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Octogenarians should walk 10 minutes a day to prolong life

One hour of walking per week is associated with greater longevity in people aged 85 years and above, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2022. Regardless of age, adults are advised to do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous intensity activity, or an […]

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Using digital media to relax is related to lower-quality parenting

Caregivers who consume digital media for relaxation are more likely to engage in negative parenting practices, according to a new multinational study. The new study led by the University of Waterloo aimed to investigate the relationship between caregivers’ use of digital media, mental health, and parenting practices at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. On […]

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Insufficient sleep in teenagers is associated with overweight and obesity

Adolescents who sleep less than eight hours a night are more likely to be overweight or obese compared to their peers with sufficient sleep, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2022. Shorter sleepers were also more likely to have a combination of other unhealthy characteristics including excess fat around the middle, elevated blood pressure, […]

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Psychotic symptoms in children may have a genetic cause

A 6-year-old boy began hearing voices coming from the walls and the school intercom telling him to hurt himself and others. He saw ghosts, aliens in trees, and colored footprints. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD, a psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital, put him on antipsychotic medications and the frightening hallucinations stopped. Another child, at age 4, had […]

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How the sounds we hear help us predict how things feel

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important discovery about the way our brains process the sensations of sound and touch. A new study published today shows how the brain’s different sensory systems are all closely interconnected—with regions that respond to touch also involved when we listen to specific sounds associated with […]

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Deep learning algorithm may streamline lung cancer radiotherapy treatment

Lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide, is targeted with radiation therapy (RT) in nearly one-half of cases. RT planning is a manual, resource-intensive process that can take days to weeks to complete, and even highly trained physicians vary in their determinations of how much tissue to target with radiation. Furthermore, a shortage of radiation-oncology […]

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Gene therapy for completely color blind children partly restores cone function

Gene therapy has partly restored the function of the retina’s cone receptors in two children who were born completely color blind, reports a new study led by University College London (UCL) researchers. The findings, published in Brain, provide hope that the treatment is effectively activating previously dormant communication pathways between the retina and the brain, […]