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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

An apple a day could keep obesity away

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 03:11 PM PDT

Nondigestible compounds in apples -- specifically, Granny Smith apples -- may help prevent disorders associated with obesity, scientists have concluded. "We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties," said the study's lead researcher. "Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity."

Healthy fats help diseased heart muscle process, use fuel

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 03:00 PM PDT

Oleate, a common dietary fat found in olive oil, restored proper metabolism of fuel in an animal model of heart failure, researchers report. Heart failure affects nearly 5 million Americans, and more than half a million new cases are diagnosed each year. Heart failure is not the same as having a heart attack -- it is a chronic disease state where the heart becomes enlarged, or hypertrophic, in response to chronic high blood pressure which requires it to work harder to pump blood.

Sleep twitches light up the brain

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 12:39 PM PDT

A new study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.

Asking parents smart questions can help obese kids lose weight

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 06:02 AM PDT

Preventing childhood obesity may begin at home, but there's plenty nurses can do to help parents embrace healthy lifestyle choices, says one expert. For tips about diet and exercise to stick, clinicians need to take the time to interview families about their habits, she adds.

Scanning babies' fingerprints could save lives through vaccination tracking

Posted: 26 Sep 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Now researchers are developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination schedules for infants and toddlers, which will increase immunization coverage and save lives.

Children with autism more sedentary than their peers, study shows

Posted: 26 Sep 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Children with autism are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, a study shows, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting.

The dangers of teens using marijuana

Posted: 25 Sep 2014 12:06 PM PDT

Whether states should legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use is a hot topic across the country. As the debates continue a potentially dangerous environment is being created where more preteens, teens and young adults are beginning to use the substance with the feeling that it is safe.

Family-based therapies can treat anorexia in teens, study finds

Posted: 24 Sep 2014 06:20 PM PDT

Two different family-based therapies are both effective at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers, according to the largest study ever to compare two such treatments for the life-threatening eating disorder. The findings add to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia treatment.

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