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New findings on how ketamine acts against depression


[KI] The discovery that the anaesthetic ketamine can help patients with severe depression has raised hopes of finding new treatment options for the disease.

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Electricity could help speed wound healing, new study shows

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Mar 18, 2021

Electric stimulation may be able to help blood vessels carry white blood cells and oxygen to wounds, speeding healing, a new study suggests.

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Unravelling the mystery that makes viruses infectious

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Jan 12, 2021

Researchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus 'package up' their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells. The findings open up the possibility that drugs or anti-viral agents can be developed that would stop such infections.

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Progress in the fight against inflammatory skin diseases

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Oct 29, 2020

[KI] Both eczema and psoriasis are inflammatory skin diseases that affect many individuals. Now, researchers have made progress in mapping new candidate genes for these hereditary skin diseases. This may in the long run open up new ways of treating the diseases.

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Playfulness can be trained - here's why you should do it

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Sep 01, 2020

Simple exercises can help to make people more playful and consequently feel more satisfied with their lives. This has been revealed in a new study by psychologists.

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Where stress lives

STRESS / FROM THE NET / May 29, 2020

Researchers have found a neural home of the feeling of stress people experience, an insight that may help people deal with the debilitating sense of fear and anxiety that stress can evoke.

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Regular exercise benefits immunity - even in isolation

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Apr 03, 2020

Keeping up regular, daily exercise at a time when much of the world is going into isolation will play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy immune system.

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Origins of immune system mapped, opening doors for new cancer immunotherapies


A first cell atlas of the human thymus gland could lead to new immune therapies to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. Researchers mapped thymus tissue through the human lifespan to understand how it develops and makes vital immune cells called T cells.

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Reconnecting with nature key for the health of people and the planet

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Feb 14, 2020

Individuals who visit natural spaces weekly, and feel psychologically connected to them, report better physical and mental wellbeing, new research has shown.

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Boost optimism


An increasing body of research suggests that optimistic people are healthier and happier than those who are pessimistic. But even if you are a negative thinker, you can teach yourself to make happiness a habit.

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Link between inflammation and mental sluggishness


Scientists have uncovered a possible explanation for the mental sluggishness that often accompanies illness.

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Self-awareness, mindfulness and self-management can impact chronic diseases


A research lab at Mayo Clinic develops interventions for mindfulness, rehabilitation and behavior change for COPD, lung cancer, chronic conditions.

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Mindfulness for middle school students

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Sep 03, 2019

Focusing awareness on the present moment can enhance academic performance and lower stress levels, two new studies suggest.

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New efficient method for urine analysis may tell us more

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Aug 22, 2019

Our urine reveals our well-being and how we treat our body. A researcher has developed an effective method of analysis for examining the constituents of a urine sample, using contrast agent, as a cost-effective adjuvant. This can have a major impact on future healthcare.

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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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Bacteria and viruses infect our cells through sugars: Now researchers want to know how they do it

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Apr 27, 2021

Most infectious bacteria and viruses bind to sugars on the surface of our cells. Now researchers have created a library of tens of thousands of natural cells containing all the sugars found on the surface of our cells. The library may help us understand the role played by sugars and their receptors in the immune system and the brain, the researchers behind the study explain.

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'Where did I park my car?' Brain stimulation improves mental time travel

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Feb 09, 2021

In a new study, scientists improved memory of complex, realistic events by applying transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the brain network responsible for memory. The researchers then had participants watch videos of realistic activities to measure how memory works during everyday tasks. The findings prove it is possible to measure and manipulate realistic types of memory.

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How the brain remembers right place, right time

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Dec 11, 2020

Two new studies shed new light on how the brain encodes time and place into memories. The findings not only add to the body of fundamental research on memory, but could eventually provide the basis for new treatments to combat memory loss from conditions such as traumatic brain injury or Alzheimer's disease.

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Nerves that sense touch may play role in autism

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Oct 14, 2020

Autism is considered a disorder of the brain. But a new study suggests that the peripheral nervous system, the nerves that control our sense of touch, pain and other sensations, may play a role as well.

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Cognitive behavior therapy tops other psychotherapies in reducing inflammation


A review of randomized clinical trials finds that psychological and behavioral therapies may be effective non-drug treatments for reducing disease-causing inflammation in the body.

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Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / May 15, 2020

Researchers found that gardening at home had a similar effect on emotional well-being (or happiness) as biking, walking or dining out.

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Behavioral Science Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Illnesses in Organizations

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Mar 18, 2020

When workplaces must stay open, and employees cannot work remotely, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all employers consider several preventative and reactive strategies for decreasing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in the workplace.

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CBT can effectively reduce symptoms of chronic stress


[KI] Stress-related conditions such as adjustment disorder and clinical burnout can be effectively treated with a cognitive behavioural programme, both when delivered as a face-to-face treatment and when delivered via the internet, according to a new doctoral thesis.

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How the human brain solves complex decision-making problems

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Jan 31, 2020

A new study on meta reinforcement learning algorithms helps us understand how the human brain learns to adapt to complexity and uncertainty when learning and making decisions.

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Keep exercising: New study finds it’s good for your brain’s gray matter

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Jan 07, 2020

A study provides new evidence of an association between cardiorespiratory fitness and brain health, particularly in gray matter and total brain volume — regions of the brain involved with cognitive decline and aging.

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Findings of molecular key to body making healthy T cells


In a finding that could help lead to new therapies for immune diseases like multiple sclerosis and IBD, scientists report identifying a gene and family of proteins critical to the formation of mature and fully functioning T cells in the immune system.

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Sharing kindness to help your health

SCIENCE / FROM THE NET / Sep 17, 2019

There's a science behind the phenomenon called "loving kindness". And research shows that learning and practicing loving kindness can profoundly affect your attitude, outlook and even your health.

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Exercise is good for the aging brain

HEALTH / FROM THE NET / Aug 27, 2019

Researchers have found that a single bout of exercise benefits some older people's brains. In experiments in which participants aged 60 to 80 exercised once and multiple times, the researchers found some individuals showed improved cognitive functions and working memory.

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Why stress and anxiety aren't always bad

STRESS / FROM THE NET / Aug 15, 2019

People generally think of stress and anxiety as negative concepts, but while both stress and anxiety can reach unhealthy levels, psychologists have long known that both are unavoidable -- and that they often play a helpful, not harmful, role in our daily lives.

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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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