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For Fragile X syndrome, a potential treatment strategy

With no cure available, Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability. Individuals with the syndrome cannot produce enough of a protein—called the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP)—whose function has remained somewhat mysterious. Now researchers, … Continue reading

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Weight gain in children occurs after tonsil removal, not linked to obesity

Weight gain in children after they have their tonsils removed (adenotonsillectomy) occurs primarily in children who are smaller and younger at the time of the surgery, and weight gain was not linked with increased rates of obesity. About 500,000 children … Continue reading

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Treating depression in Parkinson’s disease

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2014) — A group of scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has found interesting new information in a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson’s disease … Continue reading

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Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms

(Reuters Health) – Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes. However, women in a comparison group that didn’t take the classes also reported a similar … Continue reading

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Off-season doesn’t allow brain to recover from football hits, study says

Six months off may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely heal after a single season, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season. “I don’t want to be an alarmist, … Continue reading

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The New Nordic Diet is an effective tool in environmental protection

The New Nordic Diet is an effective tool in environmental protection: it reduces the associated socioeconomic cost of diets 1,2,3 Henrik Saxe First published March 26, 2014, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.113.066746 Am J Clin Nutr May 2014 vol. 99 no. 5 1117-1125 … Continue reading

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Religious music brings benefit to Christian seniors’ mental health

A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In … Continue reading

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3-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland ice sheet discovered

Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and … Continue reading

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Yogurt’s role in aging

Yogurt: role in healthy and active aging 1,2,3,4 Naglaa Hani El-Abbadi, Maria Carlota Dao, and Simin Nikbin Meydani First published April 2, 2014, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.113.073957 Am J Clin Nutr May 2014 vol. 99 no. 5 1263S-1270S – Author Affiliations 1From … Continue reading

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Neuroanatomy turned on its head by new Harvard finding

Harvard neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head. Myelin, the electrical insulating material long known to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as … Continue reading

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The new and better way to deal with bad memories

What’s one of your worst memories? How did it make you feel? According to psychologists, remembering the emotions felt during a negative personal experience, such as how sad you were or how embarrassed you felt, can lead to emotional distress, … Continue reading

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Which 3 groups of people are most likely to be compassionate?

Newswise — Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults. … Continue reading

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Your nesting place doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn … Continue reading

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Why people think about their health early in the week

San Diego, Calif. (April 18, 2014) ― A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine analyzing weekly patterns in health-related Google searches reveals a recurring pattern that could be leveraged to improve public health strategies. Investigators from San … Continue reading

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The future of technology: US attitudes are all over the lot

Overall, most Americans anticipate that the technological developments of the coming half-century will have a net positive impact on society. Some 59% are optimistic that coming technological and scientific changes will make life in the future better, while 30% think … Continue reading

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