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Common yeast infection linked to mental illness

In a study published in online journal npj Schizophrenia, Johns Hopkins researchers found that a history of Candida yeast infections was more common in a group of subjects with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than in those without these disorders. The researchers caution that their findings do not establish a cause-and-effect relationship between mental illness and yeast infections, but […]

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A bad boss can cripple your immune system

A stressful workplace can dramatically change gene expression in our immune system and significantly impact our health, say Ohio State University scientists in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study co-author John Sheridan said that although the mind-body health connection is well established, the inner workings of that association are still not […]

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“Significant association” found between use of psychedelic drugs and better mental health

The use of LSD, magic mushrooms, or peyote does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems, say Norwegian researchers, who instead found a correlation between the use of psychedelic drugs and fewermental health problems. The researchers, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, based their findings on an analysis of data […]

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Choir’s hearts beat as one

Swedish researchers studying how music affects the human body have found that when people sing in a choir their heartbeats become synchronized and their pulses increase and decrease in unison. Until now, choral singing’s effects on health have not been the subject of detailed investigation. The researchers, from the University of Gothenburg, believe their research […]

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Gene mutation behind African migration also responsible for modern health woes

The brain-boosting genetic mutation that allowed primitive man to migrate across the African continent is over-represented in modern-day African Americans and is believed to be responsible for the higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer in that racial group. The findings are the result of a genetic analysis of different racial and […]

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Is Mills and Boon derailing women’s health?

Writing in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, pop-psychologist and agony aunt Susan Quilliam argues that idealized romantic fiction has more of an influence on many women than professional clinical advice, a situation that is damaging the effectiveness of a number of family planning and reproductive health initiatives. “Modern women are still […]

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“Hazardous” drinking levels good for the heart

A controversial new study from Boston University shows that alcohol appears to have cardio-protective effects not only in moderate drinkers, but also in those individuals with patterns of alcohol use traditionally considered as hazardous. The study appears in The American Journal on Addictions. The study assessed the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in 43,093 […]

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Breeder or worker? Scientists search for the genes that drive societies

In order understand the evolution of complex societies; researchers are sequencing the genomes of social insects to decipher which genes might be responsible for the division of labor and reproduction, two crucial characteristics that are important to the evolution of social structure. Published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study focuses on […]

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The most intriguing science news from 2010

Do we have depression all wrong? Is there actually some truth to astrology? Could your antique collection be making you sick? Why are scientists teaching robots to lie? Do country boys have more packed into their trousers than their city cousins? Find out all this and more in our selection of 2010’s most interesting science […]

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