Kids Health

Smoking during pregnancy doubles the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, study warns

The first findings to result from a collaboration between Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Microsoft data scientists provides expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first birthday. According to the study published in Pediatrics, any amount of smoking […]

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Recalling happy memories during adolescence can reduce risk of depression

Recalling positive events and experiences can help young people build resilience against depression in later life, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. The condition often first emerges in adolescence, a critical developmental time period when an individual experiences […]

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Take this advice for sleeping during a heatwave

It is the time of year when steamy nights can leave us tossing and turning in the early hours of the morning (and fronting up to work the next day with sore heads and bleary eyes, as if we had spent the evening doing something much more exciting). So is there a sneaky trick to […]

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South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery

His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the growth. Musa Manzini’s guitar-playing helped guide the medical team in their delicate task while preserving neural pathways, said Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad, one of the neurosurgeons. Manzini was given […]

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How the brain learns during sleep

Researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Bonn have investigated which activity patterns occur in the brain when people remember or forget things. They were interested in how the brain replays and stores during sleep what it had learned before. The team recorded the brain activity of epilepsy patients who had electrodes implanted into […]

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Virtual reality can improve performance during exercise

Using virtual reality (VR) headsets while exercising can reduce pain and increase how long someone can sustain an activity, according to new research from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts. The research, led by Ph.D. candidate Maria Matsangidou from EDA, set out to determine how using VR while exercising could affect performance by measuring […]