New study shows the effects of obesity mirror those of aging

Globally, an estimated 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are overweight or obese. According to the World Health Organization, more people are dying from being overweight than underweight. Researchers at Concordia are urging health authorities to rethink their approach to obesity. In their paper published in the journal Obesity Reviews, the researchers argue that…

Details

Heatwave exposure linked to increased risk of preterm birth in California

More than just causing discomfort, regional heatwaves have been associated with a number of health risks, particularly for children and the elderly. A new study by researchers at University of California San Diego identified another important at-risk group: people who are pregnant and their unborn infants. The study, published February 11, 2020 in Environment International,…

Details

Weight-based bullying linked to increased adolescent alcohol, marijuana use

Adolescents who are bullied about their weight or body shape may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than those who are not bullied, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. The link between appearance-related teasing and substance use was strongest among overweight girls, raising special concerns about this group. «This…

Details

Community support groups vital to African American women with breast cancer

Memphis, Tenn. (February 25, 2020) — Shelley White-Means, PhD, a professor of health economics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the principal investigator of a paper published this month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that found breast cancer support groups play a major role in helping underserved…

Details

Using social media to understand the vaccine debate in China

THE SITUATION Vaccine acceptance is a crucial public health issue, which has been exacerbated by the use of social media to spread content expressing vaccine hesitancy. Studies have shown that social media can provide new information regarding the dynamics of vaccine communication online, potentially affecting real-world vaccine behaviors. A team of United States-based researchers observed…

Details

Coronavirus Live Updates: Outbreak in Northern Italy Poses National Challenge

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe University of Milan, one of Europe’s largest universities, closed on Monday due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Italy.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times An ominous quiet descends on Milan, Italy’s business engine. Milan’s normally bustling streets, stores and restaurants are eerily empty. In Italy’s…

Details

For That PB and J, a Pecan Butter

A new line of pecan butters is hard to resist. They’re just sweet enough, a trifle soupy (chill them, and they firm up) and come in plain, with maple syrup and sea salt; chocolate; espresso (decaf); and cinnamon. They’re superb spooned over ice cream. Sunday Provisions Pecan Butters, $14 for 7.5 ounces, sundayprovisions.com; also $14.95…

Details

Vanessa Hudgens’ Style Evolution, From Her Disney Days to Now

Since her Disney days, Vanessa Hudgens has been a style star. She’s served old Hollywood glamour on the red carpet. And she’s also redefined boho chic at several music festivals. Plus, she’s written the playbook on killer post-breakup style (hello, Zac Efron) and is inspiring the newly single once more in recent appearances (so long,…

Details

Westerdam Passengers at Low Risk of Coronavirus Infection, C.D.C. Says

Passengers aboard the cruise ship Westerdam who have returned to the United States no longer need to isolate themselves and can resume normal activities, despite the fact that one passenger tested positive for the new coronavirus in Malaysia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised. A spokesman for the agency said on Saturday…

Details