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Keeping active can help older people reduce the need for costly social care
A concerted effort to encourage older people to keep active can help them live more independently and reduce the need for social care, argue experts in The BMJ today. (2017-10-17)

Recreating the wild: De-extinction, technology, and the ethics of conservation
A new Hastings Center special report examines efforts to revive extinct species. (2017-08-04)

A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being
Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being reported by a group of people with long-term conditions. Key to the success was a 'Link Worker' who helped participants select their activity and supported them throughout the program. (2017-07-16)

Treating Lyme disease: When do symptoms resolve in children?
Mattia Chason, M.D., and colleagues in infectious disease examined how quickly Lyme disease symptoms typically resolve in children, a research question that has received little prior study. (2017-06-23)

Study examines facial fractures from recreational activity in adults 55 and older
Aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities are encouraged for older adults but there are implications for injury patterns and prevention. (2017-06-15)

Growing plants and scientists: Hydroponic gardening program wins over students
Elementary-age students -- primarily African-American, Hispanic and English Language Learners -- developed positive attitudes toward science, less anxiety, and greater self-confidence after participating in an after-school program where they grew fruits and vegetables using soil-less, hydroponic technology. (2017-05-15)

Using venomous proteins to make insect milkshakes
In a just-published paper in the journal PLOS Pathogens, Adler Dillman, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside and several collaborators found that nematodes secrete a deadly cocktail of proteins to kill many insects that damage crops. The finding overturns a long-held belief that it is exclusively bacteria, working in conjunction with nematodes, that kill the insects. (2017-04-20)

Well-kept vacant lots can help reduce crime
Maintaining the yards of vacant properties helps reduce crime rates in urban neighborhoods, indicates a new Michigan State University study that's the most comprehensive to date. (2017-04-18)

For older adults, poor vision can lead to physical decline and cognitive problems
When older adult's vision declines sharply, their participation in physical and mental activities also declines. A team of researchers has suggested that, since most vision loss is preventable, strategies to postpone vision loss might also help delay physical and mental decline among older adults. (2016-12-20)

Swimming, racquet sports, and aerobics linked to best odds of staving off death
In terms of exercise, swimming, racquet sports, and aerobics seem to be associated with the best odds of staving off death from any cause and from heart disease and stroke, in particular, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2016-11-29)

Study finds occupational therapy unable to delay Alzheimer's patients' functional decline
In first study to investigate whether two years of in-home occupational therapy might help those with Alzheimer's disease delay loss of physical function, researchers from Indiana Center for Aging Research and Regenstrief Institute have found that occupational therapy tailored to the individual patient's needs did not delay the loss of everyday functions such as walking, eating, bathing and toileting. (2016-11-21)

New findings on physical activity could shape treatment for mild Alzheimer's disease
Understanding the daily pattern in physical activity could be key to designing interventions, perhaps by targeting more physical activity in morning. (2016-11-09)

Decoding the genome of the Japanese morning glory
Researchers in Japan have successfully decoded the entire Japanese morning glory genome. Japanese morning glories (Ipomoea nil) are traditional garden plants that are popular in Japan. (2016-11-08)

Exercising the elderly heart: No value in overexertion
The more, the merrier, but don't sweat too much. That's the basics from an analysis about the value of physical activity and exercise in helping to prevent heart disease related deaths among senior citizens. The study, led by Ying Kuen Cheung of Columbia University in the US, and conducted in collaboration with investigators at the University of Miami, is published by Springer in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2016-10-17)

The many health benefits of gardening for elderly women
Researchers assessed physical and psychological health benefits of a 15-session gardening intervention for women age 70 and older. Physical and psychological health parameters were assessed before and after the intervention for participants and a control group (nonparticipants). Women in the intervention group exhibited significantly improved muscle mass, aerobic endurance, hand dexterity, cognitive ability, and decreased waist circumference compared to the control group. Participants also reported a significantly higher amount of daily physical activity from gardening. (2016-10-10)

Moderate physical activity linked with 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s
Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The 12-year study in nearly 2,500 adults aged 65 to 74 years found that moderate physical activity reduced the risk of an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30 percent. High levels of physical activity led to greater risk reductions. (2016-08-27)

Higher weekly activity levels linked to lower risk of 5 chronic diseases
Higher levels of total physical activity are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases -- breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, finds a study in The BMJ today. (2016-08-09)

Urban hedgehogs -- more at home in the city than you thought
A species that is 15 million years old, hedgehogs have survived all kinds of environmental changes over the years, including urbanization. Surprisingly, cities have often been found to have higher hedgehog populations than rural areas. Understanding why this is could help us to protect them in the future. (2016-07-03)

London bee tracking project begins
Hundreds of bees with individual colored number tags will be released from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London on Tuesday, June 21, and over the next month for a project that hopes to uncover the secret lives of London's bees. (2016-06-20)

Save urban bees
Nature lovers and green-fingered enthusiasts are urged to plant bee-friendly flowers to help ailing pollinator populations and to attract one of the many hundreds of bees due to be released later this summer from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in a competition launched by the London Pollinator Project. (2016-04-29)

Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?
Urban gardeners have the potential to contribute to ecosystem services by growing a diverse array of plants that could benefit wildlife. In Chicago, African American, Chinese-origin, and Mexican-origin gardeners grew a wide variety of plants, but their use of synthetic fertilizer and avoidance of shade trees may limit benefits to the ecosystem. Each cultural group grows unique crops that contribute to food security and a sense of community. (2016-04-05)

Different kinds of physical activity shown to improve brain volume & cut Alzheimer's risk in half
A new study shows that a variety of physical activities from walking to gardening and dancing can improve brain volume and cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 50 percent. (2016-03-11)

Physical activity does not influence breast density: Protective effect against breast cancer is due to other mechanisms
Danish researchers have found no link between physical activity and breast density, and believe that the protective effect of physical activity on breast cancer must be through other mechanisms. This finding is unexpected because it was believed that reducing BMI and fatty tissue would increase breast density. (2016-03-08)

AAOS recommends a multi-faceted approach to diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome
New guidelines approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors recommend the collective use of a thorough patient history and specific physical examination maneuvers, in addition to observation and specific diagnostic tests to more definitively diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, a common source of hand numbness and pain affecting approximately 3 million Americans -- primarily women -- each year. (2016-03-02)

Researchers to bring school gardens, cooking classes to Austin-area schools
Sixteen Austin-area elementary schools will participate in a study with University of Texas at Austin researchers thanks to a $3.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to learn whether growing fruits and vegetables and learning nutrition and cooking skills can improve health and reduce childhood obesity. (2016-02-29)

Getting the right amounts of sleep and regular exercise lower stroke risk
Getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night and exercising 30 to 60 minutes, three to six times a week, are healthy behaviors that can greatly reduce adults' stroke risk, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2016. (2016-02-18)

Feeding a city with better food sources
Access to clean water hasn't been the only health issue facing Flint. Since 2008, Michigan State University public health expert, Rick Sadler, has been mapping out areas of the city that have had almost no access to healthier food options and evaluating solutions that could help remedy the problem. (2016-02-17)

Healing the soil
Chicago's history of industrialization and urbanization left its mark on the soil. Soil acts as a sponge, and can host contaminants for years. In Chicago, the waste from industrial manufacturing causes undesirable toxic organic chemicals, heavy metals, and other chemicals to linger in the soil. A non-profit youth development center hopes to repurpose the lots into useful spaces for the community. However, the poor quality soils in the lots create challenges. (2016-02-10)

Risk of lead poisoning from urban gardening is low, new study finds
A new University of Washington study looked at potential risks associated with growing vegetables in urban gardens and determined that the benefits of locally produced vegetables in cities outweigh any risks from gardening in contaminated soils. (2016-02-02)

How mold on space station flowers is helping get us to Mars
When Scott Kelly tweeted a picture of moldy leaves on the current crop of zinnia flowers aboard the International Space Station, it could have looked like the science was doomed. In fact, science was blooming stronger than ever. What may seem like a failure in systems is actually an exceptional opportunity for scientists back on Earth to better understand how plants grow in microgravity, and for astronauts to practice doing what they'll be tasked with on a deep space mission: autonomous gardening. (2016-01-19)

Zinnias from space!
In space, there is no scent of baking bread, no wind on your face, no sound of raindrops hitting the roof, no favorite kitten to curl up in your lap. Over time, being deprived of these common earthbound sense stimulations takes a toll. Having limited access to stimuli to the senses is identified as a significant risk by NASA's Behavioral Health and Performance team. (2016-01-19)

Researchers assess contaminants in New York City's community gardens
While community gardens provide benefits including urban green space, opportunities for recreation, art expression, social gathering, and improved diets, urban gardening may also increase the opportunity for exposure to common urban soil contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (2015-12-07)

How does your garden grow? For cancer patients, small gardens could bring big benefits
Nature is full of benefits for the cancer patients, but it isn't always accessible. In the latest article in ecancermedicalscience, a team of researchers led by Dr Ceri Phelps of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Wales decided to test a simpler, smaller approach -- accessible, cheap, and not prone to whims of weather. (2015-12-01)

Research shows Texas Grow! Eat! Go! interventions having positive impact on youth
Research has shown that efforts through the Texas Grow! Eat! Go! program have had a positive effect on improving the health and wellness of youth in the five participating Texas counties. (2015-11-18)

Gardening therapy helps women on long-term sick leave return to work
Being and working in a garden combined with active job coaching can effectively help women on long-term sick leave return to work. A study conducted at University of Gothenburg explored the reasons for the trend. (2015-10-21)

Chapman University research suggests older adults possess important forms of expertise
Chapman University's research on aging and skill development appears as the lead article in the latest issue of American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The study, called 'Skill Ontogeny Among Tsimane Forager-Horticulturalists,' provides the most complete analysis to date of skill development in a traditional society. The results show that most skills essential to Tsimane survival are acquired prior to first reproduction, and then develop further to meet the increasing demands of offspring. (2015-08-27)

Reservation project to grow health with gardens
The Growing Resilience project leverages tribal assets of land, family, culture and community health organizations to develop and evaluate home food gardens as a family-based health promotion intervention to reduce disparities suffered by Native Americans in nearly every measure of health (2015-08-18)

Meals ready to eat: Expedition 44 crew members sample leafy greens grown on space station
Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space officially is on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station. Expedition 44 crew members, including NASA's one-year astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labor after harvesting a crop of 'Outredgeous' red romaine lettuce Monday, Aug. 10, from the Veggie plant growth system on the nation's orbiting laboratory. (2015-08-10)

Clay sheets stack to form proton conductors
Northwestern University professor Jiaxing Huang employs a clay typically used for gardening to develop a proton-conducting, bulk nanostructured material. (2015-07-13)

Keeping mind, body active may not protect against underlying signs of Alzheimer's
While participating in physical activities such as bike riding, dancing, walking and gardening and mentally stimulating activities such as crosswords and reading may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, they may not do so by affecting the underlying markers for the disease, according to a study published in the June 10, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-06-10)

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