Technology

Can blood pressure drugs help reduce dementia risk?
June 5, 2019
A large new study has found a link between taking various kinds of blood pressure-lowering drugs and a lower risk of dementia among older adults, adding to the discussion around the link between cognitive decline and high blood pressure.
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Physical inactivity proved risky for children and pre-teens
June 4, 2019
Cardio-respiratory capacity in children has dropped by 25% in 20 years, according to a study by the University of Adelaide in Australia. There are multiple reasons for this, from the social environment and the decreasing number of play areas to a more academic approach towards teaching physical e...
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How chronic inflammation may drive down dopamine and motivation
June 4, 2019
Growing evidence shows that the brain's dopamine system, which drives motivation, is directly affected by chronic, low-grade inflammation. A new paper proposes that this connection between dopamine, effort and the inflammatory response is an adaptive mechanism to help the body conserve energy....
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How a diabetes drug may reduce anxiety symptoms
June 4, 2019
Research has shown that insulin resistance — a main characteristic of prediabetes and diabetes — is sometimes linked to symptoms of anxiety and depression. But a new study in mice has found that metformin, a diabetes drug, can fight these symptoms....
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Tolerance to stress is a 'trade-off' as fruit flies age
June 4, 2019
The consequences of aging are damage and degeneration of cells, which leads to loss of function, vulnerability to disease, and eventually, death. A hallmark of the aging process is the progressive decline of the nervous system, including both motor and cognitive functions. To complicate matters, ...
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MRSA: Protecting student athletes
June 4, 2019



Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — or MRSA — is a type of highly drug-resistant bacteria that has been a problem in hospital and health care settings for decades. More recently, MRSA...
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For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse
June 3, 2019
In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them pills to treat an injury and then, later, switch to harder drugs, such as heroin. However, nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after frie...
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What to know about deep sleep
June 3, 2019
Slow wave sleep, also called deep sleep, is an important stage in the sleep cycle that enables proper brain function and memory. While most adults are aware that they should aim for between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, the science of sleep is quite complex.The two main cate...
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Diabetes drug alleviates anxiety in mice
June 3, 2019
Society for Neuroscience. "Diabetes drug alleviates anxiety in mice: Findings could have implications for patients with metabolic and mental disorders." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 June 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190603132600.htm>.
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Which brain hemorrhage patients have treatable underlying conditions
June 3, 2019
When blood vessels in the brain rupture, or hemorrhage, and cause a stroke, large areas of the brain can be permanently damaged. Depending on the cause, some brain hemorrhages may hide underlying lesions that can be treated with surgery, embolization, radiation, or other treatments. Using MRI sca...
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