Those who live in well-heated homes are less likely to be obese and have lower BMIs than those with cooler houses, according to research conducted at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The study, published in the journal Obesity, surveyed data on 100,000 adults culled during the Health Survey for England.
Vitamin D supplements may be helpful for dancers and other athletes who train indoors and lack an exposure to sunlight, according to research conducted at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the University of Wolverhampton and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The team studied two groups of ballerinas: one which took 2,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day, and another who took no supplement.
Exercise during adolescence may help mitigate the negative health effects shown in children whose mothers had high-fat diets during pregnancy, according to an animal study conducted at Johns Hopkins. The team compared a group of rat offspring whose mothers were given high-fat diets during pregnancy.
A new article suggests that people with a food allergy are likelier to die from accidental death or murder than from a food allergy. The article, released by researchers at Imperial College London and based on data from 13 different studies conducted around the world, rates the risk of dying from a food allergy exposure as 1.81 in a million per person.
Scientists have discovered a protein that could trigger the burning of fat in the body. In the study, carried out by a research team at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, scientists found that a specific chemical compound can activate an uncoupling protein called UCP1 (found in brown fatty tissue) which could trigger fat burning in adults.
Obese individuals and normal weight individuals who are metabolically unhealthy face a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research conducted at the University of Texas. The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, analyzed the results of the San Antonio Heart Study.
Over-participation in sports may be just as bad as under-participating, according to research conducted at the University of Lausanne. The study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, surveyed 1,200 Swedish subjects (aged 16-20) about their levels of sports activity. Peak assessment scores were achieved by those teens who doubled the recommended seven hours but did not surpass that.
Kids today are slower and less fit than their parents at the same age, according to research conducted by the American Heart Association. The study analyzed 50 previous studies taken between 1964 and 2010 that involved more than 25 million kids, ages 9 to 17, in 28 countries. The team found that today's children are roughly 15 percent less aerobically fit than their parents at their age.
People who eat a handful of nuts each day may increase their life span, according to research conducted at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, published the New England Medicine of Journal, surveyed data on nearly 120,000 people over a 30-year period.
Federal food benefit programs may not lead to an increase in the quality of diet for many Americans, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. Researchers surveyed 107 low-income adults over the course of three months. All of the adults in the study were part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Some symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease could be brought on by a particular kind of fungus, according to researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Emory University in Georgia. According to the researchers, the fungus, called 1-octen-3-ol or mushroom alcohol, may be linked with defects in two genes that help regulate dopamine.
A new study has shown that people who drink coffee six or less hours before going to bed can have trouble sleeping. "Sleep specialists have always suspected that caffeine can disrupt sleep long after it is consumed," said American Academy of Sleep Medicine President M. Safwan Badr, MD. "This study provides objective evidence supporting the general recommendation that avoiding caffeine . . ."
Wild blueberries are a good source of phytochemicals called polyphenols, an organic compound associated with several health benefits, according to research conducted at the University of Maine. The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, demonstrated that a diet rich in blueberries may improve conditions associated metabolic syndrome, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The FDA has announced that it plans to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products. Speaking at a presser, FDA commish Margaret Hamburg said that the oils "are not generally recognized as safe for use in food." According to CDC figures, the ban could prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year.
Drinking tea could provide a mix of health benefits according to a new study from a cohort of researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, UCLA and the University of Glasgow. The new study comes from a collection of 12 different studies on tea that have linked the beverage to weight loss, increased bone density, improved mood and better health over all.