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Medical News Today: Starting football before age 12 linked to poorer memory, thinking in NFL players

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:00
A new study found former NFL players who began playing before the age of 12 performed much worse in memory and thinking tests than those who started playing after this age.

Medical News Today: 'Sleep spindles' turn experience into knowledge as babies nap

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:00
Recently, we looked at a study that showed napping improves babies' learning skills. Now, a new study explains the mechanism behind this sleep-learning association.

Medical News Today: Could cattle feedlots be spreading antibiotic resistance through the air?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:00
Researchers who tested upwind and downwind air at cattle feedlots found evidence to support the idea that antibiotic resistance is transmitted through the air from farms.

Medical News Today: WHO: Ebola fight 'shifts to ending epidemic'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:00
For the first time since June 2014, new Ebola cases in West Africa have fallen to below 100, prompting WHO to declare the fight now shifts from slowing to ending the epidemic.

Medical News Today: Heavy drinking in midlife 'bigger risk factor for stroke than hypertension, diabetes'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00
Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day in midlife may increase the risk of stroke more than traditional factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a study claims.

Medical News Today: Fighters' repeated blows 'shrink brain and slow processing'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 23:00
This long-term study scanned the heads of boxers and martial arts fighters to find areas of their brains that shrank in volume, affecting their cognitive health and brainpower.

Medical News Today: Different trajectories identified for autism spectrum disorder in children

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have found a number of different trajectories for symptom severity and adaptive functioning among children with autism spectrum disorder.

Medical News Today: Severe depression linked with inflammation in the brain

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:00
A new study claims to be the first to find 'definitive evidence' of an association between brain inflammation and major depression.

Medical News Today: Have we become too dependent on medication?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:00
Over 30% of us have used two or more prescription drugs in the past month. We look at whether we have become too reliant on medication and, if so, what the consequences are.

Medical News Today: Liberals 'live longer' than conservatives and moderates

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:00
Study finds that political beliefs could be a predictor of time of death, although affiliation to a political party may not carry the same risk.

Medical News Today: Genetic variation offers new way to spot the most dangerous childhood cancers

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:00
A study of kidney cancer found that children with the poorest survival after chemotherapy were those whose cancers had the greatest genetic variation among cells.

Medical News Today: Scientists uncover cell mechanism that plays key role in ALS

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:00
The degeneration of upper motor neurons - a small group of brain cells - is key to the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Now, scientists reveal the underlying mechanism.

Medical News Today: Frequent sugary drink consumption linked to earlier menstruation onset

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00
A new study finds girls who drink 1.5 servings or more of sugary drinks each day may start menstruation earlier than those who consume less than two servings a week.

Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of zinc?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 23:00
Find out about the potential health benefits of zinc including maintaining skin integrity and structure, aiding growth in children and fighting age-related macular degeneration.

Medical News Today: 'Greater placebo effect' with more expensive Parkinson's drugs

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 23:00
A placebo effect from higher expectations for a drug's efficacy is greater if people with Parkinson's disease are told the injection is more expensive, a controlled study suggests.

Medical News Today: Psychopaths' brains unable to fully process punishment

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 23:00
Using MRI scans, researchers have revealed multiple abnormalities in the brains of psychopaths that could hinder their ability to learn from being punished.

Medical News Today: Mold in the home: how big a health problem is it?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:00
Mold can cause a lot of damage in the home, spreading across walls and eating away at wood and fabric. But what effect does it have on the body?

Medical News Today: Teenage misperception of weight may lead to adult obesity

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:00
According to a new study, teens - particularly boys - of a healthy weight who falsely believe themselves to be overweight are at increased risk of obesity in adulthood.

Medical News Today: Researchers generate new hair growth using human pluripotent stem cells

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:00
A new treatment for hair loss could be on the horizon; researchers have found a way to generate new hair growth using human pluripotent stem cells.

Medical News Today: New mouse model finds two genes behind most severe form of ovarian cancer

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 02:00
Not all mouse models of ovarian cancer give a true picture of the human disease. Now, a new model of the most severe form may open routes to better treatments and diagnostics.

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