Month: May 2017

How does one’s willpower, or patience, to delay an outcome translate into imagining what that prospective outcome would be like? And what brain regions correspond to the imagination and willpower decisions a human makes?   Two University of California/Berkeley researchers built upon existing studies to determine that various parts of the brain are affected differently,
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Neural hemorrhaging is a condition with a high mortality rate and invasive conventional treatments. Acupuncture offers a non-invasive alternative that may reduce the negative side effects of suffering a stroke.   Neural hemorrhaging is a common and very dangerous form of stroke. Particularly dangerous are thalamic hemorrhages, which account for 15% of all spontaneous intracerebral
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Researchers from the UK investigated the effects of exclusive, long-term breastfeeding on obesity and blood pressure of offspring in adolescence and found that breastfeeding in infancy did not lower the risk of obesity or high blood pressure.   Childhood obesity is a rising phenomenon worldwide. Obese children often become obese adults and may be affected
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An environmental research letter highlights the potential correlation between weather-related nitrous oxide levels and prenatal stress contributing to autism spectrum disorders (ASD).   Increasing global awareness of climate change piques public curiosity about human-environment interactions. Environmental effects on health are of particular interest lately, as they relate to the etiology of various disorders. Exploring this
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is typically treated with medication; however, this approach has limitations. Behavioural therapy, through the use of neurofeedback (NF) training has been shown to be of value in the treatment of ADHD for children and, when administered in conjunction with medication, may help to reduce the symptoms of ADHD observed by
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Current research shows that rapid detection of Adrenoleukodystrophy can significantly reduce the rate of potential neurological damage in the life span of a male child who is genetically prone to acquiring the disease.   Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is an X-linked genetic disorder that affects the adrenal gland and the nervous system in boys. In its most
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Scientists have revealed that a 3-month treatment with Royal Jelly can reduce triglyceride, LDL-cholesterol and subsequently the risk of cardiovascular diseases.   Cholesterol is found in all cells and serves many functions throughout the body. Our bodies need cholesterol but too much can be harmful. Elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as the
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Fish oil supplements which contain omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be beneficial for people at risk of heart disease or diabetes (metabolic syndrome) by potentially improving adipose (fat) tissue function. However, after six months of a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation in patients who were overweight, obese and insulin-resistant, no beneficial effects
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A new study examines the relationship between online tobacco marketing and the propensity for tobacco use among teens.   In our modern internet era, online advertising has become an essential component of marketing campaigns for products of all types. Tobacco products, of course, are no exception. In recent years, tobacco company expenditures on Internet advertising
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A new article describes research performed on different methods of minimizing pain associated with injectable facial noninvasive cosmetic treatments.   Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox (BTX), and soft-tissue filler (STF) have become the two most frequently performed nonsurgical cosmetic facial treatments in the United States, with roughly between 2.1 million and 4.3 million procedures,
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Alzheimer’s disease is mainly caused by amyloid and neurodegeneration. A recent study shows several factors that may protect against the two main causes.   The two main factors most acknowledged to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are amyloid, — when protein build up wreaks havoc in neurons, — and neurodegeneration. The most widely accepted model
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Genetic tests for breast cancer prevention and treatment are now implemented in most modern medical facilities. A recent review highlights the role of genetic testing in this context and describes when, why and how it should be performed.   Breast cancer ranks among the top most frequent cancers in the U.S. affecting one out of
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A phenomenon known as antibody-dependent enhancement, whereby previous infection by a different serotype of the same virus increases their infectivity, can seriously increase the vulnerability of individuals to some viral infections. In a recent study published in Science, a group demonstrated that this phenomenon may seriously impact individuals at risk of contracting the Zika virus
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A prospective cohort study, published in the British Medical Journal, reports that active commuting, particularly cycling, can significantly reduce the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancers.   Modern societies are plagued with sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, which collectively contribute to higher risk of disease and decrease the quality of
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Older adults who are hospitalized are at an increased risk of delirium, an impaired mental state with acute onset, which may increase their risk of in-hospital and post-discharge mortality. A recent study published in PLoS Medicine investigated whether mortality risk is greater among hospitalized older adults with delirium superimposed on dementia.   Delirium is characterized
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A healthy diet is generally an important lifestyle modification to avoid disease. Researchers studied the effects of different diets on biological risk factors.   Maintaining a healthy diet is important for avoiding disease and other health complications. Unhealthy diets are considered risk factors for disease globally, especially in developing countries. In places such as Latin
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A recently published article compiles an overview of psoriasis diagnosis and treatment for this increasingly prevalent autoimmune inflammatory disease.   Psoriasis is a multisystem inflammatory disease which presents primarily at the skin and joints. It has been estimated to impact 1.7% of Canada’s population. Affecting all sexes equally, the condition is likely to occur between
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Parents with higher educational levels tended to have a greater proclivity toward vaccinating their infants and young children against rotavirus. In addition, establishing a bond of trust with a healthcare center pediatric nurse fostered the intent to vaccinate, one Swedish study discovered.   The rotavirus vaccine helps prevent the rotavirus infection, which causes severe diarrhea,
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