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A new biomarker discovery could help cats live longer

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Scientists have developed a new way to identify chronic kidney disease in cats. Researchers from Oregon State University have found a biomarker called SDMA that allowed them to identify the signs of kidney disease an average of 17 months sooner than existing techniques. They trialled it with 32 healthy older cats, and found that spotting…

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The NHS is putting our records online and embracing apps, but is that a good thing?

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I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to access your NHS medical records, but it isn’t as easy as you might think. A few years ago, before my local surgery was fully on board with computers, I asked to take a look at mine. You’d think I’d accused my GP of medical malpractice. After repeatedly…

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Isn’t it romantic? Kissing exchanges millions of bacteria

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In today’s instalment of ‘yep, people are gross’, next time you pucker up, you’ll probably get more than you bargain for. A lot more. According to a Dutch study, we can transmit up to 80 million bacteria just by locking lips for 10 seconds. As the BBC reports, researchers from the Netherlands Organisation for Applied…

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Sound waves can improve sleep and memory, study says

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Sound wave therapy can improve sleep and memory, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine in the US. According to Psych Central, Neuroscience graduate student Nelly Papalambros wanted to find out if there was a non-invasive way to improve sleep quality, because of its many effects on health. Poor sleep has been linked to…

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Scientists have identified a fear-reducing hormone

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Researchers have found that oxytocin, known as the bonding hormone, can also reduce fear. Scientists from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Bonn, the German Cancer Research Center, and Chengdu University worked together to research its effects on the fear response. They took brain scans of 62 subjects while they looked…

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Virtual reality can help us be nicer to ourselves

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New research shows that virtual reality avatars can help us to become less self-critical and develop more self-compassion. As Psych Central reports, the study involved 43 women, all of whom were healthy but self-critical. All the women experienced the feeling being in another body in a virtual reality environment, where they were trained to comfort…

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Rotten eggs can help people quit smoking

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Neuroscientists have found that exposing people to a strong (disgusting) smell while they sleep could be a simple way to help them quit smoking. Researchers from the New Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel tested this on 66 smokers who wanted to stop but weren’t using any smoking cessation techniques. One group of participants slept…

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Now glaucoma can be diagnosed by watching TV

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Most of us were warned growing up that watching too much TV could ruin our eyes, but now it turns out that how we watch TV can be used to gauge whether we have an eye disease. Yep, British researchers discovered that they could spot glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness, by monitoring where people’s…

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FINALLY, psychologists understand the happy cry

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If you’ve ever heard good news and felt yourself start to well up, researchers now know why that is. (If that’s never happened to you, congratulations, you’re incredibly emotionally stable. Or a robot.) Psychologist Oriana Aragon and her colleagues at Yale University ran a study to find out why seemingly positive events make us react…

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Scientists have found how pancreatic cancer begins

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Researchers say they’ve identified the first stages of how pancreatic cancer starts. This could be a lifesaving discovery given that the cancer is usually not discovered until it’s very advanced, meaning it has one of the lowest survival rates, with only 3% of people living for five years after diagnosis. (In the UK, it affects…

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Want a happier, longer life? Get a sense of purpose

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Scientists have found that having a sense of purpose could help you live longer. Researchers from UCL, Princeton University, and Stony Brook University studied 9,050 English people with an average age of 65, surveying them about their physical and mental health and wellbeing. They adjusted the results for age, sex, socio-economic status, physical health, depression,…

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Scientists have grown Parkinson’s disease in the lab

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For the first time, scientists have created a human stem cell model of Parkinson’s disease in a petri dish. Working at the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute, they took skin samples from a pair of identical twins, one of whom has Parkinson’s. They were then able to turn these into stem cells…

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Scientists confirm that women can smell better than men

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Don’t worry ladies: we might not be getting paid at the same level as men, but there is one thing we can feel smug about. Scientists have just confirmed that we can smell better than the opposite sex. For years, women have been outperforming men on odour-perception tests but scientists weren’t sure why that was.…

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Love makes us mean, say researchers

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Researchers from University at Buffalo in New York State say that being in love (or loving someone in general, or even just having a vague connection to them) can make us mean. But not to the person we care about: to everyone else. We’re far less likely to be compassionate and empathetic in a situation…

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Brain to brain interface means we can now control people’s movements with our thoughts

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You know how you can call an IT support helpline and they’ll take control of your computer mouse? Well, this is kind of like that, only the mouse is your hand. Researchers from the University of Washington have proved that it’s possible to control someone else’s hand movements just by thinking about it. The good…

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New portable incubator Mom wins James Dyson award

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An inventor from Loughborough has just scooped the international James Dyson Award for his portable incubator design, winning £30,000. Called Mom (because saying ‘I’m just going to pop this baby in Mom’ apparently doesn’t sound creepy to everyone), his prototype has a modular design so it can be easily transported and put together at its…

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Jawbone unveils UP3: its most advanced fitness tracker yet

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Jawbone has unveiled a new activity tracker today called the UP3. The brand's most advanced device yet, the UP3 is built for fitness with a heart rate monitor and sensors capable of recording different stages of sleep. Described by Travis Bogard, the VP of Product Management at Jawbone, as 'the world's most powerful tracker in the smallest…

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Text with care: Research shows a rise in mobile phone-related accidents

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It’s official: technology is dangerous. According to new research, we’re all fumbling, bumbling, and stumbling our way around, so distracted by texting or tweeting that we hurt ourselves and our mobiles. A cross-Europe survey from mobile insurance company SquareTrade found that in the last couple of years, 37.2% of smartphone users in the UK have…

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Scientists can finally see how cancer spreads

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For the first time, engineers have made it possible for scientists to observe how cancer spreads. This process, called metastasis, happens when cancer cells from one part of the body move to another part of the body, creating, for example, a secondary breast cancer tumour in the lung. It’s often fatal, causing 90% of cancer-related…

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