On its website, CBS News reports, “In a groundbreaking … study,” researchers “performed brain scans on 15 coma patients” and found “that when patients heard unfamiliar voices, brain scans showed little activity, but when they heard close relatives calling out their names or talking, the scans lit up.”
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that using high-voltage e-cigarettes may lead to greater exposure to formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical, compared to using e-cigarettes at a lower temperature.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the “mounting calls” for a ban on pure caffeine powder after deaths were linked to the substance.
ABC World News reported that the National Cancer Institute is “saying four or more cups a day reduces the risk of malignant melanoma by 20 percent.”
The Washington Post reports that “neurofeedback — a type of biofeedback” that “uses movies, video games, computers and other tools to help individuals regulate their brain waves,” is being used as a treatment for “post-traumatic stress disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”
NBC Nightly News reported that a new study “says pizza is consumed by about a fifth of the nation’s kids every day and it adds unwelcome calories, fat and salt.” ABC World News reported that the report indicates that pizza is “now the second highest source of calories for children.”
Suddenly, the debate over vaccines has gone mainstream. Amid a measles breakout–a disease that doctors believed had been eradicated a decade ago–folks on the right, like me, are finding themselves aligning, at least on this issue, with some folks on the left. One, Joel Mathis, has a suggestion I kinda like. See what you think.
TIME reported that research published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that “sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely than their peers to develop drinking problems later in life.”
CBS Evening News reported that research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that “too much sitting raises your risk of serious illness.”
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that blueberries may help reduce blood pressure.
Bloomberg News reports that research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that “lack of exercise may be responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity.”
Reuters reports many teenagers may harbor perceptions that occasional smoking won’t harm them, citing the results of a youth survey across the US published in the journal Pediatrics.
USA Today reports that according to a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, “waiting until after recess to feed kids increases per-child fruit and veggie consumption by 54% and prompts 45% more students to eat any fruits or vegetables at all.”
The Washington Post reports that some veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are undergoing an experimental treatment called “magnetic resonance therapy, or MRT— a procedure that pulses energy from magnetic coils into” the brain’s cortex.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in BMJ indicated that people who “worked at least 49 hours a week were up to 13% more likely to engage in ‘risky alcohol use’ compared with those who were on the job for only 35 to 40 hours a week.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that “for more than one in 10 people who” take aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes, the medication may “do more harm than good.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the increasing problem of children swallowing button batteries.
USA Today reports, “the Disneyland measles outbreak, which has grown to at least 50 people in five states and Mexico, is raising questions about state laws that allow unvaccinated children to attend school and stoking heated arguments about vaccination.”
In 2012 I posted a warning blog: Officials worry about measles in places with low vaccination rates. Now it’s happened and the ‘anti-vaccine’ zealots are almost completely to blame for the current resurgence (not yet an epidemic) of measles in the U.S. — where it had been all but eradicated. Now a scientist is calling for […]
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports, “Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same taxes, marketing restrictions and limitations on public use as traditional tobacco products, according to new guidance” issued in a joint policy statement from the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.
The PBS “The Rundown” blog reported that research published in Health Behavior and Policy Review suggests that optimists may be more likely than pessimists “to be in good cardiovascular health.”
There’s an interesting interview on the Disneyland measles outbreak you might find interesting. The text is below. The audio can be heard here.
A measles outbreak at Disneyland has raised new concerns about vaccinations, anti-vaccine zealots, and parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids.
The Chicago Tribune reports that around the US, “patients are bidding adieu to crowded, germy waiting rooms, opting to video chat with a doctor on their phone, tablet or computer within minutes of making the request.”
NBC Nightly News reported that research published in “the Journal of the American Heart Association says avocados can actually lower cholesterol within weeks and have good plaque busting properties.”
TIME reports that infectious disease experts say mandatory flu immunizations “could significantly diminish the chance of a widespread outbreak, a phenomenon known as herd immunity.”
The New York Times reports that a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that “New York State’s requirement that children be vaccinated before attending public school does not violate their constitutional rights” under the First Amendment.
Ashwagandha is an herb taken to reduce stress and anxiety, but finding a good product may itself be stressful: ConsumerLab.com recently found that only 25% of the ashwagandha supplements it selected for testing passed its review.
The NPR “Shots” blog reported that researchers are developing “organs-on-a-chip” that “are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.”
TIME reports that research “published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the primary cause of the increase of autism spectrum disorder is actually due to changes in how the disease is diagnosed.”