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Junk Food Consumption Increases The Risk Of Depression, Study Finds

Multi-country study calls for GPs to give dietary advice as part of depression treatment An analysis of 41 multi-country studies has found that a diet high in junk food raises the risk of developing depression, reports The Guardian. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, took place in Britain, Spain, and Australia. Researchers examined […]

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Call for research to address significant gaps in understanding Parkinson’s disease

An analysis published in Drug Discovery Today reveals the gap between animal models of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and our understanding of the neurodegenerative processes underlying the disease, and calls for the implementation of modern, human biology-based technologies to better understand pathological processes and improve treatment outcome. While current approaches to drug discovery for PD have […]

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New research heralds a blood test for drowsy driving

During this unique study from the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey, led by Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, 36 participants skipped one night of sleep. During this 40-hour period of sleep deprivation, blood samples were taken and changes in the expression levels of thousands of genes were measured. A machine learning algorithm identified a […]

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Low academic achievement can lead to drug abuse decades later, research finds

A Virginia Commonwealth University researcher has found that poor academic achievement can lead to substance abuse. Data collected from Swedish participants over a period of 15 to 20 years indicate a strong correlation. Kenneth Kendler, M.D., director of VCU’s Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, and collaborators from Lund University and the Karolinska Institute, […]

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Research exposes pitfalls of opening up on social media

Opening up about your feelings on social media has an association with lower self-esteem, mood, paranoia and opinions about the self in comparison to others according to a new study. Dr. Natalie Berry, a psychology researcher at the University of Manchester says venting our anger on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram is also linked to subsequent […]

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There’s really not much proof probiotics work: Study

Over the past decade, probiotic dietary supplements have turned into a multi-million dollar industry, taken by almost 4 million adults and prescribed by up to 60 percent of health care providers. Yet the scientific community has known little about whether or not they actually work. But this is likely to change, thanks to two back-to-back […]

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Opium Poppy Genome Research May Aid Painkiller Production

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 — Scientists who decoded the opium poppy genome say the breakthrough might improve production of the plant to provide a cheap, reliable supply of pain relievers and other medications. The opium poppy is used to make the cough suppressant noscapine, and the painkillers morphine and codeine. “Biochemists have been curious for […]

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Breakthrough in research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Breakthrough in muscular dystrophy research after scientists edit DNA to rebuild muscles Breakthrough in muscular dystrophy research after scientists edit DNA to strengthen muscles weakened by the genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects as many as one in every 3,500 boys It kills patients by their mid-30s by weakening the heart and breathing muscles Scientists […]