2013 Press Releases


  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Heart Defects May Be Caused by Altered Function, Not Structure

    Released December 30, 2013 - Study utilizing using animal model finds fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) heart defects may be caused by altered function, not structure.
  • Hitting the Gym May Help Men Avoid Diet-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

    Released August 20, 2013 - Eating the Western diet is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease. How can junk food lovers avoid these problems? Exercise. Researchers used rats put on a “junk food” diet to test the effects of aerobic exercise and found that exercise effectively improved both erectile dysfunction and the function of vessels that supply blood to the heart.
  • Cutting Back on Sleep Harms Blood Vessel Function and Breathing Control

    Released April 22, 2013 - Researchers have tested the effects of partial sleep deprivation on blood vessels and breathing control and found that reducing sleep length over two consecutive nights leads to less healthy vascular function and impaired breathing control. The findings could help explain why sleep deprivation is associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Indiana University Associate Professor Earns Henry Pickering Bowditch Award

    Released April 21, 2013 - Johnathan D. Tune will present the American Physiological Society’s Henry Pickering Bowditch Award Lecture on April 21, 2013 during the Society’s 126th annual meeting. Dr. Tune is being recognized for his work on the mechanisms that connect obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. His lecture is entitled, “Translational Insight Into Regulation of Coronary Blood Flow."
  • Mayo Clinic Anesthesiologist Earns APS’s Walter B. Cannon Award

    Released April 20, 2013 - Michael Joyner, M.D. will present the American Physiological Society’s Walter B. Cannon Award Lecture on April 20, 2013, during the Society’s 126th annual meeting. The Cannon Award is the Society’s pre-eminent award. The Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist will discuss physiology’s enduring relevancy.
  • Household Air Pollution (HAP) and Biomass Fuels

    Released April 1, 2013 - Almost 4 million people die annually from household air pollution (HAP) caused by exposure to the combustion of biomass fuels, kerosene, or coal. These individuals are among the tens of millions who rely on the products for cooking, heating, and light. A new article explains the need for improved HAP biomarkers, and more.
  • Fainting Can Result From Blood Pressure Drug Used With Other Disorders

    Released March 8, 2013 - New study identifies why prazosin, a drug commonly used to reduce high blood pressure, may cause lightheadedness and possible fainting upon standing in patients with normal blood pressure who take the drug for other reasons, such as PTSD and anxiety.