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Study: Laying Off Pot Improved Teens' Learning : Shots - Health News : NPR
Marijuana, it seems, is not a performance-enhancing drug. That is, at least, not among young people, and not when the activity is learning.
health  marijuana  youth  learning 
4 weeks ago by soobrosa
The centenary of the 20th century’s worst catastrophe - Influenza
“Spanish flu” probably killed more people than both world wars combined
health  illness  disease 
5 weeks ago by soobrosa
In Paligenosis, Adult Cells Turn Fetal to Heal Wounds | Quanta Magazine
Unfortunately, experts posit that cancer — which is “basically a disease of chronic inflammation,” Buczacki said — can develop when something goes awry during this regenerative process.
biology  health  cancer  cell 
10 weeks ago by soobrosa
Genetic science is attempting to predict our fates. GWAS, explained. - Vox
In 2007, there were 240 papers that mentioned GWAS, according to the PubMed database. In 2017, more than 3,800 were published.
genetics  health  medicine  data 
12 weeks ago by soobrosa
Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age - The New York Times
Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence.
aging  exercise  health 
12 weeks ago by soobrosa
How a shampoo bottle is saving young lives - Health care
A doctor in Bangladesh has found a simple way to treat infant pneumonia
infant  pneumonia  health  india  children 
12 weeks ago by soobrosa
Probiotics labelled 'quite useless' - BBC News
A group of scientists in Israel claim foods that are packed with good bacteria - called probiotics - are almost useless.
health  medicine  probiotic 
12 weeks ago by soobrosa
Anti-vax fears drive a measles outbreak in Europe - Vaccination falters
Immunity rates in parts of Europe are lower than in some African countries
health  vaccination  europe  africa 
september 2018 by soobrosa
To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget | Quanta Magazine
Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, which suggests that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain.
biology  brain  health  memory  psychology 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Alzheimer's risk 10 times lower with herpes medication
New results could change the face of Alzheimer's treatment; the herpes simplex virus is found to play a vital role in the condition, and antiherpetic medication is shown to have a dramatic effect on dementia risk.
health  medicine  alzheimer  herpes 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Age-related variability in the presentation of symptoms of major depressive disorder | Psychological Medicine | Cambridge Core
Depression severity was found to be stable with increasing age. Nevertheless, 20 (67%) out of 30 symptoms were associated with age. Most clearly, with ageing there was more often early morning awakening [odds ratio (OR) 1.47, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.36–1.60], reduced interest in sex (OR 1.42, 95% CI 1.31–1.53), and problems sleeping during the night (OR 1.33, 95% CI 1.24–1.43), whereas symptoms most strongly associated with younger age were interpersonal sensitivity (OR 0.72, 95% CI 0.66–0.79), feeling irritable (OR 0.73, 95% CI 0.67–0.79), and sleeping too much (OR 0.75, 95% CI 0.68–0.83). The sum score of somatic/vegetative symptoms was associated with older age (B = 0.23, p < 0.001), whereas the mood and cognitive sum scores were associated with younger age (B = −0.20, p < 0.001; B = −0.04, p = 0.004).
depression  health 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Melatonin: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
If you don’t know your own melatonin cycle, your best bet is to take it 9 hours after you wake up (which is presumably about seven hours before you go to sleep). I’m in favor of the 0.3 mg number. I think you could make an argument for anything up to 1 mg.
health  sleep  drug  melatonin 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Periodic fasting starves cisplatin‐resistant cancers to death | The EMBO Journal
Cisplatin‐resistant growth of lung adenocarcinoma is particularly vulnerable to periodic fasting cycles and starvation‐induced cell death, due to its dependency on glutamine, required for nucleoside biosynthesis, suggesting an opportunity for nutritional anti‐cancer interventions.
cancer  fasting  fitness  health 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Pre-sleep treatment with galantamine stimulates lucid dreaming: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study
The integrated method of taking galantamine in the last third of the night with at least 30 minutes of sleep interruption and with an appropriately focused mental set is one of the most effective methods for inducing lucid dreams available today.
health  sleep  memory  lucid  dream 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Chemists discover how blue light speeds blindness
Blue light from digital devices and the sun transforms vital molecules in the eye's retina into cell killers.
health  light  science  screen 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It - The New York Times
The doctor most responsible for creating a billion-dollar juggernaut has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the vitamin D industry.
business  health  medicine  drugs  vitamin 
august 2018 by soobrosa
Sarah Perry reviews ‘The Butchering Art’ by Lindsey Fitzharris · LRB 5 July 2018
Unfortunately, nobody – least of all a scientist – likes to be publicly corrected. Lister wasn’t exempt from charges of quackery and folly.
book  history  medicine  health  doctor  bacteria 
july 2018 by soobrosa
Why Nature Prefers Couples, Even for Yeast | Quanta Magazine
Some species have the equivalent of many more than two sexes, but most do not. A new model suggests the reason depends on how often they mate
biology  health  sexuality 
july 2018 by soobrosa
The Power of Positive People - The New York Times
“I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network,” said Mr. Buettner, who advises people to focus on three to five real-world friends rather than distant Facebook friends. “In general you want friends with whom you can have a meaningful conversation,” he said. “You can call them on a bad day and they will care. Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything.”
health  psychology  positive 
july 2018 by soobrosa
Omega-3 no protection against heart attack or strokes, say scientists | Society | The Guardian
Supplements do not offer cardiovascular benefits, researchers conclude from trials involving 112,000 people
health  medicine  drug 
july 2018 by soobrosa
The epidemiological transition is now spreading to the emerging world - A shifting burden
Even in poorer countries, chronic diseases are rapidly becoming a bigger problem than infectious ones
health  medicine  chronic  disease 
july 2018 by soobrosa
The importance of primary care - First things first
Good primary care is an essential precondition for a decent health-care system
health  medicine  doctors 
july 2018 by soobrosa
Nightshifts disrupt rhythm between brain and gut, study shows | Science | The Guardian
Blood tests on participants show profound impact work pattern has on hormones
employment  health  work  night 
july 2018 by soobrosa
The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul | The New Yorker
Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image.
health  smoking  tobacco  addiction  business  kids  teenage 
july 2018 by soobrosa
My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed. – WIL WHEATON dot NET
We need to share our experiences, so someone who is suffering the way I was won’t feel weird or broken or ashamed or afraid to seek treatment. So that parents don’t feel like they have failed or somehow screwed up when they see symptoms in their kids.
anxiety  depression  health  psychology 
july 2018 by soobrosa
Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success? - The New York Times
Some patients who undergo the eye surgery report a variety of side effects. They may persist for years, studies show.
health  medicine  vision 
july 2018 by soobrosa
What is depression and why is it rising? | News | The Guardian
It’s an illness that fills our news pages on an almost daily basis. Juliette Jowit asks what causes depression, who is susceptible and what the best treatment is
depression  health  mental  medicine 
june 2018 by soobrosa
New study on supplemental vitamins proves they're useless and a waste of money - Philly
The use of supplemental vitamins and minerals does very little, if anything, to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, and in some cases may do more harm than good.
vitamin  health  medicine 
june 2018 by soobrosa
Germ-free children may be more prone to leukaemia - Childhood cancer
A new theory of the disease is compelling, but not quite proven
germ  leukemia  health 
june 2018 by soobrosa
Staying awake: the surprisingly effective way to treat depression | Mosaic
Using sleep deprivation to lift people out of severe depression may seem counterintuitive, but for some people, it’s the only thing that works.
sleep  psychology  health  depression  bipolar 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Bans on paying for human blood distort a vital global market - Vein attempts
The market in life-saving blood-plasma products depends on Americans who are paid for it
health  medicine  blood  money  drug 
may 2018 by soobrosa
A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate | Quanta Magazine
New modeling studies suggest that birds migrate to strike a favorable balance between their input and output of energy.
birds  health  energy  migration 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Two thirds of cancer mutations result from completely random DNA mistakes | Popular Science
An increased focus on early detection will be needed to effectively treat the disease
cancer  randomness  luck  detection  health  mutation 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative | Science | The Guardian
71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and death
health  medicine  hepatitis 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits' for depression - BBC News
Ketamine has "shown promise" in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says.
depression  health  drugs  ketamine 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Hun migrations 'linked to deadly Justinian Plague' - BBC News
Scientists say one of the deadliest plagues in history may be linked to the migration westward of the Hun peoples.
disease  health  infection  history  migration 
may 2018 by soobrosa
When death is not the end - The meaning of mortality
There is growing opposition to the way many countries define dying
death  health  medicine  culture 
may 2018 by soobrosa
The Little Blue Pill: An Oral History of Viagra - Bloomberg
The story of the drug that changed sex and made billions.
story  medicine  sex  health 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness? | Life and style | The Guardian
Research suggests the vast ecosystem of organisms that lives in our digestive systems might be as complex and influential as our genes in everything from mental health to athleticism and obesity. But is ‘poop doping’ really the way ahead?
bacteria  gut  health  microbiome 
may 2018 by soobrosa
BBC - Future - What I learned by living without artificial light
Linda Geddes decided to live for weeks in only candlelight – no bulbs, no screens. Along the way, she discovered simple things that everyone can try to sleep and feel better.
health  light  sleep 
may 2018 by soobrosa
The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life | Science | The Guardian
The five healthy habits were defined as not smoking; having a body mass index between 18.5 and 25; taking at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, having no more than one 150ml glass of wine a day for women, or two for men; and having a diet rich in items such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains and low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar.
aging  fitness  health  medicine  sleep 
may 2018 by soobrosa
Can’t sleep? Tell yourself it’s not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman | Life and style | The Guardian
There’s growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac is a major part of the problem
health  insomnia  psychology  sleep 
may 2018 by soobrosa
The Diabetes and Depression Connection: Diabetes Forecast®
Depression and diabetes are a particularly difficult combination because each condition reinforces the other.
depression  diabates  health 
may 2018 by soobrosa
A long overdue disruption in menstrual products - Compos menses
Ninety years since the tampon, women are getting more choice
women  health  market 
april 2018 by soobrosa
Back Pain May Be The Result Of Bending Over At The Waist Instead Of The Hips : Shots - Health News : NPR
They were bent over with their backs nearly straight. But they weren't squatting with a vertical back. Instead, their backs were parallel to the ground. They looked like tables.
back  health 
april 2018 by soobrosa
How Bangladesh vanquished diarrhoea - Beating the bugs
Its GDP per person is barely half India’s, but it has a lower child-mortality rate
health  children  death  sanitation  bangladesh 
april 2018 by soobrosa
Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance - Drug resistance
Accidental bactericides included proton-pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (used to treat acid reflux), calcium-channel blockers (to lower blood pressure), antihistamines, painkillers and antipsychotics. (In the case of antipsychotics, these chemically diverse drugs seemed to affect many of the same strains of gut bacteria. That suggests their effects on the brain could, in part, be a result of their influence on gut flora.
health  medicine  microbiome  drugs 
april 2018 by soobrosa
No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch? | Society | The Guardian
Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?
children  communication  community  health  intimacy 
april 2018 by soobrosa
Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? - Scientific American
Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today
agriculture  food  health  nutrition  science 
april 2018 by soobrosa
Is vitamin D really a cure-all – and how should we get our fix? | Science | The Guardian
Evidence is growing that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ helps protect against a wide range of conditions including cancers
health  vitamin 
april 2018 by soobrosa
The menace of lead poisoning - Paint it black
Paint laced with lead lingers in rich countries and is still being manufactured in poor ones
paint  lead  poison  health  africa 
march 2018 by soobrosa
Over years, depression changes the brain, new study shows
People with longer periods of untreated depression, lasting more than a decade, had significantly more brain inflammation compared to those who had less than 10 years of untreated depression.
brain  depression  health 
march 2018 by soobrosa
Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests - The New York Times
A study links colon cancer with two types of bacteria, which may fuel the growth of tumors.
microbiome  health  cancer  bacteria 
february 2018 by soobrosa
Memory and Brain Amyloid and Tau Effects of a Bioavailable Form of Curcumin in Non-Demented Adults: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled 18-Month Trial - ScienceDirect
We found that daily oral Theracurmin led to significant memory and attention benefits. Behavioral and cognitive benefits are associated with decreases in plaque and tangle accumulation in brain regions modulating mood and memory. Curcumin's cognitive benefits may stem from its anti-inflammatory and/or anti-amyloid brain effects.
health  memory  food  curcumin 
january 2018 by soobrosa
SSRIs: Much More Than You Wanted To Know | Slate Star Codex
Overall I think antidepressants come out of this definitely not looking like perfectly safe miracle drugs, but as a reasonable option for many people with moderate (aka "mild", aka "extremely super severe") depression, especially if they understand the side effects and prepare for them.
depression  drugs  health  antidepressant 
january 2018 by soobrosa
Fiber Is Good for You. Now Scientists May Know Why. - The New York Times
When bacteria break down dietary fiber down into short-chain fatty acids, some of them pass into the bloodstream and travel to other organs, where they act as signals to quiet down the immune system.
bacteria  diet  fiber  health 
january 2018 by soobrosa
Adderall Risks: Much More Than You Wanted To Know | Slate Star Codex
I am pretty upset about the overall terrible state of this research. In particular, nobody except the MTA takes the possibility of tolerance seriously, and the MTA results really ought to have inspired a lot more soul-searching and hand-wringing than they actually did. The numbers on addiction are inexcusably terrible given how easy they would be to collect. Getting good data on the Parkinson’s risk would be harder, but one so-far-unexplored possibility would be to compare past prescription Adderall history to past prescription Ritalin history in Parkinson’s patients to adjust for the potential ADHD confounder. I really think somebody should do this.
adderall  adhd  brain  health 
january 2018 by soobrosa
Depression treatment: 30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression — Quartz
They’re slightly more effective than placebo. The difference is so small, it’s not of any clinical importance.
depression  health  medicine 
january 2018 by soobrosa | The Toxic Truth
Too much fructose can damage your liver, just like too much alcohol
sugar  liver  damage  health 
december 2017 by soobrosa
BBC - Capital - The compelling case for working a lot less
Mastering 'active rest' is far harder than it looks, but there are good reasons why we should keep working at it.
work  productivity  health  creativity  career 
december 2017 by soobrosa
Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it? | News | The Guardian
Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.
drugs  health  decriminalization  portugal 
december 2017 by soobrosa
Bad News for the Highly Intelligent - Scientific American
Superior IQs associated with mental and physical disorders, research suggests
health  intelligence  iq  psychology  mental 
december 2017 by soobrosa
Sugar industry withheld possible evidence of cancer link 50 years ago, researchers say | PBS NewsHour
Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, said they have uncovered documents demonstrating that members of the sugar industry called off a study, named Project 259, in the 1960s because it linked sucrose — a common sugar — to heart disease and bladder cancer in preliminary experiments.
sugar  history  health  cancer  science  diet 
december 2017 by soobrosa
Is Health Care a Right? | The New Yorker
It’s a question that divides Americans, including those from my home town. But it’s possible to find common ground.
health  healthcare  politics  us 
november 2017 by soobrosa
A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete | The New Yorker
What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?
exercise  fitness  health  drug  medicine 
november 2017 by soobrosa
The Secrets of Sleep | The New Yorker
Why do we need it, and are we getting enough?
sleep  health  book 
november 2017 by soobrosa
The Apple Watch can accurately detect hypertension and sleep apnea, a new study suggests | TechCrunch
Study leads were then able to detect sleep apnea in 1,016 of the participants and hypertension in 2,230 of the subjects using a trained deep learning algorithm called DeepHeart.
health  mobile  sleep  apnea  hypertension 
november 2017 by soobrosa
What Protects Elephants from Cancer? | WIRED
Modern and extinct elephants evolved many features to support the colossal bulk of their bodies. These adaptations include special genetic mechanisms that make them less susceptible to cancer.
cancer  health  animal 
november 2017 by soobrosa
Gluten-sensitive? It may actually be a carb making you ill | New Scientist
Gluten might not be the bad guy after all. Evidence suggests it may be the fructan molecules in wheat that cause stomach problems in people with an intolerance.
health  gluten  food  diet 
november 2017 by soobrosa
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