Higher hospital readmission rates for cardiac patients in Northern vs. Southern Ontario: Importance — ScienceDaily

Patients hospitalized with heart attacks, heart failure, atrial fibrillation or stroke in Northern Ontario, Canada, were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and repeatedly hospitalized after discharge than those living in Southern Ontario. Yet, no geographical differences were found in 30-day survival. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology recommends…

North Queensland floods could cause ‘freshwater bleaching’ of GBR — ScienceDaily

New research confirms that drastic changes in ocean salinity from, for example, severe freshwater flooding, as recently experienced off the coast of north-east Queensland from abnormal monsoonal conditions, provoke a similar stress response in corals as extreme heating, resulting in “freshwater bleaching” and if unabated, coral death. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for…

Researchers clarify part of mechanism behind the development of steroid diabetes — ScienceDaily

Steroids are used for treating various diseases such as allergic disorders, but they occasionally cause adverse effects, such as steroid diabetes and other metabolic disturbances. Since steroids act throughout the body, how these adverse effects are caused and by which organ are not well understood. Researchers at Osaka University focused on glucocorticoid receptors (GRs), the…

Awareness of internal body signals can affect the way we see ourselves — new study — ScienceDaily

Making people more aware of their own internal body signals, such as heartbeat or breathing rate, could promote positive body image, according to new research published in the journal Body Image. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University recruited a sample of 646 adults and found that there were statistically significant relationships between people’s interoceptive awareness —…

Is alcohol consumption more helpful than harmful? It depends on your age — ScienceDaily

Studies of health effects of alcohol consumption may underestimate the risks of imbibing, particularly for younger people, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The research demonstrates that although cohort studies — the type of observational investigations typically used to study health benefits and risks — sometimes show…