Monthly Archives: May 2018

How rural health care may be failing the elderly – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] A recent study published in PLoS ONE evaluates whether rural health care is meeting the needs of older adults with lower socioeconomic status. As the average age of the population increases, dependence on the health care system also increases. The elderly population is highly dependent on health care services due to the deterioration of…

Up in the air: How do respiratory diseases spread on airline flights? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] Are viruses the real horror at 35,000 feet? Ten mathematicians model how respiratory diseases can spread during airline flights in a cabin thousands of feet in the air. As if flying wasn’t tough enough already, the dry cabin air, tiny economy seats, and bland airplane food can make it hard to be excited about…

Is calorie restriction advisable for weight loss in athletes? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] A recent study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition investigated whether calorie restriction is a viable weight-loss method for athletes. Numerous research articles have noted the capacity for calorie restriction to have profound effects on metabolism, including increasing lifespans in small animals and delaying the onset of age-related diseases. These…

What we know about the genetics of obesity – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] A recent review published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology explored the relationship between genes, environmental factors, and obesity. Upwards of 300 gene variants have been implicated in obesity and its contributing factors. Investigating the genes associated with obesity, the nature of these associations, and the biological processes tied to these genes may contribute…

Does the Fitbit Charge 2 accurately measure heart rate? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] Researchers in Italy and the UK recently studied the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker in measuring heart rate. The worldwide market for fitness trackers is booming. According to the research firm IDC, over 100 million trackers were sold in 2016 alone. These devices not only appeal to serious and recreational athletes;…

ADHD: Which children will benefit most from serious games? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] Young children with ADHD respond differently to specific treatment methods. A recent study examined a new type of intervention, called serious games, to determine which subtypes of children with ADHD are more likely to benefit. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is the most commonly diagnosed disorder in children. The primary symptoms of the…

Can increasing protein intake help older men regain muscle? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] The recommended dietary intake of protein is currently the same for young and old adults. A recent study investigated if older men would benefit with increased muscle mass by increasing their protein intake, with or without testosterone injections. Proteins are one of the essential building blocks of our body, making up the majority of…

Alzheimer’s and Aging: Epigenetics may explain how the two are linked – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] New research uses the study of epigenetics, the study of gene expression, to uncover a link between aging and gene expression in Alzheimer’s disease. Aging is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and is the most common cause of dementia in elderly people. Changes in specific genes may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s…

How effective are mobile apps for child anxiety? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] Child anxiety is increasingly common and difficult to treat. Researchers recently evaluated the quality of popular apps available for child anxiety and whether they follow evidence-based treatment strategies. Child anxiety is becoming increasingly prevalent. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in children in the USA and are usually the first mental illness…

Can stress lead to unhealthy food choices? – Medical News Bulletin

[ad_1] Stress can affect many aspects of our lives, often with detrimental results. A recent Peruvian study published in PLoS ONE investigated whether perceived stress can influence the dietary choices of undergraduate students. Stress is a common modern-day problem that can affect many aspects of our day-to-day life. Many people alter their eating behaviours to…