Stress hormone elevation is associated with working memory deficits in aging

Animal study suggests that stress may accelerate age-related changes in the brain. A body of evidence suggesting stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life. The study found that aged rats with high levels of the stress hormone corticosterone showed structural changes in the brain and short-term memory deficits.

Survey finds e-cigarette online market on fire

There's been a shift in the marketing of e-cigarettes, with newer brands selling customizable e-cigarettes that might look nothing like an old-fashioned tobacco cigarette. For example, some resemble pens, flashlights, even a violin.

Caffeine affects boys and girls differently after puberty

A study by Jennifer Temple, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the University at Buffalo, has found that after puberty, boys and girls experience different heart rate and blood pressure changes after consuming caffeine. Credit: University at Buffalo

A study by Jennifer Temple, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the University at Buffalo, has found that after puberty, boys and girls experience different heart rate and blood pressure changes after consuming caffeine.
Credit: University at Buffalo

Caffeine intake by children and adolescents has been rising for decades, due in large part to the popularity of caffeinated sodas and energy drinks, which now are marketed to children as young as four. Despite this, there is little research on the effects of caffeine on young people.

One researcher who is conducting such investigations is Jennifer Temple, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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Sedentary behavior increases the risk of certain cancers

Physical inactivity has been linked with diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, but it can also increase the risk of certain cancers, according to a study published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.