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Month: June 2017

No Smoking Linked With Decreased Violence?

S u m m a r y : A smoke-free policy introduced in a psychiatric hospital accounts for a drop in physical assaults, suggests a new study published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry. Smoke-free zone breeds No Violence Following the implementation of a no-smoking policy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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Treating Heart Attacks With Photosynthetic Bacteria

S u m m a r y : Photosynthetic bacteria protect the heart from damage caused by a heart attack, suggest new findings published in the journal Science Advances. Saving hearts (lives) with photosynthetic bacteria Heart disease claims thousands of lives throughout the year. Researchers are always trying to find better treatment methods to undo

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How the Male Bearded Dragon Becomes Female When it’s Hot

S u m m a r y : High temperatures cause embryos of bearded dragon lizards to transform into females, and now we know why! The new findings explaining the sex swap are published in the journal Science Advances. Heat changes male lizards into female! “It’s so hot, let me change sex,” says the bearded

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Love Hormone: Why Moms Risk Their Lives to Protect Their Children

S u m m a r y: The love hormone oxytocin might be behind the courage of parents who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their offspring if the need arises, suggests new research published in the journal eLife. A parent’s heart is unlike others’ While the animal (and human) instinct is to

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Creating Art Rewards Your Brain

S u m m a r y : Creating art, from colouring to doodling and drawing, makes the brain feel rewarded, shows a new study published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy. Reward your brain with art! Colouring, doodling, and drawing are all rewarding to the brain, says art therapist Girija Kaimal from Drexel

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Preference to Certain Diets Changes DNA

Summary: Shifts in diets 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that coded for a preference for dietary trends of that time, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. The findings might help researchers to build custom-made diets based on a person’s genome to boost health, and protect from disease,

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Tobacco Smoking Causes DNA Damage

Summary: The DNA damage done by tobacco smoking has been shown at high resolution throughout the genome in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cigarette smoking is extremely harmful down to the DNA—a fact that scientists have known for years now. However, for the first time, a

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Insomnia Genes Discovered! It Is Not Just A Psychological Condition!

Summary: Insomnia genes have been found for the first time, proving that the condition is not entirely a psychological one, thus bringing hope to people suffering from it. The new findings are published in the journal Nature Genetics. 7 Insomnia Genes Discovered Insomnia is not just a psychological condition—it also has a biological mechanism working behind,

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Type I Diabetes Cured With BCG Vaccine

Type I diabetes might be reversed with the BCG vaccine, suggests new findings presented at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The vaccine known as bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) has been tested on type I diabetes in an FDA-approved clinical trial. Diabetes type I, unlike diabetes type II, is an autoimmune disease whereby

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Coffee & Tea Protect Your Liver

A few cups of tea or coffee daily might be beneficial for your liver, says a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology. Coffee and herbal tea a day might keep the doctor away, suggests new research conducted by researchers from Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The two beverages are found

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Mind-Reading Genes Exist, Says Science!

Genes affect the ability to read a person’s mind from their eyes, suggests a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The eyes are the door to the mind, and reading a person’s thoughts and emotions through them is influenced by DNA. Sci-fi much?! Actually, University of Cambridge researchers had developed a ‘Reading the

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Cancer Cells Plot Together To Resist Chemotherapy

Cancer cells will plot together to resist chemotherapy, and to survive, suggests new research. The findings are published in the journal Science Signaling. Cancer cells are loyal to each other: they will send signals to others of their kind to protect their ‘life’, says the new study conducted by a team of researchers from University

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