New computational tool predicts progression of metabolic syndrome in mice

Scientists have developed a new computational model that accurately predicts the gradual, long-term progression of metabolic syndrome in mice. The model, created by Yvonne Rozendaal of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and colleagues, is presented in PLOS Computational Biology. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of several factors: obesity, insulin resistance, elevated lipid levels […]

Children can learn ways to significantly reduce salt usage

Consuming excessive salt during childhood is associated with cardiovascular health risk factors, yet the effectiveness of education- and behavior-based strategies to lower salt usage among children has not been fully researched. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that a web-based salt education program improved salt-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and […]

Web-based salt education program helps reduce salt intake among children

Consuming excessive salt during childhood is associated with cardiovascular health risk factors, yet the effectiveness of education- and behavior-based strategies to lower salt usage among children has not been fully researched.  A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that a web-based salt education program improved salt-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and […]

Plant-based dietary pattern lowers cholesterol and improves blood pressure

A new meta-analysis published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases finds that a diet that includes plant protein, fiber, nuts, and plant sterols lowers cholesterol, improves blood pressure, and improves other markers for cardiovascular disease risk. The diet is based on the “Portfolio Diet,” which is a plant-based dietary pattern that emphasizes a portfolio […]

Stressful jobs are associated with a higher risk of heart rhythm disorders

Having a stressful job is associated with a higher risk of a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) journal. The most stressful jobs are psychologically demanding but give employees little control over the work situation — for […]

Novel PET imaging noninvasively pinpoints colitis inflammation

A novel positron emission tomography (PET) imaging method shows promise for noninvasively pinpointing sites of inflammation in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), study is featured in the June issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The U.S. Centers for Disease […]