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Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

There’s good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia–difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. New research from St. Michael’s Hospital has found that insomnia does not put them at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Continue reading

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

There’s good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia–difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. New research from St. Michael’s Hospital has found that insomnia does not put them at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Continue reading

Animal testing methods for some chemicals should change, experts urge

Animal testing methods for some chemicals should change, experts urge

Challenging risk assessment methods used for decades by toxicologists, a new review of the literature led by environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that oral gavage, the most widely accepted method of dosing lab animals to test chemical toxicity, does not accurately mimic how humans are exposed to chemicals in everyday life. Oral gavage refers to the way researchers give chemicals to animals by putting a tube down their throats to deliver substances directly to the stomach. It has been used for decades and is at present the dosing scheme preferred for assessing potential toxicity of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) by regulatory agencies. Continue reading

Animal testing methods for some chemicals should change, experts urge

Animal testing methods for some chemicals should change, experts urge

Challenging risk assessment methods used for decades by toxicologists, a new review of the literature led by environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that oral gavage, the most widely accepted method of dosing lab animals to test chemical toxicity, does not accurately mimic how humans are exposed to chemicals in everyday life. Oral gavage refers to the way researchers give chemicals to animals by putting a tube down their throats to deliver substances directly to the stomach. Continue reading

Animal testing methods for some chemicals should change, experts urge

Animal testing methods for some chemicals should change, experts urge

Challenging risk assessment methods used for decades by toxicologists, a new review of the literature led by environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that oral gavage, the most widely accepted method of dosing lab animals to test chemical toxicity, does not accurately mimic how humans are exposed to chemicals in everyday life. Continue reading

Young women with polycystic ovary syndrome are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

Young women with polycystic ovary syndrome are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

A leading expert on reproductive health says young women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) have a startlingly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if young and not overweight. The research led by Professor Helena Teede and Dr Anju Joham, from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University analysed a large-scale epidemiological study, called the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health, which revealed the findings. Over 6000 women aged between 25-28 years were monitored for nine years, including 500 with diagnosed PCOS Continue reading

The truth behind the 5-second rule

The truth behind the 5-second rule

The burger patty that slides off the plate, the ice cream treat that plops on the picnic table, the hot dog that rolls off the grill — conventional wisdom has it that you have five seconds to pick it up before it is contaminated. Fact or folklore? Continue reading

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes

Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King’s College London, published today in Molecular Psychiatry. Previous studies have identified a link between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it has remained unclear whether this association is due to cannabis directly increasing the risk of the disorder. Continue reading

Mental health services ‘a car crash’

Mental health services ‘a car crash’

unable to retrieve full-text contentMental health services in England are “a car crash” and not prioritised by the health secretary, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ outgoing president. Continue reading

Among weight loss methods, surgery and drugs achieve highest patient satisfaction

Among weight loss methods, surgery and drugs achieve highest patient satisfaction

Obese and overweight Americans who have tried losing weight report far greater overall satisfaction with weight loss surgery and prescription weight loss medications than with diet, exercise and other self-modification methods, an Internet survey finds. The results were presented Saturday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago Continue reading