Neuroscience

Sexual hormone oestradiol protects female brain in mid-life

Recent research suggests that increased visceral fat—that is body fat surrounding a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines—carries the risk of cognitive impairment in later life. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Fun shopping makes you happy

People who attach great importance to buying or having things are often referred to as 'materialistic', which is generally regarded as being a 'bad' quality. Most people do not like to be labeled as 'materialistic' by others. ...

Addiction

Adolescence: When drinking and genes may collide

Many negative effects of drinking, such as transitioning into heavy alcohol use, often take place during adolescence and can contribute to long-term negative health outcomes as well as the development of alcohol use disorders. ...

Medical research

Bone hormone influences brain development and cognition

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have found that the skeleton, acting through the bone-derived hormone osteocalcin, exerts a powerful influence on prenatal brain development and cognitive functions ...

Oncology & Cancer

Medication duloxetine helps reduce pain from chemotherapy

Among patients with painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, use of the anti-depressant drug duloxetine for 5 weeks resulted in a greater reduction in pain compared with placebo, according to a study in the April ...

Health

Contraband tobacco use hinders smoking cessation

People who smoke low-cost contraband cigarettes in Canada are less likely to stop smoking in the short term compared with people who smoke more expensive premium or discount cigarettes, according to a study published in CMAJ ...

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