Pesticide may increase autism risk

Pesticide may increase autism risk

Your Health A landmark study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry describes a correlation between pesticide levels in a mother’s blood and autism risk in their infants. DDT, once widely used, may play a role in autism. Autism is a...
'Monster' radish might help fight heart disease

'Monster' radish might help fight heart disease

Heart Health Discovering ways of reducing cardiovascular risk is an ongoing challenge for medical science. A recent study asks whether “monster” radishes might provide some assistance. The Sakurajima radish dwarfs the regular radishes pictured here. The...
Targeting gut bacteria to reduce heart disease

Targeting gut bacteria to reduce heart disease

Heart Health A new drug that blocks the production of one chemical by gut bacteria significantly reduces cardiovascular risk factors. Blocking a gut bacteria enzyme could improve heart health. Gut bacteria are intrinsically linked with the health of our entire body....
How fiber and gut bacteria reverse stress damage

How fiber and gut bacteria reverse stress damage

Stress and Anxiety In the stressful world we inhabit, many of us are keen to protect our bodies from the harmful effects that stress can produce. A new study hints that a high-fiber diet might go some way to achieving this. A new study looks deeper at links between...

Anxiety: Hereditary brain chemistry explored

Stress and Anxiety By investigating the brains of hundreds of genetically related monkeys, researchers have identified the brain regions and networks involved in anxiety. They have also shown that changes in connectivity between them are heritable. A new study...
Will climate change increase suicide rates?

Will climate change increase suicide rates?

Your Health Global warming seems set to impact almost every facet of our lives. A new study predicts that it might also increase suicide rates in the United States and Mexico. Climate change and self-harm are investigated in a new study. Sadly, suicide is still one of...
Feeling dizzy after standing may predict dementia

Feeling dizzy after standing may predict dementia

Heart Health According to a new study, middle-aged people who feel dizzy when they stand up may have a higher risk of developing dementia later in life. Orthostatic hypotension may be a risk factor for dementia. Some people feel a lightheaded sensation when standing...
Ketamine could help reduce opioid use in the ER

Ketamine could help reduce opioid use in the ER

Addiction A recent meta-analysis pits the analgesic effect of ketamine against opioids in an emergency room setting. The authors conclude that ketamine could be a useful, safe alternative. Ketamine may be a viable alternative to opioids in the ER. Opioids, such as...
Eat fish for a longer life, study suggests

Eat fish for a longer life, study suggests

Heart Health A 16-year study, which dove into the data of almost half a million men and women, concludes that a diet rich in fish predicts a longer life. Could fish extend your life? Consuming fish has long been recommended as part of a nutritious diet. Rich in...
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