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Studies find environment plays major role in shaping immune system

Studies find environment plays major role in shaping immune system

Like fingerprints, immune systems vary from person to person. And although we all inherit a unique set of genes that help us respond to infections, recent studies have found that our history and environment—like where and with whom we live—are responsible for 60% to 80% of the differences between individual immune systems, while genetics account for the rest. [More]
Hypertension linked to cognitive issues in children and adolescents

Hypertension linked to cognitive issues in children and adolescents

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, has increased significantly in children, paralleling the current childhood obesity epidemic. [More]
Frequent nighttime hot flashes may trigger mild depression symptoms during menopause

Frequent nighttime hot flashes may trigger mild depression symptoms during menopause

A woman's perception that she is experiencing a high number of nighttime hot flashes can trigger mild symptoms of depression during menopause, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]
Psychological support may be crucial for physical recovery of breast cancer patients

Psychological support may be crucial for physical recovery of breast cancer patients

The words no one wants to hear: "You have breast cancer." Unfortunately, close to 300,000 American women are expected to receive that diagnosis each year. [More]
Exercise can increase endocannabinoid levels even under chronic sleep loss

Exercise can increase endocannabinoid levels even under chronic sleep loss

A research group at Uppsala University has investigated how levels of endocannabinoids - which target the same receptors as cannabis - are affected by short sleep duration, and whether acute exercise can modulate this effect. [More]
Heavy drinking in older adults linked to poorer neurocognitive functions

Heavy drinking in older adults linked to poorer neurocognitive functions

Heavy drinking can lead to neurophysiological and cognitive changes ranging from disrupted sleep to more serious neurotoxic effects. [More]
New study aims at integrating healthy habits into routines of tomorrow's doctors

New study aims at integrating healthy habits into routines of tomorrow's doctors

Can activity monitors, exercise, and monthly wellness seminars help medical students improve fitness, reduce stress, and score higher on tests? And, through those techniques, will those future doctors be more prepared to help their patients become healthier? [More]
Study shows maritime pine bark extract may be effective in limiting muscle loss due to aging

Study shows maritime pine bark extract may be effective in limiting muscle loss due to aging

A new peer-reviewed, published study shows French maritime pine bark extract, Pycnogenol, may be effective in curbing muscle loss that occurs with aging – a natural process that leads to sarcopenia, a common condition affecting adults as early as age 65. [More]
New open access journal covers latest research on diseases affecting the head and neck areas

New open access journal covers latest research on diseases affecting the head and neck areas

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation is pleased to announce that OTO Open, the Academy's new and official open access journal will be joining the Academy's premier journal, Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, both published by SAGE Publishing. [More]
UofL researchers receive NIH funding to explore how environmental exposures influence health of children

UofL researchers receive NIH funding to explore how environmental exposures influence health of children

The National Institutes of Health today announced a team of researchers headed by Janice Sullivan, M.D., of the University of Louisville is among grant recipients nationwide receiving funding for a seven-year, multicenter initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes. [More]
Scientists create new scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients

Scientists create new scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients

'I won't be able to cope with my pain if I don't sleep well' - research from the University of Warwick reveals that the way chronic pain patients think about pain and sleep leads to insomnia and poor management of pain. [More]
Study finds racial disparities in physical and functional quality of life for breast cancer survivors

Study finds racial disparities in physical and functional quality of life for breast cancer survivors

An analysis of the quality of life of several thousand breast cancer survivors in North Carolina found differences in how black and white women functioned and felt physically and spiritually during treatment and two years after diagnosis. [More]
Adequate parent-child relationship may offer protection against all chronic illnesses in later life

Adequate parent-child relationship may offer protection against all chronic illnesses in later life

Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child's physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study. [More]
Sleep paralysis can be strange and frightening experience but not harmful

Sleep paralysis can be strange and frightening experience but not harmful

Your eyes begin to open after a good night of sleep, but something feels weird. You try to rub the tiredness out of your face but can't lift your arms. In a panic you try to take a deep breath but can't draw air. [More]
Tips to prevent back-to-school illnesses in children

Tips to prevent back-to-school illnesses in children

The backpacks are packed, lunchboxes are filled and the little ones are back in school. Kids have returned to their classrooms with stories of their summer vacations, and, unfortunately, with a host of germs ready to spread quickly in a close environment. [More]

Study finds sleep habits during late childhood predict alcohol and cannabis use in adolescence

A study led by researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pitt Department of Psychology has identified a possible link between adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse. [More]
VTT researchers develop new mobile device that helps prevent cerebral infarctions

VTT researchers develop new mobile device that helps prevent cerebral infarctions

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a mobile app and thumb-size device that help to prevent cerebral infarctions at an early stage, during asymptomatic atrial fibrillation. [More]
Infant Mortality Awareness Month: NICHQ launches campaign to combat infant mortality

Infant Mortality Awareness Month: NICHQ launches campaign to combat infant mortality

National Institute for Children's Health Quality, an independent, nonprofit organization working to improve children’s health, today announced the launch of its annual campaign to combat infant mortality in conjunction with Infant Mortality Awareness Month. [More]
Epilepsy Foundation launches new campaign to raise awareness of SUDEP among people with epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation launches new campaign to raise awareness of SUDEP among people with epilepsy

In response to the urgent need to raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) among people with epilepsy and their caregivers, the Epilepsy Foundation’s SUDEP Institute today issued a special expert consensus report, #AimForZero: Striving Toward a Future Free from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. [More]
Loyola Medicine introduces multidisciplinary program to diagnose and treat concussions

Loyola Medicine introduces multidisciplinary program to diagnose and treat concussions

Loyola Medicine has launched a multidisciplinary Concussion Program to diagnose and treat concussions in athletes and other patients. [More]
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