NAMS Release New Mobile App for Women in Menopause
A new mobile app developed by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) helps doctors and patients review treatment options for women in menopause. Named the MenoPro App, it features a risk assessment algorithm that helps doctors to support patients in choosing treatment based on personal preferences like choosing between hormonal and nonhormonal drugs. The app also provides suggestions for lifestyle changes that help manage common menopause symptoms like hot flashes. The app is currently available free of charge for your iPhone or iPad. It is expected to become available for other mobile devices in the near future.
Skipping Breakfast May Lead to Overeating and Weight Gain
Researchers at the University of Missouri say that skipping breakfast may lead to overeating and weight gain. Recently published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers have found that eating breakfasts that are packed with protein increases dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine increases feelings of reward helping us to reduce food cravings, particularly for sweets, and overeating later in the day.
Sugared soda consumption linked to cell aging
Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.”Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence disease development, not only by straining the body’s metabolic control of sugars, but also through accelerated cellular aging of tissues,” said Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry at UCSF and senior author of the study.
New front in war on Alzheimer’s, other protein-folding diseases
New discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain.”This finding provides a whole other outlook on protein-folding diseases; a new way to go after them,” said Andrew Dillin, the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair of Stem Cell Research in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of California, Berkeley.
Older Adults Who Are Satisfied with Aging Process Are More Likely to Seek Preventative Health Care Services
A new University of Michigan study finds that older adults who are satisfied with the aging process are more likely to seek out preventative health care services. The study explains that satisfaction with the aging process can include feelings of being useful as well as having lots of energy. Preventative health care services include mammograms, pap smears, and colonoscopies.