Massage measurably reduces stress
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Massage measurably reduces stress

A study finds that 10 minutes of massage or relaxation can activate the body’s system for overcoming stress.Share on PinterestImage credit: Cavan Images/Getty Images.The damaging effects of stress are well-known, but fortunately, our bodies have a built-in system for managing and recovering from it. This system is called the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). While there…
The flu pandemic of 1918 and early conspiracy theories
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The flu pandemic of 1918 and early conspiracy theories

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, but it is not unique. Past pandemics have likewise been accompanied by conspiracy theories and waves of mistrust in science. In this Curiosities of Medical History feature, we look at some of the wildest theories to emerge during the flu pandemic of 1918.Share on PinterestImage credit:…
Homemade masks: Study tests various fabrics
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Homemade masks: Study tests various fabrics

A new study demonstrates that the fabrics typically used in homemade face masks effectively block droplets that could contain SARS-CoV-2.Share on PinterestImage credit: ti-ja / Getty Images.New research has found that the typical materials in homemade facemasks effectively block droplets that may carry SARS-CoV-2.The research, which appears in the journal Extreme Mechanics Letters, reinforces current…
Study reveals possible biochemical trigger for Alzheimer’s disease
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Study reveals possible biochemical trigger for Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have identified differences in how the brains of people with Alzheimer’s process a key protein. The discovery could lead to new diagnostic tests and possibly even treatments.Share on PinterestImage credit: Terry Vine / Getty Images.Alzheimer’s disease, which involves a progressive loss of memory and thinking skills, is the most common form of dementia.In 2014,…
US election 2020: Scientists weigh in on climate change issues
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US election 2020: Scientists weigh in on climate change issues

SciLine, an independent media organization created in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), asked its experts the following question: ‘What science-backed considerations are most important for voters to understand as they compare candidates’ approaches to addressing […] climate change issues?’ Below, we report on the experts’ answers.Share on PinterestImage credit:…
Electoral psychology: Why people vote … or do not vote
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Electoral psychology: Why people vote … or do not vote

According to some recent surveys, almost half of all United States citizens who are eligible to vote do not report to their polling stations to cast their ballots. In this Special Feature, we look at some of the psychological explanations behind voter apathy.Share on PinterestImage credit: Hill Street Studios / Getty Images.Earlier this year, the…
Zika and other arboviruses linked to neurological issues
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Zika and other arboviruses linked to neurological issues

A new study has explored the link between the Zika and chikungunya arboviruses and neurological or cerebrovascular diseases.Share on PinterestNew research provides insight into the link between mosquito-borne viruses and neurological conditions. Image credit: LWA/Getty ImagesNew research has helped clarify the link between the Zika and chikungunya arboviruses — viruses carried by arthropods such as…
Anxiety symptoms increased during the pandemic, Google Trends show
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Anxiety symptoms increased during the pandemic, Google Trends show

A new study has found a significant rise in people searching Google for anxiety symptoms during the pandemic.Share on PinterestImage credit: Mladen_Kostic/Getty ImagesNew research found that in the United States, Google searches for ‘worry,’ ‘anxiety,’ and therapeutic techniques to manage worry and anxiety have increased during the pandemic.The research, featuring as a commentary in the…
Is there a link between thunderstorms and an increase in ER visits?
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Is there a link between thunderstorms and an increase in ER visits?

A new study has found an association between thunderstorms and an increase in the number of older adults seeking emergency care for respiratory issues.Share on PinterestImage credit: Amit Misra/Getty ImagesNew research has found that older adults with respiratory issues are more likely to need emergency medical care on the eve of a thunderstorm.The research, published…