Unnecessarily difficult: Physical activity resources for adults are loaded with jargon

Web page articles and other written materials designed to encourage physical activity are often too difficult to be easily read and understood by most U.S. adults, limiting their effectiveness, new research from Oregon State University shows.

When it comes to school recess, a quality playground experience matters, researchers suggest

Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience.

OSU biologist advocates ecological approach to improving human health

Chronic diseases like cancer, autoimmune disorders and obesity may ultimately vanquish the efforts of medical intervention unless people change their diet.

OSU-invented silicone wristbands improve detection of environmental pollutants

A new OSU study shows that chemical-absorbing wristbands are very good at linking external chemical exposure—the substances that go into a person’s body—with the chemicals formed inside the body itself as it metabolizes these “parent” pollutants.  

Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraception services, study finds

Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Oilseed crop’s waste product yields compounds that protect skin from the sun

Meadowfoam, a native Pacific Northwest plant cultivated as an oilseed crop, has emerged as a potential new source of protection against the sun’s harmful effects on the skin.

Study finds maternal placenta consumption after birth offers no increased risk to newborns

The largest study to date to examine maternal consumption of the placenta after birth found no harm to the infants when compared to the infants of mothers who did not consume their placenta.

Millennials aren’t getting the message about sun safety and the dangers of tanning, study finds

Many millennials lack knowledge about the importance of sunscreen and continue to tan outdoors in part because of low self-esteem and high rates of narcissism that fuel addictive tanning behavior.

Compound scores key win in battle against antibiotic resistance

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a key advance in the fight against drug resistance, crafting a compound that genetically neutralizes a widespread bacterial pathogen’s ability to thwart antibiotics.

Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state report cards

Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a new U.S.-wide “report card” that ranks all 50 states on the quality of their maternity care.

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