Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light

New light-sensitive material could eliminate some of the endoscopic procedures needed to remove gastrointestinal devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 17, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research medicine mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-sciences-and-technology

3 brain games boost memory, focus, and flexible thinking

Three free brain games for your phone can help with memory, attention, and flexible thinking. And unlike with other games, there's research to back up the benefits.

Jordan Bennett-NYU | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains cognition gaming inhibition memory mobile-devices

Sepsis accounts for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

Twice as many people as previously believed die of sepsis worldwide—and a disproportionately high number of them are children.

Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health death immune-systems infections sepsis

Large hippocampus, better memory? Not necessarily

The size of the brain's hippocampus doesn't always matter for memory in older adults. New research clarifies why.

Michigan State | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging brains memory

Active babies may have lower obesity risk later

Infants who spend less time moving in their first year may have greater risk of obesity later. "Even in infancy it's important for children to move freely."

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine babies childrens-health exercise obesity

Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine deaths drugs life-expectancy mortality overdose

Teen brains are no match for fast food TV ads

Fast food advertisements on TV can prime teen brains to make unhealthy food choices, even when those ads are for salads and smoothies, new research shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine advertising brains food teenagers

Ageism can shorten life expectancy

Ageism can have real consequences for the health of older people, including shorter life expectancy and reduced access to health care, researchers say.

Michael Greenwood-Yale | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine aging bias life-expectancy seniors stereotypes stress

Blue light can boost healing for mild brain injuries

Blue light early in the morning can aid the healing process for mild traumatic brain injury, potentially because it gets people on the right sleep schedule.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains circadian-rhythms light sleep traumatic-injury

Texas patients are more likely to self-manage abortion

New research identifies four factors that led Texas patients to choose self-managed abortion.

UT Austin | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine abortion medications pregnancy stigma

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