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Two hours a week is key dose of nature for health and wellbeing

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Jun 23, 2019

Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study.

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20 minutes of contact with nature will lower stress hormone levels

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Apr 16, 2019

Taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. That's the finding of a study that has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience.

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New brain research challenges our understanding of sleep

SLEEP / FROM THE NET / Mar 26, 2019

A new study has for the first time uncovered the large-scale brain patterns and networks in the brain which control sleep, providing knowledge which in the future may can in the long term help people who experience problems sleeping.

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Scientists discover taste center of human brain

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 19, 2019

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a new method of statistical analysis, researchers have discovered the taste center in the human brain by uncovering which parts of the brain distinguish different types of tastes.

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New gene hunt reveals potential breast cancer treatment target


Researchers have developed a way to discover elusive cancer-promoting genes, already identifying one that appears to promote aggressive breast cancers.

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How sensitivity to emotions changes across the lifespan

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 05, 2019

Researchers gain a deeper understanding into differences in emotion processing.

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Breakthrough toward developing blood test for pain

PAIN / FROM THE NET / Feb 26, 2019

Researchers have developed a test that objectively measures pain biomarkers in blood. The test could help physicians better treat patients with precision medicine, and help stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

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Live better with attainable goals

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 19, 2019

New study shows that those who set realistic goals can hope for a higher level of well-being. The key for later satisfaction is whether the life goals are seen as attainable and what they mean to the person,

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Being kind to yourself has mental and physical benefits

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 12, 2019

Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests.

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What you eat could impact your brain and memory

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 05, 2019

Researches discovers a hormone that, at higher levels, could decrease a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Untreated hearing loss tied to cognitive decline in older adults


While age-related hearing loss has long been linked to cognitive decline, a UK study suggests hearing aids may help minimize the risk of problems like impaired memory or executive function.

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Quitting smoking improves your health, even if you gain weight, study finds

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Aug 16, 2018

New research finds both good news and bad news for smokers who worry about packing on extra pounds when they try to quit.

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Smoking linked to increased atrial fibrillation risk

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Aug 02, 2018

Current smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop the most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, suggests an analysis of existing research.

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How a protein helps bacteria outsmart the human immune system


New research has uncovered a mechanism by which the bacteria that cause Lyme disease fight innate immune responses, and observed a never-before-seen phenomena demonstrating the bacteria can spring back in the body weeks later. Understanding this type of bacteria, one of only a few pathogens that can actually persist in the body for long periods of time, has major implications for treatment of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease.

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How cells are able to turn

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Jan 22, 2018

Researchers have long wondered how our cells navigate inside the body. Two new studies have now demonstrated that the cells use molecular force from within to steer themselves in a certain direction. This knowledge may be of great significance in the development of new drugs.

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Caffeine level in blood may help diagnose people with Parkinson's disease


Testing the level of caffeine in the blood may provide a simple way to aid the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, according to a new study.

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Computer analysis fills gaps in antibody blueprint

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Nov 30, 2017

Antibodies defend our bodies against intruders. These molecules consist of proteins with attached sugars. However, the blueprint directing the processing of these sugars on the protein was not well understood until now. Scientists have now used computer analysis to complete this blueprint and confirmed their findings in the laboratory.

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Gut bacteria that 'talk' to human cells may lead to new treatments

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Aug 30, 2017

Scientists developed a method to genetically engineer gut bacteria to produce molecules that have the potential to treat certain disorders by altering human metabolism.

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Mental health programs in schools: Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Aug 10, 2017

School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review/

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Healthy diet? That depends on your genes


Shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time, new research indicates. The study has implications for the growing field of nutritional genomics, called nutrigenomics. Based on one's ancestry, clinicians may one day tailor each person's diet to her or his genome to improve health and prevent disease.

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Twin research reveals which facial features are most controlled by genetics

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Apr 19, 2017

Research uses computer image and statistical shape analysis to shed light on which parts of the face are most likely to be inherited. The study examined 3-D face models of nearly 1,000 UK female twins, and found that the shapes of the end of the nose, the area above and below the lips, cheekbones and the inner corner of the eye were highly influenced by genetics.

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Gene variants associated with body shape increase risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes

DIABETES / FROM THE NET / Feb 15, 2017

A study has found that a pattern of gene variants associated with a body type, in which weight is deposited around the abdomen, rather than in the hips and thighs, increases the risk for type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, as well as the incidence of several cardiovascular risk factors.

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Brain activity 'key in stress link to heart disease'

STRESS / FROM THE NET / Jan 12, 2017

Brain activity is key to why stress increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, a study suggests.

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Iron deficiency anemia associated with hearing loss

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Dec 29, 2016

Medical researchers examined the association between sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia in adults ages 21 to 90 years.

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Blood test could predict best treatment for lung cancer


A blood test could predict how well small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients will respond to treatment, according to new research.

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Light, physical activity reduces brain aging

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Apr 25, 2019

Incremental physical activity, even at light intensity, is associated with larger brain volume and healthy brain aging.

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Temporal recalibration: Helping individuals shift perception of time

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Apr 08, 2019

Playing games in virtual reality (VR) could be a key tool in treating people with neurological conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. The technology, according to a recent study, could help individuals with these conditions shift their perceptions of time, which their conditions lead them to perceive differently.

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Measuring differences in brain chemicals in people with mild memory problems

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 21, 2019

Using strong and targeted but noninvasive magnets at specific sites in the brains of people with and without mild learning and memory problems, researchers report they were able to detect differences in the concentrations of brain chemicals that transmit messages between neurons.

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Forgetting uses more brain power than remembering

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 14, 2019

Choosing to forget something might take more mental effort than trying to remember it, researchers discovered through neuroimaging.

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Aerobic exercise eases depression, even in chronically ill

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 07, 2019

People with chronic health problems who suffer from depression may find their mood improve when they do aerobic exercise, a research review suggests.

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Be yourself at work - It's healthier and more productive

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 28, 2019

At work, it's healthier and more productive just to be yourself, according to a new study.

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New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 21, 2019

New therapeutic molecules show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models.

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How sleep can fight infection

SLEEP / FROM THE NET / Feb 14, 2019

Researchers have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. Sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body's immune cells to attach to their targets, according to a new study.

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Even psychological placebos have an effect

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 07, 2019

New findings shows that placebo effects do not only occur in medical treatment, placebos can also work when psychological effects are attributed to them.

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New strategy expands the benefits of Internet-delivered CBT


[KI] Scientists have experimented with a new adaptive treatment strategy for Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) that identifies patients within the first month who face a major risk of treatment failure. The results also suggest that such patients may nevertheless benefit if their treatment is adjusted to accommodate their specific needs and challenges.

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Researchers move germ-killing clays closer to medical use

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Aug 21, 2018

Researchers have found that at least one type of blue clay may help fight disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Aug 08, 2018

Newly discovered trick used by viruses makes them more dangerous.

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Healthy diet may stave off age-related hearing loss for women


Another benefit of a healthy diet may be protection against age-related hearing loss, suggests a large study of women.

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New update to the HW apps available

NEWS / Mar 02, 2018

We have the pleasure to inform that a new version of our app is now available for Android and iOS. It contains an updated design, and improved security through two-factor authentication that you can choose to use.

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Single blood test screens for eight cancer types


Researchers have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

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HealthWatch has updated Terms of use and Privacy policy

FROM THE NET / Dec 05, 2017

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Rare benign tumors hold the 'genetic recipe' to combat diabetes


Researchers discover that insulinomas contain novel molecular pathways and reveal the map to regenerate insulin-producing cells.

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Blood test can predict early lung cancer prognosis


Cancer cells obtained from a blood test may be able to predict how early-stage lung cancer patients will fare, a team of researchers has shown.

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New way found to boost immunity in fight cancer and infections


A research team has identified a key new mechanism that regulates the ability of T-cells of the immune system to react against foreign antigens and cancer.

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Trigger for autoimmune disease identified


Researchers have identified a trigger for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, Crohn's disease and multiple sclerosis. The findings help explain why women suffer autoimmune disease more frequently than men, and suggest a therapeutic target to prevent autoimmune disease in humans.

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Researchers make major brain repair discovery in fight against Multiple Sclerosis

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 14, 2017

Scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair – a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionize the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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New way of visualizing fatty acids inside cells

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 02, 2017

A new method to image intracellular fatty acids at a single cell level has been developed by a team of researchers. They treated cells with fatty acids containing a single bromine atom and used scanning X-ray fluorescence microscopy to observe the molecules inside the cells. The technique offers superior resolution. The new method may improve understanding of the role of fatty acids in cell function and disease.

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Computer models could help design physical therapy regimens

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Jan 10, 2017

Researchers have developed a computational walking model that could help guide patients to their best possible recovery after a stroke.

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Social anxiety disorders? Cognitive therapy most effective treatment


Social phobia is the most common anxiety disorder of our time. But the current treatment regimen for patients with this diagnosis has not proven very effective. Researchers spent 10 years studying alternative treatments to find that cognitive therapy works best for social anxiety disorders.

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Women catching up to men in alcohol consumption


New research shows women are closing the gender gap on alcohol-related health problems

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