In asthma, airway inflammation leads to airway obstruction, which may be chronic or arise as an acute symptom exacerbation. Asthma signs and symptoms range from mild to severe and may proceed to life-threatening complications, including respiratory failure and even death. What’s more, an asthma attack can cause fear . . .
A study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research reports that population interventions (cigarette excise tax, smoke-free air policies) seem to reduce the incidence of suicide. Read more . . .
According to a report published in Lancet, nearly 80% of US deaths in first three decades of life are due to unintentional injury or violence. Every year, nearly 180 000 people in the US die from preventable causes such as automobile crashes, drowning, firearm-related injuries, falls, assault, and drug . . .
People with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein, according to a meta-analysis published in Neurology. Read more . . .
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Worldwide, there has been a significant increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28% increase) and children (up by 47%) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013, according to . . .
Researchers who reviewed studies looking at the impact of “animal interventions” in healthcare settings for children find that the evidence base for these interventions is lacking, according to a study published in Anthrozoös. Read more and read the study abstract . . .
Oligomeric procyanidins (PCs), a type of flavanol in chocolate, could help reduce obesity, according to a study in Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. Adding PCs to the food of mice that ate a high-fat diet, keep them from gaining excess weight and improved glucose tolerance. Read more and . . .