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Cellular energy route finding may improve understanding of aging, chronic disease

Cellular energy route finding may improve understanding of aging, chronic disease

Health
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Scientists have found a cellular route for energy that could shed more light on how humans age and develop chronic diseases. Researchers from the Washington University of St. Louis have uncovered a once unknown path for nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN, which helps fuel the human body, according to a new study published Monday in Nature Metabolism. "To achieve such fast uptake of NMN into the tissues, we speculated that there must be a specific NMN transporter that moves NMN directly into cells, even though no one had ever seen such a thing," Shin-ichiro Imai, a professor of developmental biology at Washington University, said in a news release. For this protein highway, the researchers found that cells must create a molecular transport system. First, NMN provides energ...
Exercise could boost mood, improve bipolar, study says

Exercise could boost mood, improve bipolar, study says

Health
Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A bump in exercise jump could lead to a jump in mood, one study says. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and other scientists found that physical activity boosted the spirits of the people it studied -- especially the participants with bipolar disorder. "Systems regulating sleep, motor activity and mood have typically been studied independently. This work demonstrates the importance of examining these systems jointly rather than in isolation," Vadim Zipunnikov, an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Biostatistics and study lead author, said in a news release. Their work followed 242 people between ages 15 and 84 who wore wrist trackers that plotted their real-time physical movement. Then, four times per day for two weeks, those res...
Sulfur regulations on coal power plants could improve air quality, study says

Sulfur regulations on coal power plants could improve air quality, study says

Science
Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Texas residents who live downwind of a coal plant still face harmful health outcomes, according to Rice University. That's largely because those plants remain uncleaned. Researchers at Rice say that while air quality in Texas has improved with attention paid to ozone, the state's residents would benefit even more from requirements on sulfur. Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to a study by researchers at Rice University published this month in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. That's because many of those plants remain uncleaned. "Texas has more unscrubbed coal plants than anywhere in the country and it's causing a substantial amount of air ...
Study: Wraparound services reduce health costs, improve outcomes

Study: Wraparound services reduce health costs, improve outcomes

Health
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Providing nonmedical services in conjunction with primary care -- known as wraparound services -- resulted in a reduction in the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to a study of one system. Researchers studied the effects of a large urban safety-net health provider that also included on-site dietetics and social work: Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. The findings were published in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs. Providers have been turning to nonmedical services to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare spending as "U.S. reimbursement policies are increasingly holding providers financially accountable for patients' health," said the authors, who were affiliated with the health provider as well as Indiana Univers...
Ofgem orders energy firms to improve complaints handling

Ofgem orders energy firms to improve complaints handling

Business
Energy regulator Ofgem has ordered 11 of the UK's biggest suppliers to improve how they deal with complaints.The regulator said it had "compliance cases" open against four companies over customer dissatisfaction with how they handled complaints.It has also asked another seven to improve their procedures.However, the chief executive of industry body Energy UK said suppliers' overall performance in dealing with consumers' problems was improving.Lawrence Slade pointed to Ofgem's own figures which showed that the number of complaints received by suppliers had nearly halved since 2014. However, when the regulator last carried out its complaint handling survey in 2016 only two firms were singled out for their performance. Following its latest survey, Ofgem has ...