Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains On The Rise

Newswise — DURHAM, N.C. – The alarming increase in U.S. childhood obesity rates that began nearly 30 years ago continues unabated, with the biggest increases in severe obesity, according to a study led by a Duke Clinical Research Institute scientist. “Despite some other recent reports, we found no indication of a decline in obesity prevalence […]

Most Online Liquid Nicotine Vendors Fail To Prevent Sales To Minors

IRVINE–(Newswise)–Across the United States, online vendors of e-liquids – the nicotine-rich fluids that fuel electronic cigarettes – are failing to take proper precautions in preventing sales to minors, according to a study by the University of California, Irvine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers found that only four of 120 vendors […]

Researchers Find Lack Of Racial Disparities For Insured Military Patients

Bethesda, MD–(Newswise)–Racial disparities are not present among military members and their dependents, a testament to the equality that exists in the armed services, according to a recent longitudinal analysis published by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) online in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The first of […]

What Elephant Seals Can Tell Us About Using Carbon Monoxide To Heal

(Newswise)–In a new study, most marine mammals were found to exhale carbon monoxide at levels equivalent to or greater than the amount exhaled by a several-packs-a-day smoker. The research is part of a broader investigation into how marine mammals’ naturally high levels of circulating carbon monoxide might protect tissues in low- or no-oxygen environments, such […]

Palomar Health Opens Innovative Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Palomar Health announced the opening of a state-of-the-art, 24-hour Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). At Palomar Medical Center’s new EMU, patients are observed around the clock by clinical staff through closed circuit video and EEG (brain wave) telemetry. These tools help epileptologists—neurologists with special training in epilepsy— analyze where the seizures are taking place and how […]

Genetic Changes That Cause Autism Are More Diverse Than Previously Thought

(Newswise)–The types of gene mutations that contribute to autism are more diverse than previously thought, report researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the March 24 online issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics. The findings, they say, represent a significant advance in efforts to unravel the genetic basis of […]

Scientists Find Gene Responsible For Sleep Deprivation, Metabolic Disorders

(Newswise)–The sleep habits of fruit flies are remarkably similar to humans. They get most of their sleep at night, certain drugs and stimulants like caffeine can negatively affect their sleep, and if they get a lousy night’s sleep it can even affect their memory performance. But what can they tell us about the connection between […]

EPA Awards $500,000 To Help Reduce Children’s Exposure To Pesticides

WASHINGTON–U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two grants to help reduce students’, teachers’ and staffs’ exposure to pests and pesticides in our nation’s schools, while saving money, energy and pesticide treatment costs. “Children are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and EPA is working to protect them from needless threats,” said Jim Jones, […]

Keeping Mind Active May Delay Symptoms of Alzheimer’s, But Not Underlying Disease

(Newswise)–People who keep mentally and physically healthy in middle age may help stave off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, but the activity does not affect the underlying disease changes in the brain for most people, according to a study published in the February 24 online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy […]

Most Ebola Survivors Examined In Study Experienced Brain Symptoms Six Months After Infection

MINNEAPOLIS–(Newswise)–Most of the 82 Ebola survivors in a new study from the world’s largest Ebola outbreak had brain symptoms more than six months after the initial infection. The preliminary results will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21. The study is part of the […]