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Body Weekly - September 2012 Archives


Eunuchs outlive other men (9/30/2012)

Castrated men living in Korea centuries ago outlived other men by a significant margin. The findings, reported in the Sept. 25 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggest that male sex hormones are responsible for shortening the lives of men, the researchers say. ...> Full Article


Naked mole-rats may hold clues to pain relief (9/29/2012)

Naked mole-rats evolved to thrive in an acidic environment that other mammals, including humans, would find intolerable. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report new findings as to how these rodents adapted, which may offer clues to relieving pain in other animals and humans. ...> Full Article


New study shows providing non-caloric beverages to teens can help them avoid excessive weight gain (9/28/2012)

A new study on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and teens from pediatric obesity expert David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital, published 9/21 in New England Journal of Medicine. Findings show adolescents who eliminated SSBs for one year gained less weight than those who didn't, shedding light on an effective intervention to help combat adolescent obesity. ...> Full Article


Low calorie cranberry juice lowers blood pressure in healthy adults (9/27/2012)

Regularly drinking low-calorie cranberry juice may help get your blood pressure under control, according to new findings presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. ...> Full Article


Battles between steroid receptors to regulate fat accumulation (9/26/2012)

The androgen receptor in human cells inhibits fat accumulation, but its activity can be sabotaged by glucocorticoids, steroids that regulate fat deposition and are known drivers of obesity and insulin resistance. ...> Full Article


Healthy outlook leads to a healthy lifestyle: study (9/25/2012)

A 'can do' attitude is the key to a healthy lifestyle, University of Melbourne economists have determined. ...> Full Article


Where body fat is stored may determine the likelihood of obese persons developing Type 2 diabetes (9/24/2012)

Where body fat is stored may determine the likelihood of obese persons developing Type 2 diabetesObese individuals with excess visceral fat (abdominal fat that surrounds the body's internal organs) have an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. ...> Full Article


Feeling stressed by your job? Don't blame your employer, study shows (9/23/2012)

Work stress, job satisfaction and health problems due to high stress have more to do with genes than you might think, according to research by Timothy Judge, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. ...> Full Article


Study shows exercise may protect against future emotional stress (9/22/2012)

Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time post-workout, according to a study by kinesiology researchers in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. ...> Full Article


People who read food labels stay thinner (9/21/2012)

People who read food labels stay thinnerAn international team of scientists headed from the University of Santiago de Compostela ensures that reading the labels on food products is linked to obesity prevention, especially in women. According to the study which used data from the USA, female consumers who consult food labels weigh nearly four kilograms less. ...> Full Article


Increased dietary fructose linked to elevated uric acid levels and lower liver energy stores (9/20/2012)

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes who consume higher amounts of fructose display reduced levels of liver adenosine triphosphate -- a compound involved in the energy transfer between cells. The findings, published in the September issue of Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, indicate that elevated uric acid levels are associated with more severe hepatic ATP depletion in response to fructose intake. ...> Full Article


Laser-powered 'needle' promises pain-free injections (9/19/2012)

Laser-powered 'needle' promises pain-free injectionsFrom flu shots to immunizations, needle injections are among the least popular staples of medical care. A new laser-based system that blasts microscopic jets of drugs into the skin could soon make getting a shot as painless as being hit with a puff of air. The system uses a laser to propel a tiny, precise stream of medicine with just the right amount of force. The research was published today Optics Letters. ...> Full Article


Gut microbes help the body extract more calories from food (9/18/2012)

Gut microbes help the body extract more calories from foodA new study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine reveals some gut microbes increase the absorption of dietary fats, allowing the host organism to extract more calories from the same amount of food. ...> Full Article


Exercise may affect food motivation (9/17/2012)

Exercise may affect food motivationIt is commonly assumed that you can 'work up an appetite' with a vigorous workout. Turns out that theory may not be completely accurate -- at least immediately following exercise. New research out of BYU shows that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning actually reduces a person's motivation for food. ...> Full Article


Eat dessert first? It might help you control your diet (9/16/2012)

Consumers watching their diet should pay close attention to the amount of unhealthy foods they eat, but can relax when it comes to healthier options, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. ...> Full Article


Lights off? International experts call attention to dangers of exposure to light at night (9/15/2012)

World experts discussing "Light Pollution and its Ecophysiological Consequences" shed light on the extent of the dangers and harm that night-time artificial lighting causes, emphasizing that it is the short wavelength illumination - "eco-friendly illumination" - that is causing the most harm.The participants were in full agreement that exposure to light at night affects circadian rhythms in nature - humans, animals and plants. ...> Full Article


King's to develop unique sunscreen with Aethic (9/14/2012)

King's College London has entered into an agreement with skincare company Aethic to develop the first sunscreen based on MAA's (mycosporine-like amino acids), produced by coral. ...> Full Article


New discovery related to gum disease (9/13/2012)

A UofL scientist has discovered a mechanism to reduce inflammation and subsequent bone loss related to gum disease. ...> Full Article


Stress prompts some to retain as much salt as eating fries (9/12/2012)

Stress prompts some to retain as much salt as eating friesWhen stressed, about 30 percent of blacks hold onto too much sodium, the equivalent of eating a small order of fast food French fries or a small bag of potato chips, according to research being done by Dr. Gregory Harshfield, hypertension researcher at the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University. ...> Full Article


New research: Soluble corn fiber plays important role in gut health and calcium absorption (9/11/2012)

Two new research studies supported by Tate & Lyle, the global provider of specialty food ingredients and solutions, provide further evidence that certain higher-fiber diets can be well-tolerated, and that fiber may play an important role in supporting a healthy gut as well as promoting calcium absorption. ...> Full Article


Vitamin D supplement fails to lower cholesterol in short term (9/10/2012)

Correcting low vitamin D levels with high doses of vitamin D3 supplements failed to improve cholesterol levels at two months and worsened the cholesterol profile for some people. These results contradict the association between higher vitamin D levels and healthier cholesterol levels. ...> Full Article


Even in normal range, high blood sugar linked to brain shrinkage (9/9/2012)

People whose blood sugar is on the high end of the normal range may be at greater risk of brain shrinkage that occurs with aging and diseases such as dementia, according to new research published in the Sept. 4, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, Stanford study finds (9/8/2012)

A team led by Dena Bravata, a senior affiliate with Stanford's Center for Health Policy, and Crystal Smith-Spangler, M.D., M.S., a Veterans Affairs physician fellow at the center, did the most comprehensive meta-analysis to date of existing studies comparing organic and conventional foods. They did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives, though consumption of organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure. ...> Full Article


Bitter tastes quickly turn milk chocolate fans sour (9/7/2012)

Dark chocolate lovers can handle a wider range of bitter tastes before rejection compared to milk chocolate fans, according to Penn State food scientists. ...> Full Article


Chocolate: A sweet method for stroke prevention in men? (9/6/2012)

Eating a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be associated with a lower risk of stroke in men, according to a new study published in the Aug. 29, 2012, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Many trendy 'microgreens' are more nutritious than their mature counterparts (9/5/2012)

The first scientific analysis of nutrient levels in edible microgreens has found that many of those trendy seedlings of green vegetables and herbs have more vitamins and healthful nutrients than their fully grown counterparts. A report on the research appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. ...> Full Article


Energy drinks improve heart function (9/4/2012)

Consuming energy drinks can exert acute positive benefits on myocardial performance, according to research presented today at the ESC Congress by Dr. Matteo Cameli from University of Siena. ...> Full Article


How 'beige' fat makes the pounds melt away (9/3/2012)

Researchers from the University of Bonn and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried have decoded a signal path that could boost the burning of body fat. Mice that are missing a signal switch called VASP are clearly leaner and have more of the coveted brown and beige-colored fat cells that convert energy into heat. This might point the way to a new method for fighting obesity. The researchers presented their results in the current issue of the renowned journal Science Signaling. ...> Full Article


Nutrition tied to improved sperm DNA quality in older men (9/2/2012)

A new study led by Berkeley Lab scientists found that a healthy intake of micronutrients is strongly associated with improved sperm DNA quality in older men. In younger men, however, a higher intake of micronutrients didn't improve their sperm DNA. ...> Full Article


Vitamin B12 deficiency: Tracking the genetic causes (9/1/2012)

Vitamin B12 is essential to human health. However, some people have inherited conditions that leave them unable to process vitamin B12. An international research team recently discovered a new genetic disease related to vitamin B12 deficiency by identifying a gene that is vital to the transport of vitamin into the cells of the body. This discovery will help doctors better diagnose this rare genetic disorder and open the door to new treatments. ...> Full Article


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