Mitochondria study could help boost understanding of diabetes and aging

In a surprising study, Oregon State University researchers found that no matter how much stress they placed on mice from either a high-fat diet or strenuous exercise, the animals’ mitochondria were able to adapt and continue their normal processes.

More than half of dental prescriptions for opioids exceed pain-management guidelines, study finds

A new study suggests that roughly half of the opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the United States exceed the three-day supply recommended by federal dental pain-management guidelines.

Recent health reforms in Oregon reduce infant deaths and improve access to reproductive health services

Oregon’s unique health care delivery system for low-income patients is resulting in fewer infant deaths, according to a recent study by Oregon State University researchers.

Kindergartners’ behavior, socioeconomic risk linked to gut microbiome composition, function

A study of early school-aged children shows a connection between the bacteria in their gut and their behavior, and that parents play a key role in their kids’ microbiome beyond the food they provide.

College students use more marijuana in states where it’s legal, but they binge drink less

Marijuana use among college students has been trending upward for years, but in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, use has jumped even higher.

Broad support needed to maximize impact of cars designed for kids with mobility issues

For the first month and a half after receiving a modified toy car designed for children with disabilities, the kids and their families seemed motivated to use driving as a means of exploration and socialization. But in the month and a half after that, most kids’ driving time fell off to almost nothing.

Virtual reality, real injuries: OSU study shows how to reduce physical risk in VR

Carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, eye-strain headaches ­­– these are all well-known side effects of prolonged computer use. But what happens when you step away from the desktop and into virtual reality?

Watermelon supplements bring health benefits to obese mice

Eating watermelon in the form of powdered supplements helped adult obese mice avoid some detrimental health effects of an unhealthy diet, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are written without a documented reason 18% of the time

A study of outpatient visits to health care providers in the United States during a one-year period suggests 18 percent of antibiotic prescriptions were written without a documented reason for doing so.

Hops compounds help with metabolic syndrome while reducing microbiome diversity

Compounds from hops may combat metabolic syndrome by changing the gut microbiome and altering the metabolism of acids produced in the liver, new research at Oregon State University suggests.

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