Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Links - health

Public Release: 26-Oct-2018
Concussion and college football: how many hits to the head is too much?
New analysis supports evidence that concussions in some American football athletes could occur following repetitive head impact exposure rather than after a single severe hit to the head

Public Release: 26-Oct-2018
Frequent home hemodialysis linked to lower mortality risk vs. traditional hemodialysis
American Society of Nephrology

Public Release: 26-Oct-2018
Proinflammatory diet linked to higher risk of kidney disease progression
American Society of Nephrology

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Oral curcumin shows no benefit in reducing inflammation following vascular surgery
Randomized controlled trial
Canadian Medical Association Journal

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Naps help some preschoolers learn, but may hinder learning in children with down syndrome
University of Arizona

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Relying on Dr. Google to diagnose eye problems may be dangerous to your health
Study shows popular online symptom checker was incorrect 74 percent of the time, often assesses symptom severity incorrectly
American Academy of Ophthalmology
A study examining the diagnoses generated by WebMD Symptom Checker showed the online tool was correct only 26 percent of the time. And the recommendation for the top diagnosis was often inappropriate, at times recommending self-care at home instead of going to the emergency room.

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Unapproved therapies cause significantly more patient injuries than reported
Incident of three women blinded in Florida are merely the tip of the iceberg, researchers say
American Academy of Ophthalmology
A team of ophthalmologists went looking for scientific evidence in support of commercially available "cell therapy" for eye diseases. Not only did they find virtually none; they instead discovered a growing number of patients are being irreparably harmed by unapproved cell therapies.

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Can attending a top high school reduce teens' marijuana abuse?
For boys, risk cut in half by 11th grade
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
Students from lower-income neighborhoods who attended one of five high-performing Los Angeles County high schools were less likely to abuse marijuana than those who weren't offered admission, UCLA researchers found.
Admission to the public schools was based on a random lottery system, which is designed to equalize applicants' chances of being admitted.
tags: drug abuse, drug use

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Casino lights and sounds encourage risky decision-making
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
At least one year between pregnancies reduces risks for mother and baby
University of British Columbia
Twelve to 18 months seems to be the ideal length of time between giving birth and getting pregnant again, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Consequences-focused cognitive training may promote healthier habits
Association for Psychological Science
Interventions aimed at reducing unhealthy behaviors often focus on retraining people's mental associations, but a series of studies suggests that showing people the consequences of the behaviors may be more effective.

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Study: Coal power plant regulations neglect a crucial pollutant
Rice University researchers determine Texans would be healthier with stronger limits on sulfur dioxide
HOUSTON - (Oct. 29, 2018) - Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to researchers at Rice University.

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Severity of crime increases jury's belief in guilt
Evidence matters more to lawyers and judges than to jurors
Duke University

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
New study: reduced screen time for young highly recommended for well-being
The new study indicates that more hours of screen time are associated with lower well-being in those aged 2 to 17, though the association is larger for adolescents than for younger children
San Diego State University

Public Release: 30-Oct-2018
Suicide more prevalent than homicide in US, but most Americans don't know it
University of Washington
In the United States, suicide is twice as common as homicide -- and more often involves firearms -- but public perception is just the opposite.

Public Release: 30-Oct-2018
Bigger brains associated with greater cancer risk
The more brain cells you have, the higher your risk of brain cancer
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
The study also shows that more men than women develop brain tumours.
"Men have a larger brain than women because men's bodies are generally larger. It doesn't mean that men are smarter, but you need to have more brain cells to control a large body. This is also the case with animals. In bigger bodies, organs like the heart, lungs and brain are also bigger," says Fyllingen.
Yet it turns out that women with big brains have a greater risk of developing brain tumors compared to men with big brains.

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018
Our microbes are starving, and that's a good thing
High-protein diet, antibiotics make gut a festering swamp
Duke University
Scientists have discovered that hosts starve their microbial denizens of nutrients, essentially enslaving the microbes in their gut so that they are forced to do our bidding.
The findings also indicate that the modern diet and overuse of antibiotics could undermine our position as benevolent overlords, putting the odds in favor of the microbes.

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