The Best Exercises to Prevent Falls

A large review of studies confirms that exercise can be a good way to help reduce the frequency of falls in the elderly. The analysis, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, included 108 randomized controlled trials with more than 23,000 participants. Their average age was 76, and 77 percent were women. As controls, the…

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Trending: Need a Breath of Fresh Air? Hotels to the Rescue.

Forget free wine hours and on-demand workout videos. An increasing number of hotels around the world are now providing guests the option to book rooms with filtration and purification systems that minimize threats of air pollution and offer cleaner air. “Interior air quality can be abysmal,” said Beth McGroarty, research director for The Global Wellness…

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Hong Kong, Crossroads of the Criminal Wildlife Trade

HONG KONG — It was after dark on a Tuesday evening in December 2017 when the vans pulled onto Island House Lane, a placid side street of residential complexes and community garden plots in the suburban Tai Po district. High-rises gave way to lush forest as the street wound down to a pebble beach. Across…

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Does the birth control pill stop you from recognizing emotions?

New research that features in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience suggests that women who use oral contraceptives are less able to recognize facial expressions of complex emotions. Researchers are uncovering new psychological side effects of oral contraceptives. Over 60 percent of women aged 15–44 years are currently using a form of contraception, according to the…

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Natural selection and spatial memory link shown in mountain chickadee research

VIDEO: Chickadees with better learning and memory skills, needed to find numerous food caches, are more likely to survive their first winter, a long-term study of mountain chickadees has found. view more  Chickadees with better learning and memory skills, needed to find numerous food caches, are more likely to survive their first winter, a long-term study…

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Drug-induced cellular membrane complexes induce cancer cell death

IMAGE: MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher Besim Ogretmen in his laboratory. view more  Old molecules and new complexes: researchers at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have discovered cell membrane complexes called ceramidosomes that may be a new target for drugs to kill cancer cells. This discovery began while figuring out…

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Drinking and drug-use dreams in recovery tied to more severe addiction history

Vivid dreams involving drinking and drug use are common among individuals in recovery. A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute, published in the January issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment after online release in October 2018, finds these relapse dreams are more common in those with more severe clinical…

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Uncovering the evolution of the brain

IMAGE: A stylized microscopy image of forebrain neural progenitor cells from chimpanzees described in the publication. The image represents the work’s potential for offering insights into the evolution of the primate… view more  Credit: Salk Institute/Carol Marchetto/Ana P.D. Mendes LA JOLLA—(February 12, 2019) What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of «humanness» come…

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How breast tissue stiffening promotes breast cancer development

IMAGE: Left: Image of a soft hydrogel with normally developing cell cultures (filled triangles). Right: Image of a stiffened, tumor-like hydrogel with transformed cells (open triangles). view more  A study provides new insight into how the stiffening of breast tissue plays a role in breast cancer development. By examining how mammary cells respond in a stiffness-changing…

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New diagnostic technique reveals a protein biomarker that accurately differentiates bladder cancer from benign inflammation

IMAGE: Label-free Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) imaging (left) classifies the unaltered tissue thin section (red: tumor, cyan: connective tissue, blue: muscle). This information is then used to cut out tissue samples… view more  Credit: American Journal of Pathology Philadelphia, PA, February 12, 2019 — Label-free digital pathology using infrared (IR) imaging with subsequent proteomic analysis for…

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