Uncategorized Preventing falls through community events

Preventing falls through community events

Accidental falls are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among older adults in the United States. While a number of measures can be taken to prevent dangerous and costly spills, a report from the University of Vermont shows that free community-based screenings are effective in influencing older adults to take preventative measures against falls. …

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Uncategorized Learning to embrace risk?

Learning to embrace risk?

Studies have shown women are more risk-averse than men, more likely to opt for the smaller sure thing than gamble on an all-or-nothing proposition, a trait experts say could help to explain the persistent wage gap between men and women. New research suggests those gender differences in risk aversion are shaped by culture and the …

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Uncategorized Potential PTSD treatment improvement

Potential PTSD treatment improvement

Researchers may have found a way to improve a common treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by changing how the brain learns to respond less severely to fearful conditions, according to research published in Journal of Neuroscience. The study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School suggests a potential improvement …

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Uncategorized Compounds in coffee may inhibit prostate cancer

Compounds in coffee may inhibit prostate cancer

For the first time, scientists have identified compounds found in coffee which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. This is a pilot study, carried out on drug-resistant cancer cells in cell culture and in a mouse model; it has not yet been tested in humans. This work is presented at the European Association of …

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Uncategorized Sense of control tied to feeling younger

Sense of control tied to feeling younger

A recent study finds that older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns. However, stress and health – not a sense of control – play a significant role in how old younger adults feel. “We recently found that there are things …

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Uncategorized Call for global moratorium on editing heritable genes

Call for global moratorium on editing heritable genes

National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins and top science and ethics experts in the U.S. and 6 other countries today called for an international 5-year moratorium on editing human germlines, or the type of genes that are heritable. Why it matters: Spurred by the recent discovery of twin babies born after being edited as …

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Uncategorized Heat-induced heart attack risk rising

Heat-induced heart attack risk rising

The environment can have a major effect on the human cardiovascular system. It has long been assumed that severe spikes in temperature increase the risk of heart attack. “In the case of very high and very low temperatures in particular, this has been clearly demonstrated. In this latest study, we wanted to see to what …

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Uncategorized A key assumption of economic theory may be wrong

A key assumption of economic theory may be wrong

The concept of equilibrium, one of the most central ideas in economics and one of the core assumptions in the vast majority of economic models, may have serious problems, concludes a study from the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. The concept of equilibrium is the basis of many economic models, …

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Uncategorized Never too late for adults to benefit from physical activity

Never too late for adults to benefit from physical activity

It may never be too late for adults to become physically active and enjoy some health benefits. This observational study looked at how patterns of leisure-time physical activity from adolescence (15 to 18) to later adulthood (40-61) were associated with risk of dying using data for 315,000 U.S. adults. The results suggest maintaining physical activity …

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Uncategorized Napping reduces high blood pressure

Napping reduces high blood pressure

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those …

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