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Connecticut Center for Health: January 2015 Archives



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Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep, memory go hand-in-hand



Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep, memory go hand-in-hand Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here's a tip: Put down the coffee and hit the sack Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation. But just how that process...

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Beetroot juice improves exercise function of COPD patients



Beetroot juice improves exercise function of COPD patients A Wake Forest University study to investigate the effects of acute beetroot juice ingestion on the exercise capacity of COPD patients shows some promise, but a larger clinical trial is needed to verify results The new research, published online ahead of print in the journal Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, looked at a small group of COPD patients who drank beetroot juice as compared to a placebo...

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Mindfulness-based program in schools making a positive impact



  Mindfulness-based program in schools making a positive impact A social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve their learning abilities, be more caring, and less stressed is now backed by new scientific evidence. In a study from the University of British Columbia, researchers from across multiple disciplines -- a neuroscientist, developmental pediatrician, developmental psychologists, and education experts -- examined the effectiveness of the program...

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Brain regulates fat metabolism, potentially stopping disease



Brain regulates fat metabolism, potentially stopping disease Ways of keeping the heart healthy has widened, with the discovery that the brain can help fight off hardening of the arteries Atherosclerosis -- hardening and narrowing of the arteries -- can be caused by fat build up that causes plaque deposits, and is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease. Jessica Yue, a newly recruited researcher in the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine...

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Sugary drinks linked to earlier onset of menstrual periods



Sugary drinks linked to earlier onset of menstrual periods Girls who frequently consume sugary drinks tend to start their menstrual periods earlier than girls who do not, according to new research published online Jan 28 in Human Reproduction. In the first study to look at the relation between sugar-sweetened drinks and the age at which girls have their first period, researchers followed 5583 girls, aged 9-14 years between 1996 and 2001 and found that those...

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Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity



Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual's risk of early death, according to new research published today. The study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity, but that just a modest increase in...

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Weight training appears key to controlling belly fat



Normal 0 0 1 358 2044 17 4 2510 11.768 0 0 0 Weight training appears key to controlling belly fat   Healthy men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat compared with men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activities, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. Combining weight training and aerobic...

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Light-emitting e-readers before bedtime can adversely impact sleep



Normal 0 0 1 471 2685 22 5 3297 11.768 0 0 0 Light-emitting e-readers before bedtime can adversely impact sleep   Use of a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness, and the circadian clock which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) who compared the biological effects of reading an LE-eBook...

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Fast-food consumption linked to lower test score gains in 8th graders



Normal 0 0 1 568 3241 27 6 3980 11.768 0 0 0 Fast-food consumption linked to lower test score gains in 8th graders   The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new nationwide study suggests   Researchers found that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their growth in reading, math, and science test scores by...

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