Category: SciTech » Medical Science

Study predicts 2018 flu vaccine will have 20 percent efficacy

20 Apr 10:08 | U.S. News

A Rice University study predicts that this fall's flu vaccine -- a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 -- will likely have the same reduced efficacy against the dominant circulating strain of influenza A as the vaccine given in 2016 and 2017 due to viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs.read more »

Education, not income, the best predictor of a long life

17 Apr 14:08 | World

ising income and the subsequent improved standards of living have long been thought to be the most important factors contributing to a long and healthy life. However, new research has shown that instead, the level of education a person has is a much better predictor of life expectancy. read more »

Evidence mounts for Alzheimer's, suicide risks among youth in polluted cities

16 Apr 14:31 | World

A University of Montana researcher and her collaborators have published a new study that reveals increased risks for Alzheimer's and suicide among children and young adults living in polluted megacities.read more »

Digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression

12 Apr 17:14 | U.S. News

Smartphones are an integral part of most people's lives, allowing us to stay connected and in-the-know at all times. The downside of that convenience is that many of us are also addicted to the constant pings, chimes, vibrations and other alerts from our devices, unable to ignore new emails, texts and images.read more »

Later school start times really do improve sleep time

10 Apr 2018 | World

A new study in SLEEP indicates that delaying school start times results in students getting more sleep, and feeling better, even within societies where trading sleep for academic success is common.read more »

Vaccination apathy fueled by decades of misinformation

9 Apr 2018 | World

A legacy of social and political factors rather than bad parenting may be influencing people's decisions not to vaccinate their children, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.read more »

Get moving to get happier finds study

5 Apr 2018 | World

Physical activity has long been known to reduce depression and anxiety, and is commonly prescribed to prevent or cure negative mental health conditions.read more »

Study suggests pasta can be part of a healthy diet without packing on the pounds

4 Apr 2018 | World

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press and blame for the obesity epidemic, but a new study suggests that this negative attention may not be deserved for pasta.read more »

From lullabies to live concerts: How music and rhythm shape our social brains

28 Mar 2018 | World

In a new study, cognitive neuroscientists found that lullabies soothe both moms and babies simultaneously, while playsongs increase babies' attention and displays of positive emotion toward their mothers. read more »

Some e-cigarette ingredients are more toxic than others

27 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

As e-cigarette use becomes more popular, particularly among teens and young adults, a new study shows that e-liquids are potentially far from harmless and contain ingredients that can vary wildly from one type of e-cigarette to another.read more »

Study suggests vaping does not stain teeth

26 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

A study undertaken by British American Tobacco has shown that teeth exposed to cigarette smoke over a period of 2 weeks became very discoloured very quickly, whereas teeth exposed to e-cigarette vapour did not. read more »

Study finds direct evidence of exposure of pregnant women to herbicide ingredient

23 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

The first birth cohort study of its kind has found more than 90 percent of a group of pregnant women in Central Indiana had detectable levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide worldwide. read more »

Six-inch human skeleton discovered with multiple disease-associated mutations

23 Mar 2018 | World

In 2003, scientists made a surprising discovery of a 6-inch mummified humanoid skeleton in the Atacama region of Chile with an estimated bone age of about 6-8 years old at the time of death. The specimen's exceptionally small stature and multiple skeletal abnormalities, including a cone-shaped skull led to widespread speculation on its origin.read more »

Adults' political leanings linked with early personality traits

19 Mar 2018 | World

Our political attitudes in adulthood have roots in early childhood temperament, according to new findings. Analyses of data from more than 16,000 participants in two longitudinal studies in the United Kingdom reveal links between conduct problems at ages 5 and 7 and economic and political discontent 25 years later.read more »

Study finds smokers at greater risk of hearing loss

14 Mar 2018 | World

Smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss, according to a study of over 50,000 participants over 8 years.read more »

Would you pay for an Ebola vaccine? Most say yes

12 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

The 2014-2016 West African Ebola outbreak was the deadliest in history, infecting more than 28,000 people and killing more than 11,000. While the number of people infected in the United States was low, it was covered extensively in the media, leading to widespread fear.read more »

Social stress leads to changes in gut bacteria, study finds

9 Mar 2018 | World

Exposure to psychological stress in the form of social conflict alters gut bacteria in Syrian hamsters, according to a new study by Georgia State University. read more »

Sea swimming associated with increased ailments

28 Feb 2018 | World

People who swim, bathe or take part in water sports in the sea are substantially more likely to experience stomach bugs, ear aches and other types of illness than those who do not.read more »

Children's learning is not affected by repeated sick days with fever and infections

23 Feb 2018 | World

A fevered and listless child with ear pain, a bad cough or snot running out of their nose is a well-known phenomenon in most families with children. But even when one sick day leads to another, and collecting prescriptions at the pharmacy becomes a routine, parents need not to worry that their children´s brain are affected or they are losing the ability to do well in school.read more »

Excessive exercise may damage the gut

7 Jun 2017 | SciTech

A review of published studies has found that people who exercise excessively may be prone to acute or chronic gut issues.read more »

What motivates parents to protect children from cell phone addiction?

6 Jun 2017 | SciTech

A new study examined the role parental mediation can play in protecting children from the potential negative effects of smartphone use, comparing the perceived risk and different types of mediation and parenting styles. read more »

Social jet lag associated with worse mood, poorer health

5 Jun 2017 | SciTech

Preliminary results of a new study show that social jet lag has emerged as an important circadian marker for health outcomes.read more »

Bed partners may unintentionally contribute to the perpetuation of insomnia

5 Jun 2017 | World

Preliminary results from a new study show that partners of people who have insomnia may try to be supportive by engaging in a range of behaviors that unintentionally contradict treatment recommendations.read more »

Scientists Say Your Sex Life Is Only As Old As You Feel

31 May 2017 | SciTech

The closer you feel to your actual age, the less likely you are to be satisfied with your sex life, a University of Waterloo study has found.read more »

Knowledge Gap On The Origin Of Sex

29 May 2017 | SciTech

There are significant gaps in our knowledge on the evolution of sex, according to a research review on sex chromosomes from Lund University in Sweden. read more »

Recreational Cannabis, Used Often, Increases Risk Of Gum Disease

29 May 2017 | U.S. News

Columbia University dental researchers have found that frequent recreational use of cannabis - including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil - increases the risk of gum disease.read more »

Children At Increased Risk Of Suicide

26 May 2017 | World

Teenagers injured through drinking, drug abuse or self-harming have a five-fold increased risk of dying from suicide in the next decade.read more »

There's More To Attraction Than Meets The Eye: Study

19 May 2017 | SciTech

Attractiveness isn't just a matter of good looks, but also the right voice and scent, according to a mini review in Frontiers in Psychology.read more »

Loneliness In Young Adults Linked To Poor Sleep Quality

17 May 2017 | SciTech

Researchers from King's College London have found a link between loneliness and poor sleep quality in a study of more than 2,000 British young adults.read more »

Personality May Change When You Drink, But Less Than You Think

16 May 2017 | SciTech

People typically report substantive changes to their personality when they become intoxicated, but observations from outsiders suggest less drastic differences between "sober" and "drunk" personalities, according to research.read more »

Belief Increases Buzz: Mixing Energy Drinks And Alcohol

15 May 2017 | SciTech

Participants of the study who believed they were drinking an energy drink and alcohol cocktail were more likely to believe themselves quite drunk and uninhibited.read more »

Smiling Makes You Look Younger? Not According To A New Ben-Gurion University Study

12 May 2017 | SciTech

While conventional wisdom is that smiling makes you appear younger, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have scientifically proven otherwise.read more »

Pet Dogs Help Kids Feel Less Stressed, Study Finds

11 May 2017 | SciTech

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they're stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.read more »

Cannabis Reverses Aging Processes In The Brain: Study

9 May 2017 | SciTech

Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). read more »

Group Rituals Can Make Us Biased Against Outsiders

8 May 2017 | SciTech

From our greetings to our celebrations to how we take our coffee, everyday life is full of shared rituals. The effort and commitment involved in these rituals can help us bond with others - but new research suggests that they may also push us away from those who don't share the same practices. read more »

Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays In Young Children

5 May 2017 | SciTech

As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research suggests these children may be at higher risk for speech delays. read more »

Facebook Likes Don't Make You Feel Better

3 May 2017 | Entertainment

Receiving 'likes' on social media posts doesn't make people feel better about themselves or improve their mood if they are down.read more »

Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency Likely Due To Sunscreen Use

3 May 2017 | World

Results from a clinical review has found nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use.read more »

Common Antibiotics Linked To Increased Risk Of Miscarriage

2 May 2017 | World

Many classes of common antibiotics, such as macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole, were associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.read more »

Wanting More Self-Control Could Hinder Our Efforts To Exert Self-Control, Study Finds

1 May 2017 | SciTech

Turning down that delicious piece of chocolate cake. Resisting the temptation to buy clothes that we don't need. If we want to watch our weight and save our pennies, these enticements demand that we exercise some degree of self-control. read more »

The Upside Of Worrying

1 May 2017 | U.S. News

Worry - it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there's an upside to worrying.read more »

Bullying Linked To Increased Desire For Cosmetic Surgery In Teens

1 May 2017 | World

Adolescents who are involved in bullying--victims and perpetrators alike--are more likely to say they would want to undergo cosmetic surgery to be more attractive or fix perceived flaws, reports a new study. read more »

In A Neuro-Techno Future, Human Rights Laws Will Need To Be Revisited

26 Apr 2017 | World

New human rights laws to prepare for advances in neurotechnology that put the 'freedom of the mind' at risk have been proposed in the journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy.read more »

Study Finds Obesity As Top Cause Of Preventable Life-Years Lost

24 Apr 2017 | SciTech

A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine have found that obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.read more »

First Evidence For Higher State Of Consciousness Found

20 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex.read more »

Eye Expressions Offer A Glimpse Into The Evolution Of Emotion

18 Apr 2017 | SciTech

New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul.read more »

Understanding Money Reduces Worry About Old Age: Study

17 Apr 2017 | Business

People who possess a greater understanding of finance are less likely to fret about life in their twilight years.read more »

Pet Exposure May Reduce Allergy And Obesity

7 Apr 2017 | SciTech

If you need a reason to become a dog lover, how about their ability to help protect kids from allergies and obesity?read more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

Why We Remember Some Aviation Disasters And Forget Others

6 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Oxford University researchers have tracked how recent aircraft incidents or accidents trigger past events and how some are consistently more memorable than others.read more »

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