Good Stuff to Know February 2018

New tool to assess largely ignored risk in pharmaceutical industry

A new method to test the likelihood of a drug turning into a potentially harmful version of itself when it enters the body has been developed by researchers.

Scientists uncover why sauna bathing is good for your health

Scientists in Finland have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits. Their latest study with 100 test subjects shows that taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise.

People who sleep less than 8 hours a night more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety

Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research.

Recreational marijuana legalization: Do more youth use or do youth use more?

Recent results indicate that the effects of recreational marijuana legalization on Oregon teens’ use depends on whether the teens were already using marijuana when legal sales began.

Illnesses caused by recreation on the water costs $2.9 billion annually in the US

Swimming, paddling, boating and fishing account for more than 90 million cases of gastrointestinal, respiratory, ear, eye and skin-related illnesses per year in the US with an estimated annual cost of $2.9 billion, according to a new report.

Don’t like going to the gym? It could be your personality

The effectiveness of someone’s exercise regime may depend on their individual personality type, with more creative people better suited to outdoor activities.

Housework gender differences may affect health in elderly men and women

Elderly men across Europe and the US spend less time on housework than elderly women, according to a new study. Researchers found that elderly women on average spent almost five hours a day doing housework compared to only around three hours a day for elderly men.

Objectification of women results in lack of empathy

Sexualized representations, especially the emphasis of secondary sexual characteristics, can change the way we perceive an individual. Researchers have shown that empathic feelings and brain responses are reduced when we observe the emotions of sexualized women.

Paleolithic diet healthier for overweight women

Overweight women after menopause who eat a Paleolithic diet can maintain weight loss in the long term. The levels of risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases also decrease.

A new study finds that more screen time coincides with less happiness in youths

Researchers found that teens who spent a lot of time in front of screen devices — playing computer games, using more social media, texting and video chatting — were less happy than those who invested time in non-screen activities like sports, reading newspapers and magazines, and face-to-face social interaction. The happiest teens used digital media for less than an hour per day. But after a daily hour of screen time, unhappiness rises steadily along with increasing screen time.

Cognitive training helps regain a younger-working brain

New research could provide new hope for extending our brain function as we age. In a randomized clinical study involving adults age 56 to 71, researchers found that after cognitive training, participants’ brains were more energy efficient, meaning their brain did not have to work as hard to perform a task.

Curcumin trial bolsters brain boosting link

A dose of curcumin supplements twice-daily is enough to enhance memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to a UCLA study.

Colonoscopy may be linked to appendicitis

Although the incidence of appendicitis in the United States has been in decline for many years, the condition still affects approximately seven percent of Americans annually.

Starving cancer cells of sugar — does it work?

Researchers from the Duke-NUS Medical School and collaborators from Austria have demonstrated for the first time a novel cell death pathway that describes how depletion of sugar causes cancer cell death.

Working before and after stroke is good for brain health

Working-age adults who suffer stroke are likely to have healthier brains, sharper minds and less risk of depression and death two years after stroke if they worked prior to stroke, versus being unemployed. Those who work after stroke also seem to benefit with better long-term cognitive status than those who don’t.


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