Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience examined the role of the TREM2 gene in the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and how this gene may be used for the development of treatments. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and affects approximately 70% of individuals with dementia. It
Reading Time: 3 minutes A Canadian study conducted at the University of Calgary examined whether screen time habits of toddlers influences development and behavior. Pediatric recommendations clearly state that children under eight years of age should spend no more than one hour a day watching high-quality television. The reality, unfortunately, is quite different. In the
Reading Time: 2 minutes The American Heart Association (AHA) recently revealed updated statistics on the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the United States. The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization that concentrates on the health of the brain and heart. The AHA supports medical research related to heart disease and stroke.
Reading Time: 1 minute Myth: Playing video games may lead to a negative impact on the brain and cognition. Truth: This can be true or false. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that helps individuals orient themselves and remember past experiences. The striatum is the part of the brain that counterbalances the hippocampus.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a recent study, researchers test the efficacy of an artificial pancreas smartphone application. Artificial pancreas systems are a useful tool to evaluate glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes, to assure glucose levels are kept in a safe range for as long as possible. There are some challenges
Reading Time: 2 minutes A study by scientists at the National University of Singapore determined the importance of overall diet quality on the risk of type 2 diabetes. Several modified diets have been tried in the Western world, which has proved to be effective in reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study published in the journal Birth determined whether maternal sleep is associated with the risk of stillbirth. Stillbirth is fetal death at or after 28 weeks of pregnancy. The risk factors for stillbirth include advanced age, obesity, smoking, pre-eclampsia, and diabetes in pregnancy. Being a preventable cause, several studies
Reading Time: 2 minutes Erasable ink found on receipts contain bisphenol A. A recent study conducted at the University of Granada researched the presence of BPA in receipts and discuss its effects on the human body. Approximately 90% of tickets and receipts with erasable ink contain bisphenol A as they are made from thermal
Reading Time: 3 minutes Although the use of costly topical pain relief creams has been increasing over the years, a recent clinical trial evaluated how well they actually relieve pain compared to placebo cream. People use pain relief creams for a variety of conditions, including flair ups from arthritis, gout, muscle pain, bursitis, and
Reading Time: 3 minutes In a recent study, researchers from China, Korea, and the US explored the relationship between a sedentary lifestyle and the risk of young-onset colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a form of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum and is typically diagnosed in later life. However, young-onset colorectal cancer, diagnosed
Reading Time: 3 minutes In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers investigated the effect of adding dairy foods to a Mediterranean diet. Thirty-one per cent of all deaths worldwide are caused by heart disease. Those who are at risk for cardiovascular disease are also at risk for a host of
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent press release by UTSA revealed how over one-third of the United States population is obese or overweight due to a lack of food access. Obesity in America is a big problem today, affecting both adults and children. It is the second leading cause of all premature deaths in
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study revealed the overall risk of a subsequent mental illness diagnosis across a wide range of disorders. One of the most perplexing findings in psychiatry is that the presence of one mental health disorder drastically increases the chances of developing another. Some estimates report that these chances can
Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers study the role of epigenetic regulation of genes in the development of age-related macular degeneration that is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged above 50 years. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in older adults. It is estimated that approximately 2
Reading Time: 1 minute Rumour: Sticking to a gluten-free diet is challenging for patients with celiac disease. Truth: This is true. Individuals with celiac disease cannot digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, among others. As an autoimmune disorder, the body reacts to gluten by destroying a part of the small intestine
Reading Time: 3 minutes A study on how stress experienced during motherhood during their children’s first year of life contributes to the development of obesity in children. Stress in motherhood has the potential to be related to overweight children since parental behavior plays an important role in children’s weight development. A review of studies on
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a recent study, researchers examine breast cancer recurrence by the creation of two tumor models. There are a certain group of breast cancer patients who are described to have oestrogen receptor (ER) alpha-positive (ER+) tumors . These tumors are especially resistant to adjuvant oestrogen deprivation therapy because those with
Reading Time: 2 minutes New research determines the correlation between mortality rates due to cardiovascular disease and sauna bathing habits. Previous research has suggested that exposure to heat reduces the stiffness of arteries, lowers blood pressure, and improves the cardiovascular system. A common form of heat therapy, sauna bathing, has been linked with cardiovascular benefits
Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent Cell Reports study by UK and US researchers examined how weight loss surgery changes the body’s response to food. Bariatric surgery is a form of surgery performed on the stomach and intestines to promote weight loss. The surgery is widely used to treat obesity and has also been shown
Reading Time: 4 minutes A large case-control study used electronic records to identify and quantify the symptoms associated with larynx cancer to help primary care physicians refer the right patients for further tests. The larynx is the voice box located just below the pharynx or the throat in the neck. The larynx contains the vocal
A recent study analyzed the benefits of statin therapy on reducing cardiovascular events in all age groups, including those aged 75 and older. Statin therapy helps to lower cholesterol and is commonly prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or strokes. There is a lot of evidence demonstrating the benefits
An Italian study investigated whether developing PTSD after a terrorist attack might make you more susceptible to specific co-existing chronic diseases or conditions. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that develops after a traumatic event. Symptoms include disturbing dreams, feelings, and thoughts that are related to such events, including symptoms of panic.
Flaxseed fiber helps lower cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. A recent study explored how the fermentability of flaxseed fiber affects gut health and improves metabolism in animal studies. Dietary fibers can be categorized into three broad groups based on their viscosity, solubility, and fermentability. Viscous dietary fibers form a gel with the stomach
Researchers recommend different plans and programs to the level of exercise for those with diabetes and cardiovascular risk. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are associated with an increased risk of mortality. Exercise and diabetes are linked; previous studies have shown that there are added benefits to exercising for those diagnosed with diabetes. If there are no
A recent study in ERJ Open Research evaluated the effect of snoring and sleep apnea on cardiovascular health in a group of young athletes. The sudden cardiac death of a young person is a tragic and often unexpected event, especially if the young person is an athlete, and thus considered vigorous and fit. Sudden cardiac
A new study determined the incidence and progression of heart calcification among South Asian Americans and compared their results with that of other ethnic groups. Atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries, is a constantly changing process. If left unchecked, it slowly blocks arteries resulting in restricted blood flow. Atherosclerosis is usually the cause
A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society may have found a reason to rethink the idea that low cholesterol is always better. Triglycerides are your body’s main form of storing fat, and right now, treatment guidelines recommend lowering your triglyceride levels, no matter how old you are. However, it is known
A recent study investigated the relationship between exercise and dietary preferences for healthy foods. It can be difficult to eat healthily when calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods are heavily marketed and easily accessible. Many young adults experience this difficulty when they first start living alone and have limited time and money to buy and cook healthy meals.