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Blacks with financial worries have lower health scores

Blacks with financial worries have lower health scores

Feeling stress about finances leads some Black adults to rate their health more poorly, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior . While lower income and education among minorities have been linked to poor health for decades, this study focused just on the connection between financial worries and poor health. “Because the study was cross-sectional, we cannot say that one caused the other, but we know that financial strain is associated with poorer self-rated health among black adults,” said the study’s lead author Lorraine R. Continue reading

We’re over the hill at 24, study says

We’re over the hill at 24, study says

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study. SFU’s Joe Thompson, a psychology doctoral student, associate professor Mark Blair, Thompson’s thesis supervisor, and Andrew Henrey, a statistics and actuarial science doctoral student, deliver the news in a just-published PLOS ONE Journal paper Continue reading

Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

The Midwest’s high tree pollen count is primarily birch and oak, bad news for carrot, celery and almond lovers. “It’s healthy if certain foods make your mouth water but it is unhealthy if foods make your nose run or your gums and throat itch,” says Joseph Leija, MD, allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest. “The spring allergy count in the Midwest is high in birch and oak, which usually triggers reactions to carrots, celery, almonds, apples, peaches and pears in those with sensitive systems.” More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, primarily occurring in spring and fall, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Continue reading

Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

The Midwest’s high tree pollen count is primarily birch and oak, bad news for carrot, celery and almond lovers. “It’s healthy if certain foods make your mouth water but it is unhealthy if foods make your nose run or your gums and throat itch,” says Joseph Leija, MD, allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest. Continue reading

Work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes, diseases

Work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes, diseases

Chemists in The College of Arts and Sciences have, for the first time, created enzyme-like activity using peptides that are only seven amino acids long. Continue reading

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

It’s not news that being a couch potato is bad for your health. Lack of physical activity is associated with a range of diseases from diabetes to heart attacks. It now turns out that young men who have experienced depression early in life may be especially vulnerable to becoming sedentary later in life. Continue reading

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

It’s not news that being a couch potato is bad for your health. Lack of physical activity is associated with a range of diseases from diabetes to heart attacks. It now turns out that young men who have experienced depression early in life may be especially vulnerable to becoming sedentary later in life. Continue reading

Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions — even ‘happily disgusted’

Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions — even ‘happily disgusted’

Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions — even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as “happily disgusted” or “sadly angry.” In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , they report that they were able to more than triple the number of documented facial expressions that researchers can now use for cognitive analysis. Continue reading

Improved pavement markings can save lives

Improved pavement markings can save lives

As spring finally emerges after a ferocious winter, our battered roads will soon be re-exposed. While potholes and cracks might make news, a larger concern should be the deterioration to pavement markings, from yellow to white lines, which are a major factor in preventing traffic accidents. A study from Concordia University, funded by Infrastructure Canada and published in Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, found that snowplows are the biggest culprit in erasing roadway markings Continue reading

Patient feedback posts open to abuse

Patient feedback posts open to abuse

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe NHS removes all but one of 653 patient reviews of a healthcare trust from its website, after Newsnight finds the system is open to abuse. Continue reading