Antimicrobial film could revolutionize common dental procedures

Three million people in the United States currently have dental implants, and every year that number increases by about 500,000. But, for some, getting a dental implant is not the end of the story. Similar to what occurs with a natural tooth, bacteria can build up on the implant’s base and below the gum line. Over time, the bacteria can […]

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Eye exam could soon detect Alzheimer's, new study suggests

Eye exam could soon detect Alzheimer’s, new study suggests Researchers with the Duke Eye Center found differences in the blood vessel densities in the retinas of participants with Alzheimer’s and those without the disease, according to new study. Undergoing a yearly eye test could have more benefits than just updating your eyeglasses prescription, a new study has found. In a study […]

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Why playing board games could improve your love life

A recent study from Baylor University in Waco, TX, has revealed that romantic partners release oxytocin, the so-called love or hugging hormone, when they spend time together in these recreational activities. What most surprised the researchers, however, was that the highest rise in hormone levels occurred in men who attended the painting class. The rise in oxytocin in the paintbrush-wielding […]

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Statins could protect against motor neurone disease

High cholesterol has been found to be a possible risk factor for the development of motor neurone disease (MND), according to a large study of genetic data led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health in the USA. The results suggest that cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as statins, could be used […]

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New target could help protect vision following optic nerve trauma

When a car crash or explosion results in an optic nerve injury, eliminating an enzyme known to promote inflammation appears to aid recovery, scientists report. They have shown for the first time in a mouse model of tough-to-treat optic nerve trauma, that removing the enzyme arginase 2, which increases with injury, decreases neuron death in the retina as well as […]

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Diabetes: Could a pill replace insulin injections?

When type 2 diabetes is at an advanced stage, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. At this point, doctors usually recommend daily insulin injections to manage blood sugar levels. However, research has cited a phobia of needles as one of the most significant barriers preventing those with type 2 diabetes from taking insulin. By radically changing the delivery […]

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How your genes could affect the quality of your marriage

How important is it to consider a romantic partner’s genetic profile before getting married? It is logical to think that genetic factors may underlie many traits already used by matching sites – like personality and empathy – which many assume could promote initial chemistry and long-term potential in specific couples. So it is perhaps not surprising that there are now […]

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Self-harm and social media: A knee-jerk ban on content could actually harm young people

Instagram has announced it will ban graphic self-harm images from the platform. The social media company has been under pressure from the UK government and health professionals – including Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, who recently argued that social media companies have a duty of care to keep children safe. There is growing concern that such content “has […]

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