Alternate-day intermittent fasting leads to less fat loss than traditional daily energy restriction

An alternate-day intermittent fasting schedule offered less fat-reducing benefits than a matched “traditional” diet that restricts daily energy intake, according to a new, 3-week randomized trial involving 36 participants. The study, which is one of the first to tease apart the effects of fasting and daily energy restriction in lean individuals, indicates that alternate-day fasting…

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Sex differences in COVID-19 outcomes

IMAGE: Dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. view more  Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers In a study of more than 10,600 adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19, women had significantly lower odds than men of in-hospital…

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Longer duration of positive COVID-19 PCR test results in people with certain comorbidities

Boston – New study results indicate that different comorbid conditions affecting individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 may impact how long they continue to receive positive SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results. Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 who are aged 60+, have three or more chronic medical conditions, particularly diabetes, obesity, rheumatologic disease, or an organ transplant,…

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Scientists unravel the function of a sight-saving growth factor

IMAGE: Amacrine and photoreceptor cells treated with PEDF in culture. PEDF stimulated extensive amacrine axonal outgrowth and protected photoreceptors from cell death, simultaneously promoting their differentiation. Cell nuclei are labeled in… view more  Credit: Patricia Becerra, NEI Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have determined how certain short protein fragments, called peptides, can protect neuronal…

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