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  • Can lithium halt progression of Alzheimer's disease?
    In a new study, a team of researchers has shown that, when given in a formulation that facilitates passage to the brain, lithium in doses up to 400 times lower than what is currently being prescribed for mood disorders is capable of both halting signs of advanced Alzheimer's pathology and... Read more »
  • Opioid dependence found to permanently change brains of rats
    Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. In a new study, researchers found that opioid dependence produced permanent changes in the brains of rats. ... Read more »
  • 'Jumping genes' help stabilize DNA folding patterns
    The DNA molecule inside the nucleus of any human cell is more than six feet long. To fit into such a small space, it must fold into precise loops that also govern how genes are turned on or off. New research indicates that 'jumping genes' play a surprising role in... Read more »
  • High air pollution exposure in 1-year-olds linked to structural brain changes at age 12
    A new study suggests that significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with structural changes in the brain at the age of 12. ... Read more »
  • Early life adversity and opioid addiction
    Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. A new study reveals why. The study examines how early adversities interact with factors such as increased access to opioids to directly influence brain development and function, causing a higher potential for opioid addiction. ... Read more »
  • Fonts in campaign communications have liberal or conservative leanings
    Yard signs for a local politician captured a researchers curiosity. The more people view a font as aligned with their ideology, the more they favor it. ... Read more »
  • Why eating yogurt may help lessen the risk of breast cancer
    One of the causes of breast cancer may be inflammation triggered by harmful bacteria suggest researchers. Scientists advise consuming natural yogurt, which contains beneficial bacteria which dampens inflammation and which is similar to the bacteria found in breastfeeding mothers. Their suggestion is that this bacteria is protective because breast feeding... Read more »
  • Novel Coronavirus that recently emerged in China
    The new cluster of viral pneumonia cases originating in Wuhan, China, marks the third time in 20 years that a member of the large family of coronaviruses (CoVs) has jumped from animals to humans and sparked an outbreak. ... Read more »
  • Weight loss and health improvements with Mediterranean, fasting & Paleo diets
    There were some weight loss and health benefits for overweight adults who followed the Mediterranean, Intermittent Fasting and Paleo diets, though adherence to the diets dropped off considerably during the one-year study, new research shows. ... Read more »
  • Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS
    Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research. ... Read more »

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