Lack of vitamin D as a kid may lead to acting out as a teen

Vitamin D deficiency during childhood could lead to rule-breaking behavior as well as anxious and depressed moods later on in life.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine anxiety childrens-health depression emotions mood teenagers vitamin-d

Private prayer may boost memory for adults over 50

Attending religious services and private prayer may give people over 50 a boost to thinking and memory, researchers report.

Jared Wadley-Michigan | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cognition memory prayer religion social-lives

Wearable sensor detects what your sweat is saying

A cheap way to print sweat sensors onto rolls of plastic is another step toward replacing blood draws with wearables.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine medical-devices microfluidic sensors skin wearable-devices

Prescription omega 3s keep triglycerides in check

A prescrption for omega-3 fatty acids is an option for reducing high levels of triglycerides, research finds.

Rose Brandt-Arizona | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine fatty-acids heart-attacks hearts medications stroke

Bacterial trick may lead to antibiotics without side effects

Inspiration from the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease could lead to antibiotics that spare good bacteria and skip the side effects.

Steve Tally-Purdue | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics bacteria gut-bacteria legionnaires-disease medications microbiomes side-effects

What ethical rules should guide using CRISPR in people?

News that a scientist had used CRISPR on two twin girls shook the scientific world. In this podcast, experts explain the ethical issues around CRISPR.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine babies ethics genetic-engineering

Alzheimer’s drug reverses binge drinking damage in teen rats

The Alzheimer's drug donepezil can reverse the damage that alchohol exposure causes in the brains of adolescent rats. Could the same work for humans?

Sarah Avery-Duke | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alcohol alzheimers-disease brains medications

Seniors multitask in this brain game like they’re 20

"The brain is not a muscle, but like our bodies, if we work out and train it, we can improve our mental performance."

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging attention brains cognition focus gaming older-adults

‘As needed’ use of inhalers works just fine for kids with asthma

Using steroid inhalers on an as-needed basis effectively controls children's asthma with less medication, a new study shows.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine asthma childrens-health inhalers steroids

Your brain doesn’t recharge if you use your phone on break

"...the phone may carry increasing levels of distraction that make it difficult to return focused attention to work tasks."

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine attention brains jobs mobile-devices

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