Those who walk, cycle or commute to work self-report higher levels of well-being than those who drive, according to research conducted at UEA's Norwich Medical School. The study, published in the journal Preventative Medicine, surveyed data on nearly 18,000 British commuters. "One surprising finding was that commuters reported feeling better when travelling by public transport . . ."
A new study suggests that older adults who regularly use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). The study, published online in journal BMJ, examined the histories of nearly 1,800 older adults with Alzheimer's.
Scientists have discovered a gene that may lead to a longer life by delaying aging. Researchers at UCLA have found a way to activate a gene (called AMPK) in fruit flies. By activating the gene, they found a way for the cells of the fruit flies to flush out cellular debris that has been linked to age-related diseases, extending the life of the fruit flies by almost a third.
Parents who engage in therapeutic play with children exhibiting early signs of autism may reverse the trends, according to research conducted at UC Davis. The study, published in the journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, tested a play program on seven kids aged 6 to 15 months. The team found that using a therapeutic play program helped six of the seven kids normalize their learning.
Men who smoke before becoming fathers may put their children at an increased risk of asthma, according to research conducted at the University of Bergen. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Munich, analyzed the smoking habits of 13,000 men and women, while looking for asthma incidence in their kids.
A new device that takes mammograms, that will produce both two-dimensional and three-dimensional images to help medical care providers in screening for and diagnosing breast cancer, has been approved by the FDA. The device, named the SenoClaire, was approved with restrictions the FDA placed to offer a reasonable assurance of the safety and efficiency of the new mammogram device.
A diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the likelihood of contracting prostate cancer, according to research conducted at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, found that men who eat more than ten portions of tomatoes each week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing the disease.
The bacteria Clostridia, found in the gut, may help prevent common food allergies, according to research conducted at University of Chicago. The animal study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, exposed two groups of mice to allergens from peanuts. One group was raised in sterile conditions so that they had no microbes inside them.
Fewer U.S. teenagers are using sunscreen, a new study has shown. The study, conducted by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey, published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, found that the percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011.
Older people sleep less because they have lost brain cells that can prevent disrupted sleep. In the new study, conducted by a team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Toronto, researchers examined 1,000 healthy brains at age 65 until death, tracking their sleep patterns.
A drug that is commonly used to treat bone marrow cancer may help to restore hair in patients with an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, a new study has found. The study, published online August 17 in the journal Nature Medicine, found that the drug ruxolitinib (brand name: Jakafi) helped to restore hair growth in a small number of patients with alopecia areata.
More exercise isn't always better for people who have suffered and survived a heart attack. In a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers studied the relationship between exercise and heart disease-related deaths in 2,400 active heart attack survivors over ten years. They found that increasing their exercise (in this study, walking and running) reduced their heart attack risk.
The FDA has issued a recall on some home tattoo kits, claiming that they could cause harmful infections. The kits included in the recall are those marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. Both companies issued recalls on these products in July, but now the FDA is also requesting that customers return these products to the manufacturers immediately.
Researchers have found that regardless of where an athlete gets hit on the head, concussions are serious in a new study. In this study, conducted at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado at Denver and published in the journal, Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data taken from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study.
Mammograms may be beneficial for women over 75, according to research conducted at the University of Washington. The study, published in the journal Radiology, found that patients whose breast cancer was discovered by mammography were more likely to be in the earlier stages of cancer than those cases in which cancer is detected by patients or physicians.