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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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The flu vaccine could be the key to preventing heart disease

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Scientists have discovered why the flu vaccine reduces the risk of heart disease, and are hoping they can go on to develop a vaccine for the condition as a result. Heart disease is the number one cause of death around the world, killing around 74,000 people in the UK each year. It's caused by a…

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A new sensor lets doctors see inside the brain

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Engineers have developed a new implantable brain sensor that’s transparent, so they can see what’s happening underneath it. The team, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, used scientists’ new favourite miracle material, graphene, to make the sensor. That’s because it conducts electricity well and tends not to be rejected by the body. It also allows them…

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Want to feel good all day? Breakfast is the answer

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If you want to avoid that mid-afternoon, exhausted, ‘MUST HAVE CHOCOLATE’ slump and feel good all day in general, your best bet is to load up your plate first thing. Researchers from the University of Missouri have found that breakfast is the key to feeling good throughout the day. And just porridge, toast or cereal…

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Going to the theatre increases empathy, apparently

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Whether we're watching a Shakespearean tragedy or a seasonal morality tale, going to the theatre makes us more empathetic. At least, that’s according to a new study from the University of Arkansas. As Psych Central reports, researchers studied the impact on school students of going to see live productions of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol.…

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Scientists find signs of brain activity in previously unresponsive patients

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Scientists have found that looking at EEG brain scans in a new way shows signs of consciousness in some patients assumed to be in a vegetative state. As Wired reports, a new study from the University of Cambridge used EEG electrodes to measure resting brain activity in 32 severely brain-injured patients, which they compared to…

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A new robot makes brain surgery for epilepsy easier

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Engineers have developed a surgical robot that can perform brain surgery by entering through the cheek, allowing for a much quicker recovery. It’s designed to help patients with severe epilepsy, for which the traditional treatment includes surgery to the part of the brain responsible for seizures, the hippocampus. Because this is located at the base…

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New Fitbit Charge and Charge HR images leaked (and they look AWESOME)

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The Fitbit team recalled its high-end Force wristband earlier this year (amidst claims that it caused a nasty rash on some people's arms), so it was only a matter of time before details of the brand's next new wearables were released. Take a look at the Fitbit Charge and the Charge HR above. Gizmodo exclusively got…

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Scientists have invented a mini MRI (and it might be going to space)

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Scientists have developed and built a mini MRI, meaning people’s bone and muscle health can be determined with a quick scan, rather than making them lie down/ experience intense claustrophobia in a clanging metal tube. What’s more, it could be going into space. As New Scientist reports, Gordon Sarty and his colleagues from the University…

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A lot of young adults are addicted to the internet, says survey

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We all joke about being 'addicted' to checking Twitter or updating Instagram, but according to a new survey, 16% of 18- to 25-year-olds really are addicted to the internet. Marketing agency Digital Clarity questioned 1300 people in that age group and found that 16% of them spent more than 15 hours a day online, which,…

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Fruit flies can sniff out drugs and bombs, scientists say

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A new study has shown that fruit flies can sniff out drugs and bombs almost as well as they home in on their favourite smell, fermenting fruit. It was led by Professor Nowotny from the University of Sussex, helped by researchers from Monash University and CSIRO in Australia. They recorded how receptor neurons in fruit…

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A new ovarian cancer test could save lives

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Scientists have developed a new test for ovarian cancer. As the BBC reports, in future it should make it easier for doctors to recommend the right treatment. Researchers from Imperial College London and University of Leuven in Belgium worked together on the new testing protocol, using blood tests and ultrasound scans, as well as patients’…

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Life-saving Ebola texting service is expanding

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A text-messaging service that provides health and safety advice about Ebola is expanding in West Africa, according to the BBC. It’s basically a way to send life-saving spam, alerting charities working in the area, including the Red Cross, to all switched-on phones in a region, so they can send each one a warning text. The…

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