Longitudinal studies provide an excellent research learning environment for trainees

(Boston)–Compared to experimental studies that require complex infrastructures such as laboratories or clinical trials at multiple centers, studies using a longitudinal cohort (an observational research method in which data is gathered for the same participants repeatedly over a period of time) could be a good alternative for investigators as they begin their early research careers.…

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Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure

A study of more than 17,000 U.S. adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption–seven to 13 drinks per week–substantially raises one’s risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. The findings contrast with some previous studies that have associated moderate drinking with…

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A television in the bedroom?

Too much time in front of the bedroom TV deprives the child of more enriching developmental activities and may explain, in part, less optimal body mass, poor eating habits and socio-emotional difficulties as a teenager, says the study, published Dec. 26 in Pediatric Research. “The early years are a critical period in a child’s development,”…

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