Σάββατο, 3 Μαΐου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


A cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away, study shows

Posted: 02 May 2014 06:30 PM PDT

Coffee drinkers, rejoice! Aside from java's energy jolt, food scientists say you may reap another health benefit from a daily cup of joe: prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes.

Reducing just six risk factors could prevent 37 million deaths from chronic diseases over 15 years

Posted: 02 May 2014 05:47 PM PDT

Reducing or curbing just six modifiable risk factors—tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, salt intake, high blood pressure and blood sugar, and obesity—to globally-agreed target levels could prevent more than 37 million premature deaths over 15 years, from the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs; cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory disease, cancers, and diabetes) according to new research.

Big sisters do better: New study of siblings finds eldest girls have the edge

Posted: 02 May 2014 01:04 PM PDT

A new study has revealed that oldest children are the most ambitious, especially girls, and a wider gap between siblings increases the chances of children achieving higher levels of qualifications.

Out of shape? Your memory may suffer

Posted: 02 May 2014 10:02 AM PDT

Here's another reason to drop that doughnut and hit the treadmill: A new study suggests aerobic fitness affects long-term memory. "The findings show that lower-fit individuals lose more memory across time," said a co-author. The study is one of the first to investigate young, supposedly healthy adults. Previous research on fitness and memory has focused largely on children, whose brains are still developing, and the elderly, whose memories are declining.

Pediatricians call for a Vitamin K tracking system for babies not getting shots

Posted: 02 May 2014 10:01 AM PDT

Doctors have seen a rise in late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding in young infants due to parents declining the shot at birth, and are calling for a tracking system of these children. Over eight months, these physicians saw and diagnosed seven infants, ages 7 weeks to 20 weeks, with vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), formerly known as hemorrhagic disease of the newborn. Four of the infants had intracranial hemorrhaging, with two requiring urgent neurosurgical intervention, and another with bleeding from the intestines.

Join new Yardmap project to create bird habitat

Posted: 02 May 2014 10:01 AM PDT

The backyard is far more than a place to install a pool, hold a barbecue, or toss a Frisbee. The sum of all North American yards and neighborhood green spaces equals major habitat for birds and other wildlife. Creating larger, connected patches of bird-friendly habitat is one goal of the new YardMap citizen-science project. The project has undergone extensive testing by 10,000 users who created more than 6,700 maps. YardMap is ready for everyone and is now inviting new participants to join.

Four myths about privacy

Posted: 02 May 2014 05:12 AM PDT

Many privacy discussions follow a similar pattern, and involve the same kinds of arguments. It's commonplace to hear that privacy is dead, people -- especially kids -- don't care about privacy, people with nothing to hide have nothing to fear, and privacy is bad for business. "These claims are common, but they're myths," says a privacy law expert.

New smart phone apps help doctors manage pain patients

Posted: 01 May 2014 06:14 PM PDT

Mobile medicine is helping chronic pain patients cope with and manage their condition thanks to new smartphone apps, which can track patients from a distance and monitor pain, mood, physical activity, drug side effects, and treatment compliance. Investigators found that internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy could significantly decrease pain levels, improve function, and decrease costs compared to standard care. They added that electronic diaries maintained by patients are more effective than paper diaries for evaluating pain levels, daily activities, treatment compliance and mood.

Investigators find something fishy with classical evidence for dietary fish recommendations

Posted: 01 May 2014 01:56 PM PDT

Oily fish are currently recommended as part of a heart healthy diet. This guideline is partially based on the landmark 1970s study that connected the low incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) among the Inuit of Greenland to their diet, rich in whale and seal blubber. Now, researchers have found that the Inuit people actually suffered from CAD at the same rate as their Caucasian counterparts, meaning there is insufficient evidence to back previous claims on which dietary recommendations were built.

Quit bugging me! Tips on coping with bug bites this summer

Posted: 01 May 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Warmer weather has folks venturing outdoors, and while the risk of running into a snake, bear or other menacing animal exists, the critters far more likely to be encountered in the great outdoors are ticks, mosquitos and other insects.

Heart attack survivors who eat lots of fiber live longer, study finds

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 03:48 PM PDT

People who survive heart attacks have a greater chance of living longer if they increase their dietary intake of fiber -- and eating lots of cereal fiber is especially beneficial, finds research. It is well-known that healthy people who have a high intake of dietary fiber have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease but until now it has been unclear whether advising heart attack survivors to eat more fiber will improve their chances of living longer.

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