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Unexpected discovery of salivary glands deep inside the human head

October 27, 2020

A pair of previously unknown salivary glands has been discovered nestled deep in the back of the visible throat (nasopharynx). This new discovery may help prevent overlooked damage or complications from head and neck cancer radiotherapy. Some time ago, oral surgeon Matthijs Valstar and radiation oncologist Wouter Vogel noticed a pair of unexpected areas of […]

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In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

September 14, 2020

Stress can take a toll on person physically and psychologically, and may also lead to outward signs on the skin, hair and nails – some people develop the nervous habit of biting their nails or picking at them when stressed. Healthy nails should be featureless, band and ordinary; according to the American Academy of Dermatology […]

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New formulation better prevents biofilm formation on teeth, tooth decay

September 11, 2020

Some bacteria in the mouth help digest food or control other microbes’ bioactivity, while some stick to teeth and produce acids that corrode tooth enamel, leading to cavities. But fighting back with products to stop the formation of plaque, infections, and tooth decay may kill even the good types of oral bacteria. University of Illinois […]

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Yoga an effective alternate treatment for anxiety disorder

August 24, 2020

Generalised anxiety disorder currently affects an estimated 6.8 million Americans – it is characterised by chronic nervousness or worry, and many have sought to treat the condition without resorting to medications. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is considered the gold standard form of structured treatment for this disorder, but a new study at the Grossman School […]

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Inhibiting skeletal muscle enzyme could boost exercise performance, fat burning capacity

August 17, 2020

Most cells in the body prefer burning sugar as an energy source but can draw on other energy sources, including fats, as needed. Exercise leverages this type of function in cells. Experiments by Harvard Medical University (HMS), US, scientists have recently found that mice engineered to lack a certain enzyme showed significant increases in exercise […]

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Newly-found hair regrowth molecule could be faster treatment for baldness

August 3, 2020

There have been many leads looking into regrowing hair with the latest being the finding of a special molecule by North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers that appears to regulate hair regeneration. The molecule could be a new drug target for a shortcut treatment for baldness, which doesn’t involve growing and transplanting new cells in […]

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Academic performance of schoolchildren improves with regular physical activity

July 20, 2020

A recent study led by Japanese professors at the University of Tsukuba and Kobe University suggests that physical activity is linked to better cognitive ability in school-age children. “Previous studies looked at the issue (physical activity/cognition) too broadly – when we broke down the data, we were able to see that physical activity helps children […]

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Some new habits from staying at home to avoid coronavirus optimal for putting on weight

July 9, 2020

The “quarantine weight gain” thanks to the coronavirus-induced sedentary lifestyle and convenient food deliveries is a growing concern for many people. According to Dr. Shim Kyung-won, a family physician at Ewha Women’s University Medical Center, South Korea, revealed that a sudden increase in body weight is very likely to cause health problems such as high […]

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Children develop unique cognitive offloading strategy to simplify thinking

June 30, 2020

Children as young as 4 years old tend to use various cognitive aids – including notepads and apps – to simplify tasks as necessary, according to a recent study from the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia. This process is known as “cognitive offloading” – the harder a task is, the more likely an […]

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US study finds living environment, socioeconomic status greatly impact longevity

June 23, 2020

A living environment that supports healthy aging is more likely to influence longevity rather than good genes. According to a new study conducted at Washington State University’s (WSU) Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washingtonians who live in highly walkable, mixed-age communities may be able to live to their 100th birthday, as will those located […]

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