Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks

In a study of healthy volunteers, NIH researchers found that taking short breaks, early and often, may help our brains learn new skills. Credit: Cohen lab, NIH/NINDS. In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds … Read more

Why Moisturizers With SPF Don’t Work As Well As Sunscreen

When people put sunscreen on their faces, they often miss the eyelids, an area prone to skin cancer. People using SPF moisturizers are even more likely to miss that area, a new study has found. (Credit: Tymonko Galyna/shutterstock) Many facial moisturizers brag about their sun protection abilities. But new research shows that user error is stopping SPF-containing … Read more

Vitamins from Food — Not Supplements — Linked with Longer Life

Credit: Shutterstock There's some good and bad news about vitamins and minerals: The good news is that intake of certain vitamins and minerals is linked with a lower risk of early death. The bad news is that this link is seen only when those nutrients come from food, not supplements, according to a new study. … Read more

Chili pepper compound may slow down lung cancer

A new study finds that capsaicin, the pungent compound in chili peppers, can successfully stop lung cancer metastasis. New research adds to the mounting evidence that capsaicin, a compound found in chili peppers, has anti-cancer properties. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is “by far the leading cause of cancer death among both … Read more

Sea turtles struggle years after unexplained die-off: First-of-its kind study documents heavy metals, other evidence of poor health

Mark Flint of The Ohio State University examines a green sea turtle in Australia. Credit: Ohio State New research is detailing how environmental stressors, including heavy metals, brought on by human activity are harming coastal green sea turtle populations — work that researchers hope will inform conservation efforts going forward. In a study that appears … Read more

Evidence found of neurogenesis in people up to age 87

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Spain has found evidence of neurogenesis in the brains of people right up to old age. In their paper published in the journal Nature Medicine, the group describes their study of the brains of recently deceased people and what they found. Over … Read more

The whisper room: Moderates on Twitter are losing their voice: Social media might be artificially exaggerating political polarization

With the growing popularity of social media, Twitter has become a prominent place to voice opinions on both ends of the political spectrum. With the ability to follow those who only argue one side, voices of people who are in the middle, disinterested in politics or use social media solely for entertainment purposes might be … Read more

How Whole Grains Could Help Your Liver

Credit: Shutterstock ATLANTA — Eating whole grains and cereal may reduce the risk of liver cancer. That's according to findings presented Tuesday (April 1) here at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Eating a diet rich in whole grains and dietary fiber has been linked to numerous health benefits, including … Read more

Study uncovers genetic causes of poor sleep

The international collaboration, led by the University of Exeter and published in Nature Communications, has found 47 links between our genetic code and the quality, quantity and timing of how we sleep. They include ten new genetic links with sleep duration and 26 with sleep quality. The Medical Research Council-funded study looked at data from … Read more

Researchers find link between locus of control in adolescents and use of tobacco and alcohol

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers from the University of Bristol and AstraZeneca has found what they describe as a link between the “locus of control” (LoC) in adolescents and their use of tobacco and alcohol. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of data from … Read more

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