What sleep docs want you to know about turning the clocks back

(Lauren Bedosky/ Everyday Health) — Before heading to bed on October 31, many North Americans will set their clocks back one hour to prepare for the end of daylight saving time (DST). In the states … Read More

Tats off: targeting the immune system may lead to better tattoo removal
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(Mo Costandi/ Scientific American) — People who are thinking about getting inked are often told, “a tattoo is for life.” Etched into the layer of skin just below the epidermis, they are notoriously difficult to remove. And the laser surgery method for doing so is costly, time-consuming and—often—has far from perfect results.  …

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How bilingualism may protect against Alzheimer’s
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(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — New research published in the journal Neuropsychologia reveals that bilingualism makes changes in brain structure that are linked with resilience against Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

More and more research has been pointing to bilingualism as a viable means  …

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Five categories for adult diabetes, not just type 1 and type 2, study shows
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(Nicola Davis/ The Guardian) — Diabetes that begins in adulthood falls into five distinct categories, new research has revealed, with scientists suggesting it is time to ditch the idea that diabetes is largely split into two types.

Researchers say all of the newly classified subgroups are genetically distinct and have numerous  …

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Smartphones are bad for some teens, not all
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(Candice Odgers/ Nature) — Last year, I received a phone call from an angry father. He had just read in the newspaper about my research suggesting that some adolescents might benefit from time spent online. Once, he raged, his children had been fully engaged with family and church and had talked non-stop at meal times. Now, as adolescents  …

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Common human skin bacteria could protect against cancer, say researchers
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(Nicola Davis/ The Guardian) — A type of bacteria commonly found on human skin produces a substance that may help protect against skin cancer, researchers have revealed.

The scientists say the surprise discovery regarding a strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis highlights the importance of the community microbes found on   …

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Are varicose veins a warning sign of potentially deadly clots?
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(Susan Scutti/ CNN) — Varicose veins may be an early warning sign of potentially deadly blood clots, suggests a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA.

Enlarged and gnarled varicose veins and deep venous thrombosis, a clot that forms in the deep veins of the body, are strongly associated, the Taiwanese researchers found.  …

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No link between birth control and depression, study says
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(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — An analysis of 30 years of research finds no correlation between progestin-only birth control methods and depression, said Dr. Brett Worly, lead author of the new study and OB-GYN at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“A lot of my patients want to know if their birth control will lead  …

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Scientists are peeking into the brains of ‘superagers’ to uncover their secrets
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(Lauran Neergaard/ Associated Press) WASHINGTON — It’s pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these “superagers” to uncover their secret.

The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to  …

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Common blood pressure drug may prevent type 1 diabetes
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(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) — Researchers from Colorado and Florida have found that a drug commonly used to control blood pressure could have another use: preventing and treating type 1 diabetes.

The new research — co-authored by Dr. Aaron Michels, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado  …

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