Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mad Cow Risk and Reasonable Precautions

A case of so-called “mad cow disease” was found in a California dairy cow last week.


To Lower Diabetes Risk, Get a Good Night’s Sleep

A new study has shown that sleep restriction, along with a disruption of one’s internal body clock, can raise the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

UV Photography Shows that Melanoma Risk Factors Correlate with Sun Damage

A new study uses a novel approach to demonstrate a relationship between physical characteristics associated with increased risk of skin cancer and visible signs of sun damage.

Evidence of Basis for Caregiving Impulse Seen in NIH Brain Imaging Study finds

Infants’ faces evoke species-specific patterns of brain activity in adults that may indicate a biological predisposition to care for babies.

Athenahealth: Top 10 Innovative Biomedicine Companies in 2012

Athenahealth is one of 10 biomedicine companies included in Technology Review’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (TR50) for 2012.

Gender, Age Influence Symptoms of Heart Attack

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined the relationships among gender, age, and heart attack symptoms.

Q&A: What Does My Body Mass Index (BMI) Mean?

Question: I’ve heard that my BMI can help me determine whether my weight is healthy, but I’m not sure what a BMI is or what it means.

Poll Shows More Consumers Using Social Media for Health Information

A poll conducted by consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that one-third of Americans use social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to obtain information about health and wellness.

5 Tips to Reduce Your Stress Right Now

In observation of Stress Awareness Month this April, here are five proven, successful management tips to help you reduce or prevent stress right now.

Warning To Parents: “Choking Game” is Popular, Dangerous

A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics reports on the prevalence of youth participation in a dangerous strangulation game, commonly referred to as the “Choking Game.”