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USF receives FEMA grant to reduce risk of low back pain, disability in firefighters

USF receives FEMA grant to reduce risk of low back pain, disability in firefighters

The University of South Florida's John Mayer, DC, PhD, recently received a $1.3 million Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance of Firefighters grant - a three-year award that will help build upon cumulative research evaluating the effectiveness of targeted exercise programs to reduce the risk of low back pain and disability in firefighters. [More]
People with increased yellow in macula could maintain better vision: Study

People with increased yellow in macula could maintain better vision: Study

Human eyes naturally contain yellow pigment in the macula, a spot near the center of the retina responsible for high-resolution vision. Those with more yellow in their macula may have an advantage when it comes to filtering out atmospheric particles that obscure one's vision, commonly known as haze. [More]
Researchers examine which condition comes first - childhood obesity or asthma?

Researchers examine which condition comes first - childhood obesity or asthma?

For years, doctors have known that there is a link between childhood obesity and asthma, but have found it difficult to determine which condition tends to come first, or whether one causes the other. [More]
Football players are found to be carriers of sickle cell trait later in life

Football players are found to be carriers of sickle cell trait later in life

From 2000 to 2014, nine collegiate football players unexpectedly collapsed and died during training. The cause? Muscle breakdown leading to organ failure. [More]
Professor receives grant from NIH to test effects of high-intensity functional training

Professor receives grant from NIH to test effects of high-intensity functional training

Katie Heinrich, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, has been awarded an investigator-initiated grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for more than $2.52 million. [More]
Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton following intensive exercise

Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton following intensive exercise

Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. [More]
Short-term antiinflammatory treatment may reduce airway hyperresponsiveness

Short-term antiinflammatory treatment may reduce airway hyperresponsiveness

Short-term treatment with budesonide and montelukast may decrease airway hyperresponsiveness to exercise and mannitol challenge in children and adolescents with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, Swiss study data show. [More]
Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

US researchers have shown that patients with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma have more exacerbations, less emphysema and more airway disease than patients with COPD alone. [More]
Viewpoints: Medicaid expansion spreading; 'GOP's woman problem;' praising Medicare

Viewpoints: Medicaid expansion spreading; 'GOP's woman problem;' praising Medicare

The latest jerry-built effort to destroy health care reform could be defeated in the full federal appeals court in the District of Columbia. In July, a three-judge panel of that court -; taking a ridiculously crabbed view of a section in the law -; ruled 2-to-1 that tax-credit subsidies are allowed only for those buying insurance on a health exchange "established by the state." [More]
Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness, the key is sticking to it

Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness, the key is sticking to it

Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness; the key is sticking to it, a research study has found. [More]
White pill may help scientists learn why patients with cystic fibrosis have less exercise capacity

White pill may help scientists learn why patients with cystic fibrosis have less exercise capacity

A little white pill may help scientists learn why patients with cystic fibrosis have less exercise capacity than their peers, even if their lungs are relatively healthy. [More]
Yoga program for MS patients improves physical and mental well-being

Yoga program for MS patients improves physical and mental well-being

Paula Meltzer was only 38 when out of nowhere everything she looked at was blurry. For the single mother, who had a lucrative career as a gemologist and spent hours examining valuable pieces of jewelry, it seemed as if - in a split second - her life changed. [More]
Drinking too much water and sports drinks may lead to death

Drinking too much water and sports drinks may lead to death

The recent deaths of two high school football players illustrate the dangers of drinking too much water and sports drinks, according to Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician Dr. James Winger. [More]
Neuropsychologist sees increase in ADHD diagnoses

Neuropsychologist sees increase in ADHD diagnoses

Since 2007, there has been a 16 percent increase in ADHD diagnoses in the United States. While this may alarm some parents, Kids In The House experts explain what this increase really means and how parents can help children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. [More]
Risk of obesity higher among adults who had been subjected to abuse as children

Risk of obesity higher among adults who had been subjected to abuse as children

Being subjected to abuse during childhood entails a markedly increased risk of developing obesity as an adult. [More]
Combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise protects against CVD

Combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise protects against CVD

Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who exercise, according to results from the In Vino Veritas (IVV) study presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Milos Taborsky from the Czech Republic. [More]
Study suggests that energy drinks can cause heart problems

Study suggests that energy drinks can cause heart problems

Energy drinks can cause heart problems according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Professor Milou-Daniel Drici from France. [More]
Intravenous iron supplement can improve quality of life for iron deficient heart failure patients

Intravenous iron supplement can improve quality of life for iron deficient heart failure patients

Heart failure patients with iron deficiency can experience significant and sustainable improvements in functional capacity and quality of life as well as reduced risk of hospital admission for worsening heart failure by receiving just one to two intravenous doses of an iron supplement, according to the results of a study presented today at ESC Congress 2014. [More]
Comprehensive fitness and nutrition regimens may prevent bone and muscle deterioration

Comprehensive fitness and nutrition regimens may prevent bone and muscle deterioration

Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging, according to a review of the latest research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up) appearing in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). [More]
MS study uses fNIRS to examine brain activation during working memory task

MS study uses fNIRS to examine brain activation during working memory task

Using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Kessler Foundation researchers have shown differential brain activation patterns between people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and healthy controls. [More]