Africa is facing an increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases. The lack of physical activity is a risk factor for most of them. Research on physical inactivity trends in Africa is limited. But evidence suggests that as countries undergo transitions such as increased urbanization, physical activity levels may decline. But in Africa, the health agenda is
THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 — At repeat screening, digital breast tomosynthesis plus synthetic mammography (DBT+SM) identifies more cancers than full-field digital mammography (FFDM), according to a study published online Nov. 10 in Radiology. Francesca Caumo, M.D., from the Veneto Institute of Oncology in Padua, Italy, and colleagues conducted a prospective study involving 34,638 women screened
Candy corn has kind of a tough reputation. While some brave souls can’t get enough of it, the rest of us aren’t exactly fans. Butttt maybe that’s simply because most of us have not experienced the flavors of candy corn mixed into delicious Starbucks cold brew. Now is the time for that to change. Totallythebomb.com
Giving is good for you. For years, researchers have been finding that people who support charities or volunteer for causes can benefit from being generous. For example, they might learn new things, meet new people or make others whom they care about happier. Researchers have also found that giving may make the givers themselves happier,
Same-gender couples have higher-quality interactions with one another than heterosexual couples in Southern California, a new UC Riverside study finds. The study also holds that couples with two men have the smallest social networks. Researcher Megan Robbins says the recently published study is the first to compare same- and different-sex couples’ social networks and daily
Is this person with chest pain having a heart attack? That’s a question EMTs frequently confront when responding to 911 calls. A study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Health shows that on-scene use of a new protocol and advanced diagnostic equipment can help paramedics better identify patients at high risk for adverse cardiac events. This
Nursing home residents tend to fall asleep at all hours of the day, and during the night, their sleep may be interrupted by periods of wakefulness. It’s a vicious cycle of fragmented sleep that can place residents at risk for poor health outcomes, including depression and increased frailty, said Rosa Baier, an associate professor of
After a turbulent year, you might find your sleeping pattern is a bit all over the place. But you’re not alone – a study by sleep app Simba has revealed the ups and downs of how people slept during lockdown. Simba monitored the length and quality of 55,000 users’ slumber as well as their daily
Nine months after the coronavirus emerged, there’s still a remarkable lack of understanding about why the severity and course of COVID-19 vary for different people. Part of the problem is that we haven’t prioritized gathering and reporting data in enough detail. Most countries just report the age and sex of people who have died of
A small team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Pennsylvania State University, and Aarhus University has found that people who are exposed to end-of-the-world movies may be more resilient when dealing with the real-life ongoing pandemic. They have written a paper describing questioning volunteers about movies they had seen and their real pandemic experiences.
Maurishire Akabidavis, 26, stumbled into the keto diet the way most people did in 2019—on the internet and in conversation with friends. The low-carb, high-fat eating plan had been touted as a successful weight loss method by celebrities like Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens.“What is keto” was even the second top searched health
Our ability to predict who will get cancer, how a patient will respond to treatment, or if a patient will relapse is still quite limited. Despite advances in the detection of genetic mutations and the establishment of risk factors, such as age and genetic variants, it remains a great scientific and medical challenge. University of
If there ever was a multi-use fruit, it’s bananas. You can bake them into bread, throw them on some pancakes, dip them into chocolate, and make them into ice cream. Plus, they’re and easy, portable snack that’s packed full of good-for-you vitamins and minerals. But are sweet, filling fruits like bananas good for weight loss?
Western Sydney University researchers have found same-sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD) young people want to participate in sport, but past and current negative experiences, including those of violence and discrimination, can hold them back. The pilot study, which explored the experiences and attitudes towards sport, exercise and physical activity of 13 SSAGD young people
As the world focuses on finding a COVID-19 vaccine, research continues on other potentially catastrophic pandemic diseases, including Ebola and Marburg viruses. The world cannot afford to take our eye of other threats, says Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, who warns the highly lethal and infectious Ebola virus could appear in a more virulent form.
Zinc is what you would call a “micronutrient.” But just because it’s not a macronutrient like protein, fat, or carbohydrates doesn’t mean it’s not important. Science shows that zinc can help support a healthy immune system, assist in the healing of wounds, and aid in DNA development. “In one review, zinc lozenges were found to
Nothing breaks us out of our mid-day slump like having a bright, fresh salad for lunch, but if you’ve ever tried to make a salad ahead of time, chances are you too have faced disappointment by way of soggy lettuce, mushy vegetables, and onions that seem to magnify in flavor with every passing second. Well,
Children are more likely to control their immediate impulses when they and a peer rely on each other to get a reward than when they’re left to their own willpower, new research indicates. The findings appear in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The researchers say their experiments are the first
Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered how a brief disruption to a molecular pathway in the guts of mice before they are born can compromise adult immunity to a common and often deadly intestinal virus. The researchers found that in utero inhibition of molecular signalling in the ‘lymphotoxin pathway,’ long known as important
While kids adore playing with dolls, parents don’t love the bulk they add to the kiddie clutter already spread throughout the house. This is because dolls are the kinds of toys that come with a slew of extras, from dreamy mansions and play furniture to accessories and miniature stilettos (in every color). The happy medium