Medical research

Gut bacteria mine dietary fiber to release beneficial nutrients

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrates that certain human gut microbes can mine dietary fiber to extract nutrients that otherwise would remain inaccessible to the human body. The ...

Health

Environmental factors predict risk of death: study

Along with high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking, environmental factors such as air pollution are highly predictive of people's chances of dying, especially from heart attack and stroke, a new study shows.

Sleep apnea

Hormones linked with sleep apnea, snoring in postmenopausal women

Middle-aged women with low levels of estrogen and progesterone are more likely to snore and to report symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a new study published this week in PLoS ONE by Kai Triebner of University ...

Medical economics

Opinion: Physician payments should work toward health equity

The current physician payment system does not adequately address the socioeconomic factors that impact patients' health outcomes, says the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position paper published today in the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers develop a comprehensive atlas of disease mortality

A detailed collection of mortality estimates for diseases, disorders and external factors is publishing on June 16th in the open access journal PLOS Medicine. The study provides a resource to estimate reductions in life expectancy ...

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