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Anorexia Might Be Caused By Bacterial Infection

Anorexia might be caused by a bacterial infection that affects the immune system, according to a study published in the journal Medical Hypotheses. The race to understand anorexia as it is gaining more and more lives has remained challenging for researchers. Given the great number of cases, it is nerve-racking that so little is known

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Turmeric Boosts Memory, Attention Span, Calmness, And Contentedness In The Elderly

If you want to have a boosted working memory and attention span, you might want to try the well-known spice, turmeric, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The blessed ingredient in turmeric is a bright yellow compound called curcumin that has been shown to demonstrate the beneficial effects. These are restricted

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Loneliness is Bad For Your Heart, Says New Study

Loneliness and social isolation might do some serious damage to the heart, according to a new study. Is it any surprise that loneliness has a certain impact on the heart? Previous studies have not, however, clarified the link between loneliness and cardiovascular diseases — a mystery partly unveiled by the new research. The researchers of the

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The True Nature of Consciousness Revealed

A new study explaining the nature of consciousness in terms of how we perceive our world aims at reconciling between the two well-known hypotheses proposed by researchers in the past. The paper is published in PLOS Biology. Consciousness is claimed to be continuous by some, and discrete by others. The first theory suggests that it

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Cause of Déjà-vu: Clues in Epilepsy Studies

Why and how do we experience déjà-vu? I am sure you must have asked yourself this question at least once in your life. Unless you’re among the 20-40% of people who are unaware of the phenomenon. Déjà-vu is a French term which basically means “already-seen”. It is used to describe the very brief experience where

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Lip-readers ‘Hear’ The Words They Lipread!

Lip-readers can hear the words they read on the lips of people, says a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. The minds of lip-readers seem to be more enhanced in certain aspects than others’. Not only can they ‘hear’ the words they read from people’s lips, but they also

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Bilingual Babies Are Better Problem-Solvers

Bilingual babies have enhanced brain activities pertaining to problem-solving, and are also more open to learning new languages, says a study published in Developmental Science. The brains of babies as young as 11 months of age who are from bilingual families not only show activities linked with executive functions but are also more open to grasping

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Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Help Alleviate Pollution

A newly-discovered bacterial species might be the solution to pollution: it has the ability to consume a commonly-used plastic completely. The paper is published in Science. The newly-found microbe named Ideonella sakaiensis has been spotted in samples of soil from Japan. It has also been located in wastewater and recycling plant sludge. It is able

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Study Shows: Grammar Nazis Have Less Agreeable Personalities

Grammar nazis are reputed for being meticulous when it comes to grammar. This trait of theirs might actually be indicative of a “less agreeable” personality, suggests a new study published in PLOS ONE. Yea totally unrelated photo You are either one of them or you hate all of them — grammar Nazis. A new study based

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How Uncertainty Can Affect Stress and Pain?

Uncertainty causes much more stress than unavoidable pain, says a new study published in Nature Communications. Uncertainty regarding the potential experience of pain is more dangerous than actually being certain of ultimately experiencing the pain. This is what has been discovered by a team from UCL. In situations where the participants of the study knew

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Japanese Diet Linked With Increased Longevity

Sticking to Japanese diet protects the heart, and is thus associated with longer life, says a study published in The BMJ. Japanese diet might be the answer to the growing problem of cardiovascular diseases. A team of researchers at the head of which was Kayo Kurotani from the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine

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The Mere Smell of Alcohol Can Negatively Affect Behaviour

The smell of alcohol can lower a person’s self-control, says a paper published in the journal Psychopharmacology. Alcohol is known to impair human judgement if it is consumed in excessive amounts. This is why people are forbidden from driving after having had some drinks because they will no more be able to control their behaviour and

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