Can dim light make us … dim?
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(ANI News) — WASHINGTON: Did you know dim light could make you dumber?

According to a new study, spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn.

The Michigan State University researchers studied the brains of Nile grass rats (which,  …

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Quebec MRI machines underused despite long wait times: report
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(Raquel Fletcher/ Global News) — Quebec’s health minister came under fire for the third day in a row during question period on Thursday, this time over a report in the French-language newspaper La Presse, which found that MRI and CT scan machines are widely underused in hospitals, despite long waiting lists.

The La Presse report  …

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What STIs can you get from oral sex?
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(Zawn Villines/ Medical News Today) — Some people mistakenly believe that it is rare or impossible for sexually transmitted infections to be spread through oral sex.

However, it is possible to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from oral sex; in fact, some STIs, such as genital herpes and gonorrhea, are more commonly  …

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University program focuses on mental health benefits of physical fitness
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(Kelly Steele/ Windsor Star) — The University of Windsor has kicked off a program designed to get students struggling with mental health issues into a physical fitness routine.

“We certainly know all of the issues with students getting in to see counsellors, the wait time, the prevalence of mental health issues on university   …

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Your weight loss efforts are contagious
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(Maria Cohut/ Medical New Today) — Many of us take the steps to shed those extra pounds because we want to live a healthier life or fit into our favorite outfit again. But could our efforts actually bring health benefits to our loved ones, too?

Finally enrolling in that weight loss program or adopting a more balanced diet is something  …

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A big step toward a blood test for Alzheimer’s
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(Bret Stetka/ Scientific American) — For the most part, clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease have been woefully disappointing—failed drug after failed drug. Even colossal drugmaker Pfizer announced earlier this month that it will stop pursuing treatments for the disorder out of scientific and financial frustration.   …

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Instead of filling cavities, dentists may soon regenerate teeth
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Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanisms

(Ferris Jabr/ Scientific American) — For dentists, a cavity is a conundrum—in order to save the tooth they must further damage it.

Currently, the primary way to treat a cavity is to excavate  …

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Endometriosis: ‘My vagina tried to kill me’
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(BBC Radio 5 Live) — Comedian Amy Vreeke has based a show around her diagnosis of endometriosis, in a bid to challenge the taboos around the condition.

The 26-year-old from Manchester was only diagnosed after years of being wrongly told she had everything from IBS to an STI, and much more in between.

She only realised what she had after reading  …

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Why do hospitals bare butts when there are better gowns around?
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(Bob Tedeschi/ STAT) — Every decade or so, the headlines reappear:

“Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley updates hospital wear for patients” (United Press International, June 1999)

“Diane von Furstenberg Redesigns the Hospital Gown” (GOOD, September 2010)

“The Hospital Gown Gets a Modest Redesign” (The New York Times, January 2018)  …

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Soy milk the best plant-based dairy drink: McGill study
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(Stéphnie Marin/ Presse Canadienne) — Among plant-based milks, soy milk is the best nutritionally, according to a team of researchers at McGill University.

Faced with the ever-growing popularity of these plant-based dairy drinks, and in the face of increasingly diversified offering on grocery-store  …

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