Processed food bad for mental health

A recent study has suggested that consumption of processed meats like bacon and hot dogs can be linked to mental breakdowns. A Johns Hopkins Medicine study has revealed that those who were hospitalised for mania were more than three times more likely to have had eaten beef jerky, ham or salami in the recent past
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Sydney : Australian researchers today said they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a “world first” breakthrough that could save many lives. The scientists, from Edith Cowan University, said the new test could help doctors detect the skin cancer before it spreads through a person’s body. “Patients who
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Memory, learning and cognitive flexibility depend on a protein ‘off-switch’ in the brain, according to a breakthrough discovery made by an international research collaboration co-led by the University of Warwick. This new knowledge could enable us to better understand

A good night of sleep entails about eight hours of blissful immobility – a state of near paralysis that, though welcome at night, would be inconvenient during the day. In a recently published paper, Rockefeller scientists shed new light on the transitions between a wakeful, active state and the stillness of sleep. Through a series
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Humans can accurately sense the position, speed and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements. Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their
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Building on two decades of research, investigators at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern have determined that “cellular housekeeping” can extend the lifespan and health span of mammals. A study jointly led by Drs. Salwa Sebti and Álvaro Fernández, postdoctoral researchers in the Centre for Autophagy Research, found that mice with persistently increased levels of autophagy
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Scientists have zeroed in on a culprit that spurs damaging inflammation in the heart following a heart attack. The guilty party is a type of immune cell that tries to heal the injured heart but instead triggers inflammation that leads to even more damage. Further, the researchers have found that an already approved drug effectively
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In research published recently, Babraham Institute researchers have shown that some tumours use not one but two levels of protection against the immune system. Knocking out one level boosted the protective effects of the second and vice versa. The research demonstrates that a two-pronged approach targeting both cell types simultaneously may offer a promising route
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Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” is a visual disorder common in children. The symptoms often are low acuity in the affected or “lazy” eye and impaired depth perception. Researchers have long believed that the impaired vision by one eye is a consequence of exaggerated eye dominance that favours

James Cook University (JCU) scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year. Professor Mohan Jacob, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at JCU, leads a team investigating the problem. He said an
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