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Dogs can detect odour changes in stressed individuals

September 30, 2022

Dogs can pick up the smell of stress from human sweat and breath – a fact confirmed by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast (Queen’s), based on a small study on humans and dogs. The “super-sniffer” dogs – named Treo, Fingal, Soot, and Winne – were trained to identify a particular scent associated with stress from […]

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Blood test to detect two types of cancers

September 26, 2022

Scientists in Israel are working on developing a blood test that can detect pancreatic and colorectal cancer. Although still in the testing phase, the method is reported to be 92% accurate, and could ultimately be adapted to detect other types of cancer and even other diseases. This is the promise of a team of researchers […]

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Scooter riders encouraged to cushion head with their arms

September 23, 2022

Scooter riders often fail to take any injury preventative measures in the event of accidents, which may result in significant head trauma or brain injury. Chinese researchers who reconstructed electric, self-balancing scooter (ESSs) crash scenarios estimate that approximately half of scooter riders who crash have a roughly 50/50 chance of a skull fracture – a […]

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Walking intensity as important as 10,000 steps a day

September 21, 2022

There is a slight addition to the recommended 10,000 steps daily to protect from heart disease, dementia, and death: pace your steps just a little bit faster. According to researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia and University of Southern Denmark, a faster stepping pace – like a power walk – could multiply protective health […]

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Anti-diarrhea drug repurposed to treat autism symptoms

September 19, 2022

Norwegian researchers at the University of Oslo have found possible treatment for the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a common anti-diarrhea drug called loperamide. The drug may be dually beneficial in treating patients with ASD – it can both modulate problematic social behaviour as well as alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms. “There are no medications […]

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Hot steam dishwasher model more effective, environmentally-friendly

September 16, 2022

Superheated steam dishwashers developed by researchers from the Technical University of Dortmund and the Technical University of Munich, both in Germany, were more effective than conventional dishwashers when it comes to killing harmful microorganisms on dishes and cutlery. According to reports, a model of a superheated steam dishwasher apparently eliminated 99% of bacteria on a […]

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Changes to mothers’ stress levels affects infant development

September 12, 2022

New research by Northwestern University has revealed how maternal fluctuations in stress – stress variability, termed lability – influences infant development. Research reports state that pregnant mothers with greater lability had infants with more fear, sadness and distress at three months old, compared to mothers with less stress variability. “Most of us have a lot […]

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News addiction” leads to poor mental and physical health

September 10, 2022

Exposure to a depressing and continually-evolving news cycle of global events can have serious impacts on mental and physical wellbeing, as researchers from the UK-based Taylor and Francis Group found out. “News addiction” refers to the obsessive urge to constantly check the news – people who have a high levels of news addiction were reported […]

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Insomniac older adults at risk of progressive memory decline

September 7, 2022

Having just discovered that insomnia influences memory performance in later life, researchers at Concordia University in Canada point out that older adults with insomnia are at greatest risk of developing memory decline as well as long-term cognitive impairment. Their study focusing on sleep quality and sleep disorders was based on self-evaluation data from more than […]

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Repeated concussions thickens the skull bones

September 5, 2022

Repeated blows to the head have caused a gradual “thickening” in the skulls of rats, researchers from Monash University (Monash), Australia, report. Concussions or mild traumatic impacts from blows can undoubtedly lead to neurological problems; at the same time, an “increase in the volume and thickness” of the skull as a result of these blows […]

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