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Intensive care unit going to the dogs to help elderly patients

2015-08-27 13:21
UT Health researchers study how therapy dogs can help elderly in the ICU

University of Texas Health Science Center researchers are exploring the use of therapy dogs in the intensive care unit to help elderly patients heal. Investigators from UT Health are launching a study that they expect will scientifically prove dogs can help ICU patients recover from disease.

The UT team was awarded a grant from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) that they will use to investigate how brief visits from a therapy

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Sweetgrass Fights Mosquitoes As Well as DEET

2015-08-21 09:54
Sweetgrass fights mosquitoes as well as DEET

Long ago, Native North Americans didn’t have insect and mosquito spray to ward off these pests, but they did have a natural remedy called sweetgrass. Now scientists say they have identified the active substances in this Native American answer to mosquito repellent.

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) is a fragrant herb that is native to North America and Eurasia. You may also know it as holy grass, vanilla grass, or Mary’s grass.

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6 tips for making sure your drinking water is safe and healthy

2015-08-10 18:08

How often have you seen these statements? “Drink more water!” “Stay hydrated!” “If you do not drink eight glasses of water a day, you are not getting enough fluids!” Although you know the human body needs water to thrive, you do not see many concerns about safe, healthy drinking water in first-world countries. This is considered to be a non-issue. However, many homes have drinking water that is not sanitary or is contaminated.

6 tips to ensure your drinking water is safe

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Four ways the food industry is making us sick that government is ignoring

2015-07-12 13:49
How the food industry is making us sick that the government is promoting

Dr Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and host of Medicine on Call is highlighting the role of the food industry and health care reform. George says there is a direct correlation between obesity and chronic illnesses that stem from the food we eat that is being ignored by the government.

Obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980. Chronic diseases linked to obesity include breast cancer, heart disease, fatty liver disease, musckuloskeletal problems, diabetes and more.

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How your clothes and jewelry affect your emotional state

2015-07-01 21:29

Researchers have discovered that clothes and jewelry are linked to people’s emotional states. In addition, formal wear has a strong connection to a person’s mood. Although you may not notice how much your outfit or jewelry affects you on a daily basis, scientists have found that your attire can reveal your state of mind.

A study from the University of Hertfordshire found that women’s clothing choices were being influenced by their mood.

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Study shows music shares same beat and purpose worldwide

2015-06-30 07:55
Music shares the same beat across the world, study finds.

Researchers from University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts recently explored why people make music. Is making music more than just individual expression?

Findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggest music has universal aspects that helps societies form bonds.

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First known study uncovers what fructose does to your brain

2015-06-26 19:57
Fructose and the brain

Researchers have shown for the first time how fructose affects our brain in ways that could be contributing to diabetes, obesity and more.

Fructose that includes high fructose corn syrup or HFCS behaves differently in the body despite the fact that they have similar chemical compositions.

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Online dating advice from scientists reveals profile tips

2015-06-15 19:11
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A study from Queen Mary University of London analyzed online dating and the art of attraction. The researchers found specific factors in a person’s profile could influence interest. They determined that multiple elements play a role in attraction, and the right profile can make a difference.

The research, published in Evidence Based Medicine, reveals that initial interest in an online dating profile is based on

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Chikungunya Update as Vacation Season Arrives

2015-05-14 10:31
chikungunya update as vacation season arrives

As we enter vacation season, concerns about what to pack should also be accompanied by awareness of mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya is one such disease, so here’s what you and your family should know about it.

The chikungunya virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

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Western lifestyle could be culprit for our disappearing healthy gut bacteria

2015-04-19 12:34
Is Western lifestyle to blame for our disappearing healthy gut bacteria?

Researchers are trying to understand more about bacteria in the gut and how diversity of microbes promote or adversely affect our health. A new study suggests Western lifestyle might be the culprit for disappearing bacteria in our intestines that can have implications for health.

Senior author Jens Walter of the University of Alberta Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science points out several factors that are thought to alter intestinal bacteria including

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