Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue In Babies Carried To Term

(Newswise)–Johns Hopkins researchers say that in early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta – intended to protect the developing fetus – and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells. By administering Zika virus […]

Size Matters When It Comes To Keeping Blood Sugar Levels In Check

(Newswise)–Keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range is key to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a […]

Second Cause Of Hidden Hearing Loss Identified

(Newswise)–Patients who complain they can’t hear their friends at a noisy restaurant, but pass a hearing test in their doctor’s office, may be describing hidden hearing loss. Now, less than six years since its initial description, scientists have made great strides in understanding what hidden hearing loss is and what causes it. In research published […]

Tiny Cavefish May Help Humans Evolve To Require Very Little Sleep

(Newswise)–We all do it; we all need it – humans and animals alike. Sleep is an essential behavior shared by nearly all animals and disruption of this process is associated with an array of physiological and behavioral deficits. Although there are so many factors contributing to sleep loss, very little is known about the neural […]

Early Birds May Make Healthier Food Choices Than Night Owls

Silver Spring, MD–(Newswise)–Benjamin Franklin famously extolled the virtues of early risers saying, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – and a new study out today adds scientific data to the claim that morning people may in fact be healthier. By comparing “morning type” people with “evening type” people, […]

Soccer Players With More Headers More Likely To Have Concussion Symptoms

MINNEAPOLIS–(Newswise)–Soccer players who head the ball a lot are three times more likely to have concussion symptoms than players who don’t head the ball often, according to a new study published in the February 1 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Players whose heads were hit in a […]

New Study Finds Extensive Use Of Fluorinated Chemicals In Fast Food Wrappers

(Newswise)–Americans may be consuming fast food wrapped in paper treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) — the same chemicals used in stain-resistant products, firefighting materials and nonstick cookware, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers tested more than 400 samples of packaging materials, including hamburger and sandwich wrappers, pastry […]

Too Much Sitting, Too Little Exercise May Accelerate Biological Aging

(Newswise)–Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary. The study, publishing online January 18 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, […]

How Safe Is That Driver Next To You? A Trucker’s Poor Health Could Increase Crash Risk

(Newswise)–As commuters shimmy past large, lumbering trucks on the road, they may glance over and wonder, “How safe is that driver next to me?” If the truck driver is in poor health, the answer could be: Not very. Commercial truck drivers with three or more medical conditions double to quadruple their chance for being in […]

$10.5 Million Gift Funds Center For Human Milk Research At UC San Diego

SAN DIEGO–(USNewswire)–Breast milk is known to provide the best source of nutrition for newborns and infants, and for premature babies, it can be lifesaving. Yet much about the composition of human milk and what makes it so beneficial is still a mystery. To help scientists bridge this knowledge gap, the Switzerland-based Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation has […]