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Sleep Loss Increases Risk for Diabetes.

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In this study, researchers found that six hours of sleep deprivation led to elevated blood glucose in the liver, an increase in triglyceride levels, and changes to levels of liver enzymes related to metabolism in otherwise healthy rats. The research team believes that the changes induced by sleep deprivation may be the root cause of insulin resistance and buildup of fat in the liver, increasing the risk for diabetes, regardless of changes in activity and diet.

American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology ...

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Poor Healthcare Linked to Millions of Death Worldwide.

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A two-year project in which 30 academics, policymakers, and health experts examined how to measure and improve healthcare quality worldwide concluded that poor-quality healthcare leads to about 5 million deaths per year in developing countries. They found that poor-quality care is a major cause of deaths from treatable conditions, such as cardiovascular deaths, neonatal conditions, road injury, tuberculosis, HIV, and other infectious disease. Additionally, lack of access to care is a significant factor in deaths from cancer, mental and neurological ...

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Superbug Spreading in Hospitals.

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Three variants of the multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria have been discovered in samples from 78 hospitals in ten countries. It is suspected that the superbug is spreading rapidly due to the high use of antibiotics in intensive care units, where patients are routinely prescribed strong drugs. Researcher Dr. Ben Howden adds, “This highlights that the use of more and more antibiotics is driving more drug-resistant bacteria… With all bacteria in a hospital environment we are driving more resistant strains and ...

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Eat More Types of Vegetables.

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Among a sample of 1,429 Australian women over the age of 70, researchers observed a relationship between the diversity of vegetables one eats and their risk for suffering a serious fall. In particular, the research team found that for every serving of a different vegetable consumed per day, the risk for experiencing a serious fall drops by 8%.
Nutrients, August 2018

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Can Being Overweight Change the Heart Structure of Young Adults?

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Being overweight may thicken heart muscle tissue and increase blood pressure, elevating one’s risk for future heart disease. In this study, researchers analyzed data on thousands of healthy young adults and found a link between a greater BMI and both higher blood pressure and enlargement of left ventricle of the heart. Lead author Dr. Kaitlin H. Wade explains, “Thickening of vessel walls is widely considered to be the first sign of atherosclerosis, a disease in which fatty plaques build up ...

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