Today’s Headlines: Caffeine, Bionic Pancreas, Cancer Risk

Caffeine effects genders differently: “It’s established that caffeine consumption can increase blood pressure and lower heart rate in adults, and researchers from University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, have shown in the past that the same side effects happen in kids. This new research, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the different ways caffeine affects males and females starts at puberty, with boys’ hearts more affected than girls’.” (TIME)

Man invents ‘bionic’ pancreas to help ill son: A biomedical engineer has created a machine that nay help in the regulation of blood sugar. “On Sunday, at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association, Damiano – now an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University – and his colleague, Dr. Steven Russell of Harvard Medical School, presented the results of a study comparing this bionic pancreas to the insulin pumps that are currently used. In this small study, 20 adults and 32 adolescents used the device over the course of five days.” (ABC)

Sitting too much may raise cancer risk: A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that people who spend most of their day sedentary could have a higher risk for certain cancers. “People who spent the most time sitting during the day had a 24 percent increased risk of getting colon cancer compared to those who logged the least number of hours in a chair, according to the study.” (CBS)