Human Quirks: Health & Medicine
August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Aug. 17, 2015 — A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide range of potentially game-changing uses. Over the last few years, one team of chemists ... read more

Aug. 14, 2015 — Researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by altering a single gene and as a result the mice were also less likely to feel anxiety or recall ... read more

Titanium Rings Proving Problematic for Emergency Care Doctors

Aug. 13, 2015 — Rings made of titanium -- an increasingly popular alternative to gold and silver -- are giving emergency doctors a headache because they are so difficult to prize off swollen fingers, reveals a case ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Women's brains respond more to romantic cues on a full stomach than an empty one, new research demonstrates. The study explored brain circuitry in hungry versus satiated states among women who ... read more

Tetris Can Block Cravings, New Study Reveals

Aug. 13, 2015 — Playing Tetris on a smarthphone for as little as three minutes can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities by as much as one-fifth, new research shows. In the first test of its kind to study ... read more

Nicotine-Eating Bacteria Could One Day Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Aug. 12, 2015 — Most people who smoke cigarettes know it's bad for their health, but quitting is notoriously difficult. To make it easier, scientists are taking a brand-new approach. They are turning to ... read more

How to Trust What Your Customers Say About Your Brand

Aug. 4, 2015 — Marketers would love to get inside the consumer's brain. And now they can. Researchers are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to see if what people say about brands matches what ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — What about a more chewable pasta or high protein cookies made with insects? 3-D printed food seems an interesting solution for healthier eating, spending less time to prepare meals and even fighting ... read more

Starvation Effects Handed Down for Generations

July 31, 2015 — Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in nematodes. The epigenetic effects are a 'bet-hedging strategy.' Famine survivors are ... read more

When Surgeons Listen to Their Preferred Music, Their Stitches Are Better and Faster

July 30, 2015 — From classical to rock, music can be heard in operating rooms across the world. When plastic surgeons listen to music they prefer, their surgical technique and efficiency when closing incisions is ... read more

Small Study Affirms Accuracy of Free Mobile App That Screens for Liver Disease in Newborns

July 29, 2015 — Researchers have verified the ability of a free smartphone app to accurately read, interpret and record the color of a newborn's poop as a possible early symptom of biliary atresia -- a rare ... read more

July 29, 2015 — In a proof-of-concept study, researchers have shown that results of common and routine blood tests are not affected by up to 40 minutes of travel on hobby-sized ... read more

All-Natural Sunscreen Derived from Algae

July 29, 2015 — For consumers searching for just the right sunblock this summer, the options can be overwhelming. But scientists are now turning to the natural sunscreen of algae -- which is also found in fish slime ... read more

July 29, 2015 — After more than two-years of international investigation, scientists have concluded that Napoleon likely would have conquered Russia in 1812 if not for the life-saving brain surgery performed on ... read more

Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior, Experts Say

July 28, 2015 — Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to new research. With cheating scandals a persistent threat on college campuses and ... read more

Patient 2.0, Heal Thyself

July 28, 2015 — Researchers explain how the new paradigm of a digital healthcare system, as it matures, is putting the picture of the doctor-patient relationship in an entirely new frame and not always in a positive ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9. Because these immune-system cells play important roles in a wide range ... read more

Researchers Identify Neural Signature of Tunnel Vision

July 27, 2015 — A new study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Alfred Hitchcock and other suspenseful films. During high suspense moments, the brain narrows what people see and focuses their ... read more

Know It's a Placebo? Study Shows the 'Medicine' Could Still Work

July 24, 2015 — A new study shoes that under certain conditions, research participants who know a treatment they are receiving to ease pain is a placebo with no medical value, it still ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Both prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, cocaine and oxycodone have been found in surface waters in Canadian rivers. New research shows that wastewater discharged from wastewater ... read more

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