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How Zika causes nerve disorder

December 15, 2017
How Zika causes nerve disorder

New findings are shedding light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition. Experts say this discovery can have implications on how companies develop Zika vaccines. The Zika outbreak that swept through the Americas in 2015 and 2016 showed the virus could, in rare cases, cause Guillain-Barre, an autoimmune disorder in which [...]

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Head and neck cancer affect the cognitive functions of survivors in the long run

December 15, 2017
Head and neck cancer affect the cognitive functions of survivors in the long run

Survivors of head and neck cancers are more likely to see their cognitive abilities decline, a recent study suggests. The findings are drawn from cognitive assessments for 80 survivors of these tumours and a control group of 40 otherwise similar people who didn’t have these malignancies. Two years after cancer treatment, 38 % of the [...]

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Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks than motorcycle drivers

December 13, 2017
Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks than motorcycle drivers

A study in the U.S has found that motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets which increases their risk to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes. Researchers studied almost 80,000 motorcycle drivers and nearly 6,000 passengers who were involved in crashes between 2007 and 2010. Two-thirds of the drivers were wearing helmets, [...]

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Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions

December 13, 2017
Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions

Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions. Experts say this is because the risk of significant side effects outweighs the unclear evidence of a benefit. Most chronic conditions – coronary heart disease, dementia, stroke, fractures, and breast cancer, for example – are more common with increasing age, but there is [...]

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Nutritionists attract users to their food blogs by their credibility

December 11, 2017
Nutritionists attract users to their food blogs by their credibility

Consumers like healthy eating blogs written by nutritionists who seem credible and who interact with their readers, a small study in Canada suggests. The researchers looked at what properties of a food blog are most likely to encourage readers to make healthy changes in eating behaviour. They also found that references and links to extra [...]

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Kids who are physically active more likely to get better grades

December 11, 2017
Kids who are physically active more likely to get better grades

Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests. The study team analyzed data from 26 previously published studies with a total of more than 10,000 children between 4 and 13 years old. All of the prior studies measured [...]

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Childhood cancer survivors likely to face blood pressure problems later on

December 8, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors likely to face blood pressure problems later on

More than one in 12 adult survivors of childhood cancers may have undiagnosed high blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Even when they do get diagnosed [...]

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Young people are not protecting themselves from STDs during oral sex – research

December 7, 2017
Young people are not protecting themselves from STDs during oral sex – research

Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows. That didn’t surprise the researcher who headed the study. “Many studies show that adolescents and young adults are unaware of the health risks associated with oral sex,” said Giuseppina Valle Holway, [...]

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Half of type 2 diabetes sufferers in ‘watershed’ trial recover after consuming 200-calorie drinks

December 7, 2017
Half of type 2 diabetes sufferers in ‘watershed’ trial  recover after consuming 200-calorie drinks

In what they consider a “watershed trial”, doctors in Glasgow and Newcastle says nearly half of patients with type 2 diabetes have recovered after spending up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss. Isobel Murray, 65, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) [...]

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Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

December 4, 2017
Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

Young people who are addicted to their smartphones and the internet have been found to have an imbalance in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 % of Americans say they could not live without their [...]

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