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  • May 08, 2012

Exposure to environmental toxin may lead to Alzheimer’s

Exposure to environmental toxin may lead to Alzheimer’s 4.5178 Chamorro villagers living on the Pacific Island of Guam – a territory of the US – have led scientists to an important discovery; an environmental toxin present in some soils and lakes of the island may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. […]

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Antidepressants linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes

Antidepressants linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes 3.51385 A new systematic review of published studies suggests when prescribing antidepressant medication, clinicians should be extra aware that they are linked to raised risk for type 2 diabetes, although the study does not suggest the drugs are the direct cause. Reporting their findings in the […]

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What is body image?

What is body image? 4653 Your Body Image reflects how you feel your body is esthetically and how attractive you perceive yourself. Throughout history, humans have regarded the beauty of the human body as important. What we regard as society’s standards may not always correspond to our perception of our own body. Paul Ferdinand Schilder […]

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  • May 03, 2012

Red meat compound linked to worse outcomes in heart failure patients

Red meat compound linked to worse outcomes in heart failure patients A new study finds that worse outcomes in patients with acute heart failure are linked to higher levels of TMAO – the major source of which is thought to be L-carnitine, a compound that is metabolized by gut bacteria during the digestion of red […]

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  • May 02, 2012

Gene-edited mosquitoes cannot transmit malaria

Gene-edited mosquitoes cannot transmit malaria A new study brings closer the day when mosquitoes lose their ability to transmit malaria – a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people a year, many of them young children and pregnant women in Africa. Anopheles stephensi expels blood from its abdomen as it gorges on blood from […]

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  • April 06, 2012

Verbal memory stronger for women than men in early Alzheimer’s

Verbal memory stronger for women than men in early Alzheimer’s In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, women may be able to hold on to their verbal memory skills for longer than men. This is the finding of a new study published in the journal Neurology. Because women generally have better verbal memory than men, […]

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  • April 04, 2012

Fecal matters: treating infection with stool transplants

Fecal matters: treating infection with stool transplants 4.51751 Having someone else’s stool placed inside your body sounds more like grounds for treatment rather than treatment itself. Yet fecal microbiota transplant is a procedure that has been found to be a particularly effective for treating Clostridium difficile infection. The micro-organisms living in the gut play an […]

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  • March 23, 2012

Children reap the benefits of video games

Children reap the benefits of video games 5 Are you afraid that your children’s love of video games could be harming their development? Fear not. Playing on-screen games appears to have positive effects on mental health, cognitive and social skills, according to research published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Boys from medium-sized […]

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  • March 17, 2012

Link found between dementia and vitamin D deficiency

Link found between dementia and vitamin D deficiency 4.55 In what is regarded as the first large, population-based study of its kind, a team of researchers has found a link between vitamin D consumption and the risk of developing dementia. Older people who do not get enough vitamin D could double their risk of developing […]

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  • March 08, 2012

IQ Tests Are Misleading

IQ Tests Are Misleading 41 Calculating a person’s intelligence using a quotient test (IQ test) is actually very poor and misleading, according to researchers from Western University, Canada. They conducted a study to observe the efficacy of using IQ tests to measure intelligence and published their findings in the journal Neuron. The research team included […]

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