7 hours of sleep save you from getting sick

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Getting an extra hour of sleep can be the difference between staying healthy and catching a cold, new research confirms. People who sleep six hours a night or less are more than four times more...

Exercise may offset bone fat from diabetes drug

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A new study shows how some diabetes drugs substantially increase the amount of marrow fat in bones, which raises the risk of bone fractures. The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also shows that exercise...

MLB rules don’t protect catchers from bats and balls

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Major league baseball recently changed its rules to protect catchers from collisions at the plate, but foul tips and errant bats pose a bigger danger, a new study suggests. The research, led by doctors at...

This gene variant delays Alzheimer’s by 10 years

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When researchers sequenced the genomes of more than 100 members of a Colombian family affected with early-onset Alzheimer’s, they discovered a mechanism that seems to delay the disease. The family members have a rare gene...

What can we do to work out our brain?

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Probably you, the typical blog reader, do not pay too much attention to the last pages of printed newspapers and, of course, you have never bought one of those small magazines filled with sudoku...

Teens who use e-cigs more likely to start smoking

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Electronic cigarettes are loosely regulated in the United States and fairly easy for teenagers to purchase, but a new study finds that using e-cigarettes increases the likelihood those teens will start smoking traditional cigarettes. “E-cigarettes...

Europe could prevent birth defects with folic acid

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Thousands of cases of birth defects could be prevented if European governments made folic acid fortification of staple foods mandatory. The findings are based on a report by epidemiologists at the Rollins School of Public Health...

Better births after a few parenting classes

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A brief series of classes can help first-time parents better support each other through the often-stressful transition to parenthood. The program can also cut time in hospital and booth babies’ birth weights, report researchers. A...

Booze makes these neurons crave more booze

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Drinking alcohol changes the shape of “go” neurons, a part of the brain that makes you want to act—in this case, pour another drink—new research shows. And binge drinking over time makes it easier for...

Does life in a group sync circadian clocks?

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Social interaction could be the mechanism that lets animals living in groups synchronize their activities, whether it’s huddling for warmth or offering protection from predators. This social presence affects the daily rhythm of activity and rest,...
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