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Quantifying nature's mental health benefits
The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. (2017-03-08)
Study suggests why food assistance for homeless young adults is inadequate
Though young homeless adults make use of available food programs, these support structures still often fail to provide reliable and consistent access to nutritious food, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo social work researcher. (2018-03-07)
Small materials poised for big impact in construction
Bricks, blocks, and steel I-beams -- step aside. A new genre of construction materials, made from stuff barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, is about to debut in the building of homes, offices, bridges, and other structures. (2010-07-28)
Obama and Trump administrations get opposite environmental assessment results
Using vast discrepancies between environmental assessments by the Obama and Trump administrations related to the Clean Water Act (CWA) as a key example, authors of this Policy Forum highlight the need for a systematic protocol for government cost-benefits analyses of proposed regulations. (2017-10-05)
Road pricing most effective in reducing vehicle emissions
For decades municipal and regional governments have used various traffic management strategies to reduce vehicle emissions, alongside advancements like cleaner fuel and greener cars. (2017-10-05)
UTIA research examines long-term economic impact of cover crops
A team of researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture examined data from the past 29 years to determine whether it is profitable to include cover crops in an erosion management strategy. (2018-02-05)
Study: SNAP benefits aren't enough to afford a healthy diet
A new study finds that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, only covers 43-60 percent of what it costs to consume a diet consistent with federal dietary guidelines for what constitutes a healthy diet. (2017-09-07)
Australia to join global health and climate change initiative
Australia is set to join a global initiative tracking progress on health and climate change, say University of Sydney and Macquarie University authors of a Perspective in today's Medical Journal of Australia. (2018-04-15)
Tai Chi improves brain metabolism and muscle energetics in older adults
A new Journal of Neuroimaging study provides insights into the biochemical mechanisms by which Tai Chi -- a mind-body exercise -- may provide both physical and psychological benefits. (2018-04-19)
Patients prefer to have cancer screenings despite risks and warnings
A large proportion of the American public opts to receive cancer screenings with the hope that testing will reduce their chance of cancer death. (2018-06-13)
USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for prostate cancer
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that men 55 to 69 who are interested in screening talk to their doctors about potential benefits and harms of screening for prostate cancer before deciding whether to undergo periodic prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening. (2018-05-08)
One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression
A landmark study led by the Black Dog Institute has revealed that regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help. (2017-10-03)
Breast cancer screening: New emphasis on shared decision-making between women and their doctors
An updated guideline on screening for breast cancer emphasizes shared decision-making between women and their doctors, supporting women to make an informed decision based on personal preferences when the balance between benefits and harms is uncertain. (2018-12-10)
The perils of publishing location data for endangered species
While the increasing accessibility of data from scientific studies creates many benefits -- and represents a process that should be broadly embraced -- in the context of conserving endangered species it can actually be problematic, write David Lindenmayer and Ben Scheele in this Essay. (2017-05-25)
Requiring physical activity classes help sedentary college students be more active
Requiring physical activity classes in college encourages sedentary students to become more active, while elective classes tend to draw those who are already motivated, new research from Oregon State University has found. (2018-09-12)
Virginia Tech biochemists dip into the health benefits of olives and olive oil
Virginia Tech research team discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps prevent type 2 diabetes. (2017-09-12)
Get off the golf cart if you have knee osteoarthritis
It may seem intuitive that golfers with knee osteoarthritis should stay off their feet and ride in a golf cart. (2018-04-28)
Mindfulness at work: UBC study first to uncover positive benefits for teams
Challenges and differences in opinion are inevitable when working in a team. (2018-05-03)
Regular exercise may be more beneficial for men than post-menopausal women
The blood vessels of middle-aged men and women adapt differently to regular exercise according to new research being presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester. (2018-06-04)
Adolescents' cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being
Evidence suggests that developing cooking and food preparation skills is important for health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school. (2018-04-17)
Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels
Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. (2017-09-06)
Study shows link between breastfeeding and infant health is not straight-forward
Results from new study suggest that the benefits of breastfeeding reported in the vast majority of prior research could be influenced by the mother's characteristics, such as what they know about health and nutrition. (2018-09-25)
Swapping cars for shared bicycles would avoid up to 73 deaths per year
A new study underscores the health and economic benefits of the 12 largest European bicycle-sharing systems. (2018-04-19)
NUS geography researchers determine benefits of Singapore's mangroves
A three-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore has identified that apart from cultural benefits, mangroves act as nursery habitat for fish and as coastal defence, as well as storing carbon that could help offset some of our climate change emissions. (2018-04-26)
High fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce risk of breast cancer
Women who eat a high amount of fruits and vegetables each day may have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially of aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. (2018-07-19)
New strategy expands the benefits of Internet-delivered CBT
Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have experimented with a new adaptive treatment strategy for Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) that identifies patients within the first month who face a major risk of treatment failure. (2019-01-30)
Small materials poised for big impact in construction
Bricks, blocks, and steel I-beams -- step aside. A new genre of construction materials, made from stuff barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, is about to debut in the building of homes, offices, bridges, and other structures. (2010-11-03)
Decision to rescind Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS) based on flawed analysis
New evidence suggests that the Trump Administration's proposal to rescind the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that would limit the scope of the Clean Water Act inappropriately overlooks wetlands-related values. (2017-10-05)
Glucocorticoids offer long-term benefits for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Glucocorticoids, a class of steroid hormone medications often prescribed to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, offer long-term benefits for this disease, including longer preservation of muscle strength and function and decreased risk of death. (2017-11-22)
Birds help each other partly for selfish reasons
Up to now, researchers have believed that birds stay at home and altruistically help raise younger siblings because this is the only way to pass on genes when you cannot breed yourself. (2018-09-10)
Full-body MRI shows promise for screening, but should stay in research area for now, study says
The use of full-body cardiovascular and tumor MRI to screen for disease in patients who do not have any suspicious symptoms is technically feasible, but for the present, full-body MRI screening should not be performed outside of a research setting due to the uncertainty of whether the benefits outweigh the risks, according to a new study by researchers from the University Hospital of Essen in Germany. (2005-02-03)
How long should children play video games?
A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental. (2016-10-12)
Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
Could cellulosic biofuels -- or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood -- become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? (2017-06-29)
It's official -- spending time outside is good for you
Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia. (2018-07-06)
Cognitive benefits of bilingualism overstated
Bilingualism is naturally very useful in communication between people, but a new meta-analysis shows that it does not seem to increase the cognitive skills related to executive functions. (2018-03-05)
Screening for colorectal cancer spares male patients from intense treatments
While screening for colorectal cancer did not, so far, reduce mortality, it did reduce the need for chemotherapy and emergency surgeries among male patients, shows a recent Finnish study. (2018-11-21)
Study finds few well-being advantages to marriage over cohabitation
A new study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family reveals that married couples experience few advantages for psychological well-being, health, or social ties compared to unmarried couples who live together. (2012-01-18)
In myasthenia gravis, surgery to remove thymus gland provides benefits even years later
Surgery to remove the thymus gland in patients with myasthenia gravis provides significant clinical benefits for as long as five years, according to a paper published in The Lancet Neurology. (2019-01-25)
How 'Dry January' is the secret to better sleep, saving money and losing weight
New research shows that taking part in Dry January sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. (2018-12-28)
Participating in sports during childhood may have long-term benefits for bone health
Participation in organized sport during childhood and adolescence is associated with bone mass at 20 years of age, according to a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study. (2018-10-17)
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