Health-related News

Mouse Study Complicates Role of Inflammation in Alzheimer’s

January 26th, 2015
The role of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s disease just got more complicated. University of Florida (UF) researchers discovered an anti-inflammatory process might actually facilitate the build-up of sticky clumps of protein that form plaques in the brain. These plaques block brain cells' ...

Painkiller Addiction Up Risk of Birth Defects

January 23rd, 2015
As painkiller (opioid) abuse permeates our country, many are unaware that medications such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine may increase the risk for serious birth defects. Prescription opioid-based medications are used to treat severe pain and are easily abused. Their use may ...

Fatty Acids in Fish May Protect Against Mercury

January 23rd, 2015
The benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy may override the much-feared risks of mercury exposure, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, the findings suggest that the nutrients found in fish have properties that ...

Good Sleep in Youth and Middle Age Linked to Better Memory in Old Age

January 23rd, 2015
Alluring new research suggests that obtaining adequate amounts of sleep during middle age may help to maintain mental functions 30 years later. Researchers have known that obtaining appropriate amounts of sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning. Also, ...

Twitter Words May Predict A Region’s Risk of Heart Disease

January 22nd, 2015
The belief that social media platforms would improve the assessment of a community’s health or well-being has been promised for years. A new study suggests the prophecy may have been fulfilled as researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discover that Twitter can capture more ...

Losing Weight — And New Friends — In Support Group

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggests that while being in a support group may help you lose weight, you may lose your new friends as you approach your weight goals. Investigators reviewed popular weight loss groups and discovered that while the group setting is an ideal ...

Walnuts May Improve Memory

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggest the simple act of eating a handful of walnuts a day may improve your memory. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that eating walnuts may improve performance on ...

Sometimes it is Okay to Ignore Your Boss

January 21st, 2015
While most of us have been trained to never retaliate against a supervisor, a new study suggests a passive-aggressive response may be beneficial for some circumstances. Ohio State researchers found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off ...

Strong Social Support Aids Physical and Mental Health

January 21st, 2015
Canadian researchers have determined that a strong support network can actually make you healthier. Jean-Philippe Gouin, Ph.D., a Concordia University psychology professor, followed a group of international students who experienced major social change following a move to Montreal. Gouin found that those who managed ...

Methadone for Pain More Dangerous Than Morphine

January 21st, 2015
Taking prescribed methadone as a treatment for pain at home carries a 46 percent greater risk for death than morphine SR (sustained release), an equally effective but more expensive pain reliever, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As a ...