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Smartphone health care app helps users lose weight

Behavior therapy is a well-known and effective treatment for obesity. But now, researchers from Japan have found that behavior therapy can be successfully implemented using a smartphone health care app. In a study recently published in Nutrients, researchers from the University of Tsukuba have revealed that CALO mama Plus, a newly developed health care app, […]

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Black Christian patients are less likely to receive their preferred end-of-life care

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published a paper in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities demonstrating the importance of respecting the deeply held beliefs of African American Christians to help provide equitable, goal-concordant end-of-life care to these patients. There are two schools of thought among clinicians at end of life: […]

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Using single-cell mass cytometry to explore the somatosensory system’s development

Humans perceive tactile information, including pressure, pain, itch, temperature, vibration and movements, thanks to an intricate network of neurons situated in the brain and spinal cord. This network, referred to as the somatosensory system, is now known to be composed of several different mature neuron populations situated in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and the […]

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Believe it or ‘nut,’ almonds can help you cut calories

Weight loss is never an easy nut to crack, but a handful of almonds could keep extra kilos at bay according to new research from the University of South Australia. Examining how almonds can affect appetite, researchers found that a snack of 30–50 grams of almonds could help people cut back on the number of […]

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Babies found to have greater imagination than previously known

In a new study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, scientists from Vienna-based Central European University have found that babies as young as 14 months old can consider several alternatives on their own if they have been shown an object that is not clearly recognizable and leaves several interpretations open. By measuring […]

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Youth suicide rates in US linked to shortages of mental healthcare workers at county level

Youth suicide rate increased as county levels of mental health professional shortages increased, after adjusting for county demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, according to the first national study to assess this association. The association remained significant for youth suicides by firearms. “Our results underscore the critical need to expand the mental health professional workforce in counties […]

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Ultrafine particles can change defense against lung cancer

While it may seem common knowledge that smoking is bad for your lungs, if and how ultrafine particles present in cigarette smoke impact the development and progression of lung cancer remains unclear. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine sought to find how airborne ultrafine particles in smoke can change a host’s defense against lung cancer. […]