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American study suggests nightly phone checks may increase fatigue

November 8, 2019

Blue light emitted from smartphone screens have been noted to have damaging effects on health, in particular on one’s sleeping habits. A recent study has explored how different lighting affects the brain – apparently, checking a smartphone during a restless night does increase feelings of fatigue the next day, but does not have a long-term […]

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Cold, windy weather seen to worsen chronic pain in UK study

November 6, 2019

The UK has nearly 10 million countrymen suffering from arthritis and many others with chronic ailments that cause disruptive pain. The UK is also regularly subject to damp, windy weather which, a new study suggests, could significantly worsen pain for most of these people. Professor Will Dixon, Director of the Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis, […]

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Childhood obesity could cause structural brain differences, UK study finds

November 1, 2019

Obesity has been suggested to have a direct impact on the cognitive processes of both children and adults, including behaviours such as decision-making and self-control and regulation of emotions. The impact further extends to brain structure, as researchers from the University of Cambridge, in UK, have recently discovered distinct differences in brain structure of obese […]

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Danish study uncovers more to white, brown fat tissue and related biological processes

October 30, 2019

A recent study on the white and brown fat cells in the human body more clearly distinguishes one from the other – it helps to have more brown fat to generate heat by burning calories, while large amounts of white fat is associated with excess calories and metabolic disease. According to researchers at the University […]

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New research shines light on fast ageing caused by blue light

October 30, 2019

The artificial light or, in particular, blue light in devices like phones, tablets and computers is known to be a risk factor for sleeping disorders but a new study from America’s Oregon State University (OSU) suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are more damaging than once thought – it could be […]

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Blood pressure pills for heart health work better at night, Hygia Trial research finds

October 28, 2019

Patients usually take their blood pressure medication at the start of the day, but, new research suggests that nighttime ingestion of these medications results in better blood pressure control and greatly reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, such as a heart attack or stroke. Patients who routinely took their antihypertensive medication at bedtime […]

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Chinese study finds airborne pollutants can cause ‘missed’ miscarriages

October 21, 2019

China’s capital, Beijing, has recorded unhealthy air pollution levels in past years, with particulate matter (PM) readings exceeding those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A recent study by a team of researchers from four local universities found that greater exposure to airborne particulate matter, including sulfur dioxide, ozone and carbon monoxide, was associated […]

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US study suggests relaxation makes some worriers more anxious

October 16, 2019

A new study by Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), US, highlighted that relaxation exercises – aimed at reducing anxiety – has the opposite effect in some people. The mechanism behind relaxation-induced anxiety is yet unclear, but in this case, Professor Michelle Newman, of the Psychology Department at Penn State, suspects that relaxation conflicts with continual […]

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Salamander-like cartilage regrowth in humans could guide osteoarthritis treatment

October 14, 2019

Creatures like salamanders and lizards are able to regenerate lost limbs, which more readily regenerate at the extremities, such as the ends of legs or tails. Virginia B. Kraus, a professor of Medicine, Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery at Duke Health, based in North Carolina, US, and colleagues have recently found that cartilage in human joints […]

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Japanese team identifies neurons that make people forget dreams

October 14, 2019

Vivid dreams that occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep are quickly forgotten due to a cluster of neurons that become active at this time. The recent findings from research by Nagoya University, Japan, could put an end to assumptions as to why people forget dreams. Light sleep, or REM sleep, happens when the body […]

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