June 30, 2012

And Not Just Nutrition Majors

1 More Education Linked to Less Weight

A report on Americans' health issued by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics notes that people who are richer and better educated than average have fewer chronic diseases, tend to live longer, and are less likely to be obese. For example, only one in four women 25 or older who have a bachelor's degree or better are likely to be obese, while the obesity rates of those with less than a B.A. range from 39 percent to 43 percent. No association between education and obesity was found among adult men, but those with a B.A. or higher live an average 9.3 years longer than those without a high school diploma; for women, the difference is 8.6 years. For both genders, the lifespan difference has been increasing. The report is titled, "Health, United States, 2011."

More at Upi.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Education Is Good for Your Heart

Tags: Obesity Factors, 2011 Flu Season, Education and Weight, Education and Obesity, Healthh, United States, 2011, Americanan Public's Health, Health Risk Factors, CDC Reports

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More Viruses = More Immunity

2 Immunity Against the Flu Tied to Viral Load

Results from experiments conducted in Canada suggests that the number of influenza viruses that infect mice the first time around determines their ability to fight off other strains of the flu after that first exposure. Mice were inoculated with a high or low dose of influenza A (H3N2), and although there was more morbidity and inflammation in the high dose group, they were able to mobilize more CD8+ T cells, which kill virally-infected cells, into their lungs and made more memory CD8+ T cells compared to the mice in the low dose group. Mice from both groups were re-infected two months later and those who initially received the higher dose handled the infection better. Researchers hope these results him them in developing a flu vaccine that protects people against multiple strains.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: One antibody Fights all Influenza a Viruses

Tags: Flu Vaccine, Immunity, Influenza, Influenza A, H3N2, CD8+ T Cells, Influenza Strains

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Improves Function of Dystrophin

3 Experimental DMD Drug Shows Promise in Mice

Research at UCLA has led to the discovery of a compound that may treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a disease in which the muscles degenerate. It overwhelmingly targets boys and significantly shortens their lives. DMD is the result of a nonsense mutation which is caused by one change in the DNA that ultimately produces a shortened form of the protein dystrophin, rendering it non-functional. Two compounds, RTC13 and RTC14, out of about 35,000 were found to have potential and experiments in mice with DMD, RTC13 partially restored dystrophin as seen by increased expression of the protein and dramatically improved muscle strength. The results in mice also showed it to be safe and researchers hope to develop an effective oral formulation so they can move onto clinical trials in humans.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New DMD Drug Targets Defective DNA

Tags: DMD, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Dystrophin, RTC1

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