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Sadness lasts longer than other emotions, says study

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If you’ve ever thought that the bad times in life last longer than the good, you’re right. Belgian researchers have confirmed that sadness lasts longer than other emotions, from happiness to ‘let the ground open up and swallow me now please’ humiliation. Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen from the University of Leuven surveyed 233 students…

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Minister criticises Halloween costumes that ‘demonise’ mental illness

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If you’re dressing up for a Halloween party this weekend, or perhaps a spot of trick or treating (I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you have young children), you might want to leave the straitjacket at home. Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has spoken out about the proliferation…

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High fat, low carb diets can help treat epilepsy

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A new study suggests that dietary changes could be helpful for patients with epilepsy. The condition causes seizures that happen when the electrical signals between brain cells are interrupted. It can be triggered by a brain injury, infection or alcohol abuse, but in most causes the cause is unclear. It affects around 50 million people…

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Could social media slow the spread of HIV?

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Social media could slow the spread of HIV, according to a digital analyst. Sean Young (not that one) from the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior presented his ideas in an article in the journal Trends in Microbiology. He says that people often share health and personal information freely on sites like Twitter, and that hospitals,…

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Now scientists can overhear our thoughts (kind of)

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Scientists have found a way to ‘listen’ to what people are thinking. (Or saying to themselves, at least.) As New Scientist reports, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recorded the brain activity of people having epilepsy surgery while they saw the text of either the Gettysburg Address, John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, or Humpty…

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Google’s new pill will search your body for cancer

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In case you weren’t sure how serious Google were about world domination search, now they want to take their algorithms inside your body, too. Don’t worry, though: they come in peace. In fact, they only want to help you feel better and continue to use Google products live longer. Today, Google’s experimental division Google X…

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Samaritans’ new Radar app spots tweeters in mental distress

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The Radar app is a new mental health tool from Samaritans. The charity is best known for lending a listening ear to people in emotional distress, but they also offer help via text and email, so an app was probably the next logical step. But rather than offering psychological support, it tracks the people users…

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This new chip can instantly check for kidney disease

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A new device developed by a team at Brigham Young University can instantly tell whether someone has kidney disease or not. The scientists are calling it a 'lab on a chip' but it seems more like a teeny medical pinball machine. It has a built-in tube made up of DNA sequences. When a patient’s sample…

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This tiny gold device makes cancer treatment safer

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Scientists have developed a tiny new device that can monitor the safety and effectiveness of cancer treatment. It measures the amount of methotrexate, a common medication, in the blood. Methotrexate works by blocking an enzyme that causes cancer cells to grow but in large doses it can be toxic, killing off healthy cells as well.…

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This new testing strip can detect Ebola, thanks to jellyfish

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Scientists have developed a new testing strip that uses synthetic DNA strands (plus a protein from jellyfish) to accurately identify Ebola. As New Scientist reports, Jim Collins from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and his team have made small paper rectangles printed with sequences of DNA and then freeze-dried. When…

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Chemicals in cocoa can improve our memories

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Good news, chocolate fans: cocoa can improve our memories. A lot. Scientific American has the scoop, but to summarise: research from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons found that compounds in cocoa increase blood flow to the dentate gyrus. This is the part of the brain that allows us to tell different objects apart.…

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Beetroot could help treat heart failure

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New research suggests that beetroot could be helpful for people with heart disease. A team from Kansas State University led by David Poole, a professor of exercise kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology, has been studying the root vegetable’s benefits for a while. Last year, they published a study showing that the nitrate (a natural form of…

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Drinking fizzy drinks daily ages you as much as smoking

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Downing a fizzy drink on a daily basis will age you as much as if you smoked with the same frequency, TreeHugger has reported. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, drinking a sugar-sweetened 20-ounce / 567g bottle ages you as much as smoking, adding almost two years onto the life of human cells.…

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Want to learn more? You need to daydream, says study

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You know when you’re working hard to learn something new and people tell you that you need to calm down and stop stressing? Annoying, isn’t it? What’s even more annoying is that they’re right. New research suggests that rather than pushing yourself to take in new information, your time would be better spent daydreaming, and…

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Over-the-counter painkillers could help treat depression

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Anti-inflammatory painkillers sold over the counter (like ibuprofen and aspirin) could help to treat depression, according to a new analysis. As Psych Central reports, researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have just reviewed 14 studies containing info on 6262 patients who had symptoms of depression, publishing their findings in JAMA Psychiatry. They discovered that those…

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‘Brain training’ won’t make you smarter or stave off Alzheimer’s after all

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Finally: some good news for the lazy, can’t-be-bothered-with-Sudoku types among us. Turns out, ‘brain training’ software and apps aren’t doing a darn thing. Yep, even though Nicole Kidman strongly implied the DS version would make us smarter, prettier, and more Oscar-winning, there’s absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that any technology can train our brains…

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Doctors have opened the blood-brain barrier for the first time

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Surgeons have opened and closed the blood-brain barrier (BBB) for the first time, New Scientist reports. The BBB is a protective cell lining that shields the brain from potentially harmful chemicals in the blood. But it also means that it’s not possible to take drugs for brain disorders as they won’t circulate to where they’re…

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The season you’re born affects your mood, study says

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Could astrologers have been right all along? New research suggests that there’s a link between the season you're born and how happy you are. And the time of year people are born and their risk of going on to develop a mood disorder like depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety could also be connected. A group…

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