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Your ringing phone is stressing you out – and so is its silence

April 26, 2017

Doug Ross, 31, wakes every morning to a screen full of notifications.
He receives updates from news apps, chats from coworkers and emails from East Coast clients, all beckoning to be answered before the workday even starts. Working during the day as a consultant for the software company Adobe, the alerts …

Urgent action needed: one quarter of teens in psychological distress

A joint report released today by Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute shows more young Australians are in psychological distress than five years ago, with almost one in four young people in 2016 meeting the criteria for probable serious mental illness and young females twice as likely as males to …

With beetroot juice before exercise, aging brains look ‘younger’

Drinking a beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently, mirroring the operations of a younger brain, according to a new study by scientists at Wake Forest University.
“We knew, going in, that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects …

Antibiotics overuse could result in common illness becoming life threatening

April 19, 2017

Australian health authorities are warning the world faces a post-antibiotic era where simple childhood illnesses could again become deadly.
The death of a woman in the United States in January from an infection that could not be treated by any antibiotics has left Australian health experts “deeply alarmed”.
In a strongly worded …

How an army of ‘super recognisers’ could help spot criminals and missing persons

While most of us find it easy to recognise highly familiar faces such as those of family and friends, identifying faces that we have only briefly encountered is much more difficult. In fact, some research suggests that even experienced passport control officers make a large number of errors when matching …

Measles outbreak in Sydney worsens, more expected after Blue Mountains Hospital case

Health authorities say the measles outbreak in western Sydney has worsened, with 16 cases so far, and more likely.
It brings the number of measles cases across New South Wales to 22 so far this year.
In the latest case in the city’s west, a man who was infected by an earlier …

Brain scans may help clinicians choose talk therapy or medication treatment for depression

April 11, 2017

Researchers from Emory University have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help individual patients recover from depression.
The study, called PReDICT, randomly assigned patients to 12 weeks of treatment with one of two antidepressant medications …

Taking B vitamins may reduce epigenetic effects of air pollution

A new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health showed that B vitamins may play a critical role in reducing the impact of air pollution on the epigenome, further demonstrating the epigenetic effects of air pollution on health. This is the first study to detail a …

Today’s teens are struggling to fit enough sleep into their busy lives

Today, school is only part of a hectic teen’s day, and for many 14-year-old girls, the day can reach far into the night.
Rowing can start before the moon nods off to sleep, meaning an alarm clock cuts through any teen dreams as early as 4.15am. Rowing morphs into school, which …

Diabetes Control Is More Difficult for Night Shift Workers

April 05, 2017

People with type 2 diabetes have poorer control over their blood glucose levels when they work the night shift compared with those who work in the daytime or are unemployed, a new study finds. The study results, to be presented Monday at the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, …

‘Good’ bacteria is potential solution to unchecked inflammation seen in bowel diseases

Beneficial bacteria may be the key to helping to reverse a cycle of gut inflammation seen in certain inflammatory bowel diseases, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have found.
In a study published in journal Nature Immunology, researchers led by Jenny P.Y. Ting, PhD, Lineberger member and the …

Eating lots of cheese does not raise cholesterol, study shows

Irish people who eat a lot of cheese do not have higher cholesterol levels than those who don’t, according to research carried out at University College Dublin.
Current health guidelines recommend that certain factors such as eating foods high in saturated fats like cheese can increase your risk of developing high …