Body odor changes following vaccinationOur understanding of the role of body odor in conveying personal information continues to grow. New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the US Department of Agriculture reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor. This is the first demonstration of a bodily odor change due to immune activation. The results have potential implications ranging from disease surveillance in wildlife populations to human disease diagnosis. ...> Full Article


Got acne? There's an App for that! (4/16/2014)

Got acne? There's an App for that!Acne sufferers around the world are using an iPhone app created at Northwestern University to learn how certain foods affect their skin conditions. ...> Full Article


A protein could be a key weapon in the battle of the bulge (4/16/2014)

Researchers found that elevated levels of the neuroprotein GDNF may help fight the weight gain and health problems associated with a high-fat diet. This article was chosen for APSselect, a program that highlights the best research out of the 250+ articles published in our journals each month. ...> Full Article


Seven a day keeps the reaper at bay (4/15/2014)

Seven a day keeps the reaper at bayEating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new UCL study. ...> Full Article


Study further illuminates heart-healthy benefits of Mediterranean diet (4/15/2014)

New research further illuminates the heart-healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet, tying the eating plan to lower levels of platelets and white blood cells, two markers of inflammation. Inflammation has an association with greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Study results are published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology. ...> Full Article


Wen Dan Tang improves insomnia-related anxiety (4/14/2014)

Wen Dan Tang improves insomnia-related anxietyWen Dan Tang improves insomnia-related anxiety. ...> Full Article


Lowering your cholesterol may improve your sex life (4/14/2014)

The research, conducted at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, found that statin medication prescribed to lower cholesterol and decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke, also improves a man's erectile function ...> Full Article


Vibration may help heal chronic wounds (4/14/2014)

Vibration may help heal chronic woundsWounds may heal more quickly if exposed to low-intensity vibration, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ...> Full Article


New study finds strong link between obesity and 'carb breakdown' gene (4/13/2014)

Researchers at King's College London and Imperial College London have discovered that people with fewer copies of a gene coding for a carb-digesting enzyme may be at higher risk of obesity. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, suggest that dietary advice may need to be more tailored to an individual's digestive system, based on whether they have the genetic predisposition and necessary enzymes to digest different foods. ...> Full Article


Too many diet drinks may spell heart trouble for older women (4/13/2014)

It appears healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. ...> Full Article


Marriage linked to lower heart risks in study of 3.5+ million adults (4/12/2014)

People who are married have lower rates of several cardiovascular diseases compared with those who are single, divorced or widowed, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. The relationship between marriage and lower odds of vascular diseases is especially pronounced before age 50. ...> Full Article


Eating fruits and vegetables linked to healthier arteries later in life (4/12/2014)

Women who ate a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults were much less likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries 20 years later compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these foods, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. This new finding reinforces the importance of developing healthy eating habits early in life. ...> Full Article


Significant progress toward creating 'benchtop human' reported (4/11/2014)

Significant progress toward creating 'benchtop human' reportedVanderbilt physicist John Wikswo reported significant progress toward creating 'Homo minutus' -- a benchtop human -- on March 26 at the Society of Toxicology meeting in Phoenix. So-called organ-on-a-chip technology is being developed to provide a better and less expensive method of drug and toxicity testing. ...> Full Article


Fewer children at risk for deficient vitamin D (4/10/2014)

Under new guidelines from the Institute of Medicine, the estimated number of children who are at risk for having insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D is drastically reduced from previous estimates, according to a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study. ...> Full Article


Model predicts blood glucose levels 30 minutes later (4/10/2014)

A mathematical model created by Penn State researchers can predict with more than 90 percent accuracy the blood glucose levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes up to 30 minutes in advance of imminent changes in their levels -- plenty of time to take preventative action. ...> Full Article


Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone (4/9/2014)

New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of 'goo' trapped between tiny crystals, allowing movement between them. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. ...> Full Article


Shorter sleepers are over-eaters (4/8/2014)

Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers. ...> Full Article


UV exposure found to lower folate levels in young women (4/7/2014)

Women who are pregnant or trying to fall pregnant and taking a folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing their folate benefit through sun exposure, a new QUT study has warned. ...> Full Article


New study shows we work harder when we are happy (4/7/2014)

Happiness makes people more productive at work, according to the latest research from the University of Warwick. ...> Full Article


Sniff study suggests humans can distinguish more than 1 trillion scents (4/6/2014)

Sniff study suggests humans can distinguish more  than 1 trillion scentsBased on the sensitivity of these people's noses and brains, Rockefeller researchers calculate that the human sense of smell is far more refined than previously believed. While individual volunteers' performance varied, on average people can tell the difference between complex mixtures of odors even when they contain many of the same components. ...> Full Article


Spices and herbs intervention helps adults reduce salt intake (4/5/2014)

A behavioral intervention that taught adults to use herbs and spices instead of salt led to a decrease in sodium consumption compared to people who tried to reduce sodium on their own. Adults taking part in a 20-week behavioral intervention consumed 966 mg/day less salt than their self-directed counterparts. ...> Full Article


Research finding could lead to new therapies for patients with gluten intolerance (4/5/2014)

Elafin, by interacting with the transglutaminase 2 enzyme, decreased the enzymatic reaction that increases the toxicity of peptides derived from gluten. In studies with mice, the researchers found that the administration of the elafin molecule protects the intestinal lining of the upper gut that is damaged by gluten. ...> Full Article


The precise reason for the health benefits of dark chocolate: Mystery solved (4/4/2014)

The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason has remained a mystery ?? until now. Researchers reported here today that certain bacteria in the stomach gobble the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart. They presented their study at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. ...> Full Article


Fried foods may interact with genes to influence body weight, say experts (4/4/2014)

Individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity may be more susceptible to the adverse effects of eating fried foods, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. ...> Full Article


Study finds no evidence that vitamin D supplements reduce depression (4/4/2014)

Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in numerous health conditions in recent years, including depressed mood and major depressive disorder. Recent observational studies provide some support for an association of vitamin D levels with depression, but the data do not indicate whether vitamin D deficiency causes depression or vice versa. These studies also do not examine whether vitamin D supplementation improves depression. ...> Full Article


Nanopores control the inner ear's ability to select sounds (4/4/2014)

The inner-ear membrane uses tiny pores to mechanically separate sounds, researchers find. ...> Full Article


New evidence raises questions about the link between fatty acids and heart disease (4/3/2014)

Study finds that the current level of evidence does not support guidelines restricting saturated fatty acid consumption to reduce coronary risk nor does it support high consumption of polyunsaturated fats -- such as omega 3 or omega 6 -- to reduce coronary heart disease. ...> Full Article


Positive memories of exercise spur future workouts (4/2/2014)

Getting motivated to exercise can be a challenge, but new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that simply remembering a positive memory about exercise may be just what it takes to get on the treadmill. This is the first study to explore how positive memories can influence future workouts. ...> Full Article


Marathon training could help the heart (4/2/2014)

Marathon training is associated with improved risk factors related to cardiovascular disease among middle-aged recreational male runners, suggesting that race preparation may be an effective strategy for reducing heart disease risk, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. ...> Full Article


The heart responds differently to exercise in men vs. women (4/1/2014)

The formula for peak exercise heart rate that doctors have used for decades in tests to diagnose heart conditions may be flawed because it does not account for differences between men and women, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. ...> Full Article


Tequila plant is possible sweetener for diabetics -- helps reduce blood sugar, weight (4/1/2014)

A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila could lower blood glucose levels for the 26 million Americans and others worldwide who have Type 2 diabetes and help them and the obese lose weight, researchers said here today. Their report was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. ...> Full Article


New reason to eat oats for heart health (4/1/2014)

The soluble fiber in oats helps lower total and LDL cholesterol, but scientists now say that the cardiovascular health benefits of oats goes beyond fiber. ...> Full Article


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