- A cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away, study shows
- Reducing just six risk factors could prevent 37 million deaths from chronic diseases over 15 years
- Big sisters do better: New study of siblings finds eldest girls have the edge
- Out of shape? Your memory may suffer
- Pediatricians call for a Vitamin K tracking system for babies not getting shots
- Join new Yardmap project to create bird habitat
- Four myths about privacy
- New smart phone apps help doctors manage pain patients
- Investigators find something fishy with classical evidence for dietary fish recommendations
- Quit bugging me! Tips on coping with bug bites this summer
- Heart attack survivors who eat lots of fiber live longer, study finds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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