Chronic Disease

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How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

Cardiac Arrest: The Hidden Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life

Doctors have long regarded sudden cardiac arrest as a deadly condition that strikes without warning, but a new study suggests it may not be so sudden after all. The research, conducted by scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, CA, shows for the first time that many patients experience telltale warning signs up … Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

Cutting Sugar Can Dramatically Improve Children’s Health In Just Days

Cutting most of the sugar from a child’s diet can rapidly and dramatically improve health, even without reducing calorie consumption or losing weight, a new study suggests. Researchers put a group of 43 obese kids and teens on a nine-day diet that severely restricted sugar intake, but replaced added sugars with starchy foods to maintain … Continue reading

How Stress Can Raise Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s

Chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of a number of negative health outcomes, including heart disease, cancer and dementia. The means by which stress contributes to the development of these conditions, however, aren’t as clear. But now, researchers from the University of Florida may have an answer to the question of how … Continue reading

Weight Of The Nation: A Look At The Most (And Least) Obese States In America

Overweight and obesity have become the new normal in the United States, according to Monday’s “State of Obesity” report. Though only five states saw increases in adult obesity last year, researchers noted little overall improvement in the nation’s weight crisis: The average American adult is 24 pounds heavier than in 1980, when obesity rates were … Continue reading

Why Fidgeting Might Be Good For Your Health

  It’s widely known that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic health problems and early death. But a new study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine suggests that if you’re fidgeting while you’re sitting, spending hours at your desk might not be so bad for you after all. When 14,000 … Continue reading

STUDY: Poor Sleep Paves The Way For Heart Disease

Otherwise healthy people who have poor sleep habits may be putting themselves at risk for heart disease, a new study finds. Men and women in the study who got too much or too little sleep were more likely to suffer from stiffened arteries and calcium deposits on the walls of their major arteries — two … Continue reading

Shocking Number Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

About half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds, highlighting the growing burden of chronic disease in the U.S. population. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that up to 14 percent of adults had type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent … Continue reading

‘Brain Cell Burnout’: Scientists Make Key Discovery About Cause Of Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists are learning more about the causes of Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that affects nearly one million people in the United States but for which no cure is available. We’ve known for a while that the development of Parkinson’s is triggered by a loss of nerve cells in certain areas of the brain, causing the muscle … Continue reading

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