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Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Extremes of Sleep
Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008
Both short and long sleepers are at higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome, a condition that can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a recent study.

Molecule Found That Can Open Sodium Channels
Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008
The body's "sodium channels" are crucial in maintaining healthy blood pressure and salt levels. A recent research team has found a molecule that can activate proteins in sodium channels, enabling the balance of sodium levels.

Immune Cell Produces Glucose Controlling Proteins
Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008
A characteristic of type 2 diabetes is decreased production of proteins that are connected to glucose levels. A specific type of immune system cell that produces these proteins has recently been found to "suppress glucose production in the liver - without targeting insulin," a result that could have major implications on alternative diabetic treatments, in addition to immune system understandings.

Diabetic Retinopathy May Predict Heart Failure
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Diabetic retinopathy appears to be an independent risk factor for heart failure, new research suggests, which supports the belief that microvascular disease plays a role in the development of heart failure in diabetics.

How and Where Fat Is Stored Predicts Disease Risk Better than Weight
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A new study indicates that overeating, rather than the obesity it causes, is the trigger for developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of heath risk factors that increases an individual's chances of developing insulin resistance, fatty liver, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study is among the first to suggest that weight gain is an early symptom of pre-metabolic syndrome, rather than a direct cause.

Creatinine Increase in Elderly Means Increased Renal Disease, Mortality
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Even small increases in serum creatinine levels during hospitalization raise the risk of end stage renal disease and mortality of elderly patients over the long term in a 10-year study of 87,094 patients according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study.

Vitamin D Levels Again Linked to Breast Cancer
Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2008
The most comprehensive vitamin D - breast cancer correlation study to date has confirmed the suspected result that women with low blood levels of vitamin D are at a much higher risk for developing breast cancer.

Heavy Drinking and Smoking Leads to Earlier Alzheimer's Development
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Drinking and smoking in high doses leads to an earlier onset of Alzheimer's disease, new research has shown. Compared to people who did not smoke or drink in excess, heavy drinkers and smokers developed Alzheimer's nearly five years faster, and had a much higher occurrence of the disease as well.

Space Travelers at Higher Cancer Risk
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Astronauts and future deep space explorers may need to consider some serious health concerns when venturing out into this dark and cold medium. New research has shown that the unfiltered high-energy radiation present in parts of space (namely for this study, in our solar system due to the sun) leads to premature aging and a higher risk for cancer when exposure is for extended periods of time.

Child Screen Time Associated With Obesity
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Obesity is a growing problem in America, especially among its youth. Lack of exercise in children, often supplanted by time in front of television and computer screens, greatly increases the chance of a child being obese, a new study shows. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) had previously made a list of suggestions to pediatricians, parents, and children alike, in order to best manage their physical activity and "screen time." The study aimed to test these suggestions.

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