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Loneliness Can Help Grow Parts of the Brain Tied to Imagination, Study Finds

Though largely associated with negativity, loneliness does seem to have some positive benefits to a person’s brain. Without the presence (or distraction) of other people, brain activity tends to increase in the more creative parts of the brain, including planning and reminiscing. Researchers found that people who spent more time alone had stronger and more …

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Breakthrough Cancer Therapies Offer Hope for Patients

Research into cancer treatments has steadily looked into many previously unthinkable or initially odd methods to slow or prevent the spread of the disease. During 2012 a patient had finished the most traditional types of treatment, including more than a year of chemotherapy, without any real effect to slow the acute cancer she had. She …

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Can Synthetic Biology Make Mosquito-Borne Diseases a Thing of the Past?

Vector-borne illnesses are diseases that are transmitted by insects, and these diseases result in the death of more than 5 million people annually. Currently there are pills (such as those given for malaria) and vaccines for some of the illnesses are being developed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching synthetic biology …

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All the Delicious Ways Hot Chocolate Is Really Good for You

For many people, hot chocolate is closely tied to nostalgia and memories of childhood, and that is a good enough reason to indulge in sipping a hot cup of the beverage during the winter. However, there are some other nutritional benefits that can justify drinking it instead of a more “adult” drink. When properly prepared, …

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Digital Health Tools Offer New Opportunities for Personalized Care

Even the healthcare industry has gravitated toward a digital approach, with smartphones and gadgets providing a way to better track and monitor patients’ regular behaviors. Both health care professionals and employers are able to use devices to track how patients and employees are behaving to help determine the areas where individuals can improve their habits. …

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