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Overconsumption of alcohol creates a different kind of liver damage that affects key organ functions
Long after a hangover, a night of bad decisions might take a bigger toll on the body than previously understood. Described in the current issue ofAlcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a study at the University of Missouri has revealed a unique connection between binge drinking and the risk for developing alcoholic liver disease and a variety of other health problems.
"In our research, we found that binge drinking has a profound effect on the liver in various modes of alcohol exposure," said Shivendra Shukla, PhD, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and corresponding author of the study.
According to researchers, just being outdoors could help lower the incidence of myopia in school-aged children.
We have always heard that fresh air is good for kids. Pediatricians will suggest a stroll outside to calm a fussy baby, and they encourage outdoor play to help children develop their gross motor skills.
Now new research suggests another reason to be outside: children who play in natural light may reduce their chances of developing myopia, or nearsightedness.
In one of the largest studies of myopia to date, researchers tracked more than 4,000 kids for eight years and found a link suggesting that how much time kids spend outdoors plays a role in eyesight.
Simply sending children with asthma a text message each day asking about their symptoms and providing knowledge about their condition can lead to improved health outcomes.
In a study by the Georgia Institute of Technology, pediatric patients who were asked questions about their symptoms and provided information about asthma via SMS text messages showed improved pulmonary function and a better understanding of their condition within four months, compared to other groups.
Vitamin therapy is a promising avenue to improving symptoms of pain, tingling and numbness in hands and feet typical of diabetic neuropathy, a study by Tulane University researchers concluded.
The six-month study involved 200 type 2 diabetes patients. Some patients were given Metanx, a vitamin-rich prescription medical food developed by PamLab, a Covington, Louisiana-based company, while others received a placebo.
“Within about two to three months patients taking Metanx started doing significantly better than those taking the placebo,” says study leader Dr. Vivian Fonseca, Tullis-Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes and past president of science and medicine for the American Diabetes Association.
Sleep problems can drastically lower the fertility of young men, warns a study, reports daily mail.
Those struggling to make it through the night have more problems than those enjoying a sound rest. Their sperm counts were cut by a quarter and they also had smaller testicles.
The latest research is the first to look specifically at whether broken rest affects male fertility although links between sleep and health have been well-studied.
Sperm counts have been tumbling in recent years amid fears that male fertility is being harmed by poor diet and lifestyle or even ‘gender-bending’ chemicals in the environment.
Drinking one (or one extra) 12oz serving size of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can be enough to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%, a new study suggests, reports medicalxpress.
The research is published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) and comes from data in the InterAct consortium.
Researchers from Imperial College, London, led the study of more than 12,000 people with Type 2 diabetes whose diets were compared with 16,000 controls in nine European countries, including the UK.