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Social Isolation Actually Changes The Structure of Our Brains, Neuroimaging Reveals

Social Isolation Actually Changes The Structure of Our Brains, Neuroimaging Reveals

Why do we get a buzz from being in large groups at festivals, jubilees and other public events? According to the social brain hypothesis, it’s because the human brain specifically evolved to support social interactions. Studies have shown that belonging to a group can lead to improved wellbeing and increased satisfaction with life. Unfortunately though, …

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Dementia: Obesity and fitness influence risk of cognitive decline

Dementia: Obesity and fitness influence risk of cognitive decline

A study that followed a group of more than 1,200 people from childhood to adulthood, has proved those who fared better in physical tests when they were younger showed “better cognition later in life”. Academics from Peninsula Health and Monash University in Australia concluded staying active as a child “may protect against dementia in later …

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5 Best Leafy Greens You Should Be Eating Every Day, Say Dietitians — Eat This Not That

5 Best Leafy Greens You Should Be Eating Every Day, Say Dietitians — Eat This Not That

We all know that vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. Not only are they chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but they can also be easily incorporated into just about every meal. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines recommends that Americans vary their vegetable consumption, highlighting dark green …

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Ageism and Health: Study Shows Close Links

Summary: Nearly all adults aged between 50 and 80 report experiencing ageism in their everyday lives, however, those with health conditions experience “everyday ageism” at higher rates. Source: University of Michigan Nearly all older adults have experienced some form of ageism in their everyday lives, a new study finds — whether it’s seeing ageist messages …

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The Benefits of Exercise in a Pill? Science Is Closer to That Goal

Summary: Researchers have identified a molecule in the blood that is produced during exercise. The molecule, Lac-Phe, can effectively reduce food intake and obesity in mouse models. Source: Baylor College of Medicine Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine and collaborating institutions report today in the journal Nature that they have identified …

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AI Detects Autism Speech Patterns Across Different Languages

Summary: Machine learning algorithms help researchers identify speech patterns in children on the autism spectrum that are consistent between different languages. Source: Northwestern University A new study led by Northwestern University researchers used machine learning—a branch of artificial intelligence—to identify speech patterns in children with autism that were consistent between English and Cantonese, suggesting that …

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A new weight-loss drug could be an obesity game-changer for Louisiana.  But what will it cost?  |  Health care/Hospitals

A new weight-loss drug could be an obesity game-changer for Louisiana. But what will it cost? | Health care/Hospitals

When thousands of health care providers and scientists gathered earlier this month at a diabetes conference in New Orleans, one particular session stood out. Researchers described a new drug that could help someone lose more than 20% of their body weight, amounting to an average loss of 52 pounds over a year and a half. …

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Long COVID answers are coming into focus, slowly

Long COVID continues to offer more questions than answers 27 months into the coronavirus pandemic, though researchers are slowly gaining a better understanding. Long-term effects from SARS-CoV-2 infection, known more commonly as long COVID, has been the topic of more than 1,650 papers published in the National Library of Medicine since 2020. When asked about …

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Vaccinating young children against polio challenged JFK, officials

Vaccinating young children against polio challenged JFK, officials

Placeholder while article actions load A highly effective vaccine had countered a deadly virus, and America was moving on. Only the virus hadn’t disappeared, of course, and millions of unvaccinated young children remained vulnerable to its devastating impacts. The year was 1961, and the virus was polio. It had been six years since Jonas Salk’s …

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