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Optimism & Stubbornness Linked With Long Life

S u m m a r y : Optimism and stubbornness may be linked with long life, suggests a new study published in the journal International Psychogeriatrics. Live Well, Live Long None of us can escape ageing—but this does not stop us from trying to, at least, delay it or diminish its effects. Scientists are,

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Physical Contact Protects Your Gut Health

S u m m a r y : Physical contact—hugging—is good for your gut health, says new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The findings are based on the red-bellied lemur, an animal that lives in close social groups. Humans, Huddle Together! Humans need human contact—both emotional and physical—and a new research drives

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How Your Body Responds to Diets is Dependent on Your DNA

S u m m a r y : Our genetics determine whether a healthy diet will help us lose weight or not, says a new study published in the journal Genetics. Our DNA Reacts to Food We are what we eat, a resounding statement that is meant to steer us towards healthy diets. However, this

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Obesity & Weight Loss Linked With Greater Dementia Risk

S u m m a r y : Both obesity and lower body weight increase the risk of dementia, suggests a new study that links high and low BMIs (body mass index) with a greater likelihood for the neurodegenerative disease. The findings are published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal. The Harms of Abnormal BMIs Obesity

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Marriage Protects Your Mind From Dementia

S u m m a r y : Marriage may be linked with a lower risk of developing dementia, says a new study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Marriage Lowers Dementia Risk Get married to protect your mind from dementia! Humans are gregarious by nature—we do not thrive in isolation, and

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Heavy Drinking & Smoking Make You Look Older

S u m m a r y : Heavy drinking and heavy smoking add years to your face; the two have been linked with visible signs of ageing in a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Looking Older Drinking and smoking are known to be harmful to health, and a

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Obesity-Gene Tells Cells to Grow Fatter

S u m m a r y : A gene variant is telling cells to store more fat, thereby fuelling obesity, says a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Is Obesity A Choice? Obesity is the result of a number of factors, like excessive eating and a sedentary lifestyle.

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Psychedelic Amazonian Drug (Hallucinogen) Treats Depression & Alcoholism

S u m m a r y : A psychedelic drug traditionally used in the Amazons thought to enhance people’s sense of well-being becomes a candidate for the treatment of depression and alcoholism. The new study is published in the journal Scientific Reports. What Are Psychedelic Drugs? Psychedelic drugs are substances that alter cognition and

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Butterfly Boy Gets New Skin From Genetically-Modified Cells

S u m m a r y : A young boy suffering from a genetic skin disease has been successfully treated with genetically modified (GM) stem cells that have come together to form skin. The findings are published in the journal Nature. Butterfly Children Children suffering from genetic skin disease known as epidermolysis bullosa are commonly

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Poor Sleep Tires Out Your Brain Cells, Making You Slow & Forgetful

S u m m a r y : Poor sleep tires out your brain cells, resulting in you becoming temporarily forgetful and inattentive, says a new paper published in the journal Nature Medicine. Tired Brain Cells Make You Forget Why do we behave weirdly when we are sleep-deprived? Ever wondered why you become inattentive and

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Virtual Reality Reduces Pain in Children During Medical Procedures

S u m m a r y : Using virtual reality (VR) during certain medical procedures, like blood draw, reduces pain in children, says a new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. A Virtual Pain-Killer Having to go through medical procedures is, undoubtedly, stressful, for both adults and children. Even the mere thought

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