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New research explains why people gain weight as they age

New research explains why people gain weight as they age

Most people experience a struggle with weight gain as they advance in age. Up until this point, it has been unclear why exactly we have trouble to keep our weight down.

Deadly infections are on the rise worldwide; new antibiotics are needed urgently!

Deadly infections are on the rise worldwide; new antibiotics are needed urgently!

A growing number of people worldwide are dying of infections because more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. New species are urgently needed. A promising resistance inhibitor is now in development by the research group of Nathaniel Martin, professor of Biological chemistry.

Scientists take important steps towards treating MS and Alzheimer's

Scientists take important steps towards treating MS and Alzheimer's

Scientists from the Dutch Maastricht University and the Belgian Hasselt University succeeded for the first time in restoring the production of the substance myelin.

Research shows that teenagers that don't date, on average, have greater social skills and show less signs of depression

Research shows that teenagers that don't date, on average, have greater social skills and show less signs of depression

It is generally considered that dating is essential for teens to develop social skills and build their identity. However, a recent study from the University of Georgia has shown that not dating can, be equally good and in some aspects, even be better for their development.

Being left-handed doesn’t mean you are right-brained — so what does it mean?

Being left-handed doesn’t mean you are right-brained — so what does it mean?

There have been plenty of claims about what being left-handed means, and whether it changes the type of person someone is – but the truth is something of an enigma. Myths about handedness appear year after year, but researchers have yet to uncover all of what it means to be left-handed.

Higher vitamin A intake linked to lower skin cancer risk

Higher vitamin A intake linked to lower skin cancer risk

Researchers found that people who ate high levels of vitamin A were 17 percent less likely to get the second-most-common type of skin cancer years later.

Can plants think? They could one day force us to change our definition of intelligence

Can plants think? They could one day force us to change our definition of intelligence

Some might balk at the idea that plants made of roots, stems and leaves could have intelligence or consciousness. But scientists have actually been hotly debating this idea for decades.

Do electronic devices like smartphones make it harder for us to grasp science?

Do electronic devices like smartphones make it harder for us to grasp science?

Overindulgent interaction with electronic devices like smartphones and tablets may be related to weaker activity in areas of the brain that are key to understanding scientific texts, say researchers.

I sent my DNA to Norway for personalised nutrition advice, what I discovered made me rethink my diet completely

I sent my DNA to Norway for personalised nutrition advice, what I discovered made me rethink my diet completely

Personalized nutrition, where your DNA tells you what to eat and what not to eat, is gaining momentum. And for those with money to spare, a number of companies now offer fully personalized nutritional advice aimed at improving your overall health.

Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

I easily remember laughing at Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner while watching Saturday morning cartoons as a child. I can still see the Coyote walking slowly through the sweltering desert, sun high in the sky, sweating, tongue-hanging-out, about to collapse from heat, hunger and thirst. Then, BEEP! BEEP! the Road Runner would fly past, and the chase was on with a perfectly revived Coyote.

Offspring of pregnant women exposed to high level of pollutants may have lower IQs

Offspring of pregnant women exposed to high level of pollutants may have lower IQs

A new study found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of women exposed to lower levels.