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Month: December 2015

Liver-Derived Hormone Can Control Your Sugar Appetite

Your liver loves you for than you would think – and, it successfully translates its care into protective actions. Two independent teams of researchers show that a hormone derived from the liver is behind the regulation of the consumption of sugars and alcohol in mice, and that the molecule also suppresses the intake of sweets

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Lower “Normal Blood Pressure”, Recommend Researchers

Drugs meant to lower blood pressure (BP) can potentially safeguard the lives of those at risk of heart problems even if their BP is normal. A recent research, led by Kazem Rahimi of the University of Oxford, which has analysed 123 medical trials spanning over 600,000 individuals throughout 20 years shows that blood pressure should

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Emergency State in Brazil: Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Linked With Babies Born With Small Brains

Brazil is in a state of emergency: a disease outbreak caused by Zika virus recently linked with babies born with unusually small brains has prompted authorities to encourage couples not to go forward with pregnancy plans because of the risk entailed. Health experts have found an association between a mosquito-borne virus known as Zika and a neurological condition

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Underwater Ancient City of Corinth in Greece Unveiling Its Mysteries

A team of researchers behind the Lechaion Harbor Project (LHP) has unveiled some of the mysteries of the partly-submerged ancient ruins of Lechaion, which used to be the harbour town of Corinth, Greece. Great monuments and structures of architectural value have been documented together with a discovery deemed to be surprising. The evidence gleaned from the

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Empathy Can Be Learned Through Positive Experiences Among People

Empathy can be learned, says a recent study that brings renewed hope in a world where feeling for others is getting more and more rare. The paper, entitled ‘How Learning Shapes The Empathic Brain’, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US. Societies dominated by apathy (specially towards people

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Loss of Large Animals & Birds From Tropical Forests Linked With Worsened Climate Change

A decrease in fruit-eating animals, from primates to toucans, can make the problem of climate change worse, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances, entitled “Defaunation affects carbon storage in tropical forests”. Nature works in wondrous ways, with the interdependence that unites the different species of living organisms an essential part of its

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You Can Buy Happiness, Says New Study!

“Happiness cannot be bought” might be an erroneous concept after all. A new study shows that it can be literally true. Published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the paper presents the idea of obtaining happiness from material things. Good news for the shopaholics. Material purchases bring more frequent happiness over time. On

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Action of Compound in Olive Oil on Gut Bacteria Decreases Heart Disease Risk

The action of a compound (DMB) in some varieties of olive oils has been linked with a decreased risk of developing heart disease. The study is published in the journal Cell. When compound DMB, naturally occurring in some extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, grape seed oils and red wines, was used to target the

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Eye Lens Cells Eat Dying Cells Before They Become Toxic

What do you do if you’re a cell and your neighbour is dying because of exposure to pollutants? You eat it before it becomes toxic! A new study published in the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology shows that a PAC-MAN-style mechanism occurs in the eye lens to get rid of dying cells. The eye lens,

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Negative Body Image Keeps One Away From Healthy Behaviours

More and more researchers are suggesting that a negative body image might be more detrimental to one’s health than one’s actual weight while a positive mindset will contribute to engaging in healthy behaviours more. Nearly a decade ago, body dissatisfaction was found to be a budding problem among the youth, specially teenagers. Now, years later, researchers have

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The Closest Habitable Planet Wolf 1061c Discovered

Newly-discovered planet named Wolf 1061c which is only 14 light years away from us has been described as the closest one with the prospects of habitability. The findings will soon be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. To get an idea of how close it is to the Earth, consider this: Mars is 249 million

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