2012 Press Releases
Below are the American Physiological Society's press releases for 2012. Press releases are listed in descending order with the most recent release first.

2012 Press Releases

New Study Offers Insights Into Role of Muscle Weakness in Down Syndrome

Released December 17, 2012 - It is well known that people with Down syndrome (DS) suffer from marked muscle weakness. A new study led by scientists from Syracuse University sheds light on some of the suspected causes of muscle weakness.

The American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society Partner with Wiley on New Open Access Journal

Released December 13, 2012 - APS is partnering with The Physiological Society and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to publish a new open access peer-reviewed journal, Physiological Reports, which launches in early 2013.

Arginine and Proline Enriched Diet May Speed Wound Healing in Diabetes

Released November 15, 2012 - Chronic wounds such as foot ulcers are a common problem for diabetics and are the cause of more than 80 percent of the lower leg amputations in these patients. There is currently no effective way to improve healing of these types of wounds, but new research may offer some hope. The study has found that diabetic rats on a specific type of high protein diet showed better wound healing compared to rats fed either a standard diet or other high protein foods.

Changes in Sleep Architecture Increase Hunger, Eating

Released October 22, 2012 - In a new study, researchers have found that adolescents’ blood levels of various micronutrients are correlated with how well they performed in certain physical fitness tests. Though these results don’t prove causality, they suggest a new relationship between different measures of adolescent health.

APS Congratulates Member, New Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz

Released October 11, 2012 - APS congratulates member Robert J. Lefkowitz, co-winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Duke University professor shares the award with Brian Kobilka of Stanford for groundbreaking discoveries involving G-protein-coupled receptors.

Exercise Could Fortify Immune System Against Future Cancers

Released October 10, 2012 - Small pilot study suggests that when cancer survivors exercise for several weeks after they finish chemotherapy, their immune systems remodel themselves to become more effective.

Nerve and Muscle Activity Vary Across Menstrual Cycle

Released October 10, 2012 - Nerve fibers and the muscles they control behave differently at different points along the menstrual cycle, potentially making women more vulnerable to knee injuries.

Minutes of Hard Exercise Can Lead to All-Day Calorie Burn

Released October 10, 2012 - Engaging in hard exercise for just 2.5 minutes per day led volunteers to burn an extra 200 calories a day.

Exercise Helps Ease Premature Cardiovascular Aging Caused by Type 2 Diabetes

Released October 10, 2012 - Exercise helps ease the premature cardiovascular aging that type 2 diabetes can cause.

Conference Sponsored by the APS Focuses on the Integrative Biology of Exercise

Released September 20, 2012 - Latest conference to be sponsored by the American Physiological Society focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in exercise-mediated physiological changes in the body, including metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological, and dynamic molecular and cellular pathways. Entitled Integrative Biology of Exercise VI, the meeting will be held October 10-13, 2012 in Westminster, Colorado.

Compound Found in Corn May Shed Light on Treatments for Diabetes, Kidney Disease

Released September 18, 2012 - Compound found in purple corn, a relative of the widely-known blue corn, may help to develop therapies aimed at Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease according to a new article published in the American Journal of Physiology–Renal Physiology.

Physiological Genomics Journal Announces a Major Restructuring

Released September 18, 2012 - The journal Physiological Genomics has announced it will continue to operate under its current name but will dramatically increase the scope of papers accepted to include contributions in the areas of genomics, systems biology, biomarkers, and emerging technologies

APS' October Conference Examines Integrative Biology of Exercise

Released September 10, 2012 - The effects of physical inactivity are, literally, hazardous to your health. The conference, Integrative Biology of Exercise VI, co-sponsored by The American Physiological Society, brings together national and international scientists for presentations and discussions aimed at better understanding the mechanisms and consequences of inactivity on the human body.

American Physiological Society to Receive $2.3 Million in Federal Grants

Released September 10, 2012 - American Physiological Society to receive more than $2.3 million in federal grants to be used to recruit and mentor undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented (UR) groups in an effort to increase their understanding of, interest in, and representation in the scientific and biomedical workforce.

Iron, Vitamins Could Affect Physical Fitness in Adolescents

Released August 8, 2012 - In a new study, researchers have found that adolescents’ blood levels of various micronutrients are correlated with how well they performed in certain physical fitness tests. Though these results don’t prove causality, they suggest a new relationship between different measures of adolescent health.

Are Cold Feet Plaguing Your Relationship?

Released July 31, 2012 - Are cold feet plaguing your relationship? Scientists have identified the biological mechanism that could be responsible for this phenomenon, a problem that bothers many couples. Read our press release explaining the study and an accompanying editorial which are published in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology.

To Understand Childhood Obesity, Researchers Look to Inactive, Fat Rats

Released July 24, 2012 - Despite dramatically increasing rates of childhood obesity and a growing awareness of its consequences, researchers still know little about why children become obese and how it contributes toward a host of problems in adulthood. A new article reviews dozens of studies on animal models of childhood obesity, suggesting that these models contribute knowledge impossible to attain from human research. Read the article and our press release for more.

The American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society Collaborate to Publish New Open Access Journal

Released June 29, 2012 - The American Physiological Society (APS) and The Physiological Society announce their partnership to publish a new open-access peer-reviewed journal - Physiological Reports. Nominations will be sought immediately from leading academics in the field for the position of Editor-in-Chief prior to the Journal launch in early 2013.

Research Highlights - Conference on Cardiovascular Function in Health, Disease

Released June 25, 2012 - Why do some people faint when they stand? How might the blood-brain barrier be responsible for high blood pressure? Could body mass index (BMI) change heart rate variability? These are among the symposia and poster topics being discussed at our conference on autonomic regulation of cardiovascular function in health and disease being held July 7-12, 2012.

APS Program Focus on Autonomic Regulation of Cardiovascular Function in Health, Disease

Released June 18, 2012 - The latest APS conference focuses on the relationship between certain molecular mechanisms that are involved in the development of hypertension, heart failure, and diabetes. Entitled Autonomic Regulation of Cardiovascular Function in Health and Disease, the meeting will be held July 7-10, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. Read the program overview here.

Senate Panel Recommends $30.7 B for NIH; More Is Needed

Released June 14, 2012 - The American Physiological Society applauds the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee for its continued support for medical research. Under the leadership of Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), the Subcommittee recommended $30.723 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the fiscal year starting October 1 (FY 2013).

Autonomic Regulation of Cardiovascular Function in Health and Disease

Released June 11, 2012 - Our latest conference, “Autonomic Regulation of Cardiovascular Function in Health and Disease,” explores the autonomic interactive mechanisms behind hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and panic disorders. Presentations include studies conducted in both animals and humans and explore potential of the findings for translational research. Meeting held July 7-10, 2012.

A Century of Learning About the Physiological Demands of Antarctica

Released June 11, 2012 - A century after British Naval Captain Robert F. Scott led a team of explorers on a quest to be the first to reach the South Pole, a new article examines what we have learned about the physiological stresses of severe exercise, malnutrition, hypothermia, high altitude, and sleep deprivation since then.

Could Processes to Regrow Hair & Feathers Lead to Clues to Restore Fingers & Toes?

Released May 10, 2012 - Could the mechanisms by which animals regenerate hair and feathers someday lead to clues that will help restore human fingers and toes? Our latest edition of Physiology has a review article that looks at possible routes that unlock cellular regeneration and the principles by which hair and feathers regenerate themselves. The article examines what’s known about regenerative biology and applies it to regenerative medicine, which is being transformed from fantasy to reality.

New Mouthpiece Found to Reduce Stress Levels After Strenuous Exercise

Released April 25, 2012 - Researchers have found that a customized device which rests on the lower jaw can decrease levels of serum cortisol following exercise. The reduction of this hormone indicates less stress following strenuous activity.

Regular Exercise Could Reduce Complications of Sickle Cell Trait

Released April 25, 2012 - Regular exercise could help reduce the complications of sickle cell trait (SCT).

Mental Stress May Be Harder on Women’s Hearts

Released April 24, 2012 - Is mental stress harder on women’s hearts? New findings could help explain why women are more likely than men to have coronary symptoms after emotional upsets.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Don’t Improve Heart’s Ability to Relax, Efficiently Refill With Blood

Released April 24, 2012 - Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have well-established healthy effects on the heart. But new results suggest these heart-healthy effects don’t include improving diastolic function, the ability of the heart to relax and efficiently fill with blood.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea’s Damage Evident After One Month

Released April 23, 2012 - Texas researchers have developed a unique model that mimics obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in humans. This approach has found that after just 30 days of OSA exposure, cerebral vessel function is altered, which could lead to stroke.

Changes in Brain’s Blood Flow Could Cause ‘Brain Freeze’

Released April 22, 2012 - Using ‘brain freeze’ as a proxy for headaches, researchers find a specific artery of particular interest.

Medical College of Wisconsin Professor Earns APS’s Henry Pickering Bowditch Award

Released April 22, 2012 - Dr. Mingyu Liang of the Medical College of Wisconsin is awarded the APS’ Henry Pickering Bowditch Award. This honor recognizes Dr. Liang’s novel and exceptional work on the mechanisms behind hypertension and kidney disease.

Tulane University Professor to Receive APS's Top Honor

Released April 21, 2012 - Tulane University Professor L. Gabriel Navar receives the American Physiological Society’s top honor, the Walter B. Cannon Award, at ASP’ 125th anniversary meeting.

Premature Infants’ Heartbeats, Breathing Gives Cues About Readiness to Leave NICU

Released March 26, 2012 - A new study takes advantage of a novel method to link measures of premature infants’ breathing and heartbeats to determine whether they’re ready to leave the NICU.

Exercise Has Benefits, Even When It’s Done in Space

Released March 22, 2012 - Astronauts living on the International Space Station show small effect on cardiovascular health when accompanied by an exercise regimen.

APS' 125th Anniversary Puts Additional Symposia in the Spotlight at EB 2012

Released March 19, 2012 - The APS 125th anniversary meeting includes more than 2600 programmed abstracts and a variety of symposia. This release highlights eight symposia presentations.

New Policy Requiring ID of Sex, Gender in Reporting Research In APS Journals

Released March 1, 2012 - APS announces new policy requiring identification of sex or gender in reporting of scientific research in our 13 peer-reviewed journals.

Serotonin Could Play a Large Role in Bone Loss

Released February 21, 2012 - A new study suggests that serotonin, a neurotransmitter best known for its role regulating happiness and well being in the brain, could also play a pivotal role in bone loss during both lactation and in certain types of cancers.

Select Symposia Highlights from the APS’s 125th Anniversary Meeting

Released February 21, 2012 - This year’s APS meeting at EB will host more than 2,600 abstracts and a variety of symposia. A few of the symposia presentations are highlighted here.

Oxygen-Deprived Baby Rats Fare Worse If Kept Warm

Released February 13, 2012 - A new study suggests that baby rats deprived of oxygen, but kept warm, had bigger swings in glucose and insulin, metabolic and physiologic effects that could increase the chances of brain damage. The findings could have implications for premature infants, who often suffer from hypoxia.

Kim Barrett, Professor at UCSD, Selected APS President-Elect

Released February 8, 2012 - APS members have selected Kim Barrett, University of California, San Diego, as President-Elect effective April 2012. In addition to Barrett, members elected Pamela Carmines, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Marilyn Merker, Medical College of Wisconsin – VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, and William Talman, University of Iowa, as members of the APS Council.

Press Passes Available for Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego

Released February 7, 2012 - The APS is one of six scientific societies who will hold their joint scientific sessions and annual meetings, known as Experimental Biology (EB), from April 21-25, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center. Press passes for the meeting are available for qualifying members of the press. See the application at http://bit.ly/vZ2dEh or send an inquiry to Media@FASEB.org.

Working Memory and the Brain

Released February 6, 2012 - Work published in the Journal of Neurophysiology may explain why people can hold visual information in high detail in their working memory. Using functional neuroimaging, investigators found that visual working memory follows a more general pattern of brain activity than visual perception and relies on concerted action of specialized areas in the rear of the brain and control areas in the front of the brain, which were activated regardless of what the participants viewed.

Sleep Deprivation Tied to Increased Nighttime Urination in Preteens

Released February 1, 2012 - A new study published in AJP-Renal finds that sleep deprivation causes healthy children, between the ages of eight and twelve, to urinate significantly more frequently, excrete more sodium in their urine, have altered regulation of the hormones important for excretion, and have higher blood pressure and heart rates.

Multiple Births Lead to Weight Gain, Other Issues for Mouse Moms

Released January 30, 2012 - Study in model that mimics human effects of multiparity (giving birth more than once) finds mouse moms who gave birth four times accrued significantly more fat vs. primiparous females (those giving birth once) of similar age. Multiparous moms also had more liver inflammation.

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