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Can pink noise enhance sleep and memory? Early research drives a color noise buzz

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You may have heard of white noise used to mask background sounds. Now, it has colorful competition. There’s a growing buzz around pink noise, brown noise, green noise — a rainbow of soothing sounds — and their theoretical effects on sleep, concentration and the relaxation response. The science is new… Read

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Heat waves can be deadly for older adults: An aging global population means millions at risk

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A deadly heat wave gripped large regions of Asia for weeks in April and May. As temperatures climbed past 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 Celsius) in India on May 7, campaigning politicians, local news announcers and voters waiting in long lines passed out from the oppressive heat. From as far north… Read

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Gaps remain between what's known about obesity and how it's being treated

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Obesity rates in the U.S. continue to rise, thwarting progress in reducing the rate of heart disease and stroke. But scientific advances in how to treat obesity often don't make it into clinical practice, according to a new report. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the… Read

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Yes, adults can develop food allergies. Here are 4 types you need to know about

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If you didn’t have food allergies as a child, is it possible to develop them as an adult? The short answer is yes. But the reasons why are much more complicated. Preschoolers are about four times more likely to have a food allergy than adults and are more likely to grow out… Read

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Japan scientists mass-generate cells for sperm, eggs using human iPS

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A research team at Kyoto University in western Japan has succeeded in mass-generating cells capable of turning into sperm or eggs by using human induced pluripotent cells, with the achievement expected to boost studies in reproductive medicine. The research, published in the online edition of the British science journal Nature… Read

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Will AI replace doctors who read X-rays, or just make them better than ever?

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How good would an algorithm have to be to take over your job? It’s a new question for many workers amid the rise of ChatGPT and other AI programs that can hold conversations, write stories and even generate songs and images within seconds. For doctors who review scans to spot… Read

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New roadmap to lower the risk of amputation in peripheral artery disease

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Early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral artery disease is key to preventing amputations and other cardiovascular complications, according to new guidelines that also emphasize the importance of coordinated care from a multispecialty team. "Because of the complexities of PAD, to improve outcomes and reduce the risk of limb loss for… Read

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Binge drinking is a growing public health crisis

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With the new Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black” in U.S. theaters as of May 17, 2024, the late singer’s relationship with alcohol and drugs is under scrutiny again. In July 2011, Winehouse was found dead in her flat in north London from “death by misadventure” at the age of… Read

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Attacking birth control pills, U.S. influencers push misinformation

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U.S. wellness influencers are increasingly targeting birth control pills, pushing their followers to abandon the contraceptives with false claims about infertility and low libido that researchers say leave them vulnerable to unintended pregnancies. The explosion of misinformation on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram comes as reproductive rights take center… Read

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Why is cancer called cancer? We need to go back to Greco-Roman times for the answer

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One of the earliest descriptions of someone with cancer comes from the fourth century BC. Satyrus, tyrant of the city of Heracleia on the Black Sea, developed a cancer between his groin and scrotum. As the cancer spread, Satyrus had ever greater pains. He was unable to sleep and had convulsions. Advanced… Read

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