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The fear of losing control and its role in anxiety disorders

13 Dec 17:09 | U.S. News

Did you lock the front door? Did you double-check? Are you sure? If this sounds familiar, perhaps you can relate to people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).read more »

E-cig use increases risk of beginning tobacco cigarette use in young adults

11 Dec 11:10 | U.S. News

Young adults who use electronic cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their peers who do not vape, according to new University of Pittsburgh research. The findings demonstrate that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to traditional smoking, contrary to their purported value as a smoking cessation tool. read more »

Population of Americans with Alzheimer's will more than double by 2060, UCLA study shows

7 Dec 17:03 | U.S. News

About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer's dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.read more »

Retail Drug Prices Increase More Than 50X Faster Than Inflation Rate

7 Dec 12:32 | U.S. News

Retail prices for 768 prescription drugs commonly used by older adults increased by an average of 6.4% in 2015, outpacing the general inflation rate of 0.1%. read more »

The human race has peaked, say scientists

6 Dec 17:13 | World

Humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance. A recent review suggests humans have biological limitations, and that anthropogenic impacts on the environment - including climate change - could have a deleterious effect on these limits.read more »

CDC Press Release: Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease at Birth Saves Lives

5 Dec 12:25 | U.S. News

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Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

4 Dec 17:06 | U.S. News

Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).read more »

Harmful effects of being overweight underestimated

4 Dec 14:04 | World

The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analysed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death. read more »

Recurring nightmares could reflect your daily frustrations

30 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

People who are frustrated because their basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness and feeling competent are not met are more likely to have a recurring bad dream and to analyze their dreams negatively.read more »

New software can verify someone's identity by their DNA in minutes

30 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

In the science-fiction movie Gattaca, visitors only clear security if a blood test and readout of their genetic profile matches the sample on file. Now, cheap DNA sequencers and custom software could make real-time DNA-authentication a reality.read more »

Critical link between obesity and diabetes has been identified

28 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

UT Southwestern researchers have identified a major mechanism by which obesity causes type 2 diabetes, which is a common complication of being overweight that afflicts more than 30 million Americans and over 400 million people worldwide. read more »

CDC Press Release: Frequency of HIV Testing and Time from Infection to Diagnosis Improve

28 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

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Price changes for seven foods could save thousands of lives per year, study says

27 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

Changing the prices of seven foods, including fruits, vegetables and sugar-sweetened beverages, could reduce deaths due to stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and address health disparities in the United States, finds a study led by researchers from Tufts University.read more »

Sugar industry withheld evidence of sucrose's health effects nearly 50 years ago

22 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

A U.S. sugar industry trade group appears to have pulled the plug on a study that was producing animal evidence linking sucrose to disease nearly 50 years ago, researchers argue.read more »

Leaving the house every day may help older adults live longer

22 Nov 2017 | World

In a study of community-dwelling individuals aged 70 to 90 years who were participating in the Jerusalem Longitudinal Study, leaving the house daily was linked with a lower risk of dying over an extended follow-up period, independent of social, functional, or medical factors. read more »

Study shows all daily activity can prolong life

17 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

That "to do" list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. read more »

Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or Vegetables

17 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study.read more »

Global birth season study links environment with disease risk

15 Nov 2017 | World

Studies have shown that babies born in winter tend to have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes at some point, while fall babies have a greater lifetime risk of depression. read more »

Exercise increases brain size, new research finds

14 Nov 2017 | World

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. read more »

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have antiaging potential

10 Nov 2017 | World

Mushrooms may contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight aging and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State researchers.read more »

Drinking glasses can contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium

8 Nov 2017 | World

Enamelled drinking glasses and popular merchandise can contain potentially toxic levels of lead and cadmium, a study has shown.read more »

CDC Press Release: Million Hearts® Recognizes the 2017 Hypertension Control Champions

7 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

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Is he really that into you?

6 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

Women who grow up without a caring father, or who even are reminded of painful and disappointing experiences with their father, see more sexual intent in men, finds new research.read more »

Science confirms you should stop and smell the roses

3 Nov 2017 | World

A UBC researcher says there's truth to the idea that spending time outdoors is a direct line to happiness. read more »

Riding the bike to work is just as effective as leisure time exercise

2 Nov 2017 | World

Jump on the bike and enjoy the morning ride to work. If you are overweight and inactive you can lose fat mass just as effectively and fast by starting to take the bike to work as by exercising in a fitness centre, say researchers.read more »

How to detect the risk of dyslexia before learning to read

31 Oct 2017 | World

Almost 10% of the world population suffers dyslexia. Establishing an early diagnosis would allow the development of training programs to palliate this disorder. We now may be nearer to reaching this goal.read more »

New study suggests 21 percent increase in childhood peanut allergy since 2010

30 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Parents often worry about peanut allergies because the reaction to peanuts can be very severe. New research suggests that peanut allergy in children has increased 21 percent since 2010, and that nearly 2.5 percent of U.S. children may have an allergy to peanuts.read more »

Dogs may protect against childhood eczema and asthma

29 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Two studies show there may be even more reason to love your dog. The first study shows babies born in a home with a dog during pregnancy receive protection from allergic eczema and a second study shows dogs may provide a protective effect against asthma.read more »

Daydreaming is good. It means you're smart

25 Oct 2017 | World

A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative.read more »

CDC Press Release: CDC updates guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy

19 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

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Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds

16 Oct 2017 | World

People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogramme of weight they carry, research suggests.read more »

World's 'better' countries have higher rates of cancer

12 Oct 2017 | World

The world's "better" countries, with greater access to healthcare, experience much higher rates of cancer incidence than the world's "worse off" countries, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.read more »

Cancers Associated with Overweight and Obesity Make up 40 percent of Cancers Diagnosed in the United States

3 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

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Elderly Who Have Trouble Identifying Odors Face Risk Of Dementia

2 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

A long-term study of nearly 3,000 adults, aged 57 to 85, found that those who could not identify at least four out of five common odors were more than twice as likely as those with a normal sense of smell to develop dementia within five years.read more »

Why Do We Fall Asleep When Bored?

2 Oct 2017 | World

As humans, we often defy sleepiness and stay awake when attention is necessary, but also experience an inescapable desire to sleep in boring situations. The brain mechanisms governing the regulation of sleep by cognitive and emotional factors are not well understood. read more »

CDC Is Deactivating the Emergency Operations Center for the Zika Response

29 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

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Portland State study links cancerous toxins to cannabis extract

28 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Researchers at Portland State University found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract.read more »

New study shows Tdap vaccination during pregnancy can prevent whooping cough in babies

28 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

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Just Over Half of Adults with Work-Related Asthma Report Having Received a Pneumococcal Vaccine

27 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

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Violent Crime Increases During Warmer Weather, No Matter The Season, Study Finds

26 Sep 2017 | World

Among police officers, there's a maxim: Being a cop gets a whole lot busier when it's hot out. Now, a study by a pair of Drexel University researchers appears to back them up.read more »

'Pay More, Smoke Less' Possible Effects Of Raising Tobacco Taxes Across EU

21 Sep 2017 | World

Raising tobacco taxes to increase cigarette prices could reduce cigarette consumption and smoking-associated deaths (SADs) in all 28 EU countries, according to a studyread more »

Early Guidance Can Help Future Moms Fight Fear Of Childbirth

20 Sep 2017 | World

Caesarean deliveries in most developed countries, including Canada, are at least 10 to 20 per cent higher than recommended by the World Health Organization, and many efforts to decrease unnecessary C-sections have failed.read more »

Flesh Eating Parasites Creeping Closer To United States

14 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

(Newsroom America) -- Parasites that ulcerate the skin, can disfigure the face, and may fatally mutilate its victim's internal organs are creeping closer to the southern edges of the United States. read more »

Suicide Attempts On The Rise In US, Finds Study

14 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

New data confirm that suicide attempts among U.S. adults are on the rise, with a disproportional effect on younger, socioeconomically disadvantaged adults with a history of mental disorders.read more »

Kids Praised For Being Smart More Likely To Cheat, New Studies Find

13 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Kids who are praised for being smart, or who are told they have a reputation for being smart, are more likely to be dishonest and cheat, a pair of studies has found.read more »

Eat fat, live longer?

6 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

A recent mouse study at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine sheds light on those questions by demonstrating that a high fat, or ketogenic, diet not only increases longevity but also improves physical strength.read more »

People Become More Economically Conservative When Angered

5 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

The motorist tailgating you on the highway might be doing more than just getting you upset -- they could also be influencing your political views.read more »

Yawning - Why Is It So Contagious And Why Should It Matter?

4 Sep 2017 | World

Feeling tired? Even if we aren't tired, why do we yawn if someone else does? Experts at the University of Nottingham suggest the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex -- an area of the brain responsible for motor function.read more »

Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds

28 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest.read more »

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

28 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer's disease shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.read more »

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