August 26, 2013

And over Time, Overweight

1 Poor Sleep Triggers Junk Food Cravings

U.C. Berkeley researchers have discovered the biological cause of the link between a lack of sleep and weight gain: sleeplessness makes us easy prey for cravings. Using brain scans of people upon awakening, and while viewing images of various kinds of food, they found that sleep deprivation dampens the effect of the frontal lobe, which governs our ability to control our behavior and make complex decisions, while those areas of the brain that respond to rewards become more active in the sleep-shortened. The result is that a brain deprived of sleep is simultaneously seeking a reward and lacking in self-restraint, and after a sleepless night will be most attracted and least resistant to sugary, fatty, calorie-laden fast foods and treat foods such as cheeseburgers, doughnuts and pizzas.

More at Newscenter.berkeley.edu | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Adequate Sleep Linked to Vegetable Consumption

Tags: Insomnia and Obesity, Sleep and Overweight, Sleeplessness and Fat, Sleep and Cravings, Insomnia and Cravings

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Underemployment Problem

2 Supply Exceeds Demand for Veterinarians

Last year, there are about 11,250 excess full-time veterinarians, finds a new study. According to the major study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and IHS Healthcare and Pharma, the supply of veterinarians in the U.S. exceeded demand in 2012. While the 90,200 veterinarians in the U.S. last year didn't experience high unemployment, the study did find that 12.5 percent of veterinarians' capacity to perform animal services was unused. In other words, veterinarians aren't being used to their full capacity. However, during good economic times, people tend to have more pets, and take better care of them. That means that underemployment in the field could improve with the economy.

More at AVMA | Hat tip to NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Urbanites More Likely to Think of Pets As Kids

Tags: American Veterinary Medical Association, Underemployment, Animal Hospitals, Animal Diseases, Healthcare and Pharma

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