Student URLs for Feb 20, 2017


Emily Godbout

#1: Healthy Diet Cuts Women's Risk of New-Onset RA – MEDPAGE Feb 12, 2017
Lower risk of being diagnosed w. seropositive RA before your mid-50s if you follow a healthy diet long-term

#2: Computer Model: Taxing Junk Food Saves Healthcare Costs-MEDPAGE Feb 14, 2017
Using a population model of dietary-related diseases, healthcare costs and food price, investigators stimulated the effect of taxes on fatty food

#3: Genetic Study Ties Belly Fat to T2D, Heart Disease – MEDPAGE Feb 14, 2017
Mendelian randomization study linking genetic predisposition to higher abdominal adiposity to cardiometabolic traits and type 2 diabetes


Nadia Masroor

1. Avoiding medications that promote weight gain when managing obesity
While diet, exercise and behavior modification are essential components of obesity management, a successful long-term weight loss strategy should also include avoiding or minimizing medication-related weight gain, according to a new report.
2. Limited evidence that styrene causes cancer
In 2011, the styrene, a high volume plastics chemical and animal carcinogen, was the focal point in a 'poison scandal' in the Danish media. Now a registry study of more than 72,000 employees from more than 400 companies that have been exposed to styrene during production of glassfibre reinforced plastics, has not found an increased incidence of a wide range of cancer types.

3. Shoveling Snow Can Kill Men, Canadian Study Finds
Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, and it's probably from the exertion of shoveling snow, Canadian researchers reported Monday. They found a slight increase in both heart attacks and deaths from heart attack in Quebec after a storm. The likelihood went up with each extra day of snow, they reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

4. Kids who live with e-cigarette users may think smoking is okay
Kids who don’t smoke but are around adults who use electronic cigarettes may start to think regular smoking is okay, a recent study suggests. Tobacco smoking among U.S. youth has fallen since 1998, but some experts worry that acceptance of e-cigarettes may promote acceptance of traditional cigarettes and reverse the trend, the study team writes in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Bethel Kebede

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs

Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Suppor

Leading Causes of Death in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Areas — United States, 1999–2014


Colin Benusa

1.  California Lawmaker Makes Push for Health Warning Labels on Soda 

This article is about a democratic politician that is trying to get big drink companies to put warning labels on their sugary beverages to warn people of the increased sugar in the drinks that can lead to obesity. 

2.  New study reinforces the contribution of S6K1 kinase in obesity and aging

This article discusses new science on S6K1 a kinase that is thought to affect aging could also be responsible for the the phosphorylation of EPRS that usually has a role In the protein synthesis of the interferon y inhibitor GAIR complex that blocks the translation of interferon regulated genes.  EPRS also has a role in the localization of the fatty acid transport protein 1 to the membrane.  Essentially without this kinase S6K1, fatty acids cannot get into fat cells.    

3.  Exercise Capacity, Heart Failure Risk, and Mortality in Older Adults: The Health ABC Study
This ten year study was done on participants using two tests to predict the risk for CVD.  One test was to see how far a participant could walk in 2 minutes.  The other is to measure heart rate, speed, blood pressure etc as the participant was asked to walk 400 meters as fast as they can.  During the ten year study it was found that poor exercise capacity scores showed an increase in the risk of being diagnosed with CVD. The associations of exercise and risk of CVD are well known

Danielle Shelton

Study tallies extra calories Americans consume in their coffee, tea
More than 160 million people in the US drink coffee or tea on a regular basis, and many of them use sugar, cream, flavored syrups or other calorie-laden additives in their drinks of choice. A new analysis reveals just how much Americans are adding to their caloric intake by spicing up or sweetening their coffee or tea.

Couples who are both obese may have harder time conceiving, study suggests 
Couples who are both obese may have a harder time conceiving a child than couples who are both at a healthy weight, researchers reported Friday.

Crash Test Dummies Get Heavier as American Body Weights Rise 
In an effort to more accurately reflect the U.S. car-driving population, at least one manufacturer is making crash-test dummies – the pretend people used to test automobile safety features – bigger and older.

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A Big Oops for Major Journal
The journal, Pediatrics, published a journal that had the statement that autism had increased 400% from 2003 to 2011/12. This was astonishing and drew the attention away from all of the other important findings in the paper BUT was it true?

Gregory Chambers

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Gluten free diets

Liver changes from 1 meal


Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer

1) "Nutrition labels do not seem adapted to fighting obesity: ANSES"

Research findings in France indicate that the current nutrition labels are not adequate for taking on the public health issue of obesity alone--this will raise questions for current approaches within the United State to nutrition labeling.

2) "Most hospital workers – but not doctors – are overweight or obese, study finds"

"Excluding physicians, a majority of hospital workers are overweight or obese and do not take part in vigorous physical activity, according to a recent study from the University of Texas School of Public Health."

3) "Subtracting added sugar: Society’s sweet addiction and how to fight it."

"For years, dietary fat and salt shouldered the blame for causing heart disease and high blood pressure. But, according to Taubes, the body of evidence supporting that blame is insubstantial. Instead, he points to another culprit: sugar.
Taubes attributes the rise in sugar consumption and subsequent rise in obesity and diabetes in the U.S. to the increased popularity of low fat diets that often substituted fat for sugar in the 1980s."

Joshua Montgomery

1. Healthy Diet Cuts Women's Risk of New-Onset RA

Inverse association strongest for seropositive disease

2.Avoiding medications that promote weight gain when managing obesity\

3. Married people have lower levels of stress hormone


Emily Stephens


Sociodemographic disparities in chronic pain, based on 12-year longitudinal data
Longitudinal study sought to investigate bias in racial interpretation of chronic pain. Instead discovered no discernible socioeconomic patterns in self-reported pain.

The Relationship of Obesity to Hospice Use and Expenditures: A Cohort Study
The greater an elderly BMI, the less likely a Medicare recipient is to enroll or die in hospice care. Inversely proportional to healthcare expenses.

IgA-coated E. coli enriched in Crohn’s disease spondyloarthritis promote TH17-dependent inflammation