2014 Press Releases
Below are the American Physiological Society's press releases for 2014. Press releases are listed in descending order with the most recent release first.
2014 Press Releases

Mind over Matter: Can You Think Your Way to Strength?

Released December 31, 2014 - Ohio University researchers find that regular mental imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization. The article is published in the Journal of Neurophysiology and is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

Maternal Insulin Resistance Changes Pancreas, Increases Metabolic Disorders Risk in Offspring

Released December 1, 2014 - Researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School shed light on how changes to a mother’s metabolism lead to increased risk of insulin resistance, obesity and other problems in offspring.

Physiology Understanding Week 2014 Brings ‘PhUn’ to K–12 Students Across the U.S.

Released November 4, 2014 - Physiologists from across the country will visit classrooms to lead students in interactive activities that demonstrate how their bodies function and teach how medical discoveries are made during PhUn Week 2014 (November 3–7).

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Old Aortas

Released October 31, 2014 - Sargent College of Boston University researchers look for the root cause of age-related aortic stiffness—an early sign of cardiovascular disease—and uncover a potential therapeutic target for reducing or preventing its development. The article is published in AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

Penguins Use Their Personalities to Prepare for Climate Change

Released October 8, 2014 - Birds’ individual personalities may be among the factors that could improve its chances of successfully coping with environmental stressors. Research presented at the APS intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology.”

Responses to Global Change: Acclimatize, Adapt or Die

Released October 7, 2014 - Human-driven climate change will put much of the Earth’s biodiversity at risk of extinction. This session will feature four presentations on how individual species are adapting to environmental changes. It will be presented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the APS Intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology.”

Getting the Most out of Aquaculture: Pearls of Wisdom from Farmed Oysters

Released October 6, 2014 - Australian researchers are fitting oysters with biosensors to measure how they respond to changing environmental conditions or stressors on aquaculture farms. Their results have implications for achieving and maintaining ideal conditions for targeted species in aquatic environments.

#CompPhys2014 Workshops Address Unconventional Careers in Science, Teaching in the IPhone Era

Released October 6, 2014 - The APS meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology” will feature workshops addressing two challenges facing physiologists today: finding a job and teaching physiology in the age of the smartphone.

Why Wet Feels Wet: Understanding the Illusion of Wetness

Released October 1, 2014 - Though it seems simple, feeling that something is wet is quite a feat because our skin does not have receptors that sense wetness. UK researchers propose that wetness perception is intertwined with our ability to sense cold temperature and tactile sensations such as pressure and texture.

Animal Physiology: A Looking Glass into Health, Disease and Environmental Adaptation

Released September 24, 2014 - New research, featured symposia and information on plenary sessions and workshops to be presented at the 2014 Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology meeting in San Diego. View the full meeting program at http://ow.ly/BEI2K.

Intense Exercise During Long Space Flights Can Help Astronauts Protect Aerobic Capacity

Released August 29, 2014 - Many astronauts experience a dip in aerobic capacity during long space flights. In an article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, NASA researchers find that regular, intense in-flight exercise helps preserve cardiovascular stamina. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

Keep Calm Moms: Maternal Stress during Pregnancy Linked to Asthma Risk in Offspring

Released August 1, 2014 - Harvard researchers find that a single bout of stress during pregnancy can affect allergy and asthma susceptibility in neonates. The article is published in AJP – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology and was chosen as one of this month’s APSselect articles.

APS Awards $386,000 to Its 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellows

Released July 22, 2014 - The APS is pleased to announce the recipients of its five summer fellowship programs for 2014. Fellows spend an average of 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member.

Chinese Herbal Extract May Help Kill Off Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Released July 1, 2014 - University of Minnesota researchers find an ancient Chinese herb decreases a protective protein that helps cells survive allowing cell death in pancreatic cancer cells. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

APS Awards $72,800 to Its 2014 STRIDE Undergraduate Research Fellows

Released June 23, 2014 - APS has selected 14 undergraduate Fellows to spend the summer performing research in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) program provides the opportunity for aspiring scientists with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to have an exciting research experience and to be immersed in the scientific process.

Stem Cell Therapy May Help Recondition Lungs Previously Rejected for Transplant

Released May 30, 2014 - International team of researchers use stem cells therapy to “recondition” abnormally functioning lungs previously rejected for transplant. Study could have implications for increasing the supply of suitable donor lungs. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

Nobel Laureate, Leading Experts Speak in APS President’s Symposium Series

Released April 27, 2014 - Highlights from APS President Kim E. Barrett’s special EB symposium series “Multiscale Physiology: Linking Cellular and Molecular Insights to the Health of Organisms and Populations.”

Prematurity Linked to Altered Lung Function During Exercise, High Blood Pressure in Adults

Released April 29, 2014 - Some preterm babies have lungs that develop abnormally. While long-term health effects of prematurity are still unclear, researchers have found that adults who were born early may have problems handling the pulmonary demands of exercise.

Heat Regulation Dysfunction May Stop MS Patients from Exercising

Released April 29, 2014 - Exercise-induced body temperature increases can make symptoms worse for some patients with multiple sclerosis. Researchers at Southern Methodist explore the underlying causes of the temperature regulation problems so MS patients can better reap the benefits of exercise.

Road to the Fountain of Youth Paved with Fast Food…and Sneakers?

Released April 28, 2014 - Unhealthy lifestyle habits can accelerate the process of senescence (cell death) and the release of damaging substances from dying cells. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic for the first time demonstrate that exercise can prevent or delay this fundamental process of aging.

Ready, Set, Hot!: Does Warm Weather Play a Role in Football Concussions?

Released April 28, 2014 - Heat and dehydration can cause a “perfect storm” of risk factors for concussion among competitive football players. University of Windsor researchers looked at the effects of extreme temperature on concussion rates during NCAA football games.

APS Announces 2014 Society Lectureship Award Winners

Released April 26, 2014 - James M. Anderson, MD, PhD; Kazuhiro Nakamura, PhD; and Michael Joyner, MD receive three of the Society’s most prestigious awards.

Fight Memory Loss with a Smile (or Chuckle)

Released April 27, 2014 - The stress hormone cortisol can negatively affect memory and learning ability in the elderly. Researchers at Loma Linda University found that showing a 20-minute funny video to healthy seniors and seniors with diabetes helped them score better on memory tests and significantly reduced their cortisol levels when compared to non-video watchers.

Archive of Teaching Resources Relaunches As Life Sciences Teaching Community

Released April 8, 2014 - New community offers thousands of free resources for life science educators. The Physiological Society, Genetics Society of America, and American Society of Plant Biologists join as scientific society partners.

Race Now or Later? Calculating the Best Time to Compete after Altitude Training

Released April 3, 2014 - In a new review article, researchers explore the ideal time to return to sea level and compete following training at high altitude. The research is one of 15 articles on hypoxia—this month’s highlighted topic in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

A Protein Could Be a Key Weapon in the Battle of the Bulge

Released April 1, 2014 - In a new study, researchers found that elevated levels of GDNF protein could help fight the weight gain and health problems associated with a high-fat diet. The article is published in AJP-Gastro and was chosen as one of April's APSselect articles.

EB Attendees: Save Time for Communication!

2014 APS Communications Symposium: Author and scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, PhD, will present the interactive session “Storytelling: Mandatory Training for Today’s Scientists.”

Not Only Is She Thinner Than You…Her Muscles Work Better, Too

Released March 20, 2014 - In a new AJP-Endo study, researchers examined how muscle physiology plays into being and staying lean.

Genes May Thwart Seniors’ Exercise Gains

Released March 14, 2014 - A new study in Physiological Genomics examines the ACE I/D gene and how its variations -- the ID, DD, and II genotypes -- cause some seniors' to lose out on the benefits of exercise.

APS Elects New 2014 Officers

Released February 25, 2014 - APS announces its newly-elected officers for 2014. Patricia E. Molina, MD, PhD is the new president-elect. Barbara Alexander, PhD; Rudy M. Ortiz, PhD; and Bill Yates, PhD have been named to the APS Council.

The American Physiological Society Launches APSselect

Released January 31, 2014 - January 2014 marks the beginning of an exciting new initiative for the Society. Our new virtual journal, entitled APSselect, will highlight the “best of the best” of the some 250 papers published each month by the Society’s 10 research journals.

“The Sex of Cells” in the Lab

Released January 2, 2014 - At first glance one might think that a cell lacks features that would reflect its sex or gender. In fact, that is not true. Researchers are now discovering that the sex of experimental subjects—even cells—does matter in research.