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Friday, October 10, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, study finds

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 08:27 AM PDT

Even if they don't show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This puts them at higher risk for infection and increases the likelihood of spreading the bug, which can cause serious and even fatal infections.

Drinking decaf or regular coffee maybe good for the liver

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 08:26 AM PDT

Researchers report that decaffeinated coffee drinking may benefit liver health. Results show that higher coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was linked to lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes. This suggests that chemical compounds in coffee other than caffeine may help protect the liver.

Coastal living boosts physical activity, study shows

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 07:09 AM PDT

People who live close to the coast are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than inland dwellers, finds a new study. The research involved participants from across England and describes a particularly noticeable effect on western -- but unexpectedly not eastern -- coasts of the nation.

Dads, not just moms, battle balancing work, family, exercise

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 07:08 AM PDT

Fathers experience the same exercise barriers as mothers: family responsibilities, guilt, lack of support, lack of time, scheduling constraints and work, a researcher has found. Although barriers for both parents are similar, working moms reported an additional hurdle. Mothers cited work and scheduling constraints as more of a barrier than fathers. Many active fathers found time to exercise during the workday, but mothers reported fear of being judged by co-workers for leaving to workout and lack of time to freshen up after a workout.

Why men are the weaker sex when it comes to bone health

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 06:19 AM PDT

Alarming new data shows that one-third of all hip fractures worldwide occur in men, with mortality rates as high as 37 percent in the first year following fracture. This makes men twice as likely as women to die after a hip fracture. Osteoporosis experts warn that as men often remain undiagnosed and untreated, millions are left vulnerable to early death and disability, irrespective of fracture type.

Pregnant women with psychiatric conditions require higher doses of neuroleptics

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 06:16 AM PDT

The new generation of neuroleptics for psychiatric conditions has the advantage over older medications of fewer adverse side effects. An investigation into their effectiveness in pregnant women has now discovered that higher doses are needed during pregnancy to maintain the desired effect.

Skin exposure may contribute to early risk for food allergies

Posted: 08 Oct 2014 05:37 PM PDT

Many children may become allergic to peanuts before they first eat them, and skin exposure may be contribute to early sensitization, according to a study in mice. Early in the process of developing an allergy, skin exposure to food allergens contributes to 'sensitization', which means the skin is reactive to an antigen, such as peanuts, especially by repeated exposure.

Timing of epidural is up to the mother

Posted: 08 Oct 2014 05:37 PM PDT

When a woman is in labor, the appropriate time to give an epidural during childbirth is when she asks for it, a new study suggests. A systematic review compared early and late epidurals during labor and found that they had very similar effects.

Healthy lifestyle may cut stroke risk in half for women

Posted: 08 Oct 2014 05:35 PM PDT

Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle may be less likely to have a stroke by more than half, according to a study. The study looked at five factors that make up a healthy lifestyle: healthy diet; moderate alcohol consumption; never smoking; physically active; and healthy body mass index (BMI). Compared with women with none of the five healthy factors, women with all five factors had a 54-percent lower risk of stroke.

Body mechanics key to avoiding, relieving chronic lower back pain

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 06:44 AM PDT

Most chronic pain is caused by damage to the discs in the lumbar region. And much of that damage is caused by poor body mechanics – the way people stand, walk, lift, carry, reach, bend, sit and sleep – in which the back is too often flat, not arched.

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