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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.