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What Causes IBS?

Researchers have identified the mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. Gastroenterologists at KU Leuven University in Belgium have revealed a mechanism that connects certain foods with…

Leisure Reading Improves Language Skills

A new study from the Concordia University shows that the more people read any kind of fiction, the better their language skills are likely to be. Researchers have found that people who enjoy reading fiction for leisure and who identify as a…

Insomnia Surge During Lockdowns

A study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that there was a serious surge in online search queries for 'insomnia' during the lockdowns. Results show there was an increase of 58% compared with the same period from the…

Exercise Classes Reduce Elderly Loneliness

Older adults who join group exercise classes experience decreased loneliness and social isolation, a new Cedars-Sinai study, published in the ‘American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry’. Loneliness is connected to higher rates of depression,…

The Next Beauty Trend? Being Generous!

People spend a lot of money on beauty products and cosmetic surgery to improve their looks, yet it is possible that doing good could help to draw inner beauty to the surface, says research from Indiana University. Along with an increase in…

Work Stress Gives You Heart Disease

People who report work-related stress are more likely to be hospitalised for peripheral artery disease compared to those who don’t have work-related stress, says research published in the ‘Journal of the American Heart Association’, an open…

That Third-hand Smoke!

People can carry hazardous compounds from cigarette smoke that cling to their bodies and clothes and then release those compounds into non-smoking environments - exposing people nearby to cigarettes' adverse effects, a study from the Yale…

Walk Your Way To 100th Birthday

Older adults may be able to live longer, healthier lives by increasing physical activity that doesn't have to be strenuous to be effective, says research by the American Heart Association. Say the researchers, finding a way to physically…

Being A Hermit Gives You Inflammation

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey have found that social isolation could be linked to increased inflammation in the body. Inflammation can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues and organs…

Wash Your Hands, Stop Epidemics

A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by travellers passing through just 10 of the world's leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many…

Fat In The Future!

There is a strong link between the amount of fast food that pre-school age children consume (2-5 years), and their likelihood of becoming overweight or obese, says a study published in the journal ‘Pediatric Obesity’. The researchers found…

Could Air Pollution Cause Heart Attack?

Scientists from the Yale School of Public Health have found that even a few hours' exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger a nonfatal heart attack. Myocardial infarction is a major form of…

Belly Fat Makes You Dull

Researchers from the Iowa State University have found, for the first time, that less muscle and more body fat may affect how flexible our thinking gets as we become older, and changes in parts of the immune system could be responsible.…

Air Pollution Bad For Bones

A study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), has found an association between exposure to air pollution and poor bone health. The researchers have found that exposure to ambient air pollution, particularly to fine…

A Drink To Control Blood Sugar

Ketone monoester drinks -- a popular new food supplement -- may help control blood sugar, say researchers from the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. Ketone supplements, say the researchers, are proving fertile ground for…

High Screen Time Begins Early

Children's average daily time spent watching television or using a computer or mobile device increased from 53 minutes at age 12 months to more than 150 minutes at 3 years, according to a study that appears in ‘JAMA Pediatrics’. The…

Women Can Read Cats’ Moods Better

Contrary to their reputation, cats aren’t hard to read for women and those who work with animals – even if they don’t love cats. New research from the University of Guelph has found that some people are veritable ‘cat whisperers’, who excel…

And Now How About A Smart Toilet?

The humble toilet may have potential to outperform wearable, smart technologies. According to metabolism scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research, urine contains a virtual liquid history of…

Don’t Eat All Plants

It's true that many plants provide an abundance of nutrients, but, say researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University, “Plants and fungi were not put here for our benefit -- they need to defend themselves. They have all sorts…

Virtual Reality In Art Therapy

Art therapy is founded on the idea that creative expression with an art therapist facilitates communication and problem solving, reduces inhibition, alleviates depressive symptoms and promotes personal development. Virtual Reality (VR) can…

How Humans Have Helped Shape Dog Brains

Dog brain structure varies across breeds and is correlated with specific behaviours, and, according to new research published in the ‘Journal of Neuroscience’, by selectively breeding for certain behaviours, we have shaped the brains of our…

Are You Pinocchio’s Parents?

It seems that if you, as parents, have lied to your children when they were growing up, you have no business chastising them for their lack of moral fibre once they are adults. Says a study from the Nanyang Technological University,…

Sleep Duration Affects Heart Attack Risk

Skimping on sleep, or getting too much of it, can boost your risk of heart attack, says a new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the research, published in the ‘Journal of the American College of Cardiology’, scientists…

Soft Drinks, Hard Truths

A large European study coordinated by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has found that compared with those who drink less than one glass of sugar-sweetened or artificially-sweetened soft drinks per…

Are You A Fitness Addict?

A study from the University of Southern Denmark has examined what happens when people who exercise regularly start to obsess about working out and allow their training to take control over their lives. The researchers found that out of the…

Badly-behaved Or Just Bad?

A new study from Columbia University says that the way we perceive others people’s bad behaviour - as innate or potentially changeable - impacts our willingness to cut them some slack. So, how willing we are to forgive or overlook their…