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Care needs to ‘outstrip’ family help

Care needs to ‘outstrip’ family help

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe number of older people in England needing care will “outstrip” the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns. Continue reading

Binge drinking ‘link to overeating’

Binge drinking ‘link to overeating’

unable to retrieve full-text contentDrinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a “tipping point”, meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says. Continue reading

Binge drinking ‘link to overeating’

Binge drinking ‘link to overeating’

unable to retrieve full-text contentDrinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a “tipping point”, meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says. Continue reading

Innovation improves drowsy driver detection

Innovation improves drowsy driver detection

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel. Continue reading

Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth

Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth

When the economy hits the skids, government stimulus checks to the poor sometimes follow. Stimulus programs — such as those in 2001, 2008 and 2009 — are designed to boost the economy quickly by getting cash into the hands of people likely to turn around and spend it. But sending cash to just the very poor may not be the right approach, according to researchers from Princeton University and New York University who analyzed information on the finances of U.S Continue reading

Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health, study finds

Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health, study finds

The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper co-authored by a University of Colorado Boulder researcher. The article, published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Immunology , argues that people living in urban centers who have less access to green spaces may be more apt to have chronic inflammation, a condition caused by immune system dysfunction Continue reading

Cyber buddy is better than ‘no buddy’

Cyber buddy is better than ‘no buddy’

A Michigan State University researcher is looking to give exercise enthusiasts the extra nudge they need during a workout, and her latest research shows that a cyber buddy can help. The study, which appears in the Games for Health Journal , is the first to indicate that although a human partner is still a better motivator during exercise, a software-generated partner also can be effective Continue reading

Male or female? First sex-determining genes appeared in mammals some 180 million years ago

Male or female? First sex-determining genes appeared in mammals some 180 million years ago

Man or woman? Male or female? In humans and other mammals, the difference between sexes depends on one single element of the genome: the Y chromosome Continue reading

Finding safe drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases

Finding safe drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases

People diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, most in their mid-thirties and forties, face a devastating prognosis: complete mental, physical, and behavioral decline within two decades. “Mutant” protein clusters, long blamed for the progression of the genetic disease, have been the primary focus of therapies in development by pharmaceutical companies Continue reading

Pollutants from coal-burning stoves strongly associated with miscarriages in Mongolia

Pollutants from coal-burning stoves strongly associated with miscarriages in Mongolia

Burning coal for domestic heating may contribute to early fetal death according to a new study by experts from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — the coldest capital city in the world. In a paper published today in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth , researchers report “alarmingly strong statistical correlations” between seasonal ambient air pollutants and pregnancy loss in Ulaanbaatar (UB), Mongolia. Continue reading