All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘studies’

Shaming Doesn’t Help Obese People Lose Weight, Shows Study

Americans are now larger than ever, and predicted to become even larger over the next few decades. Along with the rise in obesity has come a rise in associated health problems and costs. Medical professionals across the U.S. are now searching for strategies to motivate weight loss in the population. According to a new study out this week, shaming patients …

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Cities Safer Than Rural Areas, Shows Study

Americans’ vision of the rural U.S. is often the idyllic Mayberry setting of The Andy Griffith Show. However, a new study has now shown that the rural U.S. can actually be more dangerous than U.S. cities. The study, to be published this week in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, shows that the risk of death from injuries is lower …

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Facebook Posts Used to Find Strep Throat Outbreak Source

Social media is largely thought of as a way for people across the world to keep in touch and share moments from their lives. The information being collected on sites like Twitter and Facebook, however, can also be used for both good and bad ends. The Infectious Diseases Society of America today revealed one way in which social media has …

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New Diabetes Treatment Uses Injectable “Smart Sponge”

Researchers from several U.S. universities this week announced a new diabetes treatment method that uses a “smart sponge” as a drug delivery device. The injectable sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core, expanding and contracting in response to blood sugar levels to regulate the amount of insulin released. The researchers also believe the technique could be used as a targeted cancer …

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Obesity Risk Could be Passed on Through Sperm, Shows Study

Though a mother’s health during pregnancy can dramatically affect the health of a child, researchers have now found evidence that the health of fathers may also contribute. A new study out of the University of Adelaide has found “molecular signals” in the sperm of obese mice fathers that could pass on obesity and/or metabolic disease to their children. This effect …

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Lionfish Moving into the Atlantic Coast, Caribbean

A deep-sea expedition last month found that Atlantic Ocean lionfish are moving into the Atlantic coast in large numbers. Even more disturbing for researchers was the fact that the lionfish found during the expedition were large, meaning they can more easily reproduce and travel to varying depths. The expedition was the first to use a deep-sea diving submersible to examine …

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Interspecies Transplants Could Help Diabetes Patients, Shows Study

Researchers at Northwestern University this week revealed that they have successfully transplanted insulin-producing cells called islets from one species to another. They believe that this successful interspecies transplant could be the first step toward animal-to-human transplants as a treatment for diabetes. The research was published today in the journal Diabetes. “This is the first time that an interspecies transplant of …

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Vaccinations in Children Protect the Elderly, Shows Study

A new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that vaccines given to children to prevent blood and ear infections are reducing the spread of pneumonia to older, at-risk adults. In fact, Vanderbilt University researchers found that the herd immunity effect from the vaccination of children was more effective in preventing pneumonia than a vaccine …

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U.S. Falling Behind on Health Outcomes, Shows Study

Though it hosts the best medical research in the world and spends more money on healthcare than any other country, a new study shows that the U.S. is falling behind other countries when it comes to actual health outcomes. The study shows that traffic injuries, self-harm, cirrhosis, and drug addiction are rising as causes of premature death, along with Alzheimer’s, …

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Google’s New Databoard Lets You Create Custom Infographics

Google has just unveiled a nice little data sharing tool for businesses that aims to keep up with the latest data available from studies Google chooses to include. It lets you easily get right to the data points you’re looking for, and share them with others in visually appealing ways. The tool is called the Databoard for Research Insights, and …

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New Cancer Drug Could Fight Breast Cancer

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia this week announced that a new anti-cancer compound shows promise in treating a common type of breast cancer. The compounds, known as BH3-mimetics, have been shown to be effective in treating oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancers, which around 70% of breast cancers are. The research has been published in the …

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Fat Cells’ DNA Changes After Exercise, Shows Study

Everyone knows that exercise is good for human health, but a new study has shown that it can actually alter DNA expression in our bodies. The study, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, looked at fat cells in the bodies of 23 “slightly overweight,” but otherwise healthy middle-aged men. Though the men had not previously exercised, they were put on …

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