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Researchers use Twitter and AI to see who is hitting the gym

Social media data can provide a population-level view of physical activity, from bowling to Crossfit, and inform future efforts to tackle health disparities. A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers and published in BMJ

Alzheimer’s gene may impact cognitive health before adulthood

A gene linked to Alzheimer’s Disease may impact cognitive health much sooner than previously realized. The APOE gene creates a protein, apolipoprotein E, which packages cholesterol and other fats to transport them through the bloodstream. There are three versions, or

Diabetes increases the risk of heart failure more in women than men

Diabetes confers a greater excess risk of heart failure in women than men, according to new research in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes). Type 1 diabetes is associated with a 47% excess risk

Study examines differences over time in home dialysis initiation by race and ethnicity

A recent analysis reveals that as home dialysis increased from 2005 to 2013 among U.S. patients with kidney failure, racial/ethnic differences in initiating home dialysis narrowed. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN, indicate that all racial/ethnic

Salt regulations linked to 9,900 cases of cardiovascular disease and 1,500 cancer cases

A relaxation of UK industry regulation of salt content in food has been linked with 9,900 additional cases of cardiovascular disease, and 1,500 cases of stomach cancer. Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Liverpool analysed the salt

Big Sugar and neglect by global health community fuel oral health crisis

Oral health has been isolated from traditional healthcare and health policy for too long, despite the major global public health burden of oral diseases, according to a Lancet Series on Oral Health, published today in The Lancet. Failure of the

Hypertension poorly managed in low- and middle-income countries

Health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are poorly prepared for the increasing number of people with high blood pressure, with more than two-thirds of people affected going without treatment, according to a new study led by researchers at

Music may offer alternative to preoperative drug routinely used to calm nerves

Music may offer an alternative to the use of a drug routinely used to calm the nerves before the use of regional anaesthesia (peripheral nerve block), suggest the results of a clinical trial, published online in the journal Regional Anesthesia

Around one in 20 patients are affected by preventable harm

Around one in 20 (6 percent) of patients are affected by preventable harm in medical care a new led by researchers at The University of Manchester has found. The study, published by the BMJ today, also found around 12 percent

Daily coffee doesn’t affect cancer risk

Drinking coffee does not change a person’s risk of being diagnosed with or dying from cancer, a new QIMR Berghofer study has found. The research findings have been published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Senior author and head of

Dermal tattoo sensors for the detection of blood pH change and metabolite levels

The art of tattooing may have found a diagnostic twist. A team of scientists in Germany have developed permanent dermal sensors that can be applied as artistic tattoos. As detailed in the journal Angewandte Chemie, a colorimetric analytic formulation was

Study reveals link between licensed firearms dealers and intimate partner homicide in urban counties

Much attention continues to be given to crimes committed with illegal guns, but there are high risks of intimate partner homicide with legally purchased firearms as well, according to a new Rutgers University–Camden study. The pioneering study—conducted by Richard Stansfield

Research shows mindfulness in relationship is key to a happy couple

A Florida State University researcher has found that an individual’s ability to be mindful or stay in the present has a profound effect on a romantic partner’s happiness. Assistant Professor of Family and Child Sciences Jonathan Kimmes published a new

Yoga can improve the lives of prisoners, study finds

In 2017, a small group of male prisoners participated in an eight-week yoga program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre(AMC), which houses all adult prisoners in Canberra. While prison yoga programs have been evaluated in other countries, this yoga program was

How to eliminate added sugars from your diet

People are getting the message about the dangers of sugar. Nearly 70% of Americans have cut back on foods high in added sugars, according to a survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. But there’s still a long way

Rising carbon dioxide, climate change projected to reduce availability of nutrients worldwide

One of the biggest challenges to reducing hunger and undernutrition around the world is to produce foods that provide not only enough calories but also make enough necessary nutrients widely available. New research finds that, over the next 30 years,

Access to contraception not ‘silver bullet’ to stem population growth in Africa

Greater economic development across Africa in the years ahead could cause its population to grow at an even quicker rate than current projections, according to an important new demographic study released today. According to UN estimates, the population of sub-Saharan

Notre Dame’s melted lead prompts deep clean for schools

The city of Paris has ordered a deep cleaning for schools nearest to Notre Dame, whose lead roof melted away in the cathedral’s devastating fire in April. The announcement Thursday comes after a French investigative site reported that lead levels

Florida can require licenses for dietary advice, court rules

Florida can limit who gets to give dietary advice, a federal court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a health coach who was fined for practicing without a dietary license. Heather Del Castillo had argued Florida’s law

Number of american smokers who’ve tried to quit has stalled

(HealthDay)鈥擡ven if it takes multiple attempts, a majority of smokers do finally kick the habit. But new research finds the percentage of smokers who are even trying to quit has flatlined. Between 2001 and 2013, the rate of quit attempts

Rituximab noninferior to cyclosporine in membranous nephropathy

(HealthDay)—In patients with membranous nephropathy at high risk for progressive disease, rituximab is noninferior to cyclosporine in inducing complete or partial remission of proteinuria at 12 months and is superior in maintaining proteinuria remission up to 24 months, according to

About 44% of high school seniors who misuse prescription drugs have multiple drug sources

Roughly 11% of high school seniors reported prescription drug misuse during the past year, and of those, 44% used multiple supply sources, according to a pair of University of Michigan studies. More than 70% of adolescents who obtained prescription drugs

Pregnancies persist among women taking acne medication known to cause birth defects

Isotretinoin (also known by its former brand name as Accutane or Roaccutane) is an extremely effective acne medication that can help patients whose severe acne has not responded to other drugs. But the drug is also a potent teratogen—if a

Early EEG helps predict cardiac arrest outcomes in comatose

(HealthDay)—Early electroencephalography (EEG) reliably predicts the outcome of comatose patients after cardiac arrest, according to a study recently published in the Annals of Neurology. Barry J. Ruijter, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands, and colleagues assessed