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Body Weekly - June 2013 Archives


Sugar overload can damage heart according to research (6/30/2013)

Too much sugar can set people down a pathway to heart failure, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. ...> Full Article


Understanding the heart's rhythm (6/29/2013)

Prof. Bernard Attali of Tel Aviv University has discovered a previously unidentified potassium channel in cardiac cells that regulate the human heartbeat. This could be a significant step towards developing "biological pacemakers" to replace today's mechanical pacemakers, the researcher says. ...> Full Article


Perfect pitch may not be absolute after all (6/28/2013)

People who think they have perfect pitch may not be as in tune as they think, according to a new study in which people failed to notice a gradual change in pitch while listening to music.When tested afterward, people with perfect, or absolute pitch, thought notes made out of tune at the end of a song were in tune, while notes that were in tune at the beginning sounded out of tune. ...> Full Article


Pleasure response from chocolate: You can see it in the eyes (6/28/2013)

The brain's pleasure response to tasting food can be measured through the eyes using a common, low-cost ophthalmological tool, according to a Drexel University-led study just published in the journal Obesity. If validated, this method could be useful for research and clinical applications in food addiction and obesity prevention. ...> Full Article


Vitamin C may be beneficial against exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (6/27/2013)

Vitamin C may substantially reduce bronchoconstriction caused by exercise according to a meta-analysis published in BMJ Open. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction -- formerly called exercise-induced asthma -- means the transient narrowing of the airways that occurs during or after exercise, which can cause symptoms such as cough, wheezing and the shortness of breath. ...> Full Article


Hands-free talking and texting are unsafe (6/26/2013)

Hands-free talking and texting are unsafeUsing hands-free devices to talk, text or send e-mail while driving is distracting and risky, contrary to what many people believe, says a new University of Utah study issued today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. ...> Full Article


Studies find workplace and financial stress lead to poor health choices (6/25/2013)

Studies find workplace and financial stress lead to poor health choicesTwo studies from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington highlight the negative impact workplace and financial stress can have on health behaviors. "There's growing evidence that work-family conflict is related to a range of negative health behaviors, and it's something for workplace wellness programs to take into consideration when they're trying to get employees to engage in healthier behaviors, whether it's physical activity, nutrition or quitting smoking," lead author Jon Macy said. ...> Full Article


Eww! Only 5 percent of us wash hands correctly (6/24/2013)

Eww! Only 5 percent of us wash hands correctlyA new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections. ...> Full Article


First international collaboration to showcase latest body of evidence of dairy health benefits (6/23/2013)

Eight dairy organizations from around the world are joining efforts to demonstrate the tangible nutritional benefits of dairy at a symposium on "Maintaining health with nutrient rich diets: The role of dairy in prevention of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, obesity and sarcopenia." ...> Full Article


Vegetable oil IS good for you, researcher says (6/22/2013)

Vegetable oil IS good for you, researcher saysSince the 1970s, researchers have known that lineolic acid (LA) helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, and for decades, scientists have known that consuming LA can help lower the risk of heart disease. However, some experts have been claiming recently that Americans might be getting too much of a good thing. A new study from the University of Missouri contradicts that claim. ...> Full Article


Use of flaxseed supplementation in the management of high cholesterol levels in children (6/21/2013)

A study by Helen Wong, R.D., of The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues examined the safety and efficacy of dietary flaxseed supplementation in the management of hypercholesterolemia (high levels of cholesterol) in children. ...> Full Article


Are smartphones disrupting your sleep? Mayo Clinic study examines the question (6/20/2013)

Smartphones and tablets can make for sleep-disrupting bedfellows. One cause is believed to be the bright light-emitting diodes that allow the use of mobile devices in dimly lit rooms; the light exposure can interfere with melatonin, a hormone that helps control the natural sleep-wake cycle. ...> Full Article


Stopping the worm from turning (6/19/2013)

Almost one in six people worldwide are infected by parasitic worms, while parasitic infections of livestock cause economic losses of billions of Euro per year. Resistance to the few drugs available to treat infections is increasing. A new study by Martina Ondrovics and colleagues at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna describes a rational approach to identifying proteins that might be involved in the larval development of a particular worm that infects pigs. The results are published in the online journal PLOS ONE. ...> Full Article


A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately after (6/18/2013)

A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately afterResearchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time. ...> Full Article


Rapid, irregular heartbeat may be linked to problems with memory and thinking (6/17/2013)

People who develop a type of irregular heartbeat common in old age called atrial fibrillation may also be more likely to develop problems with memory and thinking, according to new research published in the June 5, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Sleep deprived men over perceive women's sexual interest and intent (6/16/2013)

A new study suggests that one night of sleep deprivation leads to an increase in men's perceptions of both women's interest in and intent to have sex. ...> Full Article


Healthy lifestyle choices mean fewer memory complaints, poll by UCLA and Gallup finds (6/15/2013)

To examine the impact of these lifestyle choices on memory throughout adult life, UCLA researchers and the Gallup organization collaborated on a nationwide poll of more than 18,500 individuals between the ages of 18 and 99. As expected, problems with memory were found to increase with age, but researchers were surprised by the percentage of younger adults who also reported memory difficulties. ...> Full Article


Study: Pedometer program helps motivate participants to sit less, move more (6/14/2013)

Indiana University researchers found that a simple program that uses pedometers to monitor how much people move throughout the day was effective at increasing physical activity, decreasing sitting time, a particular problem for office workers, and helping participants drop some pounds. ...> Full Article


Report shows billions worldwide suffer from major tooth decay (6/13/2013)

Billions of people across the globe are suffering from major untreated dental problems, according to a new report led by Professor Wagner Marcenes of Queen Mary, University of London, published in the Journal of Dental Research. ...> Full Article


Omega-3 fatty acids may help heal a broken heart (6/13/2013)

Bethesda, MD?Procedures like angioplasty, stenting and bypass surgery may save lives, but they also cause excessive inflammation and scarring, which ultimately can lead to permanent disability and even death. A new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal, shows that naturally derived compounds from polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3s) may reduce the inflammation associated with these procedures to help arteries more fully and completely heal. ...> Full Article


Heart health matters to your brain (6/12/2013)

People suffering from Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are at an increased risk of cognitive decline, according to a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. ...> Full Article


Saturated fats do not yield better bacon (6/12/2013)

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that adding saturated fats to a pig's diet does not change pork firmness. Many pork producers have added saturated fats to counteract the effects of feeding distiller's dried grains with solubles. ...> Full Article


Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, study shows (6/11/2013)

UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. ...> Full Article


When angry, talk: Describing emotional situations alters heart rate, cardiac output (6/11/2013)

The act of describing a feeling such as anger may have a significant impact on the body's physiological response to the situation that elicits the emotion, according to research published June 5 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Karim Kassam from Carnegie Mellon University and Wendy Mendes from the University of California, San Francisco. ...> Full Article


New research shows cheese may prevent cavities (6/10/2013)

Consuming dairy products is vital to maintaining good overall health, and it's especially important to bone health. But there has been little research about how dairy products affect oral health in particular. However, according to a new study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, consuming cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities. ...> Full Article


Nordic diet lowers cholesterol, study finds (6/10/2013)

A healthy Nordic diet lowers cholesterol levels, and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a pan-Nordic study where Lund University participated has found. There was also decreased inflammation associated with pre-diabetes. ...> Full Article


Walking or bicycling to work influenced by others (6/9/2013)

People who walk or bike to work are likely to influence their co-workers and partners to do the same, according to health researchers. ...> Full Article


Artificial sweeteners may do more than sweeten (6/8/2013)

Artificial sweeteners may do more than sweetenResearchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a popular artificial sweetener can modify how the body handles sugar. They analyzed the sweetener sucralose in 17 severely obese people and found it can influence how the body reacts to glucose. ...> Full Article


Getting better without antibiotics (6/8/2013)

Given the option, many women with symptoms of urinary tract infections are choosing to avoid antibiotics and give their bodies a chance to heal naturally, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Family Practice. The research shows that 70 percent of women with symptoms of uncomplicated urinary tract infections who did not use antibiotics for a week were cured or showed improvement. ...> Full Article


Researchers find sea anemone venom-derived compound effective in anti-obesity studies (6/7/2013)

Scientists at UC Irvine reported this week that a synthetic compound ShK-186, originally derived from a sea anemone toxin, has been found to enhance metabolic activity and shows potential as a treatment for obesity and insulin resistance. ...> Full Article


Scientists discover molecule triggers sensation of itch (6/6/2013)

Scientists report they have discovered in mouse studies that a small molecule released in the spinal cord triggers a process that is later experienced in the brain as the sensation of itch. ...> Full Article


It's not your imagination: Memory gets muddled at menopause (6/5/2013)

Don't doubt it when a woman harried by hot flashes says she's having a hard time remembering things. A new study published online in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, helps confirm with objective tests that what these women say about their memory is true. ...> Full Article


'Should We Eat Meat?' (6/4/2013)

Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether considering the technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-related aspects of production and consumption. ...> Full Article


Researchers suggest boosting body's natural flu killers (6/3/2013)

Researchers suggest boosting body's natural flu killersA known difficulty in fighting influenza is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown recently that another, more promising, approach is to focus on improving drugs that boost the body's natural flu killer system. ...> Full Article


Anxious men fare worse during job interviews, study finds (6/2/2013)

Nervous about that upcoming job interview? You might want to take steps to reduce your jitters, especially if you are a man. People who are anxious perform more poorly in job interviews, and the effect is worse for men than women, according to new research from the University of Guelph. ...> Full Article


Heart failure accelerates male 'menopause' (6/1/2013)

Heart failure accelerates the aging process and brings on early andropausal syndrome, according to research to be presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2013. ...> Full Article


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