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Pillars of Islam

Five Pillars of Islam:

1. Declaration of faith: There is no deity (divine being) except Allah, and Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah

2. Salat: Five daily ritual prayers

3. Zakat: Charity

4. Sawm: Fasting during Ramadan

5. Hajj: Pilgrima... Read more

TECHNIQUES FOR GENERATING IDEAS

In general, entrepreneurs identify more ideas than opportunities because many ideas are typically generated to find the best way to capitalize on an opportunity. Several techniques can be used to stimulate and facilitate the generation of new ideas f... Read more

The 3 sources of business ideas

1. Observing Trends

The first approach to identifying opportunities is to observe trends and study how they create opportunities for entrepreneurs to pursue. The most important trends to follow are economic trends, social trends, technological adv... Read more

The 3 sources of business ideas
Success depends on Well Concentrated Efforts

The Successful Lives Are the Concentrated Lives.  

Concentration means success, because you are better able to govern yourself and centralize your mind; you become more in earnest in what you do and this almost invariably improves your chances f... Read more

Scientists Reveal Two Simple Words That Can Improve Your Relationship

The research found that greater levels of perceived gratitude protect couples from common stressors such as ineffective arguing and financial problems and promote relationship stability.

• The power of “thank you” – Feeling appreciated by ... Read more

Scientists Reveal Two Simple Words That Can Improve Your Relationship
Study: People With Depression Are Less Likely To Have Children

Depression is a mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It can also cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and di... Read more

Study: People With Depression Are Less Likely To Have Children
Writing a thank-you note is more powerful than you think

Writing thank-you notes is not just good manners. It can have a strong psychological effect for both the sender and receiver, suggests research published in the September 2018 issue of Psychological Science.

While most people consider showing an ... Read more

Writing a thank-you note is more powerful than you think
Giving thanks can make you happier

Each holiday season comes with high expectations for a cozy and festive time of year. However, for many this time of year is tinged with sadness, anxiety, or depression. Certainly, major depression or a severe anxiety disorder benefits most from prof... Read more

Eating Ultra-Processed “Ready-To-Eat-or-Heat” Foods Linked to Premature Death

A new study found that increased consumption of ultra-processed foods was associated with more than 10% of all-cause premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019. This is especially alarming, because Brazilians consume far less of these products t... Read more

Eating Ultra-Processed “Ready-To-Eat-or-Heat” Foods Linked to Premature Death
Study shows the power of 'thank you' for couples

Gratitude has been a trendy sentiment in recent years – sparking an industry of journals, knickknacks and T-shirts touting thankfulness as a positive force in individuals’ lives.

New research suggests that gratitude from one’s partner may be... Read more

Mini relaxation technique to overcome grief

Dealing with grief and loss is extremely stressful. During this time it may help to take mini-relaxation breaks. If you have three minutes, try this: While seated, take a break to check your body for tension. Relax your facial muscles and allow your ... Read more

Mini relaxation technique to overcome grief
Scientists: Put Down Your Devices and Let Your Mind Wander

Taking some time to just sit and think might be far more enjoyable than you expect.

People don’t realize how enjoyable it is to sit and think.

According to research from the American Psychological Association, people often underestimate how m... Read more

Scientists: Put Down Your Devices and Let Your Mind Wander
Using digital media to relax is related to lower-quality parenting

Caregivers who consume digital media for relaxation are more likely to engage in negative parenting practices, according to a new multinational study.

The new study led by the University of Waterloo aimed to investigate the relationship between ... Read more

Using digital media to relax is related to lower-quality parenting
Vitamin B6 supplements could reduce anxiety and depression

Taking high-dose Vitamin B6 tablets has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression by new research.

Scientists at the University of Reading measured the impact of high doses of Vitamin B6 on young adults and found that they reported ... Read more

Cyberbullying puts targeted adolescents at risk for suicide, study suggests

Beyond the many stressors that young adolescents face, being a target of cyberbullying is an independent risk factor for suicide -- above and beyond traditional offline bullying, according to a study released Monday.

That's the finding of a new st... Read more

A High Salt Low Potassium Diet Can Increase Your Risk of Cognitive Decline

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Cognitive decline refers to the gradual decrease in cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. It is a natural part of aging, but it can also be caused by various medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It can also be caused by certain lifestyle choices, such as a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and social isolation.

Dementia is a debilitating condition that affects a person’s ability to remember, think, and make decisions, making it difficult for them to perform everyday activities. It has become one of the leading cau...     Learn More ››








Scientists Discover the Snake Clitoris

  23 hours ago

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Adelaide has provided the first anatomical description of the female snake clitoris, in a first-of-its-kind study.

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Adelaide has provided the first anatomical description of the female snake clitoris, in a first-of-its-kind study.

PhD Candidate Megan Folwell from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, led the research.

“Across the animal kingdom female genitalia are overlooked in comparison to their male counterparts,” said Ms. Folwell.
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How Buddhism Could Help Lower Depression Risk

  4 days ago (Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 10:49 AM)

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Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in ancient India. One of the key principles of Buddhism is the Five Precepts, which are ethical guidelines for living a virtuous life. Adhering to these precepts is believed to lead to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion, and ultimately to the attainment of enlightenment. The Five Precepts are considered the foundation of Buddhist morality and are taken by lay followers as well as monastic practitioners. They are not considered commandments but rather guidelines to be taken volunta...     Learn More ››








Even More Beneficial Than We Thought: How Drinking Black Tea May Improve Your Long-Term Health

  4 days ago (Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 10:37 AM)

Black tea is a type of tea that is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is the most widely consumed tea in the world and is known for its bold flavor and dark color.

The flavonoids found in black tea have been linked to improved cardiovascular health later in life. Drinking a cup of black tea daily may provide these benefits, but if you are not a tea drinker, there are other dietary options that contain flavonoids.

Drinking a daily cup of tea could have potential benefits for your health as you age, but even if you’re not a tea drinker, you can still reap the benefit...     Learn More ››








A Startling Difference: Adult Children Four Times More Likely To Be Estranged From Dad Than Mom

  4 days ago (Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 10:18 AM)

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The study found that daughters were 22% more likely than sons to be estranged from their fathers, but slightly less likely than sons to be cut off from their mothers.

A recent national study has found that estrangement is fairly common among individuals.

According to a recent long-term nationwide survey, adult children are over four times more likely to be separated from their fathers than their mothers.

According to the survey, just 6% of adult children indicated they had ever been estranged from their mothers, compared to 26% of those who said they were from their fathers. However,...     Learn More ››








New Research Reveals the Secret to Unleashing Creativity in Conventional Thinkers

  1 week ago (Thu, Jan 19, 2023 at 03:04 PM)

Creativity is the ability to generate new and original ideas, perspectives, and solutions. It is a vital skill in many areas of life, including art, science, business, and personal growth.

According to a recent study, even individuals who tend to think in a conventional manner, such as accountants or insurance adjusters, can be creative if they are able to approach emotional situations from a different perspective.

The study conducted experiments and found that conventional thinkers, who tend to rank low on openness to new ideas and experiences, generated more creative ideas than their p...     Learn More ››








How Tomatoes and Potatoes Could Be Used To Treat Cancer

  1 week ago (Thu, Jan 19, 2023 at 02:31 PM)

Glycoalkaloids are a class of naturally occurring compounds found in many plants, particularly those from the Solanaceae family, which includes the potato, tomato, eggplant and pepper plants. Due to their toxic nature, they are being researched in isolation, purification, and manipulation to turn them into safe anti-cancer drugs.

• Glycoalkaloids found in plants from the genus Solanum may be a key ingredient in future cancer drugs.

Cancer is a disease that affects many people worldwide. In 2020, there were around 19 million new cases and 10 million deaths registered. While treatments f...     Learn More ››








Scientists Discover Biological Consequences of Racism

  1 week ago (Thu, Jan 19, 2023 at 02:26 PM)

Racism is a societal problem that refers to the discrimination and mistreatment of individuals based on their race or ethnicity.

• New research published in Biological Psychiatry has discovered a correlation between discrimination and an altered brain-gut microbiome.

Structural racism not only has psychological consequences but also impacts the body on a biological level. Discrimination has been shown to contribute to various mental and physical disorders such as obesity, depression, and addiction, however, the biological pathways linking social experiences to physical health effects r...     Learn More ››








Surprising Research Reveals Religion Is Not the Main Reason for Rejection of Evolution in Schools

  1 week ago (Thu, Jan 19, 2023 at 02:19 PM)

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A recent study published in PLOS ONE, involving 5,500 Brazilian and Italian students aged 14-16, found that while religion does play a role in shaping students’ understanding and acceptance of evolutionary theory, other factors such as nationality, perceptions of science, and household income have a greater impact. The study suggests that social and cultural factors are more influential in shaping students’ views on evolution than religious beliefs.

A survey of 5,500 Brazilian and Italian school students aged 14-16 pointed to nationality, social perceptions of science, and household inc...     Learn More ››








Repeated Stress Can Accelerate Aging of the Eye

  2 weeks ago (Mon, Jan 16, 2023 at 04:36 PM)

Stress-induced retinal aging produces symptoms similar to those that occur naturally with aging.

New research from the University of California, Irvine, indicates that aging plays a significant role in the death of retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma and that new treatment methods for glaucoma patients can target these unique pathways.

The study was published in Aging Cell and conducted by Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, Ph.D., and her colleagues. The research delves into the epigenetic and transcriptional changes that occur in the aging retina and how stress, such as increased intraocular pr...     Learn More ››








Study reveals obesity-related trigger that can lead to diabetes

  2 weeks ago (Fri, Jan 13, 2023 at 04:55 PM)

People who are overweight or obese have a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, but exactly how that happens is not well understood.

A new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help explain how excess weight can contribute to diabetes and may provide researchers with a target to help prevent or delay diabetes in some of those at risk. The findings suggest that many people with elevated levels of insulin — an early marker of diabetes risk — also have defects in an enzyme important to the processing of a key fatty acid from the diet.

The rese...     Learn More ››








York research helps explain why obesity is more dangerous for men

  2 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 11, 2023 at 03:56 PM)

A newly published study from York University sheds light on the biological underpinnings in sex differences in obesity-related disease, with researchers observing “striking” differences in the cells that build blood vessels in the fatty tissue of male versus female mice.

Men are more likely than women to develop conditions associated with obesity such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and diabetes, says York Professor Tara Haas with the Faculty of Health’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science.

“People have used rodent models to study obesity, and the diseases tha...     Learn More ››








Feeling depressed? Performing acts of kindness may help

  2 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 11, 2023 at 03:20 PM)

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Doing a good deed for others can help people with depression.

Study finds helping others reduces focus on your own symptoms

People suffering from symptoms of depression or anxiety may help heal themselves by doing good deeds for others, new research shows.

The study found that performing acts of kindness led to improvements not seen in two other therapeutic techniques used to treat depression or anxiety.

Most importantly, the acts of kindness technique was the only intervention tested that helped people feel more connected to others, said study co-author David Cregg, who led the wo...     Learn More ››








New Research Links a Greater Sense of Purpose to a Lower Risk of Death

  2 weeks ago (Tue, Jan 10, 2023 at 10:41 PM)

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Having a sense of purpose in life, or a clear direction and meaning in one’s actions and pursuits has been linked to various physical and mental health benefits. It can provide a sense of motivation and drive, as well as a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. Some research suggests that having a sense of purpose may be associated with lower rates of depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as a reduced risk of developing certain health conditions.

According to a new study, having a sense of purpose in life may have health benefits that are independent of race/ethnicity and gender. The...     Learn More ››








50% Reduction: Having More Children Lowers the Risk of a Common Cancer

  2 weeks ago (Tue, Jan 10, 2023 at 10:26 PM)

Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). It is most commonly found in postmenopausal women and can cause symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, and pain during sex.

• According to research from the University of Queensland, having more children can decrease a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer.

According to research from the University of Queensland, having more children may decrease a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer. Dr. Gunn-Helen Moen and Shannon D’U...     Learn More ››








Warning: Eating Too Much Salt Could Be Making You Stressed

  3 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 08, 2023 at 09:56 AM)

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Stress is the body’s natural response to challenges or demands. It can be caused by both positive and negative experiences and can have physical, emotional, and mental effects on the body. Some common signs of stress include irritability, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite, and difficulty sleeping.

According to a recent study, a diet high in salt can contribute to stress. In experiments with mice, researchers discovered that a high-salt diet led to a 75% increase in stress hormone levels.

These findings may prompt a review of public health policies related to salt intake, wi...     Learn More ››








Scientists Identify a New Asthma Trigger: Sexual Activity

  3 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 08, 2023 at 09:45 AM)

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed and narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be triggered by a variety of things, such as exercise, allergens, and irritants in the air.

• Is it possible for allergists to help improve marriages by discussing sex as a potential trigger for asthma?

A study recently presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting in Louisville, KY, suggests that sexual activity may be a previously undiagnosed trigger for asthma attacks in individuals w...     Learn More ››








Corporal punishment affects brain activity, anxiety, and depression

  3 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 08, 2023 at 09:05 AM)

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According to the research, corporal punishment during adolescence is associated with an increase in neural sensitivity to making errors and a decrease in neural sensitivity to receiving rewards.

Don’t spank your kids. That’s the conventional wisdom that has emerged from decades of research linking corporal punishment to a decline in adolescent health and negative effects on behavior, including an increased risk for anxiety and depression. Now, a new study explores how corporal punishment might impact neural systems to produce those adverse effects.

Corporal punishment can be simply d...     Learn More ››








Scientists Discover That Hibiscus Tea Could Defeat Alzheimer’s Disease

  3 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 08, 2023 at 08:55 AM)

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults and is characterized by the loss of neurons and synapses in the brain. Recent research has found that a compound in hibiscus has the potential to defeat Alzheimer’s.

There are many reasons to enjoy a cup of ruby red hibiscus tea, including its ability to warm the body in the winter, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and aid in weight loss. Now, research has found that it could defeat Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor ...     Learn More ››








New Research Indicates That Weak Muscles May Speed Up Aging

  3 weeks ago (Fri, Jan 06, 2023 at 04:50 AM)

The findings suggest that maintaining muscle strength throughout the lifespan may help protect against many common age-related diseases. Credit: Justine Ross, Michigan Medicine.

The study provides some of the first evidence of a link between muscle weakness and acceleration of biological age, according to researchers.

People age at different rates due to a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which can affect their biological age and their risk of developing diseases or experiencing early death. This is why two individuals who are both 50 years old may not have the same level of b...     Learn More ››








Scientists Discover That Feeling Poorer Than Your Friends Is Linked With Worse Mental Health

  3 weeks ago (Fri, Jan 06, 2023 at 04:41 AM)

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Mental health refers to a person’s overall emotional and psychological well-being. It includes the ability to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively, as well as the ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Good mental health is an important aspect of overall health and well-being.

A new study from psychologists at the University of Cambridge has found that young people who perceive themselves as coming from poorer backgrounds than their peers are more likely to have lower self-esteem and be victims of bullying.

The research also revealed that both those...     Learn More ››








Why Do Vaccine Responses Vary From Person to Person?

  3 weeks ago (Fri, Jan 06, 2023 at 04:30 AM)

Vaccines are a vital tool in public health, protecting individuals and communities from serious and potentially deadly diseases. They work by introducing a small, safe version of a disease-causing virus or bacteria into the body, triggering an immune response. This response results in the production of antibodies, which can then recognize and attack the real disease-causing agent if it is encountered in the future.

Vaccines are highly effective at protecting against infectious diseases, but not everyone responds equally well to them. There are various factors that can affect a person’s im...     Learn More ››








Shocking Yale Research: Common Nutrient Found To Aid Survival of Cancer-Causing Bacterium

  3 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 04, 2023 at 06:44 PM)

Cancer-causing bacteria are types of microorganisms that can contribute to the development of cancer in humans. These bacteria can infect various parts of the body and produce toxins or other substances that can damage DNA or disrupt normal cellular processes, leading to the development of cancer.

According to a new study from Yale University, a nutrient found in many common foods like mushrooms, beans, and grains may help a cancer-causing bacterium survive.

The nutrient, called ergothioneine or EGT, is an antioxidant that protects bacteria from oxidative stress — an imbalance in the b...     Learn More ››








Researchers Find Super Simple Key to Healthy Aging: Good Hydration!

  3 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 04, 2023 at 06:19 PM)

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A study published in eBioMedicine by the National Institutes of Health found that adults who maintain proper hydration tend to be in better health, have a lower risk of developing chronic conditions like heart and lung disease, and live longer compared to those who do not consume enough fluids.

NIH findings may provide early clues about increased risks for advanced biological aging and premature death.

Adults who stay well-hydrated appear to be healthier, develop fewer chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease, and live longer than those who may not get sufficient fluids, accord...     Learn More ››








New Study Links Outdoor Artificial Light at Night to Increased Risk of Diabetes

  3 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 04, 2023 at 06:11 PM)

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body is unable to properly regulate blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, blindness, and kidney disease.

A recent study published in Diabetologia has found a link between exposure to outdoor artificial light at night (LAN) and an increased risk of diabetes, as well as impaired blood glucose control. The research, conducted by Dr. Yu Xu and colleagues at the Shanghai Institute of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, estimates that over 9 million cases of di...     Learn More ››








New Study: Taking Semaglutide Helps Teens Lose Weight and Improve Heart Health

  3 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 04, 2023 at 06:06 PM)

Teenage obesity is a serious health concern that can have long-term consequences for both physical and mental well-being. Causes of teenage obesity can include genetics, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical activity. It can lead to a variety of health issues such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at Obesity Week 2022 has found that the drug semaglutide is effective in helping adolescents who are obese or overweight lose weight and improve their cardiovascular health.

In an intern...     Learn More ››








According to Scientists, Screen Time Isn’t the Problem – It’s Actually This

  3 weeks ago (Wed, Jan 04, 2023 at 06:02 PM)

The study found that the amount of time teenagers spend on screens, including watching videos, playing games, and using social media, does not significantly impact their self-esteem.

Despite concerns from many parents and caregivers that teenagers are spending too much time on their smartphones, video games, and social media, Keith Hampton, a professor at Michigan State University and director of academic research at the Quello Center, believes that screen time is not a cause for worry.

Instead, he is more concerned about adolescents who are disconnected due to limited access to the inte...     Learn More ››








COVID-19 Virus Found in the Brain: Autopsies Reveal Startling New Information

  3 weeks ago (Tue, Jan 03, 2023 at 12:36 PM)

An analysis of autopsied tissue samples from 44 individuals who passed away with COVID-19 revealed that the SAR-CoV-2 virus spread throughout the body, including the brain, and persisted for almost 8 months.

An analysis of tissue samples from the autopsies of 44 people who died with COVID-19 shows that SAR-CoV-2 virus spread throughout the body—including into the brain—and that it lingered for almost 8 months. The study was published on December 14 in the journal Nature.

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tested samples from autopsies that were performed from Apr...     Learn More ››








Affecting Millions – Study Finds That Stop-and-Go Traffic May Be Linked to Reduced Birth Weight

  3 weeks ago (Tue, Jan 03, 2023 at 12:30 PM)

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According to a recent study, stop-and-go traffic may be associated with lower birth weight, and it is estimated that around 1.3 million pregnant individuals are exposed to this type of congestion annually.

While there is extensive data demonstrating the negative impact of vehicle-generated air pollution on health, there is a lack of research on how specific types of traffic, such as bottleneck traffic, can lead to negative health outcomes.

A study led by a researcher at the Boston University School of Public Health has now found that traffic congestion may be linked to lower birth weight...     Learn More ››








New Research: Intermittent Fasting Might Not Be As Safe as We Thought

  3 weeks ago (Tue, Jan 03, 2023 at 12:24 PM)

Intermittent fasting is a popular dietary trend that involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. It is believed to have various health benefits such as weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, and reduced inflammation.

• The popular dietary trend has been linked to dangerous eating disorder attitudes and behaviors among adolescents and young adults.

A recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors has shed light on the potential negative effects of intermittent fasting, a popular dietary trend in which people abstain from eating for more than 8 hours at a time. Al...     Learn More ››








The Future of Churches Is at Risk

  3 weeks ago (Tue, Jan 03, 2023 at 12:20 PM)

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Churches are places of worship for followers of various religions. They are often central to the spiritual and social lives of their communities, providing a place for people to gather, pray, and learn about their faith.

• An audit has found that the future of rural churches depends on their value to the wider community as assets.

According to an audit conducted in Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk, a third of church buildings are costing more money each year than they are able to raise, and only one in five is financially profitable.

A report recently released by the Cambridge Judge ...     Learn More ››








More Important Than You Think: How Breathing Shapes the Brain and Impacts Mental Health

  4 weeks ago (Mon, Jan 02, 2023 at 03:11 PM)

Breathing is essential for survival, but taking in a breath of fresh air does more than just keep us alive.

“Breathe in… Breathe out…”

It’s common knowledge that taking deep breaths can help calm us down in stressful situations. But now, Professor Micah Allen from the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University has made significant strides in understanding the relationship between breathing and the brain.

By synthesizing results from numerous studies on the brain imaging of rodents, monkeys, and humans, Allen and his team developed a computational model that explain...     Learn More ››








Could Eating Tomatoes Improve Your Gut Health?

  4 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 09:31 AM)

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According to researchers, the favorable results obtained from studies on pigs warrant further investigation in human subjects.

According to researchers, a diet heavy in tomatoes for two weeks led to an increase in the diversity of gut microbes and a change in gut bacteria towards a more favorable profile in young pigs.

Based on these findings from a short-term intervention, the research team plans to conduct similar studies in humans to explore the potential health-related connections between consuming tomatoes and changes to the human gut microbiome.

“It’s possible that tomatoes ...     Learn More ››








Trouble Falling Asleep at Night? Daytime Light Exposure May Be Key

  4 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 09:18 AM)

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Research indicates that getting insufficient light during the day leads to problems at night when it’s time for bed.

A study measuring the sleep patterns of students at the University of Washington has turned up some surprises about how and when our bodies tell us to sleep — and illustrates the importance of getting outside during the day, even when it’s cloudy.

Published online on December 7 in the Journal of Pineal Research, the study found that UW students fell asleep later in the evening and woke up later in the morning during — of all seasons — winter, when daylight hours ...     Learn More ››








Warning: New Research Indicates That Even Short-Term Exposure to a High-Fat Diet Can Trigger Pain

  4 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 09:09 AM)

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The study found that a high-fat diet can provoke pain sensitivity even in the absence of obesity and diabetes.

A recent study of mice conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas found that short-term consumption of a high-fat diet may be linked to pain sensations, even without a preexisting injury or condition such as obesity or diabetes.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, compared the effects of different diets on two groups of mice. One group was fed normal chow, while the other was given a high-fat diet that did not cause obesity or high blood sugar, both of...     Learn More ››








Lack of Sleep Can Harm Children’s Brain and Cognitive Development

  4 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 09:03 AM)

According to research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, elementary school-age children who get less than nine hours of sleep per night have differences in brain regions that impact memory, intelligence, and well-being compared to those who get the recommended nine to 12 hours of sleep per night. These differences are associated with increased mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and impulsive behaviors, as well as cognitive difficulties with memory, problem-solving, and decision-making.

• Research finds getting less than nine hours of sleep nightly is associ...     Learn More ››








Scientists Reveal Two Simple Words That Can Improve Your Relationship

  4 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 08:54 AM)

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The research found that greater levels of perceived gratitude protect couples from common stressors such as ineffective arguing and financial problems and promote relationship stability.

• The power of “thank you” – Feeling appreciated by your partner leads to increased satisfaction and protection against stressors.

Gratitude has become a popular concept in recent years, with a variety of products being sold to promote thankfulness as a positive force in individuals’ lives.

However, new research suggests that gratitude from a partner can also have benefits for couples, such ...     Learn More ››








New Research Finds That the Time of Day You Exercise Could Impact Your Heart Health

  4 weeks ago (Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 08:34 AM)

Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Regular physical activity can improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels, and improving blood sugar control. It can also help with weight management and stress reduction, both of which are important factors in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, does the time of day you exercise affect its effectiveness in improving heart health?

Heart disease and stroke risk are lowest in those who engage in morning physical activity.

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Surprising Findings: Too Few Job Demands Can Harm Sleep Quality

  4 weeks ago (Fri, Dec 30, 2022 at 10:21 AM)

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Sleep is a vital aspect of overall health and well-being. It allows the body and mind to rest and repair and helps to regulate mood, memory, and physical and cognitive function. The recommended amount of sleep varies by age, but adults generally need 7-9 hours per night. Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can have negative effects on health, including increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental health issues.

According to new research, moderate job demands and a sense of control over working conditions are key factors in predicting optimal sleep health.

Contr...     Learn More ››








Key Micronutrients: Study Identifies Supplements That Benefit Cardiovascular Health

  4 weeks ago (Fri, Dec 30, 2022 at 10:13 AM)

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Scientists found strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acid, folic acid, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) provided cardiovascular benefits. In addition, Omega-6 fatty acid, L-arginine, L-citrulline, melatonin, magnesium, Vitamin D, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, catechin, flavanol, curcumin, genistein, and quercetin also showed evidence of reducing cardiovascular risk.

A meta-analysis of more than 884 studies finds omega-3, folic acid, and CoQ10 among the micronutrients that reduce cardiovascular risk.

Healthy diets are rich in antioxidants like amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin C, but exactl...     Learn More ››








Serotonin Deficiency Directly Linked With Depression in Groundbreaking Study

  4 weeks ago (Fri, Dec 30, 2022 at 10:06 AM)

A new research study provides the first direct evidence of disrupted serotonin release in the brains of people with depression.

New research in Biological Psychiatry offers the first direct evidence of diminished 5-HT release cements “serotonin hypothesis.”

Researchers have postulated since the 1960s that major depression stems from disruptions in the serotonin neurotransmitter system. However, the evidence for that idea, though plentiful, was indirect. In fact, a recent comprehensive analysis of existing studies concluded that there was not strong evidence to support the “serotoni...     Learn More ››








The Unseen Effects of Childhood Obesity: New Research Finds Connection With Poor Brain Health

  4 weeks ago (Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 09:24 PM)

According to new research using MRI data from the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States, higher weight and body mass index (BMI) in pre-adolescence are associated with poor brain health.

The findings, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), suggest that obesity in children may have negative impacts on brain health. These findings highlight the importance of addressing and preventing obesity in children in order to promote overall brain health.

“We know being obese as an adult is associa...     Learn More ››








Study: People With Depression Are Less Likely To Have Children

  4 weeks ago (Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 08:51 PM)

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Depression is a mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It can also cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating. Depression can affect people of any age and is often caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women are at an increased risk for depression during their childbearing years, and depression is ass...     Learn More ››








Surprising New Research: Drinking Tea or Coffee Could Reduce Your Risk of a Hip Fracture

  4 weeks ago (Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 08:39 PM)

Hip fractures are a common and serious injury that can occur in both men and women, but they are more common and have a higher impact on the health and quality of life of older women. Hip fractures often occur as a result of falls, and women are more prone to falls due to factors such as osteoporosis, which is more common in women and can cause bones to weaken and break more easily.

A new study reveals how women can reduce the risk their risk of hip fracture.

According to a new study conducted by food scientists at the University of Leeds, increasing protein intake and consuming regular...     Learn More ››








New Study Links Poverty With Social Media Addiction

  1 month ago (Mon, Dec 26, 2022 at 04:26 PM)

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Social media addiction is a growing problem in today’s society, with increasing numbers of people becoming reliant on social media platforms for communication, entertainment, and validation. Research has shown that excessive social media use can lead to negative outcomes such as decreased self-esteem, loneliness, and reduced face-to-face communication skills.

According to research conducted by an international team including Professor Frank Elgar from McGill University, adolescents from lower-income backgrounds are more likely to report addictive use of social media. The study found a con...     Learn More ››








Common Sweetener Linked With Anxiety in Startling New Research

  1 month ago (Sun, Dec 25, 2022 at 10:15 AM)

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Florida State University College of Medicine researchers have linked aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in nearly 5,000 diet foods and drinks, to anxiety-like behavior in mice.

Along with producing anxiety in the mice who consumed aspartame, the effects extended up to two generations from the males exposed to the sweetener. The study was published on December 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“What this study is showing is we need to look back at the environmental factors, because what we see today is not only what’s happening today, but what happened tw...     Learn More ››








Research Shows: Weight Loss Advice From Doctors Is Ineffective

  1 month ago (Sun, Dec 25, 2022 at 10:06 AM)

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A new research study finds that when doctors tell patients living with obesity to lose weight the guidance they give is generally vague, superficial, and commonly not supported by scientific evidence. The study was published on December 13 in the journal Family Practice, by Oxford University Press.

Obesity is a chronic and relapsing condition, but physicians often lack guidance on which information is helpful for patients who would like to lose weight. As a result, the information patients receive can be hard to use and implement. Bad experiences are regularly reported by patients, who ofte...     Learn More ››








Smoking increases chances of mid-life memory loss, confusion

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 23, 2022 at 02:33 PM)

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Middle-aged smokers are far more likely to report having memory loss and confusion than nonsmokers, and the likelihood of cognitive decline is lower for those who have quit, even recently, a new study has found.

The research from The Ohio State University is the first to examine the relationship between smoking and cognitive decline using a one-question self-assessment asking people if they’ve experienced worsening or more frequent memory loss and/or confusion.

The findings build on previous research that established relationships between smoking and Alzheimer’s Disease and other for...     Learn More ››








7 Powerful Health Benefits of Ginseng

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 23, 2022 at 06:17 AM)

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Ginseng is a root with an ancient history of use as medicine. Today, scientific research is confirming the herb’s potential to improve health and help protect against diseases. Ginseng is often used today as an exercise performance enhancer, an aphrodisiac, and an immune system booster. It’s commonly dried and powdered, then taken as capsules. However, you can also find ginseng tea and ginseng tinctures. The taste of ginseng is bitter and cleansing.

• Types of Ginseng

The two varieties of ginseng include:

• Asian ginseng, also called Korean ginseng (scientific name Panax ginse...     Learn More ››








New Research Shows Earth’s Inner Core May Be Oxygen-Rich

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 23, 2022 at 06:03 AM)

Oxygen is the key substance for life and one of the most abundant elements on Earth. However, it’s still unknown whether oxygen is present and in which form in the inner core, which is composed of almost pure iron and subject to extreme high pressure and temperature conditions.

Now, scientists reveal that Fe-rich Fe-O alloys are stable at extreme pressures of nearly 300 GPa and high temperatures of more than 3,000 K (~5,000 degrees F). The results prove that oxygen can exist in the solid inner core, which provides key constraints for further understanding of the formation process and evol...     Learn More ››








Sleeping During the Day Enhances Memories of Fear, Emotional Trauma, and Anxiety

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 23, 2022 at 05:52 AM)

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Anxiety disorders, such as panic, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or specific phobias, occur in response to stress. They are characterized by a constant feeling of anxiety and fear, which can increase over time.

A new study will aid in the development of rehabilitation strategies for individuals who are suffering from anxiety disorders.

Researchers from Ural Federal University (UrFU) and the University of Tübingen (Germany) investigated the effect of sleep in the formation and consolidation of fear memories into long-term memory. Neuroscientists discovered that a short nap improv...     Learn More ››








Six ways to reduce loneliness this Christmas—from a psychologist

  1 month ago (Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 03:11 PM)

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Snowmen, tables groaning with food and families having a wonderful time together—these are the images that probably pop into your head when you think of Christmas.

In reality, feelings of loneliness are amplified for many over Christmas. The parties and socializing in the lead up to the big day are swiftly followed by a lingering emptiness as as offices, schools and shops close for the festive season. It can feel like the whole world is caught up in a universal experience of Christmas that we are excluded from.

It doesn't help that Christmas adverts tap in to our emotions and create an...     Learn More ››








Psychological distress may be causal risk factor for dementia

  1 month ago (Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 02:51 PM)

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Self-reported psychological distress is likely a causal risk factor for subsequent dementia, according to a study published online Dec. 15 in JAMA Network Open.

Sonja Sulkava, M.D., Ph.D., from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, and colleagues examined the association of psychological distress with dementia. The analysis included 67,688 participants in the National FINRISK Study surveys (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007) with linked patient data to the Finnish Health Register for dementia and mortality follow-up through 2017.

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Study links social media, gaming addiction to emotions

  1 month ago (Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 02:45 PM)

Social media scrolling and gaming can be addictive, but a new study out of the University of Georgia found these two behaviors are particularly habit forming for kids who have trouble regulating their emotions.

The study found that nearly 80% of adolescents from 12 to 17 reported checking social media every day, with TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat being the most popular platforms among adolescents. And 100% of the students surveyed said they had a social media account.

While less common than social media use, internet gaming is on the rise with 86% of the sample reporting experience with...     Learn More ››








Antidepressant use, infection during pregnancy linked to neurodevelopmental disorders

  1 month ago (Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 01:14 PM)

Antidepressant use during pregnancy may combine with inflammation to heighten the risk of lifelong neurodevelopmental changes in babies' brains, such as those linked to autism, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.

A team of UVA neuroscientists found that commonly used antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can interact powerfully with inflammation in the mother's body from infections or other sources. In lab mice, this interaction caused harmful changes in the placenta and the decidua—the direct connection between moth...     Learn More ››








Why do people feel lonely at Christmas? Here's what the research says

  1 month ago (Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 01:10 PM)

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Christmas is said to be a time for connecting with friends, family and having fun. But it can also be time of loneliness. Indeed, the results of a 2018 survey looking at loneliness during Christmas time in the UK revealed that 17% of people felt more lonely over the festive period.

Loneliness is a subjective emotion, where we feel our social relationships are insufficient, particularly when compared to our peers. Christmas, with its images and expectations of gift-giving, socializing and excess can often be a time when our own relationships or connections are put under the spotlight. This c...     Learn More ››








Seven tips for managing your mental health during the holidays

  1 month ago (Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 01:05 PM)

The holidays can be a time for joy and connecting with friends and loved ones, but they can also bring stress and sadness. Angela Drake is a clinical neuropsychologist at UC Davis Health. She has practical advice for navigating the season's emotional challenges and specific tips for taking care of your mental health.

1. Manage holiday expectations

The most common advice Drake gives her patients is to figure out how to manage their expectations. "Often what we are experiencing is a disconnect between our actual situation and what we think it should be," Drake says. During the ho...     Learn More ››








Why Does Shingles Lead to Stroke? Scientists Might Have an Answer

  1 month ago (Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 09:34 PM)

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Shingles is a disease that causes a painful rash.

Researchers
discover a potential explanation for why those who have had shingles are more likely to suffer a stroke.

According to recent research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, scientists looking into why people who have had shingles are at a higher risk of stroke now believe the answer lies within lipid vesicles called exosomes that transport proteins and genetic information between cells.

The study explores the mechanisms behind the connection between shingles and strokes and was recently published in The Jo...     Learn More ››








New Research: This Activity Can Reduce the Risk of Metastatic Cancer by 72%

  1 month ago (Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 09:22 PM)

The researchers discovered that high-intensity aerobic exercise increased the consumption of glucose reducing the amount of energy available to the tumor.

Exercise defeats cancer by increasing glucose consumption.

According to recent Tel Aviv University research, aerobic exercise can significantly lower the chance of developing metastatic cancer by 72%. The researchers found that high-intensity aerobic exercise increased internal organs’ consumption of glucose (sugar), decreasing the amount of energy available to the tumor.

Professor Carmit Levy from the Department of Human Genetics...     Learn More ››








The AVID college prep program leads to lower substance use, better health behaviors among high school students, UCLA-led research suggests

  1 month ago (Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 03:40 PM)

The findings suggest that “academic tracking,” the practice of separating high and low performing students into different classes, reinforces risky social networks and behaviors.

New UCLA-led research finds that a college preparatory program for youth experiencing educational inequities that operates in about 13% of U.S public high schools has a positive effect on students’ social networks, psycho-social outcomes, and health behaviors.

The findings, published Dec. 16 in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics, suggests that the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program,...     Learn More ››








Heat Shock Therapy: Why Saunas Are So Good for You

  1 month ago (Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 11:23 AM)

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Heat has been used for healing long before saunas were invented. The ancient Greeks and Romans built public baths over hot springs and on manmade fire furnaces. In East Asian history, stones were heated by fire and placed on the body to deliver the healing powers of heat.

Today, scientists understand the mechanism behind the therapeutic benefits of heat immersion. When the body is exposed to temperatures of 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit and above, heat shock proteins are released.

• What are Heat Shock Proteins?

Heat shock proteins are a type of stress protein — molecules that regulate...     Learn More ››








What Is the Best Blood Thinner for Minimizing Bleeding Risk?

  1 month ago (Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 10:49 AM)

Blood thinners are medicines that prevent blood clots from developing.

In
a recent study led by University College London (UCL) researchers, a large-scale comparison of direct oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) commonly recommended for irregular heartbeats has revealed the medication with the lowest risk of bleeding.

According to the study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, apixaban, one of the two most popular direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), has the lowest risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and performs similarly to other DOACs in terms of preventing strokes and ...     Learn More ››








Scientists Are One Step Closer to Understanding Sudden Cardiac Death

  1 month ago (Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 10:37 AM)

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Sudden cardiac arrest is a potentially fatal condition in which your heart suddenly stops beating.

Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that particularly affects young athletes, can result in sudden death. The University of Basel has recently genetically modified mice that develop a disease comparable to that found in humans. The team was able to identify previously undiscovered mechanisms and potential treatment targets as a result.

Fans of the soccer team Sevilla FC will never forget the August 2007 game when 22-year-old Antonio Puerta went into cardiac arrest, collapsed on t...     Learn More ››








Surprise Protector of Females’ Brains: Subcutaneous Fat

  1 month ago (Sat, Dec 17, 2022 at 10:03 AM)

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According to new research, subcutaneous fat, which is more common in females, is protective against brain inflammation.

Females’ propensity toward subcutaneous fat, which is fat stored under the skin, often in places like their hips, buttocks, and the backs of their arms, is protective against brain inflammation, at least until menopause. This is according to a new study by scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. It is important because brain inflammation can contribute to serious problems such as dementia and stroke.

Males of essentially any age, on the oth...     Learn More ››








Adult children more likely to be estranged from dad than mom

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 04:48 PM)

Estrangement overall is fairly common, national study finds

Adult
children are over four times more likely to be estranged from their fathers than their mothers, a new long-term national study found.

The research showed that 6% of adult children in the study reported a period of estrangement from their mothers, compared to 26% who said they were estranged from their fathers.

But for most adult children, the estrangement is only temporary – 81% of estrangements with mothers end, as do 69% of those with fathers.

This study, one of the few that has examined national trends over time...     Learn More ››








Why a healthy lifestyle is not enough to prevent dementia

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 03:46 PM)

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Dementia is on the rise in Germany. In the absence of treatment options, the focus is shifting to preventing dementia. In particular, a healthy lifestyle is considered beneficial for brain health.

A study by the Faculty of Medicine now shows that opportunities for a healthy lifestyle are unequally distributed: being socially disadvantaged is associated with a higher risk of dementia. The current findings have been published in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease.

As the population ages, dementia is on the rise. Currently, about 1.8 million people in Germany suffer from dementia. Population...     Learn More ››








Smoking and obesity found to increase risk of severe COVID-19 by 65% to 81%

  1 month ago (Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 03:38 PM)

Researchers from the School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed), in collaboration with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)'s Faculty of Medicine (CU Medicine), confirmed smoking, obesity and lower socioeconomic position (SEP) likely increase the risk of contracting mild to severe COVID-19, using data from large scale genome-wide association studies.

Other exposures thought to be related to COVID-19 risk, such as glycemic traits, type 2 diabetes, and vitamin D, are likely unrelated. The researchers also found angiotensin-converting enzyme ...     Learn More ››








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  1 month ago (Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 05:32 PM)

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Rise Ethiopia በ World Bank የሚደገፍ እና አለምአቀፍ የምርምር ፕሮግራም ሲሆን በትምህርት ጥራት ላይ ያሉ ችግሮችን ለመቅረፍ የተቋቋመ ድርጅት ...     Learn More ››








A Mediterranean diet not only boosts health, but also improves fertility

  1 month ago (Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 10:37 AM)

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With an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and legumes, the Mediterranean diet has long been applauded for its multiple health benefits. Now, new research shows that it may also help overcome infertility, making it a non-intrusive and affordable strategy for couples trying to conceive.

Conducted by Monash University, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the University of South Australia, the review found that the Mediterranean diet can improve fertility, assisted reproductive technology (ART) success, and sperm quality in men.

Specifically, researchers identified that the anti-inflamma...     Learn More ››








New Study: More Older Adults Should Be Doing This Simple Task

  1 month ago (Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 09:28 AM)

Regularly checking blood pressure could play an important role in helping patients live longer and maintain heart and brain health.

Only around half of the individuals with hypertension or conditions linked to blood pressure regularly monitor, but guidelines from healthcare professionals encourage older adults to do so at home more often.

According to a recent survey, only 48% of individuals between the ages of 50 and 80 who use blood pressure medications or have a medical condition that is impacted by hypertension frequently monitor their blood pressure at home or elsewhere.

A somewh...     Learn More ››








New Study Indicates That Watching TV With Your Child Can Benefit Their Cognitive Development

  1 month ago (Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 09:03 AM)

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Watching television can be beneficial, according to researchers who are examining how passive screen use affects a young child’s development.

The amount of television shows aimed at infants has grown over the previous 30 years. Screen time among infants (ages 0 to 2) doubled between 1997 and 2014.

Recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology investigated the influence of passive screen usage on the cognitive development of a young kid. According to the study, screen exposure—whether from a TV or a mobile device—can be advantageous depending on the circumstances....     Learn More ››








Newly Discovered Virus Similar to COVID Could Infect Humans and Resist Vaccines

  1 month ago (Tue, Dec 13, 2022 at 08:12 AM)

A virus discovered in a Russian bat that is related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is likely capable of infecting humans and, if it spreads, is resistant to existing vaccines.

A team led by researchers at Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Health discovered spike proteins from the bat virus, known as Khosta-2, that can infect human cells and are resistant to both monoclonal antibodies and serum from SARS-CoV-2 vaccine recipients. Khosta-2 and SARS-CoV-2 are both coronaviruses that belong to the same subclass of coronaviruses known as sarbecov...     Learn More ››








How Does What We Eat Affect How We Age?

  2 months ago (Mon, Dec 12, 2022 at 12:21 PM)

The results of the study highlight the importance of thinking about nutrition holistically.

According to recent research from the Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the answer to a seemingly simple question – how does what we eat impact how we age – is unavoidably complex.

While the majority of analyses had focused on the effects of a single nutrient on a single outcome, a conventional, unidimensional approach to understanding the effects of diet on health and aging no longer gives us the full picture. A healthy diet needs to be thoug...     Learn More ››








Social media found to contribute to increase in cosmetic procedures

  2 months ago (Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 11:18 AM)

Influencers on social media have contributed to an uptake of people using cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, research suggests.

Instagram influencers who have had procedures—such as botox, and lip and face fillers—tend to promote the benefits of the enhancements without disclosing the downsides, the study found.

• Face filters

The participants were quizzed about their use of Instagram and face filters—software that manipulates the shape of a face on screen—to inform their decision-making about cosmetic procedures.

The study found all of the participants look...     Learn More ››








Adding yoga to regular exercise improves cardiovascular health and wellbeing

  2 months ago (Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 10:33 AM)

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A pilot study in patients with hypertension concludes that adding yoga to regular exercise is better than stretch exercises alone, report investigators in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

A three-month pilot study of patients with hypertension appearing in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, published by Elsevier, demonstrates that adding yoga to a regular exercise training regimen supports cardiovascular health and wellbeing and is more effective than stretching exercises. Incorporation of yoga reduced systolic blood pressure and resting heart rate and improved 10-year cardiovascular r...     Learn More ››








Top 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

  2 months ago (Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 09:57 AM)

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The great flavor of your favorite beverage may be enough to persuade you to continue drinking it. However, it can’t hurt to recognize that you also benefit from these eight health-inducing perks. Your daily cups of coffee can help you live longer. They might also stave off several severe illnesses and improve your functioning.

• Longevity

Studies show drinking coffee can prolong lifespan. Over 10 years, researchers looked at the connection between coffee consumption and death risk. Scientists considered variables like the participants’ lifestyles, wellness, and coffee consumption.
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Study Shows Brains With More Vitamin D Function Better

  2 months ago (Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 09:42 AM)

According to a new study from Tufts University, adults who suffered from varying rates of cognitive decline had better cognitive function with higher levels of vitamin D in their brains. People get vitamin D from sun exposure, foods (such as fatty fish), and supplements.

A new study, the first to examine vitamin D levels in brain tissue, may help scientists further understand dementia and its causes.

Worldwide, an estimated 55 million people live with dementia, a number that’s expected to rise as the global population ages. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 6.5 million...     Learn More ››








Why Do We Slow Down When We Are Sick? Scientists Identify the Cells Responsible

  2 months ago (Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 09:35 AM)

A new study has identified the set of neurons that controls sickness behaviors.

New research reveals new information about sickness behaviors.
When we’re feeling under the weather, we tend to eat, drink, and exercise less. We’re not the only ones either; while fighting an infection, the majority of animals lower the same three behaviors.

Recent research has identified the cluster of neurons that drive these responses, known as sickness behaviors. Researchers discovered that a particular population of cells in the brainstem can cause three telltale sickness behaviors in mice by trig...     Learn More ››








Women's menstrual cycles impacted by pandemic lockdowns, research suggests

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 10:40 PM)

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Menstrual Cycle symptoms reported by eumenorrheic participants (n = 559). This Figure represents the percentage of participants reporting symptoms that have increased (purple) and decreased (blue). Credit: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2022).

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Scientists at Nottingham Trent University investigated menstrual cycle characteristics of more than 550 women before and during lockdown.

In 2020 the pandemic resulted in significant disruption to daily life for peop...     Learn More ››








One in ten Australian women report disrespectful or abusive care in childbirth

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 10:31 PM)

Having a baby can be an empowering experience when women are treated with kindness and respect.

However, some women are left feeling traumatized by how they were treated. When women receive disrespectful and abusive care from health providers during pregnancy, labor and birth, or after the baby is born, it's called obstetric violence. This includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse, threats or coercion by health providers.

Our study, published December 5 in the journal Violence Against Women, is the first to look at Australian women's experiences of obstetric violence. Of the 8,804 wo...     Learn More ››








When does mental distress become a mental illness?

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 10:10 PM)

Human beings experience a range of emotions, some of which are pleasant, such as joy and happiness, and others that are uncomfortable or even painful, such as anxiety, anger or grief. Often, emotional discomfort or pain is temporary and appropriate to the circumstances. It is natural, and even helpful, to experience anxiety when facing a difficult decision, or grief when a loved one dies.

However, when painful mental states are long-lasting and interfere with our ability to function well in our daily lives and relationships, it can mean we are experiencing a form of mental illness.

Menta...     Learn More ››








Eating lots of 'ultra-processed' foods could harm your brain

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 09:58 PM)

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Chips, pizza, cookies: Delicious, but a diet full of ultra-processed foods like these may contribute to brain deterioration, researchers report.

Ultra-processed foods have lots of added and unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and preservatives. Examples include frozen meals, soft drinks, hot dogs and cold cuts, fast food, packaged cookies, cakes and salty snacks.

These foods have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Now, scientists in Brazil have tied them to a greater risk of declining brainpower.

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Good Sleep Can Increase Women’s Ambitions

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 09:15 PM)

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On days after a night of bad sleep, women indicated reduced aspirations to achieve higher status at work.

Sleep quality impacts women’s daily intentions to pursue workplace status.

Women may wish to lay down for a full night’s sleep before leaning into work. Research from Washington State University found that the quality of women’s sleep affected their mood and altered their perceptions of career advancement. Men’s aspirations, however, were unaffected by sleep quality.

This conclusion was reached by the researchers after conducting a two-week survey study of 135 American wor...     Learn More ››








Scientists Discover That Reduced Activity and High Sugar Consumption Is Worse for Men Than Women

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 08:39 PM)

The study involved short-term exposure to decreased activity and increased sugar intake.

New research from the University of Missouri School of Medicine provides the first evidence in humans that short-term lifestyle changes can disrupt the response to insulin in blood vessels. It is also the first study to demonstrate that men and women respond differently to these changes.

Vascular insulin resistance is a feature of obesity and type 2 diabetes that contributes to vascular disease. Researchers examined vascular insulin resistance in 36 young and healthy men and women by subjecting them ...     Learn More ››








New Study Reveals How Childhood Fears Play Role in Future Anxiety and Depression

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 08:28 PM)

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The study found that people who are more inhibited in early childhood and who do not react normally to prospective rewards as adolescents are more likely to develop depression later in life.

A longitudinal imaging study connects reduced ventral striatum activity to later depression.

A recent imaging study led by a scientist at The University of Texas at Dallas discovered early risk factors linked to children’s temperament as well as a neural process that might predict whether a person would develop depression and anxiety in adolescence and early adulthood.

The study, which was recen...     Learn More ››








Scientists Discover New Permanent Changes Caused by Giving Birth

  2 months ago (Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 08:01 PM)

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The researchers discovered that females who had given birth had lower levels of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

A study of primates reveals permanent changes in bone composition after birth and breastfeeding.

Reproduction permanently alters females’ bones in ways not previously known, a team of anthropologists has found. Its discovery, based on an analysis of a kind of primate known as rhesus monkeys, sheds new light on how giving birth can permanently change the body.

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Trouble sleeping? You could be at risk of type 2 diabetes

  2 months ago (Mon, Dec 05, 2022 at 02:59 PM)

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As the Christmas season starts to ramp up, University of South Australia researchers are reminding people to prioritise a good night’s sleep as new research shows that a troubled sleep may be associated with risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

In the first study of its kind, researchers found that people who reported trouble sleeping were on average more likely to have indicators of poor cardiometabolic health – inflammatory markers, cholesterol and body weight – which can contribute to type 2 diabetes.

In Australia, almost one million adults have type 2 diabetes. Globally, type 2 di...     Learn More ››








Using Vapes May Increase Risk of Developing Dental Cavities

  2 months ago (Mon, Dec 05, 2022 at 11:03 AM)

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New research has found that people who use vaping devices have a higher risk of developing cavities.

Researchers say e-cigarettes and similar vaping devices are associated with a higher risk for cavities.

A vaping habit could end up leading to a tarnished smile, and more frequent visits to the dentist.

New research has found that patients who said they used vaping devices were more likely to have a higher risk of developing cavities. With CDC surveys reporting that 9.1 million American adults—and 2 million teenagers—use tobacco-based vaping products, that means a lot of vulnerable...     Learn More ››








Traffic Pollution Has Been Associated With an Increased Risk of Dementia

  2 months ago (Mon, Dec 05, 2022 at 10:55 AM)

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Dementia is a general term referring to the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions, which interferes with doing everyday activities.

The meta-analysis reviewed 17 studies studying traffic-related air pollution.

According to a meta-analysis recently published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, higher exposure to a certain type of traffic-related air pollution known as particulate matter may be connected to an increased risk of dementia. Researchers focused on fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, which is made up of airborne pollutants wit...     Learn More ››








Scientific Weight Loss Study: Green Mediterranean Diet Reduces Twice As Much Visceral Fat

  2 months ago (Mon, Dec 05, 2022 at 10:38 AM)

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According to a study in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMC Medicine, the green Mediterranean diet significantly reduces visceral fat. In fact, it reduced visceral fat by twice as much as the regular Mediterranean diet.

The Green Mediterranean diet reduces twice as much visceral fat as the Mediterranean diet.

Reducing visceral fat is the true goal of weight loss.

The green Mediterranean diet (MED) significantly reduces visceral adipose tissue, a type of fat around internal organs that is much more dangerous than the extra “tire” around your waist. The green Mediterranean diet wa...     Learn More ››








Johns Hopkins Researchers Have Identified a Potential New Treatment Target for Sleep Apnea

  2 months ago (Mon, Dec 05, 2022 at 10:31 AM)

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Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which breathing stops and restarts many times while you sleep.

According to a recent mouse study, the target is an ion channel that has been already shown to impact blood pressure in obese mice.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists, a recent study with obese mice adds to evidence that specialized channel proteins are potential therapeutic targets for sleep apnea and other unusually slow breathing disorders in obese individuals.

The protein, a cation channel known as TRPM7, is located in carotid bodies, minute sensory ...     Learn More ››








Public health study: Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases in Chinese adults

  2 months ago (Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 04:28 PM)

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Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases in Chinese adults.

Smoking
increases the risks of 56 diseases and kills more than one million adults in China each year from 22 different causes, according to new research published in The Lancet Public Health.

Tobacco smoking is projected to cause one billion deaths worldwide this century, mainly in low and middle income countries (LMICs) such as China. Two thirds of adult men in China smoke; the study, led by researchers from Oxford Population Health, U.K., Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences shows that around half of...     Learn More ››








Fatherhood changes men's brains, according to before-and-after MRI scans

  2 months ago (Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 04:13 PM)

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Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood.

The
time fathers devote to child care every week has tripled over the past 50 years in the United States. The increase in fathers' involvement in child rearing is even steeper in countries that have expanded paid paternity leave or created incentives for fathers to take leave, such as Germany, Spain, Sweden and Iceland. And a growing body of research finds that children with engaged fathers do better on a range of outcomes, including physical health and cognitive performance.

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Few people are aware of the links between alcohol and cancer risk

  2 months ago (Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 04:07 PM)

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Despite conclusive research that shows that all alcoholic beverages, including wine, increase the risk of many types of cancer, Americans demonstrated low awareness of this risk, and some perceived alcohol as having health benefits, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Awareness varied significantly for various types of alcohol, the study showed.

"Alcohol is a leading modifiable risk factor for cancer in the United States and previous research has shown that most Americans don't kn...     Learn More ››








Sleeping Too Much Linked to a 69% Increased Risk of Dementia

  2 months ago (Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 02:45 PM)

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A new study analyzes how sleep duration and timing impact dementia risk.

The time individuals go to bed and how much sleep they get may increase their chance of getting dementia, according to a recent study that was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

During an average follow-up of 3.7 years, 97 individuals in a study of 1,982 older adults in China who were dementia-free at the beginning of the study developed dementia.

The risk of dementia was 69% greater in those who slept for more than 8 hours (compared to 7-8 hours) and twice as high in those who went to b...     Learn More ››








Depression Risk Increases With Hours Worked in Stressful Jobs

  2 months ago (Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 02:40 PM)

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Longer work weeks were strongly associated with a higher increase in depression symptoms in an “emulated” clinical trial, pushing some first-year resident physicians into the range of moderate to severe depression.

According to a recent study of doctors, the more hours per week someone works in a demanding job, the greater their chance of developing depression is.

Working 90 or more hours a week was associated with changes in depression symptom scores three times larger than the change in depression symptoms among those working 40 to 45 hours a week.

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Psychologists: Dark Personality Traits Make People Susceptible To Fake News

  2 months ago (Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 02:33 PM)

Wuerzburg psychologists have studied what makes people more susceptible to fake news.

A new study has found a link between dark personality traits and fake news.

Fake news has been the focus of recent research at the Human-Computer-Media Institute at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany. “Some people believe Fake News even when the scientific facts clearly contradict them,” says psychologist Jan Philipp Rudloff. “We wanted to know why this is the case and investigate the role played by our ideas about the nature of knowledge and facts.”

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Autism Breakthrough: New Treatment Significantly Improves Social Skills and Brain Function

  2 months ago (Wed, Nov 30, 2022 at 07:57 PM)

The treatment caused neurological changes, including a decrease in inflammation and an increase in functionality, according to the researchers.

A recent Tel Aviv University study found that pressure chamber therapy greatly improved social skills and the condition of the autistic brain. The research was carried out on autism animal models. The researchers discovered changes in the brain, including a decrease in neuroinflammation, which has been linked to autism. Furthermore, the social functioning of the animal models treated in the pressure chamber improved significantly. The success of the...     Learn More ››








New Study Finds That Vitamin D Could Help Extend Your Life

  2 months ago (Wed, Nov 30, 2022 at 07:45 PM)

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Vitamin D is a vitamin that your body requires to keep your bones and muscles healthy.

The research linked vitamin D deficiency to premature death.

One in three Australian individuals still have mild, moderate, or severe vitamin D deficiency despite the fact that sunlight is a major source of the vitamin.

Now, a new study from the University of South Australia provides compelling evidence that vitamin D deficiency is linked to early mortality, prompting calls for individuals to follow healthy vitamin D level guidelines.

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Scientists Answer: Are Women Really Better at Remembering Words Than Men?

  2 months ago (Mon, Nov 28, 2022 at 06:47 PM)

Textbooks and popular science books claim that women are superior at finding and remembering words, but is this true?

“Women are better. The female advantage is consistent across time and life span, but it is also relatively small”, says Marco Hirnstein, professor at The University of Bergen, Norway.

Hirnstein is curious about how biological, psychological, and social variables influence sex/gender disparities in cognitive skills, as well as the underlying brain mechanisms.

Will the results finally put an end to bar arguments over who is better?

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