Mutual appreciation key to saving marriage after a stroke, study shows

Laurel Sproule knew something in her 18-year marriage was changing when she came into the kitchen and found her husband Fred just standing there. He’d suffered a recent heart attack and then a stroke, but was home, and slowly responding to therapy. Getting ready to go out one day, they needed to eat lunch first, so Laurel laid out sandwich […]

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Study tunes into musician concerns with hearing loss

Findings from a Western-led study into the biggest concerns faced by musicians with hearing loss should strike a chord with educators and conductors and result in new ways to lead ensembles, researchers explained. While musical performance would be expected to top their list of concerns, musicians with hearing loss said they struggled most with tuning into the conductor’s instructions during […]

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Study reveals how much fiber we should eat to prevent disease

Researchers and public health organizations have long hailed the benefits of eating fiber, but how much fiber should we consume, exactly? This question has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to commission a new study. The results appear in the journal The Lancet. The new research aimed to help develop new guidelines for dietary fiber consumption, as well as reveal […]

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Study: Technology and doctors combine to detect patients who don’t take their pills

Almost everyone does it at some point—skip a dose of a medication, decide to not schedule a recommended follow-up appointment or ignore doctor’s orders to eat or exercise differently. Such nonadherence can seem harmless on an individual level, but costs the U.S. health care system billions of dollars a year. Now, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown how to best identify […]

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Study differentiates iPS cells into various ocular lineages

The discovery of pluripotent stem cells, which have the ability to differentiate into the huge range of different cell lineages that make up the human body, signaled the start of a new era in biological science and medicine. Although we are also now able to reprogram regular cells to exhibit this pluripotency, we still have much to learn about the […]

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Study of traditional medicine finds high use in Sub-Saharan Africa despite modern medicine

Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not just because of a lack of resources or access to “conventional medicine”. Researchers from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) […]

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Probiotic gives long-standing protection against childhood eczema, study finds

Giving a probiotic supplement to pregnant mothers and their infants significantly reduces the chances of a child developing eczema for the first 11 years of their life, researchers have shown. The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001) given to mothers at a late stage of pregnancy and while breast feeding, and then to their babies from birth until the age of two […]

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Couples who argue have a lower risk of ill health, study finds

Want to live longer? Have a blazing row with your spouse! Couples who argue have a lower risk of ill health and dying prematurely, study finds Couples who row with equal intensity have a lower risk of dying prematurely Study in Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine studied 192 couples over 32 years However Kyle Bourassa, of University of Arizona, said: ‘The […]

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Study shows in older people, type 2 diabetes is associated with a decline in brain function over five years

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that in older people living in the community, type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a decline in verbal memory and fluency over 5 years. However, contrary to previous studies, the decrease in brain volume often found in older people with T2D […]

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Natural compound 2HF treats leishmaniasis infections, study finds

Current treatment options for the parasitic disease leishmaniasis are largely ineffective, expensive, and tend to be plagued by resistant parasites and side effects. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have showed that a natural flavonoid is effective at treating Leishmania amazonensis infections. Leishmaniasis is endemic to 98 countries and affects more than 12 million people around the world. […]

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