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How ‘Dry January’ Is the Secret to Better Sleep, Saving Money and Losing Weight

New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later. The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr. Richard de Visser, was...

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3D Printing Offers Helping Hand to Patients with Arthritis

From toothbrush holders to typing aids to nail clippers, 3D printing cuts the cost of devices aimed to help people with hand arthritis. Adaptive aids are expensive. Additive manufacturing, using low-cost 3-D printers, can save upwards of 94 percent for simple household items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost a...

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Suicide Risk in Abused Teen Girls Linked to Mother-Daughter Conflict

Teenage girls who were maltreated as children are more likely to entertain suicidal thoughts if the relationship with their mother is poor and the degree of conflict between the two of them high. Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center found that the quality of the mother-daughter relationship and their level of...

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Physical Activity Lowers Risk of Death from Heart Disease

Frailty is a health condition that increases risks of poor health, falls, disability, and death in older adults. Signs of frailty include weakness, weight loss, slow walking speed, exhaustion, and low levels of activity. As our population ages, scientists expect that more and more of us will need to address frailty and its associated health concerns....

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How Healthy Will We Be in 2040?

A new scientific study of forecasts and alternative scenarios for life expectancy and major causes of death in 2040 shows all countries are likely to experience at least a slight increase in lifespans. In contrast, one scenario finds nearly half of all nations could face lower life expectancies. The rankings of nations’ life expectancies offer...

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‘Domestic Gag Rule’ Will Negatively Impact Women’s Health Care

A new Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study on Texas organizations receiving family planning funds finds that proposed federal guidelines restricting abortion counseling and referrals for Title X providers may adversely impact the health care of pregnant women. The study, published in Contraception, compares pregnancy options counseling and referral practices at state-funded and federal Title X-funded...

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Is That Selfie Edited? Why It May Matter for Women Viewers

There’s a surprising upside to the fact that many people edit their selfies on Instagram and other social media sites to enhance their appearance. A new study found that when women believed that selfies of thin and sexualized women had been edited, viewing these images had less negative impact on one aspect of their mental...

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Exercise Can Help Beat Cocaine Addiction, Study Finds

Exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction, according to new research led by the University at Buffalo’s Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, PhD. “Cocaine addiction is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions, often caused by withdrawal itself, among the major causes of relapse,” says Thanos, senior research scientist in...

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Got the ‘Drunchies’? New Study Shows How Heavy Drinking Affects Diet

They’re called the “drunchies,” or drunk munchies. It’s the desire one has to eat salty, fatty, unhealthy foods during or after a night of heavy drinking. With obesity continuing to rise in America, researchers decided to look at a sample of college students to better understand how drinking affects what they eat, both that night...