Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart

A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure as adults. The study is published in a special issue on air pollution in the Journal of the American Heart […]

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Heart health of shift workers linked to body clock

Working hours that deviate from an individual’s natural body clock are associated with greater cardiovascular risk, according to research presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study found that for each hour the work schedule was out of sync with an employee’s body clock, the risk of heart disease […]

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Exposure to greenspace linked to lower risk for pediatric-onset IBD

(HealthDay)—Higher exposure to residential greenspace in childhood is associated with a reduced risk for pediatric-onset inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Michael Elten, from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study using linked population-based health administrative and environmental data sets. […]

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Faulty metabolism of Parkinson’s medication in the brain linked to severe side effects

Until now, the reason why the drug levodopa (L-Dopa), which reduces the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, declines in efficacy after a few years’ use has been unknown. A side effect that then often occur is involuntary movements. A Swedish–French collaboration, led from Uppsala University, has now been able to connect the problems with defective metabolism of L-Dopa in the […]

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Junk food linked to sleep problems in teens

Eating too much junk food has been linked with poor sleep quality in teens, a University of Queensland-led study has found. UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences researcher Associate Professor Asad Khan said frequent consumption of soft drinks and fast food was strongly associated with sleep disturbance in adolescents around the world. “This is the first study to examine […]

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Industry Payments Consistently Linked to Physician Prescribing

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2020 — Industry payments are associated with physician prescribing patterns, according to a systematic review published online Nov. 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Aaron P. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and colleagues examined whether receipt of payments from the drug industry is associated with physician prescribing […]

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Eating dried fruit may be linked with better diet quality and health markers

Don’t be afraid to toss a handful of raisins or dried apples in your Thanksgiving stuffing this year—a new Penn State study has found that dried fruit may be connected with better health. The researchers found that people who ate dried fruit were generally healthier than those who did not, and on days when people ate dried fruit they consumed […]

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Smartphone screen time linked to preference for quicker but smaller rewards

In a new study, people who spent more time on their phones—particularly on gaming or social media apps—were more likely to reject larger, delayed rewards in favor of smaller, immediate rewards. Tim van Endert and Peter Mohr of Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on November 18, 2020. Previous research has suggested […]

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AHA News: Heart Attacks Linked to Pregnancy on the Rise, Most Often in Women 30 and Older

By Maria Elena Fernandez American Heart Association News TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Pregnancy-related heart attacks — especially in the period after childbirth — are on the rise in women who are 30 or older, according to new research. Although still considered uncommon, a study of nearly 11.3 million records for pregnancy, labor and postpartum cases […]

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Hesitancy about a COVID-19 vaccine is linked to beliefs about origin of the virus

More than a third of people (34%) in Turkey and one sixth of people (17%) in the UK are ‘hesitant’ about a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study by UCL and Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. The research, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, asked over 5,000 participants in Turkey and the UK about their willingness to vaccinate for a […]

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