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Archive for August 15th, 2017

Arthritis on the rise

The average American today is twice as likely to be diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis than in the years before World War II, Harvard scientists say, but that increase can’t be blamed on the reasons most might think. Based on the examination of more than 2,000 skeletons from cadaveric and archaeological collections across the U.S., the [...]

Air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease; air purifiers may lessen impact

Exposure to high levels of air pollution increased stress hormone levels and negative metabolic changes in otherwise healthy, young adults in a recent study conducted in China. Air purifiers appeared to lessen the negative effects, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Researchers focused on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) – [...]

Higher income individuals more physically active, yet more sedentary

New research led by American Cancer Society researchers in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Georgia State University used activity monitors to find that higher income individuals are more likely to be “weekend warriors,” getting most of their activity on only a few days a week, and also spend [...]

In terms of health, having any job is not necessarily better than not having a job

A new paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology finds that people employed in low paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed. There is also some evidence that job quality is important for health and wellbeing, although some studies suggest people in poor quality jobs [...]

Novel stem cell-derived model created of inflammatory neurological disorder

An international team of scientists, led by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers, has created a human stem cell-based model of a rare, but devastating, inherited neurological autoimmune condition called Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS). In doing so, the team was able to identify unusual and surprising underlying genetic mechanisms that drive AGS and [...]