Lifestyle

Increase in BMI precedes unhealthy eating behaviors

Big children eat more than other children. Research has shown that overweight children are more likely to use food as a comfort or eat until the dish is empty, even though they may be full. But which comes first, eating behavior or high body-mass index (BMI)? A research group at NTNU has investigated this question […]

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Earbuds may soon detect ear infections, other ailments

New University at Buffalo-led research shows how earbuds may soon be able to detect common ear infections and other ailments. A study published in June by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) describes what the research team is calling EarHealth. The system pairs Bluetooth earbuds with a smartphone that’s equipped with a deep learning platform. […]

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You fainted. Are you OK to drive?

People who have visited the emergency department for fainting are no more prone to car crashes than other emergency department patients, new research out of UBC’s faculty of medicine has found. How do we know this? The research team tracked the driving records of more than 9,200 people who visited an emergency department for fainting […]

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New scoring system to fix sex disparity in liver transplants

Every year, some 13,000 people are added to the liver transplant waiting list in the United States, but fewer than 9,000 receive a liver. Placement on the list largely depends on a number called the MELD (model for end-stage liver disease) score, which estimates the short-term risk of death in patients with chronic liver disease. […]

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Minimum wage increases positively impact women’s health, negatively impact men’s health

Increasing the minimum wage generally harms low-educated, low-income men’s health and improves women’s health in the same demographic categories, according to a University of Maine study. Income-based health disparities have worsened over the last few decades in the United States, according to a sweeping 2019 study using data from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Black medical students report more belonging, greater confidence in scholastic abilities in HBCU schools

A new study focused on Black medical students finds those attending historically Black medical schools report a greater sense of belonging and greater confidence in their scholastic abilities than those in predominantly white medical schools. A survey administered three times during study participants’ second year of medical school compared the responses from students attending historically […]

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Study reports hepatic toxicity from endocrine disrupting chemical mixtures

We are increasingly being exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that interfere with the normal functioning of our hormones. Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, which are widely used in consumer products including plastics, aluminum cans, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics, are well-known EDCs. Since both BPA and phthalates are structurally similar to steroid hormones that regulate chemical signaling […]