Uncategorized Creativity and impulsiveness

Creativity and impulsiveness

Should I first respond to e-mails, then write invoices and when that gets boring, carry on working on the concept for a new advertising campaign, then when I run out of ideas go back to my routine tasks? Or should I first finish off my routine tasks and then focus on my creative tasks during …

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Uncategorized Civil War plant medicines

Civil War plant medicines

During the height of the Civil War, the Confederate Surgeon General commissioned a guide to traditional plant remedies of the South, as battlefield physicians faced high rates of infections among the wounded and shortages of conventional medicines. A new study of three of the plants from this guide — the white oak, the tulip poplar …

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Uncategorized Blocking a protein may limit spread of prostate

Blocking a protein may limit spread of prostate

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that blocking a specific protein, may be a promising strategy to prevent the spread of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Under the direction of BUSM’s Gerald V. Denis PhD, researchers have long studied a family of three closely related proteins, called BET bromodomain proteins, composed of …

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Uncategorized Environmental pollutants affect sexual development and fertility of future generations

Environmental pollutants affect sexual development and fertility of future generations

Exposure to environmental pollutants can cause alterations in brain development that affect sexual development and fertility for several generations, according to findings to be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019. The offspring of pregnant rats exposed to a mixture of common endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), at doses equivalent to …

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Uncategorized Making complex decisions

Making complex decisions

When making a complex decision, we often break the problem down into a series of smaller decisions. For example, when deciding how to treat a patient, a doctor may go through a hierarchy of steps — choosing a diagnostic test, interpreting the results, and then prescribing a medication. Making hierarchical decisions is straightforward when the …

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Uncategorized A direct link between chronic insomnia and memory issues

A direct link between chronic insomnia and memory issues

Chronic insomnia disorder, which affects approximately 10 percent of adults, has a direct negative impact on cognitive function of people aged 45 and over, independent of the effect of other health issues. This is the primary finding from an analysis of sleep data from the pan-Canadian cohort of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. The …

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Uncategorized Do glucosamine supplements lower risk of cardiovascular disease?

Do glucosamine supplements lower risk of cardiovascular disease?

Regular use of glucosamine supplements may be related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, suggests an analysis of data from the UK Biobank study, published in The BMJ today. The findings suggest that glucosamine may have benefits in preventing CVD events, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, and further clinical trials …

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Uncategorized Brain changes linked with Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

Brain changes linked with Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

In a records review of 290 people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, scientists at Johns Hopkins say they have identified an average level of biological and anatomical brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s disease that occur three to 10 years — some even more than 30 years — before the disease’s first recognizable symptoms appear. “Our …

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Uncategorized Good sleep quality and good mood lead to good working memory with age

Good sleep quality and good mood lead to good working memory with age

A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building block of a functioning mind — and three health-related factors: sleep, age, and depressed mood. The team also reports that each of these factors is associated with different aspects of working memory. Working memory is the part of short-term memory …

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Uncategorized More than 50% rise in chemotherapy demand predicted by 2040

More than 50% rise in chemotherapy demand predicted by 2040

To deliver optimal treatment by 2040, a significant expansion of the chemotherapy workforce is needed. Between 2018 and 2040, the number of patients requiring first-line chemotherapy treatment each year is predicted to rise from 9.8 million to 15 million (53%) globally, if there were full application of evidence-based guidelines. This is according to a modelling …

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