Health, Mind & Brain:
Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There’s often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to die excruciating deaths.
Young people spend a lot of time on social media. They’re also more susceptible to peer pressure, low self-esteem and mental ill-health. A number of studies have found associations between increased social media use and depression, anxiety, sleep problems, eating concerns, and suicide risk.
Getting a good sleep can be tough, and this can lead to feeling less than refreshed when you wake up in the morning. Falling asleep and waking up are brain processes we don’t fully understand, but research suggeststhese transitions are a lot more gradual than the flip of a switch.
A potentially new treatment that could delay or even prevent Alzheimer's is in the works. It uses a compound that limits the growth and formation of damaging plaques, which are known to be prevalent in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a "breakthrough device" that can match cancer patients with individualized treatment regiments with just one test. This device can detect 324 specific genetic mutations and two genomic signatures.
SENS Research Foundation co-founder Aubrey de Grey believes in a world in which we no longer age. At a London event, he explained that he believes the first person who will live to be 1,000 has already been born, and we'll solve this "aging problem" within 20 years.
If a glass of wine puts you to sleep, but harder drinks out with friends pump you up, you’re not alone. Drawing on data from the Global Drug Survey, researchers analysed how 30,000 young adults from 21 countries responded to questions about how they feel after drinking alcohol. Respondents reported different reactions depending on the type of alcohol consumed. Study author Mark Bellis, a researcher at Public Health Wales, tells us more.
A team of scientists from South Korea has created a chemical that can prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Known as PTD-DMB, the substance has been shown to work on mice, and it is now being tested for toxicity before human trials are considered.
Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits.
Parents and teachers are painfully aware that it’s nearly impossible to get a teenager to focus on what you think is important. Even offering them a bribe or issuing a stern warning will typically fail. There may be many reasons for that, including the teenager’s developing sense of independence and social pressure from friends.