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A new study finds a link between occupational sitting and an increased likelihood of obesity. The research was conducted by the School of Medicine and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

The study examined the relationship between how much time one spends sitting at work and the risk of being overweight or obese. Researchers gathered data in 2012 and 2013 from almost 2,000 residents of four metropolitan communities in Missouri: St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia.

Study: Social Anxiety Doesn’t Hurt Friendships

Nov 23, 2014
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A new study suggests that people with social anxiety disorder do not come across as bad as they think in their friendships. The research was conducted at Washington University in St. Louis.

Social anxiety is experienced by many people from time to time but social anxiety disorder is diagnosed when people experience enough social anxiety that it interferes with their everyday lives and prevent them to do specific things, like conducting presentations at work for example.

Study: East Coast Hurricanes Impact The Midwest

Nov 16, 2014
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A new research shows that hurricanes touching the U.S. East coast can flood the Midwest. The study was conducted at the University of Iowa and published in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The study examined the climatology of flooding from North Atlantic tropical cyclones and found that the effects of those cyclones impact Midwest areas such as Illinois, southeastern Iowa, Missouri, and Michigan.

Study: Cigarette Smoke Can Cause Weight Gain

Nov 9, 2014
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A new study shows that exposure to cigarette smoke can cause weight gain. The research was conducted at Brigham Young University and findings were published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Previous research have found that smokers are insulin resistant. This new study focused on finding the cause of this insulin resistance that happens with cigarette smoke exposure. The researchers exposed lab mice to cigarette smoke daily for two months and then analyzed their whole body insulin sensitivity.

Findings show that light to moderate alcohol consumption .can be incorporated into an overall healthy lifestyle
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A new study found that light alcohol consumption for drinkers over 60 is linked to a better memory.

A team of researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland conducted the study and published their findings in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.