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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Food Served in Children’s Hospitals Is Largely Unhealthy

Given the obesity epidemic among the nation’s young, one would hope that children’s hospitals would serve as a role model for healthy eating. But hospitals in California fall short, with only 7 percent of entrees classified as “healthy.”

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Posted by Craig Jones on 12/01 at 04:19 PM
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

People with Early Alzheimer’s Disease May Be More Likely to Have Lower BMI

Studies have shown that people who are overweight in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease decades later than people at normal weight, yet researchers have also found that people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI). A current study examines this relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and BMI. The study is published in the November 22, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 11/22 at 04:36 PM
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Historian’s Work Gives a Glimpse of Nixon “Unplugged”

Soon historians and political junkies will have more Richard Nixon material to kick around, thanks to a UW-Madison professor emeritus who has fought for years to get the secret records of the former president made public. Stanley Kutler, the UW emeritus professor of law and history whose successful court challenge is responsible for the release of the records, says the records will be a chance to hear Nixon minus his lawyers, handlers and “spinmeisters.”

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Posted by Craig Jones on 11/10 at 11:07 AM
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Sounds of the Renaissance Reproduced through Acoustical Archeology

A research team used a combination of historical evidence and scientific modeling to recreate the acoustic environment of Renaissance period Venice churches.

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Posted by Thom Canalichio on 11/02 at 01:45 PM
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Increased Use of Bikes for Commuting Offers Economic, Health Benefits

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half of the short trips with bicycle trips during the warmest six months of the year, saving about $3.8 billion per year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for conditions like obesity and heart disease.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 11/02 at 09:36 AM
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moving Poor Women to Less Poor Neighborhoods Improves Health

Low-income women with children who move from high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhoods experience notable long-term improvements in in diabetes and extreme obesity, according to a new study, the first to employ a randomized experimental design to learn about the connections between neighborhood poverty and health.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/20 at 02:22 PM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Researchers Reconstruct Genome of the Black Death

An international team—led by researchers at McMaster University and the University of Tubingen in Germany—has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, one of the most devastating epidemics in human history.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/13 at 03:05 PM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Method Isolates Best Brain Stem Cells to Treat MS

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The prospect of doing human clinical trials with stem cells to treat diseases like multiple sclerosis may be growing closer, say scientists at UB and U of R who have developed a more precise way to isolate stem cells that will make myelin.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/13 at 01:28 PM
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Majority of Journalists Use Linkedin, though Many Ask, “What’s the Value?”

If you want to interact with journalists, it helps to find their watering hole, and the best place, according to a recent study is Linkedin.

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Posted by Roger Johnson on 10/04 at 12:37 PM
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

“Magic Mushrooms” May Create Lasting Personality Change

A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms,” was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 09/29 at 01:41 PM
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