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How to handle depression, menopause and the post-40 rollercoaster

Approaching menopause and depressed? How to handle the emotional rollercoaster after 40 Approaching menopause and depressed? You’re not alone: Expert reveals how to handle the hormonal rollercoaster after 40 All women between the ages of 45 and 55 will stop having periods and go through menopause   One in four women who have never had depression […]

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Just How Bad Is It To Flush A Tampon?

You’ve seen the signs: The ones in public bathrooms imploring you please, do not flush your feminine products down the drain. But…it’s just so convenient to pluck a tampon out, then flush it down the bowl—no extra mess! You don’t even have to look at it! And, TBH, is it really that bad to flush […]

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Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds

Adults both with and without Alzheimer’s disease have better cognition skills in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Andrew Lim of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues. There have been few […]

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Do you drink more than an average Australian?

If science finally manages to come through with that time machine and you head back to 1970s Australia, whatever you do, don’t get in a shout with someone at the pub. All indications are they will drink you under the table. Certainly, compared to today, people in 1970s Australia drank so much beer it’s hard […]

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Study provides 10-year risk estimates for dementia, which may help with prevention in high-risk individuals who potentially could benefit from early targeted prevention

A Danish study provides 10-year absolute risk estimates for dementia specific to age, sex and common variation in the APOE gene, which may help identify high-risk individuals who potentially could benefit from early targeted prevention. The study is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Dementia is a major cause of disability in older adults […]

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New mechanism for how ALS disease evolves

A mechanism for how the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, evolves has been discovered at Umeå University, Sweden. The discovery concerns how proteins with a defect structure spread the deformation to other proteins, according to results in a new thesis. The discovery can open up for novel pharmaceutical developments in the future. “We’ve been […]

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Preterm birth: The ‘Nodal’ gene under the microscope

Preterm birth is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely and many will suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, impaired vision, and behavioural problems. Premature delivery (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is induced by contractions in the expectant mother but causes behind this mechanism remain […]