Medicine

Drinking Tea Improves Brain Efficiency, New Study Shows

Habitual tea drinking has positive effects on brain organization and gives rise to greater efficiency in functional and structural connectivity, according to a new study led by the National University of Singapore (NSU). Li et al provide the first evidence of the positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure. …

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Higher Coffee Consumption May Protect against Gallstone Disease

Higher coffee intake may help reduce the risk of symptomatic gallstone disease, according to a University of Copenhagen-led study. Coffee consumption is associated with low risk of symptomatic gallstone disease. Image credit: Nordestgaard et al, doi: 10.1111/joim.12970. In the study, Professor Anne Tybjærg-Hansen and her colleagues in Denmark tested the …

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Thread-Like Robot Could Deliver Clot-Reducing Therapies

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a thread-like ferromagnetic robot that can glide through complex and constrained environments, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain. Kim et al developed robotic thread that can be steered magnetically and is small enough to work …

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Dogs are Good for Your Heart Health: Study

People who have dogs are more likely to achieve the recommended level of behavioral cardiovascular health metrics such as physical activity and diet than non-owners of dogs, according to a new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality Outcomes. Pet owners, especially people who have dogs, are more …

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Microfluidics device helps diagnose sepsis in minutes

  A novel sensor designed by MIT researchers could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals that kills nearly 250,000 patients annually. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune response to infection triggers an inflammation chain reaction throughout the body, causing high heart …

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Excessive Coffee Drinking May Trigger Migraine Headaches

Drinking too much coffee or other caffeinated beverages may be a trigger for headaches among migraineurs, according to new research. Mostofsky et al aimed to evaluate the role of caffeinated beverage intake as a potential trigger of migraine headaches on that day or on the following day. Image credit: StockSnap. …

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