Work suggests at least 75 percent of the genome is junk DNA

An evolutionary biologist at the University of Houston has published new calculations that indicate no more than 25 percent of the human genome is functional. That is in stark contrast to suggestions by scientists with the ENCODE project that as much as 80 percent of the genome is functional. In work published online in Genome

2017-07-17T06:44:28+00:00 Tags: |

Type 1 diabetes risk linked to intestinal viruses

Viruses in the intestines may affect a person’s chance of developing Type I diabetes, new research suggests. Children whose gut viral communities are less diverse are more likely to generate self-destructive antibodies that can lead to Type 1 diabetes. Further, children who carried a specific virus belonging to the Circoviridae family were less likely to

2017-07-13T10:07:33+00:00 Tags: |

Stanford researchers find intriguing clues about obesity by counting steps via smartphones

Stanford researchers using smartphones to track the activity levels of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe made an intriguing discovery: In countries with little obesity, people mostly walked a similar amount per day. But big gaps between people who walked a lot and those who walked very little coincided with much higher levels

2017-07-11T07:37:12+00:00 Tags: |

Japan to help emerging nations develop health care systems

Japan will team with global organizations to set up health care and insurance systems resembling its own in emerging nations, assisting with tasks such as collection of key health data, creation of medication transport networks and administrative support. The government here will in December convene a meeting of emerging-nation public health officials and representatives of

2017-07-11T07:07:24+00:00 Tags: |

Meaningless accelerating scores yield better performance

Seemingly any behavior can be 'gamified' and awarded digital points these days, from tracking the steps you've walked to the online purchases you've made and even the chores you've completed. Tracking behavior in this way helps to spur further action and new research shows that even meaningless scores can serve as effective motivators, as long

2017-07-10T08:43:49+00:00 Tags: |

British smokers down by 1. 9 million since smoking ban

Ten years after cigarettes were banished from all UK pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants, new figures from Cancer Research UK today (Saturday) reveal there are 1.9 million fewer smokers in Britain compared to when the smoking ban was introduced in 2007, with smoking rates now the lowest ever recorded. Smokefree laws have had one of

2017-07-02T08:00:52+00:00 Tags: |

Increasing transparency on generic drug cost data could save $4 billion

Making actual generic drug acquisition costs available to third-party payers would empower health plans to negotiate lower rates and essentially level the playing field in a pharmaceutical supply chain that's shrouded in secrecy, according to a new paper. Making actual generic drug acquisition costs available to third-party payers would empower health plans to negotiate lower

The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power

Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off. That’s the takeaway finding from a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. McCombs Assistant Professor Adrian Ward and co-authors conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users in an attempt

2017-06-28T07:57:39+00:00 Tags: |

Two Generic Medications Become One Expensive Drug – The Atlantic

I was prescribed a brand-name drug I didn’t need and given a coupon to cover the out-of-pocket costs. I had discovered yet another reason why Americans pay too much for health care. Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and wondering if I’d

2017-06-23T23:14:31+00:00 Tags: |

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

ITHACA, N.Y. – A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. Before the Neolithic revolution that began around 10,000 years ago, European populations were hunter-gatherers that ate animal-based diets

2017-06-17T11:54:57+00:00 Tags: |

Meditation and yoga can ‘reverse’ DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests

Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud. The research, published today in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews over a decade of studies

2017-06-17T11:50:23+00:00 Tags: , |

New study finds more than 2 billion people overweight or obese

STOCKHOLM – Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study. They are dying even though they are not technically considered obese, researchers found. Of the 4.0 million deaths attributed

2017-06-15T15:44:05+00:00 Tags: |

Fair or Unfair? Facial Cues Influence how Social Exclusion Is Judged

People are often excluded from social groups. As researchers from the University of Basel report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, whether uninvolved observers find this acceptable or not may depend on the facial appearances of those excluded. The exclusion of cold and incompetent looking people is more likely to be accepted. Social exclusion

2017-06-12T09:50:19+00:00 Tags: |