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News Digest |Study finds Gastric Bypass increases risk of Bone Fractures and falls

A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research shows that there is a 30 per cent increase in the risk of fractures after a gastric bypass operation. The study also discovered that falls increase after these operations as well. “Gastric bypass is a well-established method that has proven effective in reducing obesity, diabetes and mortality, so naturally our findings do not mean … Continue reading News Digest |Study finds Gastric Bypass increases risk of Bone Fractures and falls

Research Check: are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

  Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD. Ant Rozetsky Hannah Kirk, Monash University This week, news outlets across the world reported a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) linking digital media exposure to reduced attention spans and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): But while the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, … Continue reading Research Check: are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

“Smart Synthetic gel” provides glucose-responsive insulin delivery in diabetic mice

Main points    The technology capitalized on sugars responsiveness to properties of boronic acid. They created a synthetic polymer gel – based insulin delivery device with a single catheter. The catheter exhibits an artificial pancreas like function inside the body Subcut implantation of the device in healthy  and diabetic mice  creates a closed loop system that is composed of a continuous glucose sensing  and skin layer … Continue reading “Smart Synthetic gel” provides glucose-responsive insulin delivery in diabetic mice

Organic, grass fed and hormone-free: does this make red meat any healthier

Organic meat is grown without pesticides but there is little nutritional difference. Jez Timms Leah Dowling, Swinburne University of Technology and Louise Dunn, Swinburne University of Technology Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may … Continue reading Organic, grass fed and hormone-free: does this make red meat any healthier

Vegan diet: how your body changes from day one

  Taste the rainbow. Shutterstock Sophie Medlin, King’s College London Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons. Many … Continue reading Vegan diet: how your body changes from day one

Does osteopathy work?

Does osteopathy work?   Studies examining pain are hard to judge, since they’re based on participants’ self-reported pain levels. from http://www.shutterstock.com Amie Steel, University of Technology Sydney Every year, Australian osteopaths provide around 3.9 million clinical consultations. Osteopathy is a manual therapy developed by US physician Andrew Still in the mid-1800s, and it’s recognised by the World Health Organisation as a traditional system of medicine. … Continue reading Does osteopathy work?

How mega mansions increase risks of heart disease and diabetes

A luxury mansion in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia. (Shutterstock) Bonnie Fournier, Thompson Rivers University Farmland is disappearing in many provinces across Canada. According to Larry Davis of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, 350 acres of farmland are now lost per day in Ontario alone to non-agricultural uses such as luxury housing. Converting agricultural land to residential use in this way has detrimental effects … Continue reading How mega mansions increase risks of heart disease and diabetes