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Medical News Today: Are allergies made worse by stress?

Researchers from Ohio State University in Columbus explore the link between allergies and stress in a new study, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.Allergies happen when a person's immune system overreacts to a - generally harmless - foreign substance (an "allergen"), launching chemicals such as histamines that provoke allergy symptoms.

Marriage linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

As Frank Sinatra once sang, "love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage." But according to new research, so do marriage and a healthy heart.A study from the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY, led by Dr. Carlos L.

Statins may improve erectile function in men with high cholesterol

Statins can not only lower cholesterol and decrease risk of heart attack and stroke, but if you are an older man, then they may also improve your sexual health, new research finds.Erectile dysfunction is often experienced by older men who have poor cardiovascular health, diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Spring forward, heart attack: daylight savings ups cardiac risks

Implemented during World War I to save energy, changing clocks for daylight saving time seems to be a blessing in the fall and an inconvenience in the spring, when we lose an hour. But researchers say their latest study suggests rolling the clocks forward may cause more than sleep disruption; it may also accelerate cardiac events in some individuals.

Organic food does not reduce women's risk of cancer

Women who mostly or always eat organic foods have the same overall chance of developing cancer as women who never eat it, according to a new study from the UK's University of Oxford and published in the British Journal of Cancer that followed over 600,000 middle-aged women for nearly a decade.

Like obesity, being underweight is also tied to earlier death

A new Canadian review of research on the relationship between weight and risk of premature death finds that having a body mass index in the underweight range is linked to an even higher risk of death than having a body mass index in the obese range.Led by Dr. Joel Ray, a physician-researcher at St.

Stronger kids have lower risks for diabetes and heart disease

It is well known that having good physical fitness lowers risks for a number of health problems. But now, the first study to make the link between strength capacity in adolescents and reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease or stroke has been published in the journal Pediatrics.

Statin use guidelines for cholesterol vary in US and Europe

Statins are commonly used to lower cholesterol, therefore helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But new research finds that US and European cholesterol guidelines differ significantly when it comes to statin use recommendations, meaning many individuals may not be getting the correct treatment.This is according to a study recently published in the journal JAMA.

Cereal flake size can influence your calorie intake, researchers warn

How is it possible to eat more cereal than you normally would, by putting less cereal in your bowl? It sounds like a riddle, but researchers at Penn State University have made this a focal point of their nutritional investigations.National dietary guidelines define recommended amounts of food in volume measures, such as cups.

College-aged drug users 'have impaired brain activity' linked to anticipation

New research from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine has uncovered impaired neuronal activity in the brains of college-aged students who occasionally use stimulant drugs, such as amphetamines, cocaine and certain prescription drugs.The research team, led by Katia Harlé, PhD, recently published their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience.