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Scientists have discovered the part of brain that makes us disappointed

Let's face it, we've all been disappointed many many times on occasion. Not to rub it in, but if you were hoping for a Yes vote in Scotland you're probably feeling some pretty intense disappointment right now. What you might not know is where you're feeling it, as scientists only just discovered that themselves. In…

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Diane ShipleyScientists have discovered the part of brain that makes us disappointed
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Now depression can be diagnosed by a blood test

American scientists have developed a new blood test for depression, Psych Central reports. The researchers, from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, say this is the first unbiased scientific way to diagnose the illness. This is a huge breakthrough given that depression is the most common mental illness in the world and the second biggest…

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Diane ShipleyNow depression can be diagnosed by a blood test
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Adidas miCoach partners with MyFitnessPal: A fitness & nutrition match made in heaven

The team behind the Adidas miCoach training platform will soon be teaming up with popular nutrition app MyFitnessPal. This new partnership will allow users to send important fitness data from Adidas' programme and tracking device through to the MFP app, providing them with more in-depth insights about how their activity levels correlate with their nutrition. It's…

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Becca CaddyAdidas miCoach partners with MyFitnessPal: A fitness & nutrition match made in heaven
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The StudentLife app wants to track stress… by monitoring everything

Computer scientists have built an app that monitors students' wellbeing by using their phone to measure as many variables as possible, from mood to sleep quality to how sociable they are. As New Scientist reports, the aim isn’t to totally invade their privacy, but to identify and help people at risk of dropping out for…

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Diane ShipleyThe StudentLife app wants to track stress… by monitoring everything
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A new urine test can detect cervical cancer

A new urine test can detect HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, according to New Scientist. For women who avoid smear tests like the plague, this could be a useful, non-invasive first step in screening. It might also be useful in developing countries where it’s far easier to test a sample than look at…

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Diane ShipleyA new urine test can detect cervical cancer
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Researchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?

Wearables are increasingly advanced and increasingly popular (the market is expected to be worth $8.36 billion by 2018), but are they as helpful consumers hope? A group of scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch wanted to find out whether wearable activity monitors live up to their promises – and if they could be…

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Diane ShipleyResearchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?
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The Clearsmile machine wants to change the way we clean our teeth

The inventor of a new teeth-cleaning device claims we could all end up using it instead of toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash. The Clearsmile consists of a mouthpiece that fits to the teeth, attached to a small container. To use, you add a special soluble tablet to the container along with some water and it froths…

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Diane ShipleyThe Clearsmile machine wants to change the way we clean our teeth
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Botox could stunt your emotional growth

How are you feeling today? If you’ve had a lot of Botox, you might not even know. At least, that’s according to nurse practitioner Helen Collier, who undertook research into whether face-freezing injections can affect our emotional state. As the BBC reports, she says that there’s a growing demand for Botox from women 25 and…

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Diane ShipleyBotox could stunt your emotional growth
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Some people’s brains can adapt to Alzheimer’s protein, scientists say

Researchers from the University of California – Berkeley say that having a more adaptable brain might be the key to not developing dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is linked to an accumulation of the protein beta-amyloid in the brain. But some people with a build-up of beta-amyloid don’t go on to have the disease, and scientists wanted…

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Diane ShipleySome people’s brains can adapt to Alzheimer’s protein, scientists say
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Scientists have turned skin cells into immune cells

Scientists have turned human skin cells into transplantable white blood cells for the first time, according to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where the research took place. Researchers from the Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona and the Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red de Enfermedades Raras in Madrid collaborated on the project. White…

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Diane ShipleyScientists have turned skin cells into immune cells
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Researchers have made the world’s biggest DNA origami

And you thought being able to fold a single sheet of paper into a crane was impressive. Scientists from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have taken origami to the next level with the creation of the world’s biggest DNA origami. And not just to impress us with their skills:…

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Diane ShipleyResearchers have made the world’s biggest DNA origami
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This new electronic skin can detect breast cancer

Scientists have developed an electronic skin that is better at detecting breast cancer in the early stages than either a doctor's exam or mammogram. While mammograms can discover cancer in younger women, they're less likely to be effective than in women over 50, because younger women's breast tissue is more dense. Ultrasounds are helpful but…

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Diane ShipleyThis new electronic skin can detect breast cancer
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An app could help doctors diagnose Parkinson’s

Researchers from Aston University have developed smartphone software to make it easier for doctors to diagnose and assess patients with Parkinson’s. The neurological disease affects millions of people worldwide, around 127,000 of them in the UK. But it can be difficult to gauge from one 10-minute-max appointment how someone’s symptoms are progressing or even to…

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Diane ShipleyAn app could help doctors diagnose Parkinson’s
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Emergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life

Part of the fun of fashion is the way different collections show off their designers' creativity and inventiveness. But clothes and accessories aren't only about looking good, sometimes they're more about function. Not to worry, though: there's still plenty of creativity and inventiveness on display in these seven pieces of potentially life-saving kit. Some are…

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Diane ShipleyEmergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life
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Your brain structure could predict how many risks you take

The parietal cortex in the brain was already known to be important in processing language and sensory information. Now it seems that its size is linked to how likely you are to take risks, according to scientists from Yale University. They asked a group of 28 people, men and women, to choose between a series…

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Diane ShipleyYour brain structure could predict how many risks you take
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Action this by EOP: the world’s worst corporate email speak

We’re taught many things at school that are meant to prepare us for the world of work, but at no point do I remember being told what EOP stands for. Nor did any of my teachers brief me on how best to go about being onboarded, or explain what it means when a future boss…

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Lauren BravoAction this by EOP: the world’s worst corporate email speak
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Brain in Hand: this new app for people with autism was just awarded 200k

Investors have just awarded £200,000 to an app that helps people to navigate the world more easily. Brain in Hand is designed for people with autism, mental illness, or cognitive impairment who feel anxious being out and about on their own. Users can input a situation that makes them anxious, for example, needing to catch…

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Diane ShipleyBrain in Hand: this new app for people with autism was just awarded 200k
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MS breakthrough: Scientists can now ‘turn off’ autoimmune diseases

In autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others, the body is attacking its own cells as if they're some kind of invading army. For years, scientists have been trying to find a way to stop this process. Now researchers from the University of Bristol have made a breakthrough that…

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Diane ShipleyMS breakthrough: Scientists can now ‘turn off’ autoimmune diseases