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Body Weekly - July 2014 Archives


New research links bad diet to loss of smell (7/31/2014)

Could stuffing yourself full of high-fat foods cause you to lose your sense of smell? A new study from Florida State University neuroscientists says so, and it has researchers taking a closer look at how our diets could impact a whole range of human functions that were not traditionally considered when examining the impact of obesity. ...> Full Article


Consuming probiotics for a month helps diminish fat accumulation in the liver, new study says (7/30/2014)

Spanish scientists have demonstrated through an experiment on obese rats that the consumption of probiotics during thirty days helps diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver. This new finding, published today by the journal PLOS ONE, is a great step forward on the fight agains the Non-Alcolohic Fatty Liver Disease, which is closely related to obesity and diabetes. ...> Full Article


Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure (7/29/2014)

Contrary to conventional wisdom, a growing body of evidence shows that eating lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease, according to recent research by nutritional scientists. ...> Full Article


New research suggests soluble corn fibre may boost calcium absorption (7/28/2014)

Around the globe, fiber and calcium intakes are below the levels recommended by experts contributing to potential long-term public health implications. New research, published this month in the British Journal of Nutrition, shows soluble corn fiber (SCF) may not simply boost fiber intake when added to foods, but can also increase the amount of beneficial bacteria present in the gut, while enhancing calcium absorption in adolescents. ...> Full Article


3D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training (7/27/2014)

3D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical trainingThe creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. ...> Full Article


Do women perceive other women in red as more sexually receptive? (7/26/2014)

Women are more likely to wear a red shirt when they are expecting to meet an attractive man, relative to an unattractive man or a woman. But do women view other women in red as being more sexually receptive? And would that result in a woman guarding her mate against a woman in red? A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin sought to answer these questions. ...> Full Article


Do women talk more than men? It's all about context (7/25/2014)

Do women talk more than men? It's all about contextA new study from Northeastern University professor David Lazer was able to tease out a more accurate picture of the talkative-woman stereotype we're so familiar with -- and they found that context plays a large role. ...> Full Article


Niacin too dangerous for routine cholesterol therapy (7/24/2014)

Niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to a potential increased risk of death and dangerous side effects such as excess bleeding and diabetes. It has no benefit in reducing heart attacks and strokes, according to an editorial by Northwestern Medicine cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., in the New England Journal of Medicine. Statins remain best choice to reduce heart attack and stroke risk. ...> Full Article


New research: Fresh avocado enhances absorption of essential nutrients for healthy living (7/23/2014)

Consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced provitamin A carotenoid (alpha- and beta-carotene) absorption and conversion of these carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A, according to new research conducted by the Ohio State University and published in The Journal of Nutrition. ...> Full Article


Men's hot flashes: Hypnotic relaxation may ease the discomfort men don't talk about (7/22/2014)

Men who experience hot flashes are unlikely to talk much about it, but they may find relief from their silent suffering if they are willing to try an unusual treatment, according to findings from a Baylor University case study. ...> Full Article


Low back pain? Don't blame the weather (7/22/2014)

Low back pain? Don't blame the weatherAustralian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. Findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, indicate that the risk of low back pain slightly increases with higher wind speed or wind gusts, but was not clinically significant. ...> Full Article


Children on dairy farms less likely to develop allergies (7/21/2014)

Children who live on farms that produce milk run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies as other rural children. According to researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, pregnant women may benefit from spending time on dairy farms to promote maturation of the fetal and neonatal immune system. ...> Full Article


Less exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlines (7/20/2014)

Less exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlinesSedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according to a new analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine reveals that in the past 20 years there has been a sharp decrease in physical exercise and an increase in average body mass index, while caloric intake has remained steady. ...> Full Article


Sandalwood scent facilitates wound healing and skin regeneration (7/19/2014)

Skin cells possess an olfactory receptor for sandalwood scent, as researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered. Their data indicate that the cell proliferation increases and wound healing improves if those receptors are activated. This mechanism constitutes a possible starting point for new drugs and cosmetics. ...> Full Article


Study suggests consuming whey protein before meals could help improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes (7/19/2014)

New research published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, suggests that consuming whey protein before a regular breakfast reduces the blood sugar spikes seen after meals and also improves the body's insulin response. ...> Full Article


Study shows testosterone therapy does not increase heart attack risk (7/18/2014)

Testosterone prescriptions for older men in the United States have increased more than three-fold over the past decade. Recent studies linking testosterone use with increased risk of heart attack and stroke have caused widespread concern among patients and their families. A new US-based study of more than 25,000 older men shows that testosterone therapy does not increase men's risk for heart attack. ...> Full Article


Adults can undo heart disease risk (7/17/2014)

The heart is more forgiving than you may think -- especially to adults who try to take charge of their health, a new Northwestern Medicine study has found.When adults in their 30s and 40s decide to drop unhealthy habits that are harmful to their heart and embrace healthy lifestyle changes, they can control and potentially even reverse the natural progression of coronary artery disease, scientists found. ...> Full Article


Fat damages the lungs of heavy drinkers (7/16/2014)

So called fatty liver disease that long time drinkers develop may extend to the lung in a newly discovered side effect of drinking in rats that researchers are calling fatty lung disease. ...> Full Article


Women having babies later in life more likely to live longer (7/15/2014)

Women who had their children later in life will be happy to learn that a new study suggests an association between older maternal age at birth of the last child and greater odds for surviving to an unusually old age. That's according to a nested case-control study published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. ...> Full Article


Overcoming light scattering: New optical system sees deeper inside tissue (7/14/2014)

Overcoming light scattering: New optical system sees deeper inside tissueOptical imaging could become even more valuable if researchers could find a way for light to penetrate all the way through the body's tissues. Currently, passing through a fraction of an inch of skin is enough to scatter the light and scramble the image. Now researchers have developed a single-pixel optical system based on compressive sensing that can overcome the fundamental limitations imposed by this scattering. The work was published today in Optics Express. ...> Full Article


New clue helps explain how brown fat burns energy (7/13/2014)

Researchers add another piece to the brown fat puzzle, identifying a major factor driving the fat's thermogenic process ...> Full Article


Doing something is better than doing nothing for most people, study shows (7/13/2014)

People are focused on the external world and don't enjoy spending much time alone thinking, according to a new study led by U.Va. psychologist Timothy Wilson and published in the journal Science. ...> Full Article


More left-handed men are born during the winter (7/12/2014)

Men born in November, December or January are more likely of being left-handed than during the rest of the year. While the genetic bases of handedness are still under debate, scientists at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, obtained indirect evidence of a hormonal mechanism promoting left-handedness among men. Psychologist Ulrich Tran and his colleagues published their findings in the scientific journal 'Cortex'. ...> Full Article


The power of the power nap! (7/12/2014)

For hibernating mammals, the pre-winter months are a race against time to accumulate enough energy reserves to last until spring. Offspring born late in the year have much less time to achieve this. Austrian scientists have discovered that power-napping can help late-born dormice overcome these unfavourable odds. ...> Full Article


The lowdown on triclosan's effects on health and the environment (7/10/2014)

Earlier this year, mounting concerns over the potential health effects of triclosan, a common antimicrobial ingredient, prompted Minnesota to ban the germ-killer from consumer soaps statewide starting in 2017. Are these concerns warranted? An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, investigates. ...> Full Article


Energy drinks raise new questions about caffeine's safety (7/9/2014)

Caffeine, which was extensively researched for possible links to birth defects in animals and cardiovascular disease in humans over 30 years ago and then exonerated, has become the focus of renewed concerns as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. However, according to a June 23rd panel discussion at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, a rich database of health evidence exists confirming the safety of caffeine for consumers at current levels of exposure. ...> Full Article


Increased nearsightedness linked to higher education levels and more years spent in school (7/8/2014)

German researchers have found strong evidence that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia. Published online this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the research is the first population-based study to demonstrate that environmental factors may outweigh genetics in the development of myopia. ...> Full Article


Crab and other crustacean shells may help prevent and treat inflammatory disease (7/7/2014)

Crab and other crustacean shells may help prevent and treat inflammatory diseaseMicroparticles in crab, shrimp and lobster shells have anti-inflammatory mechanisims that could lead to the development of novel preventive and therapeutic strategies for those who suffer from IBD. Since these shells are abundant and a major waste in the seafood industry, they may provide an alternative to costly drugs that don't always work. ...> Full Article


Common BPA-like chemical, BPS, disrupts heart rhythms in females (7/6/2014)

Bisphenol S (BPS), a common substitute for bisphenol A (BPA) in consumer products, may have similar toxic effects on the heart as previously reported for BPA, a new study finds. The results were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. ...> Full Article


Exposure to fungicide, tolyfluanid, disrupts energy metabolism (7/5/2014)

Mice exposed to the fungicide tolyfluanid showed metabolic changes similar to those that signify the development of the metabolic syndrome. The results, which were presented Sunday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. ...> Full Article


Soy supplements appear to be safe, beneficial in diabetic men (7/4/2014)

Soy protein supplements, which contain natural estrogens, do not reduce testosterone levels in men with type 2 diabetes who already have borderline-low testosterone, according to a new study. The results were presented Saturday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. ...> Full Article


Unlocking milk's formula could save lives, say scientists (7/3/2014)

A new study on the digestion of milk could lead to the development of new formulas for premature babies, weight loss drinks and potentially new drug delivery systems. ...> Full Article


Cold exposure stimulates beneficial brown fat growth (7/3/2014)

Long-term mild cold exposure can stimulate brown fat growth and activity in humans and may benefit glucose and energy metabolism, a new study finds. The results were presented in a poster Sunday, June 22 at ICE/ENDO 2014, the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago. ...> Full Article


Broken gene found to protect against heart disease (7/2/2014)

By scouring the DNA of thousands of patients, researchers at the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and their colleagues have discovered four rare gene mutations that not only lower the levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, but also significantly reduce a person's risk of coronary heart disease -- dropping it by 40 percent. The mutations all cripple the same gene, APOC3, suggesting a powerful strategy in developing new drugs against heart disease. ...> Full Article


New research can improve heart health (7/2/2014)

For the first time, researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet are able to show that a particular gene variant lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis by 41 percent, making the variant an obvious target for future drugs for cardiovascular disease treatment. The results are based on data from nearly 76,000 subjects and have just been published in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine. ...> Full Article


Groundbreaking research finds human sweat can reduce bacteria defenses (7/1/2014)

University of Leicester researchers discover sweat can cause corrosion of protective qualities of door knobs and taps within an hour of contact. ...> Full Article


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