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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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A new diabetes medication is activated by blue light

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Scientists have created a new light-activated medication for type two diabetes. A patient takes the drug, which is a modified version of existing treatments, but it remains inactive in the body until blue LEDs attached to the patient’s skin are switched on. When they are, the drug changes shape, activating the pancreas to release a…

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Don’t panic, but the Internet of Things might murder you

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Just when you thought your Law and Order binge-watching habit had prepared you for every possible eventuality, along comes a new way to die to worry about. (Happy Monday!) A US security firm called IID predicts that hackers will commit the first murder via the Internet of Things by the end of the year. And…

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Christopher Reeve’s son is crowdfunding potential paralysis treatment

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Matthew Reeve, son of the most iconic on-screen Superman, Christopher Reeve, is raising money online to fund a trial for a new treatment option for people with spinal cord paralysis. As New Scientist reports, Reeve is a board member of the Dana and Christopher Reeve foundation, the research and campaigning organisation set up by his…

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World Mental Health Day tackles schizophrenia stigma

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World Mental Health Day is on 10 October every year and today the focus is on reducing the stigma around schizophrenia. Living with a mental health condition is hard enough. Living with one that's misunderstood, that some people are scared of and others (inaccurately) use as a metaphor and a joke ('my look is so…

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Ten wonderful women who changed medicine for the better #InspriringWomenWeek

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Women may have been discouraged from entering the medical profession for most of history, but whittling this list down to ten still wasn't easy: our gender's made up for being ostracised for so long by achieving some incredible things in a short space of time. Some of the women on this list changed medicine by…

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New research shows multiple sclerosis might begin in the gut

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Researchers have known for a long time that multiple sclerosis is an immune system disease, caused when the body attacks its own cells, stripping the nerves of a protective covering called myelin. Now, as Scientific American reports, new research suggests that this damage could begin in our guts. Which would make sense: 80% of our…

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Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs are now a reality

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Swedish scientists have fitted a man with a robotic artificial arm that’s connected to his brain as well as his body, providing the best functionality that’s ever been achieved with a prosthetic limb. The arm is directly attached to his bone via a titanium implant, while neuromuscular electrodes are connected to his nerves and muscles,…

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