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Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. The study, published online in the journal Psychological Science , found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images Continue reading

Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. The study, published online in the journal Psychological Science , found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images Continue reading

Gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws identified by national study of colleges

Gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws identified by national study of colleges

College students, when compared to their age-matched peers who are not in college, report higher rates of previous 30-day drinking as well as binge drinking. Not surprisingly, this can lead to academic problems, high-risk sexual behavior, sexual assaults, violence and aggression, serious injuries, driving while intoxicated, and traffic fatalities. A new study of campus law enforcement and security describes how they respond to alcohol-related incidents, how consequences and communication may differ based on characteristics of the incident, and identifies gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws, including the minimum legal drinking age. Continue reading

Older adults who walk out of necessity are at highest risk for outdoor falls

Older adults who walk out of necessity are at highest risk for outdoor falls

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from UMass Medical School. “Older adults have two times the risk of falling while walking out of necessity than walking for recreation, and four times greater risk of injury from a fall on a sidewalk than in a recreational area,” said Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Health at UMMS and lead author of the study “Utilitarian Walking, Neighborhood Environment, and Risk of Outdoor Falls” published in the July 17 issue of the American Journal of Public Health Continue reading

Mediterranean diet has varied effects on cognitive decline among different races, study shows

Mediterranean diet has varied effects on cognitive decline among different races, study shows

While the Mediterranean diet may have broad health benefits, its impact on cognitive decline differs among race-specific populations, according to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology . The team of researchers, including Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU Prof. Danit R Continue reading

Mediterranean diet has varied effects on cognitive decline among different races, study shows

Mediterranean diet has varied effects on cognitive decline among different races, study shows

While the Mediterranean diet may have broad health benefits, its impact on cognitive decline differs among race-specific populations, according to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology . The team of researchers, including Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU Prof. Danit R Continue reading

Health risks posed by ‘third hand’ tobacco smoke

Health risks posed by ‘third hand’ tobacco smoke

Research led by the University of York has highlighted the potential cancer risk in non-smokers — particularly young children — of tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited to surfaces and dust in the home. Until now, the risks of this exposure known as ‘third hand tobacco smoke’ have been highly uncertain and not considered in public policy. However, a new study published in the journal Environment International, has estimated for the first time the potential cancer risk by age group through non-dietary ingestion and dermal exposure to third hand smoke Continue reading

Growing up on livestock farm halves risk of inflammatory bowel diseases

Growing up on livestock farm halves risk of inflammatory bowel diseases

New research conducted at Aarhus University has revealed that people who have grown up on a farm with livestock are only half as likely as their urban counterparts to develop the most common inflammatory bowel diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Continue reading

Expectant moms turn to internet for pregnancy advice more than they would like

Expectant moms turn to internet for pregnancy advice more than they would like

Pregnant women are using the Internet to seek answers to their medical questions more often than they would like, say Penn State researchers. “We found that first-time moms were upset that their first prenatal visit did not occur until eight weeks into pregnancy,” said Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, Penn State College of Medicine Continue reading

Fondue with chicken causes campylobacter infections in Switzerland

Fondue with chicken causes campylobacter infections in Switzerland

Meat fondue with chicken is one of the primary risk factors for a campylobacter infection in Switzerland in winter, a new study shows. At the end of each year, the reported case numbers of this severe intestinal infection increase in Switzerland Continue reading