• APS Urges Congress to Reject Proposed Cuts to Research:  APS issued a statement March 16 urging Congress to reject President Trump’s plan for drastic NIH budget cuts.
  • Synched Work Schedules during “Antarctic Summer” May Affect Release Patterns of Sleep and Wake Hormones:  The continuous daylight conditions of summer in Antarctica are known to interfere with physiological functions such as sleep patterns and the release of melatonin, a hormone associated with circadian rhythms and sleep. Now, a study offers new information about why people in this region sleep poorly, and suggests that social behavior may also play a role. The study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for March.
  • Caffeine Reduces Oxidative Stress, Improves Oxygen-Induced Lung Injury:  A new study finds that caffeine may protect the lungs from damage caused by prolonged oxygen therapy, such as oxygen supplementation given to premature babies. The article is the first of its kind to study the positive effects of caffeine on the lungs’ minute tissue structures. It is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
  • “Superhero Physiology: the Case for Captain America”:  A common challenge to educators across all disciplines is making learning interesting for students. Researchers from Mississippi State University outline a compelling strategy to teach physiology to undergraduate students: using real physiological concepts to explain some of the extreme physical transformations of the fictional superhero Captain America. The article is published in Advances in Physiology Education.
  • Raising Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Helps Reduce Heart, Kidney Disease:  Reducing sodium (salt) in the diet has been recommended to lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. However, in a new review article, University of Southern California researchers found that increasing dietary potassium is as important to improving the risk factors for cardiovascular and kidney disease as limiting dietary sodium. The article is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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