Research for a Healthier Lifestyle

July 19 - Take a Warm Bath 1-2 hours Before Bedtime to Get Better Sleep, Researchers Find. "Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering found that bathing 1-2 hours before bedtime in water of about 104-109 degrees Fahrenheit can significantly improve your sleep."

July 16 - Save Your Money: Vast Majority Of Dietary Supplements Don’t Improve Heart Health or Put Off Death
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers analyzed the findings from 277 clinical trials, which included data gathered on 992,129 research participants worldwide and found "The majority of the supplements including multivitamins, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D alone, calcium alone and iron showed no link to increased or decreased risk of death or heart health."

July 17 - Maintaining or starting exercise in middle age tied to longer life.

July 15 - Study demonstrates stress reduction benefits from petting dogs, cats
According to researchers at Washington State University, '“Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.”'

July 14 - Healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk of dementia.
The study led by the University of Exeter “…found that the risk of dementia was 32 per cent lower in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to those who had an unhealthy lifestyle."

June 26 - Women exposed to triclosan, a chemical used as an antimicrobial agent in consumer goods and personal care products, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who don’t have this exposure, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. “For the current study, Li and colleagues examined data on 1,848 women in the U.S. and found that those with the highest levels of triclosan in their urine were two and a half times as likely to have osteoporosis as women with the lowest triclosan levels."

June 13 - Two hour ‘nature dose’ boosts health. "Research led by the University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health found that people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature a week are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who don’t visit nature at all during an average week." The study found that it didn’t matter if the 120 minutes was achieved in a single visit or over the course of several shorter visits.

May 20, 2019 - Why lack of sleep is bad for your heart
A University of Colorado Boulder study “…found that people who sleep fewer than seven hours per night have lower blood levels of three physiological regulators, or microRNAs, which influence gene expression and play a key role in maintaining vascular health.""

May 14, 2019 - Direct Oxidative Stress Damage Shortens Telomeres
"A new study from the University of Pittsburgh, published today in Molecular Cell, provides the first smoking gun evidence that oxidative stress acts directly on telomeres to hasten cellular aging."

May 13, 2019 - Preschoolers Who Watch TV Sleep Less
”The study, published in “Sleep Health,” the journal of the National Sleep Foundation, suggests that TV use by young children affects the quality and duration of sleep, measured for the first time by an actigraphic device kids wore like a watch on their wrist.”

April 28, 2019 - Stressed at work and trouble sleeping? It’s more serious than you think.
According to the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, "Work stress and impaired sleep are linked to a threefold higher risk of cardiovascular death in employees with hypertension [high blood pressure]."

April 12, 2019 - Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks.
"In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning."

April 5, 2019 - Time in Nature Lowers Stress
University of Michigan study shows "… that just a twenty minutes nature experience was enough to significantly reduce cortisol [stress hormone] levels. But if you spent a little more time immersed in a nature experience, 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking, cortisol levels dropped at their greatest rate. After that, additional de-stressing benefits continue to add up but at a slower rate."

Feb. 19, 2019 - Acupuncture may ease troublesome menopausal symptoms.
In this small study from Denmark, 70 women were either assigned to five weekly acupuncture sessions lasting 15 minutes each or no acupuncture until after six weeks. “At six weeks most (80%) of the women in the acupuncture group, said that they felt that the sessions had helped them. And compared with those who had not been given acupuncture, they were significantly less troubled by hot flushes-a difference that was already apparent after 3 weeks of 'treatment'. Statistically significant differences also emerged between the two groups in the severity/frequency of day and night sweats, general sweating, sleep disturbances, emotional and physical symptoms, and skin and hair problems.”

Feb. 5, 2019 - Sleep Loss Encourages Spread of Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein
"The new findings center on a protein called tau, which accumulates in abnormal tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. In the healthy brain, active neurons naturally release some tau during waking hours, but it normally gets cleared away during sleep. Essentially, your brain has a system for taking the garbage out while you’re off in dreamland. The latest findings in studies of mice and people further suggest that sleep deprivation upsets this balance, allowing more tau to be released, accumulate, and spread in toxic tangles within brain areas important for memory."

Jan. 16, 2019 -    Ohio State study finds following heart health guidelines also reduces diabetes risk   . The   American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 guidelines   include: manage blood pressure, control cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, be physically active, eat a healthy diet, managing weight, and quit smoking.  “Overall, the study participants who were in the recommended, ideal ranges for at least four of the seven factors had a 70 percent lower risk of developing diabetes over the next 10 years.”

Jan. 16, 2019 - Ohio State study finds following heart health guidelines also reduces diabetes risk. The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 guidelines include: manage blood pressure, control cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, be physically active, eat a healthy diet, managing weight, and quit smoking. “Overall, the study participants who were in the recommended, ideal ranges for at least four of the seven factors had a 70 percent lower risk of developing diabetes over the next 10 years.”

Dec. 11, 2018 - Regular bedtimes and sufficient sleep for children may lead to healthier teens. "Having a regular, age-appropriate bedtime and getting sufficient sleep from early childhood may be important for healthy body weight in adolescence, according to researchers at Penn State."

Nov. 30, 2018 - Is being a night owl bad for your health?
Researchers conducting international review of studies at Northumbria University in the UK found “Night owls may have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease and type 2 diabetes than early risers.” People who went to bed later reported more erratic eating patterns like skipping breakfast and eating fewer, but larger meals. Another associated factor was that night owls had unhealthier diets, including eating less vegetables and consuming more sugar, caffeinated drinks, and fast food.

Nov. 28, 2018 - Got menopause? Healthy lifestyle now is crucial for heart health
“A healthy lifestyle in middle-aged women was strongly associated with healthier arteries,” according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Nov. 5, 2018 - Shorter sleep can lead to dehydration.
“Adults who sleep just six hours per night — as opposed to eight — may have a higher chance of being dehydrated, according to a study by Penn State. These findings suggest that those who don’t feel well after a night of poor sleep may want to consider dehydration — not simply poor sleep — as a cause, and drink more water.”

Oct. 26, 2018 - “A new Florida State University College of Medicine study involving data from 12,000 participants collected over 10 years confirms the heavy toll that loneliness can take on your health: It increases your risk of dementia by 40 percent.

Oct. 22, 2018 - Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure, worse blood pressure control according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Oct. 10, 2018 - Nail polishes often claim falsely to be toxin-free.
“Although nail polish manufacturers have begun removing some toxic ingredients, their labels are not always accurate and the reformulated products aren’t necessarily safer, suggests a new study.”

Sept. 12, 2018 - Wearable Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure Deep Inside Body. “A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision.”

Aug. 26, 2018 - "Researchers have found a sweet spot of six to eight hours sleep a night is most beneficial for heart health. More or less is detrimental. Their findings are presented today at ESC Congress 2018." 

July 2, 2018 - Can Aspirin Treat Alzheimer’s? "A regimen of low-dose aspirin potentially may reduce plaques in the brain, which will reduce Alzheimer’s disease pathology and protect memory, according to neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Center."

April 30, 2018 - Following five healthy lifestyle habits may increase life expectancy by decade or more according to new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

April 24, 2018 - Sleep deprivation increases Alzheimer’s protein
"In a small study, losing just one night of sleep led to an increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with impaired brain function and Alzheimer’s disease." 

Jan. 11, 2018Writing a “to-do” list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a Baylor University study.

Dec. 12, 2017University of Montreal study reveals eating together as a family helps children feel better, physically and mentally.

Dec. 1, 2017Univ. of Waterloo study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory.

Nov. 13, 2017Data from landmark NIH blood pressure study supports important part of new AHA/ACC hypertension guideline which recommends high blood pressure being treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication at 130/80 rather than 140/90.

June 27, 2017 - Moscow State Univ. scientists find avobenzone, commonly used in sunscreen products, decomposes into harmful chemical compounds when it interacts with chlorinated water and ultraviolet radiation.

June 29, 2016 - Landmark study shows single best way for women to stave off dementia is to move according to University of Melbourne research.

Jan. 14, 2016 - Study suggests that what you eat can influence how you sleep.
“A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep.”