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Computer Models Could Be Next Step in Decoding the Brain

WebMD - Fri, 09/16/2022 - 14:02

Cedars-Sinai neuroscientists have developed the most complex brain cell models to date, the latest advance in our decades-long pursuit to understand how the brain works.

Tired After a Long Day of Thinking Hard? Here’s Why

WebMD - Fri, 09/16/2022 - 13:20

Hours of mentally hard work can lead to a buildup of toxic byproducts in the brain and alter its ability to function, French researchers found.

With Polio’s Return, Here’s What Back-to-Schoolers Need to Know

WebMD - Fri, 09/16/2022 - 12:56

Because polio has been vanishingly rare in the United States for nearly a half-century, doctors may not consider it when diagnosing patients with typical symptoms. Here are the signs and the science behind an infectious disease that is largely a mystery to modern society.

Weight-Loss Surgery Has Long-Term Benefits for Pain, Mobility

WebMD - Fri, 09/16/2022 - 12:45

Though many patients regain some weight in the first couple of years after bariatric surgery, a new study finds pain and movement benefits seem to stand the test of time.

New Science Reveals the Best Way to Take a Pill

WebMD - Fri, 09/16/2022 - 12:11

Standing? Sitting? Lying down? Your body position may impact how well oral medication works, Johns Hopkins scientists report.

Monkeypox Outbreak Slows as Feds Promise Action, Outreach

WebMD - Thu, 09/15/2022 - 18:25

Although the overall picture is improving, there are still some areas in the United States seeing increasing infection numbers. Federal officials said they'll keep “the pedal to the metal.”

Long COVID Was a Preventable Tragedy. Some of Us Saw It Coming

WebMD - Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:59

Brian Vastag is a former science reporter for The Washington Post who has been disabled by myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) since 2012. Here, he writes about the similarities between his disease and long COVID, reflecting on how the latter was, and is, a preventable tragedy.

In Small Study, CAR-T Therapy Pushes Lupus Into Remission

WebMD - Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:03

While there's no cure for lupus and treatments don't work for everyone with the disease, a new study shows a cancer therapy may kick hard-to-treat lupus into remission.

Fruit Leathers Have Detectable Pesticides: Report

WebMD - Thu, 09/15/2022 - 13:54

Many brands of fruit leathers, a popular children’s snack, have detectable levels of pesticides, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization aiming to improve human health and the environment. Many dried fruit snacks also have detectable pesticide levels.

Family Dinner: How to Make It Happen

WebMD - Thu, 09/15/2022 - 12:20

Families have changed and so have dinners. But many families still make it a priority to connect over a meal. Here’s how.

Celebrity Actors Film Their Colonoscopies to Bring Awareness

WebMD - Wed, 09/14/2022 - 18:57

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are taking on different roles -- starring in a new campaign to raise awareness about the importance of screening for colon cancer.

Lack of Sleep in Teens May Lead to Obesity

WebMD - Wed, 09/14/2022 - 14:25

The harmful effects of poor sleep add up for the teenage population.

Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

WebMD - Wed, 09/14/2022 - 13:08

Researchers found a combination of walking, sitting, and holding babies for specific intervals of time worked best.

Most Americans Over 50 Suffer Some Type of Joint Pain (Poll)

WebMD - Wed, 09/14/2022 - 01:16

A recent poll finds 70% of people over 50 experience joint pain at least occasionally and about 60% have been told they have some form of arthritis.

TikTok 'Slugging' Trend Has People Coating Their Faces With Grease

WebMD - Wed, 09/14/2022 - 01:07

Slugging involves slathering some sort of sealing agent -- like Vaseline or another petroleum-based ointment -- onto the skin.

Biden Makes Another Push for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

WebMD - Tue, 09/13/2022 - 17:49

In a speech at the famed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Biden likened JFK's space race to his own effort to slash cancer rates by 50% in the next 25 years.

Is Sweat the Future of Health Monitoring?

WebMD - Tue, 09/13/2022 - 14:04

Someday, you may be able to skip the blood draw and slap on a sweat sensor instead to measure hormones, prescription drug levels, and even how much booze you drank.

Your Poop May Hold the Secret to Long Life

WebMD - Tue, 09/13/2022 - 13:32

Making a deposit to a "poop bank" sounds gross, but it could be a key step in ensuring your own long-term health for years to come.

A Million Transplants: System Faces Questions Amid Milestone

WebMD - Mon, 09/12/2022 - 15:59

While the milestone is noteworthy, and transplant surgeons call it a “remarkable number” that’s cause for celebration, they also acknowledge that much work needs to be done to address the lengthy waiting list for organs and other major issues.

Unhealthy Gums Could Up Your Odds for Dementia

WebMD - Mon, 09/12/2022 - 15:40

A new study suggests gum disease has far-reaching effects and may increase your odds of developing dementia.

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