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BPA Linked to Potential Adverse Effects on Heart and Kidneys in Children and Adolescents

Exposure to a chemical once used widely in plastic bottles and still found in aluminum cans appears to be associated with a biomarker for higher risk of heart and kidney disease in children and adolescents, according to an analysis of national survey data by NYU School of Medicine researchers published in the January 9, 2013, online issue of Kidney International, a Nature publication.

(Embargo expired on 09-Jan-2013 at 09:00 ET)

Kidney International

– NYU Langone Medical Center

Disappearing Bacterium May Protect Against Stroke

A new study by NYU School of Medicine researchers reveals that an especially virulent strain of the gut bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) isn’t implicated in the overall death rate of the U.S. population, and may even protect against stroke and some cancers.

(Embargo expired on 09-Jan-2013 at 00:00 ET)

GUT

– NYU Langone Medical Center

Hold the Diet Soda? Sweetened Drinks Linked to Depression, Coffee Tied to Lower Risk

New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk. The study was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013.

(Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2013 at 16:00 ET)

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Genes and Obesity: Fast Food Isn't Only Culprit in Expanding Waistlines -- DNA Is Also to Blame

Researchers at UCLA say it's not just what you eat that makes those pants tighter — it's also genetics. In a new study, scientists discovered that body-fat responses to a typical fast-food diet are determined in large part by genetic factors, and they have identified several genes they say may control those responses.

 Media embedded: Image(s) (Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2013 at 12:00 ET)

Cell Metabolism, 1-8-13

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

First Oral Drug for Spinal Cord Injury Improves Movement in Mice

An experimental oral drug given to mice after a spinal cord injury was effective at improving limb movement after the injury, a new study shows.

(Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2013 at 17:00 ET)

The Journal of Neuroscience

– Ohio State University

New Research May Explain Why Obese People Have Higher Rates of Asthma

A new study led by Columbia University Medical Center researchers has found that leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in energy metabolism, fertility, and bone mass, also regulates airway diameter. The findings could explain why obese people are prone to asthma and suggest that medications that increase leptin-signaling may relieve asthma in obese people. The study, conducted in mice, was published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

(Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2013 at 12:00 ET)

Cell Metabolism, January 9, 2013

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