6:20 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Variant In Gene Could Mean Longer Life, Larger Brain

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People who carry a gene variant associated with longevity also have a larger part of the brain involved in planning and decision-making.

That’s according to a study in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.

Researchers found replicating the mutation in mice enhanced learning and memory.

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6:31 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Common Meds May Be Linked To Dementia

Over-the-counter meds for conditions like insomnia and hay-fever may be linked to dementia.

That’s according to a study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Researchers say the findings suggest prolonged use for three years or more posed a higher risk of dementia for elderly people.

7:06 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Flexible Hours Can Decrease Sleep Deficiency

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Giving employees flexible work hours can help curb sleep deficiency and improve overall health. 

That’s according to a new study in the journal Sleep Health.

Sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of automobile crashes, disease and early mortality. Improving sleep is a goal of Healthy People 2020, which is a federal initiative that sets national objectives and monitors progress concerning the health of the nation.

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6:22 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Coffee May Help Reduce Melanoma Risk

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Stuck without sunblock? Drinking coffee could reduce the risk of developing melanoma. 

That’s according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 

The findings suggest caffeine acts as a sunscreen and absorbs ultraviolet radiation. Still, health officials say the best way to avoid skin cancer is to limit sun and UV ray exposure.

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6:42 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Blood Test Can Help With Quitting Smoking

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A blood test could help smokers when choosing a strategy for quitting.

That’s according to research in the Lancet journal.

How quickly a person breaks down nicotine could provide insight for successful treatment. About 60 percent of people who try to give up, start smoking again in the first week. 

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6:36 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Naps May Help Improve Learning

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The key to learning in early life is a lengthy nap. 

That’s according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers say the best time to learn may be right before sleep. They also emphasized the importance of reading at bedtime.

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6:45 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Common Cold Thrives In Cold Nose, Temperatures

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The virus behind the common cold is much happier in a cold nose. 

That’s according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Findings show the human immune system is weaker in cooler temperatures.

Researchers suggest keeping the nose warm and avoiding cold air while infected with a cold.

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6:44 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Cancer May Be Caused By Bad Luck


Most cancers can be attributed to bad luck rather than risk factors, like smoking. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Science.

Results show two thirds of the cancer types analyzed were caused by chance mutations. However, some of the most common and deadly cancers are still influenced by lifestyle.

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6:44 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Traces Back To Bats

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The Ebola victim who triggered the current outbreak - a two-year-old boy from Guinea - may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree infested with bats. 

That’s according to findings published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

Scientists made the connection after taking samples and conferring with locals.

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6:25 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Personality And Health May Be Connected

Your personality could influence your health.

That's according to a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Research shows extroverts tend to have stronger immune systems than introverts.

Experts say personality testing could help doctors design special treatments in the future.