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Women risk weight gain from “lights” during sleep

June 14, 2019

Exposure to artificial light at night (ALAN) from any variety of sources, such as televisions or night lights, can cause minute weight gain which adds up over time, according to a five-year survey of some 44,000 US women. Data links females who slept with a light on to being 17% more likely to have gained […]

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Later school start times more beneficial to students/teachers

June 12, 2019

Ample sleep for adolescents does support their health and alertness during the schooling period. A 2017 survey of the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) in Colorado, US, notes longer sleep patterns at night after a shift to later school start times. “Getting enough sleep is important to adolescent development, physical health, mood, and academic success,” […]

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Too many eggs tied to cardiac disease, death

June 12, 2019

Eggs, consumed in large quantities daily, has been found to bode ill health – new research data has highlighted that every additional 300mg of cholesterol-in-eggs consumed over the usual  was associated with a 17% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and an 18% higher risk of death. Study data accounting for the American participants’ exercise regimen […]

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Meditation app use promising, study finds

June 10, 2019

The practice of meditation seems unsuitable for the fast-paced, urban lifestyle, but regular sessions could lead to a better mind in the midst of daily muddles. An American research pilot using an experimental app that teaches its users to meditate was able to increase meditation time, attention span and working memory, the latter two being […]

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Prostate cancer drug more effective with low-fat breakfast

June 10, 2019

Prostate cancer is regarded as the fifth cancer fatality worldwide. Singapore’s Cancer Registry notes that some 3,450 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer from 2009 to 2013 – this makes it the third most common cancer among Singaporean men, but local researchers have recently found improved outcomes from using the treatment drug slightly differently from […]

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Singapore introduces improvised exoskeleton rehab

June 7, 2019

Much of rehabilitation for paralysing injuries is repetitive and tiring. In a changing approach, the island Republic has adopted new technology for better rehab programmes. Using the US-made robotic exoskeleton suit, EksoGT, was found to improve rehabilitation therapies by a significant margin. The EksoGT allows a trained physiotherapist to safely increase the intensity and variation […]

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Pocket cognitive therapy for anxiety in the works

June 5, 2019

Internet-based cognitive bias modification (CBM-I) is a private, non-pharmaceutical approach to depression, anxiety or addiction. It can be done via a laptop and does not require professional involvement, thus it is more accessible for many people who need care. A recent American CBM-I study in a hospital programme has shown the effectiveness of CBM-I when […]

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Spanish discovery may down radiation side effects

June 5, 2019

Radiotherapy is known to effectively destroy and shrink cancer cells, but will also affect/damage the surrounding healthy cells, leading to toxicity in about 60% of treated patients. For patients with gastrointestinal tumours, intensive radiation therapy could result in gastrointestinal syndrome -characterised by intestinal cell death and ultimately, patient death. However, data published by Spanish scientists […]

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Study consents aspirin use for haemorrhagic stroke patients

June 3, 2019

Many people take antiplatelet medicines such as aspirin and clopidogrel to thin blood clots which could otherwise lead to a heart attack or stroke. Antiplatelet medicines were thought to cause repeated brain haemorrhages (bleeding), but a recent clinical trial proves their safety and that they do not increase risks of a secondary stroke. The “RESTART” […]

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UK research finds blueberries lessens CVD risks

June 3, 2019

Blueberries are known to be rich in disease-fighting antioxidants – a cup of the small fruit decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and may apparently help more in patients with metabolic syndrome – marked by at least three risks, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar and low levels of “good cholesterol”.  The syndrome […]

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