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Cortical Nerve Function in Former Amputees Remains Poor Decades after Reconstructive Surgery

Researchers have found that the nerve cells (neurons) controlling sensation and movement of the hands show injury-induced changes for years after hand amputation, reattachment or transplant.
11-Apr-2017 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

To Eat or Not to Eat (Before Exercising): That Is the Question

Exercise enthusiasts often wonder whether it’s better to eat or fast before a workout. A new study is the first of its kind to show the effects of eating versus fasting on gene expression in adipose (fat) tissue in response to exercise. This...
6-Apr-2017 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy Compromises Offspring’s Lung Health

Women who follow a high-fat diet during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk for asthma. A mouse study by Oregon Health and Science University researchers suggests that consistent consumption of fat-laden foods may change the immune...
29-Mar-2017 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Statins May Provide Treatment Alternative for Chronic Liver Disease

Statin drugs are widely used to manage high cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But in a new review of more than 50 studies, researchers cite reductions in liver inflammation and improvements in other related factors as...
23-Mar-2017 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Synched Work Schedules During “Antarctic Summer” May Affect Release Patterns of Sleep and Wake Hormones

The continuous daylight conditions of summer in Antarctica are known to interfere with physiological functions such as sleep patterns and the release of melatonin, a hormone associated with circadian rhythms and sleep. Now, a study offers new...
9-Mar-2017 12:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Caffeine Reduces Oxidative Stress, Improves Oxygen-Induced Lung Injury

A new study finds that caffeine may protect the lungs from damage caused by prolonged oxygen therapy, such as oxygen supplementation given to premature babies. The article is the first of its kind to study the positive effects of caffeine on the...
8-Mar-2017 2:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

“Superhero Physiology: The Case for Captain America”

A common challenge to educators across all disciplines is making learning interesting for students. Researchers from Mississippi State University outline a compelling strategy to teach physiology to undergraduate students: using real physiological...
28-Feb-2017 11:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

Raising Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Helps Reduce Heart, Kidney Disease

Reducing sodium (salt) in the diet has been recommended to lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. However, in a new review article, University of Southern California researchers found that increasing dietary potassium is as important to...
21-Feb-2017 10:15 AM EST Add to Favorites

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