Health

NASA's One-Year Mission Investigates How Space Affects Astronauts' Functional Performance
September 14, 2017 08:49 AM - NASA/Johnson Space Center

Adapting to the microgravity environment of space changes the way your brain interprets sensory signals, decreases muscle strength and alters cardiovascular function. Astronauts will need to overcome these changes to perform critical mission tasks on a journey to Mars. Simple tasks on Earth such as exiting a vehicle becomes more crucial when stepping foot in an unfamiliar world. Maintaining balance control will be key to a successful mission.

Standing too much at work can double your risk of heart disease
September 14, 2017 08:28 AM - University of Toronto

There's been a lot of interest in the harmful effects of prolonged sitting at work, from academics and the public alike. The attention being paid to sitting – or rather, not sitting – while on the job stems from the scientifically validated message that being sedentary in general, both indoors and outdoors, is bad for your health.

However, comparatively little attention has been devoted to the harmful effects of prolonged standing at work, despite past studies linking it to chronic back pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the lower limbs.

Standing too much at work can double your risk of heart disease
September 14, 2017 08:28 AM - University of Toronto

There's been a lot of interest in the harmful effects of prolonged sitting at work, from academics and the public alike. The attention being paid to sitting – or rather, not sitting – while on the job stems from the scientifically validated message that being sedentary in general, both indoors and outdoors, is bad for your health.

However, comparatively little attention has been devoted to the harmful effects of prolonged standing at work, despite past studies linking it to chronic back pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the lower limbs.

Low-Level Radiation Less Harmful to Health Than Other Lifestyle Risks
September 13, 2017 11:02 AM - University of Oxford

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear.  Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusion for the public and for policy makers.  

Type 2 Diabetes is a Reversible Condition
September 13, 2017 08:47 AM - Newcastle University

A body of research putting people with Type 2 diabetes on a low calorie diet has confirmed the underlying causes of the condition and established that it is reversible.

Type 2 Diabetes is a Reversible Condition
September 13, 2017 08:47 AM - Newcastle University

A body of research putting people with Type 2 diabetes on a low calorie diet has confirmed the underlying causes of the condition and established that it is reversible.

Cancer Survivors Who Quit Smoking Sooner Can Live Longer
September 12, 2017 01:08 PM - University of Oxford

Lung cancer survivors who quit smoking within a year of diagnosis will live for longer than those who continue to smoke, according to new research led by the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham.

Cancer Survivors Who Quit Smoking Sooner Can Live Longer
September 12, 2017 01:08 PM - University of Oxford

Lung cancer survivors who quit smoking within a year of diagnosis will live for longer than those who continue to smoke, according to new research led by the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham.

Medicine of the Future: New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills
September 12, 2017 01:05 PM - California Institute of Technology

Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in "smart pills" to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology—and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices—is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before.

Medicine of the Future: New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills
September 12, 2017 01:05 PM - California Institute of Technology

Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in "smart pills" to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology—and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices—is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before.

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