Entries by Angela

Pregnancy duration’s impact on stress response

New research findings published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that infants from shorter pregnancies had lower cortisol levels, measured after waking up. And since lower cortisol = lower stress, this seems like a good thing. However, this can actually indicate an under-developed hormone system, which can lead to excess immunological responses (like allergies). Read about it here!

A silver lining to pro-anorexia blogging?

The growing presence of “pro-ana” blogging communities has caused some serious controversy, especially among those trying to improve treatments for anorexia. However, this new research from the University of Indiana suggests that “pro-ana” blogs may offer a supportive and understanding community to people who are usually very isolated and silent. More importantly, in writing about experiences […]

Measuring cholesterol with a digital camera

Yep that’s right! Measuring blood cholesterol typically involves collecting a blood sample, but this new method developed by N. R. Shanker of the Sree Sastha Institute for Engineering and Technology uses digital photography to gauge the concentration of cholesterol in the creases of your fingers. This non-invasive and affordable technology could make it much easier to […]

Walk it off!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this encouraging report showing that the proportion of adults who take a 10-minute walk at least once a week increased 62% between 2005 and 2010! Even though this still falls short of the federal guidelines for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week, these findings are […]

De-gendering eating disorders…

When you hear the terms “anorexia,” “bulimia,” and “binge-eating,” it’s pretty common to think first of a woman.  But this recent study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, found that the number of men who binge eat is actually not that much lower than the number of women.  So just because men are underrepresented […]