Lessons in healthy eating help families fight obesity trend

A Florida nonprofit is proving there’s an appetite for healthy eating among Hispanics who are at risk of medical complications from a poor diet. More than 1,000 people took advantage of education and training offered during the past two years in Wimauma by the nonprofit Hispanic Services Council. At least 275 of them stuck around for a six-week nutrition course […]

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Telehealth services may help smokers in rural prisons quit tobacco smoking

Telehealth smoking cessation treatment programs can reduce tobacco-related disparities among incarcerated smokers, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, found that video conferencing with tobacco treatment specialists may help smokers incarcerated in rural prisons quit tobacco smoking. “Tobacco use is an important public health issue, especially among people who are incarcerated, in […]

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Do humidifiers help with allergies?

The source of allergy trouble ranges from pet hair and dander to dust and pollen, resulting in sneezes, wheezing, and rashes – but do humidifiers help with allergies? The symptoms of allergies are common, with nearly a sixth (50 million) of the US population suffering from some type of reaction.  In this feature, we’ll look at what a humidifier is […]

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New web app to help demystify why COVID mutations have the effects they do

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has focussed everyone’s attention on the hidden world of viruses. The emergence of new variants such as Beta and Delta, affects us all: some variants spread more quickly and some are less affected by vaccines. But why? Teams of scientists around the world, including the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, are tracking the emergence of new variants […]

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Social interaction can help fight depression in people with dementia

Social and group activities can help fight depression in people with dementia, new research has found. Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Brighton and Sussex Medical School, have analyzed the use of cognitive stimulation as an effective treatment for people with dementia. Cognitive stimulation is a nonpharmacological treatment for dementia which typically includes group activities emphasizing social interaction. The […]

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Can echolocation help those with vision loss?

Known as nature’s own sonar system, echolocation occurs when an animal emits a sound that bounces off objects in the environment, returning echoes that provide information about the surrounding space. While echolocation is well known in whale or bat species, previous research has also indicated that some blind people may use click-based echolocation to judge spaces and improve their navigation […]

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Raised buildings may help reduce malaria transmission in Africa

There is growing evidence that house design can decrease the force of malaria infection. The world’s most deadly assassin is Africa’s malaria mosquito: Anopheles gambiae. In 2019, the World Health Organisation estimated that malaria killed 386,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, mainly children. Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of the malaria bites occur […]

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