Archive for May 11th, 2012
Physically fit middle-age adults have medical costs that are 38% lower later in life compared with unfit adults, according to data from Medicare claims. Researchers from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and the Cooper Institute said that medical costs were lower even after factoring in other health risk factors.
A report in the American Journal of Medicine found that people who regularly ate fish had a 12% lower risk of colon or rectal cancer. The analysis of 41 studies showed that people consuming the highest levels of fish had a 21% lower risk of rectal cancer compared with those who ate the least, and a 4% lower likelihood of colon cancer.
Vesta, the second-largest asteroid in our solar system, has planetlike features but fails the gravitational bully test for full status, says a report in Friday’s issue of the journal Science.
Hacking through jungle growth and clearing away rubble, archaeologists made their way to excavate a house buried at the edge of ruins of a large Maya city in the remote Petén lowlands of northeastern Guatemala. It turned out to have been the studio for royal scribes with a taste for art and a devotion to the heavens as the source of calculations for the ancient culture’s elaborate calendars …
Rest assured, however, that nothing written on those walls foretells the world coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, as some have feared through a misinterpretation of the Maya Long Count calendar.
Eye color may be an indicator of whether a person is high-risk for certain serious skin conditions. A study, led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shows people with blue eyes are less likely to have vitiligo …
Most deaths of young children around the world are from mainly preventable infectious causes, experts say.
A U.S. team, writing in the Lancet, looked at mortality figures from 2010.
They found two-thirds of the 7.6m children who died before their fifth birthday did so due to infectious causes – and pneumonia was found to be the leading cause of death.