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New UNC Charlotte technology to help hospitals organize, analyze patient statistics

New UNC Charlotte technology to help hospitals organize, analyze patient statistics

UNC Charlotte and a major healthcare data company have launched new technology that will help hospitals organize and analyze patient statistics. [More]
Adding high salt to high-fat diet prevents weight gain in mice

Adding high salt to high-fat diet prevents weight gain in mice

In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, University of Iowa scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice. [More]
Physical activities may not protect against underlying markers for Alzheimer's disease

Physical activities may not protect against underlying markers for Alzheimer's disease

While participating in physical activities such as bike riding, dancing, walking and gardening and mentally stimulating activities such as crosswords and reading may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, they may not do so by affecting the underlying markers for the disease, according to a study published in the June 10, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Light exercise provides significant health benefits for older adults

Light exercise provides significant health benefits for older adults

An easy walk, slow dancing, leisurely sports such as table tennis, household chores and other light-intensity exercise may be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults - if they get enough of that type of activity. [More]
New research shows that risky outdoor play good for children's health

New research shows that risky outdoor play good for children's health

New research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children's health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience. [More]
Pre-diagnostic short sleep duration, frequent snoring associated with poor cancer-specific survival

Pre-diagnostic short sleep duration, frequent snoring associated with poor cancer-specific survival

A new study suggests that pre-diagnostic short sleep duration and frequent snoring were associated with significantly poorer cancer-specific survival, particularly among women with breast cancer. [More]
Dietary data used by U.S. Government's 2015 DGAC is scientifically flawed, claim health researchers

Dietary data used by U.S. Government's 2015 DGAC is scientifically flawed, claim health researchers

U.S. government-issued dietary recommendations continue to evolve over time. In a special article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an obesity theorist and cardiovascular health researchers claim that the main source of dietary information used by the U.S. Government's 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is scientifically flawed because the underlying data are primarily informed by memory-based dietary assessment methods (M-BMs) (eg, interviews and surveys). [More]
Greater life satisfaction in older adults linked to reduced risk of mortality

Greater life satisfaction in older adults linked to reduced risk of mortality

In a study just published by researchers at Chapman University, findings showed that greater life satisfaction in adults older than 50 years of age is related to a reduced risk of mortality. [More]
Breathe NIOV System improves exercise duration among patients with chronic respiratory disease

Breathe NIOV System improves exercise duration among patients with chronic respiratory disease

Breathe Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of innovative medical technologies for patients with respiratory insufficiency diseases and neuromuscular diseases, announced new data today demonstrating that use of its Non-Invasive Open Ventilation (NIOV) System in pulmonary rehabilitation was associated with significant improvement in mean exercise duration change (approximately 63 percent) among patients with chronic respiratory disease. [More]
Study can help spur beneficial lifestyle changes in patients to reduce Alzheimer's risk

Study can help spur beneficial lifestyle changes in patients to reduce Alzheimer's risk

Armed with new knowledge about how neurodegenerative diseases alter brain structures, increasing numbers of neurologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians are adopting quantitative brain imaging as a tool to measure and help manage cognitive declines in patients. These imaging findings can help spur beneficial lifestyle changes in patients to reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Eating less late at night may help reduce effects of sleep deprivation

Eating less late at night may help reduce effects of sleep deprivation

Eating less late at night may help curb the concentration and alertness deficits that accompany sleep deprivation, according to results of a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. [More]
New Penn study links physical activities with better sleep habits

New Penn study links physical activities with better sleep habits

Physical activities, such as walking, as well as aerobics/calisthenics, biking, gardening, golfing, running, weight-lifting, and yoga/Pilates are associated with better sleep habits, compared to no activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
New study shows average New Yorker sits more than seven hours a day

New study shows average New Yorker sits more than seven hours a day

The Big Apple is one of the most walkable cities in the nation, providing many opportunities for physical activity, and New Yorkers are more likely to exercise regularly than the average U.S. adult. But they are also sitting far more than what is considered healthy. [More]
New UF study shows that multi-tasking may improve cognitive performance

New UF study shows that multi-tasking may improve cognitive performance

A new University of Florida study challenges the notion that multi-tasking causes one or both activities to suffer. In a study of older adults who completed cognitive tasks while cycling on a stationary bike, UF researchers found that participants' cycling speed improved while multi-tasking with no cost to their cognitive performance. [More]

Sport eases transition into retirement, encourages continued development of adults

Retirement is an important milestone in a person's life. Adjusting to the many changes retirement brings can mean the difference between a positive quality of life and one that struggles under the weight of change. [More]
Even during quiet moments, our brains are preparing us to be socially connected to other people

Even during quiet moments, our brains are preparing us to be socially connected to other people

A new study by UCLA neuroscientists sheds light on why Facebook is such a popular diversion for people who feel like taking a break. [More]
Key lifestyle changes could help reduce risk of cognitive decline

Key lifestyle changes could help reduce risk of cognitive decline

The evidence is mounting: People can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. That is the conclusion of a new research summary published online today in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. [More]
New UAB research shows that HBP medications can increase stroke risk

New UAB research shows that HBP medications can increase stroke risk

Untreated high blood pressure, or hypertension, wreaks havoc on the body, leading to heart disease and stroke. New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in the journal Stroke shows that, although HBP medications are beneficial, it is as risky to wait for the condition to develop and then treat it to a controlled level. [More]
Amway releases BodyKey by Nutrilite tool that uses genetic test to determine weight management approach

Amway releases BodyKey by Nutrilite tool that uses genetic test to determine weight management approach

When it comes to choosing a weight management plan, research shows that one size does not fit all. That's why Amway introduced BodyKey by Nutrilite, a weight management program that uses a genetic test or a comprehensive assessment based on validated science to help consumers determine an ideal weight management approach. [More]
Modest lifestyle changes help breast cancer survivors lose weight

Modest lifestyle changes help breast cancer survivors lose weight

Carrying extra body fat increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and also increases risk of cancer recurrence after a breast cancer diagnosis. A multi-institutional study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2015 shows that female breast cancer survivors are able to lose weight through modest lifestyle changes. [More]
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