Chips or Cookies? Toddlers With Sweet Tooth More Likely To Experience Weight Gain

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –(Newswise)–Some say there’s always room for dessert – but those who follow that motto young may be more likely to gain unhealthy weight, a new study suggests. Toddlers who reached for cookies over chips when their bellies were full had a higher risk of body fat increases, University of Michigan researchers report […]

Chronic Heavy Alcohol Consumption May Make It Harder To Quit Smoking

Buffalo, N.Y.–(Newswise)–For smokers who are addicted to alcohol, chronic alcohol abuse may increase the rate of nicotine metabolism and contribute to poor smoking cessation rates. When smokers stop drinking the nicotine metabolism rates decline significantly, according to a study conducted by an international research team led by Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The research was […]

Female Hormones May Make Women Less Susceptible To Kidney Failure Than Men

Washington, DC–(Newswise)– Female hormones may play a role in women’s decreased risk of developing kidney failure relative to men, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings may be helpful for future attempts at safeguarding women’s and men’s kidney health in sex-specific […]

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 […]