Month: January 2020

A recent study investigating differences in spatial cognition between men and women seeks to answer the age-old question, are men better at reading maps? For almost 40 years, research has shown that males are better than females at spatial cognition. Higher performance on spatial cognition assessments, such as the mental rotations test (MRT), is associated
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A doctor at a community health station checks the body temperature of a visitor in Hangzhou in east China’s Zhejiang province Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Feature China | Barcroft Media | Getty Images Two patients in England have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the country’s chief medical officer. In a statement Friday, England’s
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A new study identifies cities worldwide that are at high risk from the spread of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms ranging from a mild cough to pneumonia. There are numerous strains of coronavirus including the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The 2019-novel coronavirus is a
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A recent study supports previous research suggesting lifestyle factors such as diet can reduce breast cancer risk. Previous research has linked lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, and smoking status to breast cancer risk. A recent study published in Nutrition Journal further supports this previous research. Researchers examined lifestyle factors and how they affect
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Nikol Szymul staffs a reception desk at Amazon offices discretely tucked into a building called Fiona in downtown Seattle, Washington on May 11, 2017. Getty Images Amazon has started restricting employee travel to China as the coronavirus continues to spread, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. “We place tremendous value and focus on the well-being and
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A pilot study investigating the effects of bumetanide for autism in young children has produced promising results. Autism, or “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD), is a brain development disorder that leads to behavior and communication problems. Children with ASD may have a range of symptoms including delay in speaking and difficulties in social interactions such as
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New study finds that injecting tumours with flu vaccine may switch tumours from “cold” to “hot”. Immunotherapy is a promising new cancer treatment option that harnesses the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. Cancer immunotherapy provides an alternative to classical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation that are associated with a host of
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People wearing face masks ride escalators inside Hankou Railway Station on January 22, 2020 in Wuhan, China. A new infectious coronavirus known as “2019-nCoV” was discovered in Wuhan last week. Getty Images This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below in China Standard Time, beginning on Wednesday. 7:27 am: Scientists
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A new study investigates the link between air pollution and brain health by investigating the effects of in proximity to major roads. Air pollution is a growing problem around the world as various industries produce increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, and other pollutants. These pollutants have detrimental effects on climate change, air quality, and
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Using wellness coaches and medical professionals, researchers were able to help older adults with chronic diseases to take control of their well-being. “I don’t have the time.”  “It’s too much work.”  “I don’t have the money to pay someone to help.”  “There’s nothing I can do about it.”  “I have other responsibilities.”  “I don’t know
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Late last year there were disturbing reports of a mysterious outbreak of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities investigated this outbreak and quickly determined that a new coronavirus was the pathogen causing this disease. The called it 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses normally cause mild cold symptoms but they have been known to be
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A laboratory technician works with a pipette at the Institute of Virology at the Charité Berlin Mitte, where investigations on coronavirus are underway. Christophe Gateau | Getty Images The third U.S. case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Orange County, California, the OC Health Care Agency’s Communicable Disease Control Division announced in a press release
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In a recent study, researchers investigated the effects of ADHD medication on the brain reward system using fMRI. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological condition, characterized by increased levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Individuals with ADHD display symptoms in childhood, which often continue into adulthood. Methylphenidate is a drug commonly used to
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Health care members make first aid to people as they cover their faces with sanitary masks after the first cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Hong Kong. Miguel Candela | Getty Images President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned that the spread of the coronavirus presents a “grave situation,” as officials from central China to
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Researchers found that the association between suicidal behaviours and bullying in youths depended on gender and regional variation. What is the connection between suicidal behaviours and bullying? How prevalent are suicidal behaviours and bullying across the world? What are their global health risks? These are the questions behind a study published in The Lancet. With
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A recent study has supported the link between aluminum and familial Alzheimer’s disease and further explored how aluminum and amyloid-β are interlinked in the disease. Familial Alzheimer’s disease is a rare type of Alzheimer’s disease that is associated with three kinds of genetic mutations – amyloid precursor protein, presenilin-1, and presenilin-2. The link between aluminum
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