Category Archives: Health, Fitness & Food

Is smartphone use becoming more problematic? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry determined the overall health effects of smartphone use in Australia.   The past decade has shown a dramatic increase in the use of smartphones. It is estimated that 2.5 billion people use smartphones worldwide. In 2017, 64% of the United States population owned smartphones. Currently, in Australia, 88%…

You can bank your muscle growth potential, study finds – Medical News Bulletin

An article published in Frontiers in Physiology reviewed recent studies that examined the nuclear changes involved in muscle memory. We often hear the phrase “use it or lose it”, indicating that if we do not use our muscles, we will lose them. For years, researchers thought muscle loss due to age also results in a…

Can aerobic exercise help with concussion recovery in teenagers? – Medical News Bulletin

A study explored the efficacy of aerobic exercise compared to a less intense stretching program to help adolescents recover from concussions related to sports injuries.   Concussions related to sports injuries are a significant public health problem without effective treatment. Up to 30% of children and adolescents have symptoms such as confusion, amnesia, dizziness, ringing…

Do urban parks increase happiness? – Medical News Bulletin

New research published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research determined whether visiting urban parks can influence emotional well-being. In today’s rapidly developing world, there is increasingly less green space as more buildings are being built and ecosystems are being destroyed. Parks are a great way to preserve plant and animal life in urban…

Is evening exercise good for your sleep and appetite? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigated whether evening exercise actually has a negative impact on sleep and appetite.  Specifically, the researchers studied the effect of evening high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) on these bodily functions. It is a common belief that exercising before bedtime disrupts one’s sleep and should be avoided.  Disrupted sleep also affects one’s appetite and caloric intake. …

Do marijuana edibles harm patients with heart disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers recently examined a patient case who developed chest pain and obstructed blood flow to the heart after consuming a marijuana lollipop.   The use of marijuana carries risk and side effects, just like all other medications. In a recent case, inappropriate dosing and consumption of marijuana by an older patient with stable cardiovascular disease…

What causes noise-induced hearing loss? – Medical News Bulletin

Scientists discovered a novel mechanism as to why there is a temporary numbness in the ears due to noise-induced hearing loss.   Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by sudden single exposure to loud sound or continuous noise exposure for a prolonged time period. Apart from being uncomfortable, it damages the delicate structures of the inner…

Mild cognitive impairment and the effects of exercise on the brain – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers examined the blood flow of individuals with mild cognitive impairment in order to understand the effects of exercise on the brain. It is believed that changes in blood flow in the brain result in the impairments experienced by those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). There is currently no cure for the condition, but as…

How does resistance training affect insulin sensitivity? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study demonstrated that people do not have to spend hours with resistance training to have positive effects on their health. According to a previous study in 2016, only 31% of men and 24% of women meet the muscle strengthening or resistance training guideline in Scotland. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends including at…

Is this protein a marker of cardiometabolic syndrome? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigated the association between the protein clusterin, a protein found in high levels in fat tissue cells, and cardiometabolic syndrome. Clusterin is a protein found inside the cell. Previous research has focused on the role this protein plays in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. However, new studies are showing it may…