Today In Health: New Studies On Health & Medicine

Today In Health: New Studies On Health & Medicine
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Sleep Deprivation and Unhealthy Eating Behavior


A new study published in the journal SLEEP shows that individuals who are sleep-deprived are more likely to crave for unhealthy food. The researchers have found that sleep deprivation activates the endocannabinoid system in the brain, which is the same brain system activated when smoking marijuana. Activation of the endocannabinoid system leads to the person eating more food than they actually need.

Dancing Promotes Healthy Heart

According to a research recently presented before the American Hearth Association, adult Latinos who don’t have active lifestyles have healthier hearts after enrolling in a Salsa class. The researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago said the new findings would add to the limited available data on the relationship of dancing and heart health, the TIME reports.

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‘Happy Heart Syndrome’ Kills

For years, “broken heart syndrome,” medically known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, are often linked to stressful life events such as the death of a loved ones. But a recent study shows that at least four percent of those who died with this heart condition were triggered by happy life events such as birthday parties, winning a jackpot in a lottery, and the like, hence the name.

Heroin, Opioid Forum in Connecticut Slated Monday

Local health officials in New Britain, Connecticut have scheduled a public forum to address the growing problem with heroin and opioid abuse in Connecticut. The forum was held at the Community Mental Health Affiliates, Connecticut at 5:30 in the afternoon, the Associated Press reports via the Washington Post.

Colon Cancer Death Among Young Israelis Rising

Data from Israel’s Deputy Director of the Israel Center for Disease Control (ICDC), as reported by YnetNews, shows that the number of colon cancer-related deaths among young Israelis aged 20-49 has increased, while the same decreased among those aged 50 and above.

Aggression and Memory

A recently published study has found a link between aggression as well as frustration tolerance during early adult stage and later in life. The study, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, also links aggression and other cognitive functioning.