• Stress level may predict mortality risk in COVID-19

    11 days ago - By Healio

    An increased cortisol level at hospital admission for individuals with COVID-19 may serve as an independent predictor of worse disease course, mortality and reduced median survival, study data show.
    An increase in cortisol is an essential part of the body's stress response, triggering adaptive changes in metabolism, cardiovascular function and immune regulation; however, the effects of COVID-19 on cortisol are not known, Waljit S. Dhillo, MBBS, PhD, a National Institute for Health Research professor in endocrinology and metabolism at Imperial College London, and colleagues wrote
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  • Cumulative soft drink consumption is associated with insulin resistance in Mexican adults

    12 days ago - By American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

    ABSTRACTBackgroundInsulin resistance is an important risk factor for type 2 diabetes and other cardiometabolic diseases. Recent studies suggest that soft drink consumption could increase IR. However, inconsistent findings have been observed.ObjectiveThe aim was to estimate the association between the cumulative consumption of soft drinks and IR by means of the HOMA-IR in Mexican adults.MethodsWe analyzed the association between cumulative consumption of soft drinks and HOMA-IR change after 7 y of follow-up in participants of the Health Workers Cohort Study. Soft drink consumption was...
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  • Study finds exercise increases benefits of breast milk for babies

    12 days ago - By ScienceDaily

    A new study finds even moderate exercise during pregnancy increases a compound in breast milk that reduces a baby's lifelong risks of serious health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
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  • Preterm delivery increases lifetime risk for ischemic heart disease

    12 days ago - By Healio

    Women who delivered babies earlier than 37 weeks had increased risk for ischemic heart disease throughout their lifetime, researchers found.
    “The results indicate that preterm delivery should now be recognized as an independent risk factor for ischemic heart disease in women across the life course,” Casey Crump, MD, PhD, professor and vice chair for research in the department of family medicine and community health and professor in the department of population health science and policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Healio. “Cardiovascular risk assessment in
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