Infrequent Weekly Exercise Still Provides Health Benefit

“Weekend warriors”, those who get all their exercise during the weekend may get similar health effects as those that spread their activity throughout the week. Canadian study looked at people who exercised 150 minutes per week and divided the 2300+ participants into frequent (more than 5 times per week) and infrequent (1-4 times per week) groups.…

Inconsolable Baby and Post Natal Depression

Inconsolable crying babies put mothers at risk for post-partum depression, raising the odds ratio for depression to 4.0. The inability to sooth a baby may result in helplessness, depression and reduced parental care. Inconsolable Infant Crying and Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptoms OBJECTIVE: To quantify the extent to which maternal report of inconsolable infant crying, rather…

Cocoa Goodness

The Inca were onto a good thing. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research has a special issue dedicated to the health effects of cocoa. Confectionery chocolate gets bad press; this is mainly the fault of the high sugar and fat content in chocolate candy. In its more native form it seems to provide a number of…

Exercise Helps in Coping with Stress-Overeating

Rat animal model finds that regular exercise helps moderate the effects of social stress, including overeating. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cbf.2984/abstract Moderate physical exercise attenuates the alterations of feeding behaviour induced by social stress in female rats Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that stress-related disorders, such as the increase on the caloric intake, are twice as common in women as…

Mentally Ill Face 5X Higher Risk of Homicide

Underscoring the importance of mental health, a Swedish study finds that the mentally ill are 5X more likely to be victims of homicide. As with every other health risk, the poor carry the heaviest burden. As the editorial in the same issue notes “Popular media reporting portrays mental illness as posing a threat to the…

“The Enemy of My Enemy” Goes Microbial

In an opinion piece published on the ASM’s open access journal, Eric T. Harvill suggests we should get to know the enemy of our enemy (pathogens). Easy to read, free of technical jargon and very interesting. To understand how this approach might work in practice read the NEJM’s blog : Doctors Turned Ecologists: Infusion of…

Physically Active Children Deal Better with Stress

Sedentary children more likely to experience surges in cortisol levels while physically active children showed minimal changes in cortisol. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism March 7, 2013 jc.2012-3745 http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/03/07/jc.2012-3745.abstract Higher Levels of Physical Activity Are Associated With Lower Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical Axis Reactivity to Psychosocial Stress in Children Context: Children who undertake more physical activity (PA)…

From the 2013 American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session

A truckload of presentations coming out of ACC’s session. Since they are all relatively related, I’ll do this in bulk. For those who follow Twitter it’s #ACC13. Some of these are being presented first at the ACC session  some are in press and a few are recently published. Hurricane Katrina Continues to Kill – A 2007 study found…