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Sit down and relax with the most soothing song in the world

Piano

When it comes to dealing with stress, listening to your favourite music is one of the most relaxing and calming things that you can do. But before you turn up the volume on Beethoven’s Fifth or plug into One Direction’s latest album, pay heed to a group of scientists from the United Kingdom who claim to have found the world’s most relaxing song. ...

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The ability to repair damaged spinal cords has just moved one step closer

spinal-cord Injury

Researchers from Duke University have just discovered a key protein involved in the repair of spinal cords in zebrafish which they believe has the potential to help develop a treatment that can be used for humans. Unlike humans, the spinal cord of a zebrafish has the ability to completely recover after being severed and now scientists have been able to identify the protein ...

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Could sugary drinks be affecting our sleep?

Sleep

We’ve all heard about the effect of sugary drinks on our diet, our health and our teeth, but now a group of researchers from San Francisco believe that these drinks also have the ability to affect the length of time that we sleep. According to the results of their study carried out at UC San Francisco, people who get five or fewer hours ...

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Why amputees feel phantom limb pain

amputees

We’ve all heard tales of how amputees still feel pain in their missing limb, but why does this happen? Researchers from Osaka University in Japan in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, have suggested that it’s all down to a reorganisation of the wiring in the brain, and have identified a potential treatment for the problem. The vast majority of amputees suffer from ...

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Could radiation have a role to play in the development of Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimers

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark are concerned that exposure to radiation could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life. As more and more of us are exposed to ionising radiation, such as that from different forms of medical equipment, air travel and nuclear technologies, the thought that radiation could be a factor in the disease is rather worrying ...

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The reason why some of us can’t stand cheese

cheese

Are you one of those people who just can’t stand the smell or taste of cheese? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and now a group of French scientists have just explained the reason why, by providing an insight into the areas of the brain which decide whether you like the yellow stuff or not. While many of us find the smell of ...

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How a new therapy can help Alzheimer’s patients to remember names

Alzheimer's disease

A new telemedicine speech therapy program has been developed by Northwestern University which helps people with dementia to improve their recall of words and names. For patients with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most distressing aspects of the disease can be the inability to remember names or find the appropriate words they need in certain situations. However, this problem often goes untreated as ...

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Further proof that increasing your muscle strength can improve your brain

weight training

If you think that you’re too old to start weight training, it’s time to think again as researchers from the University of Sydney have just added further weight to the idea that improving your muscle strength can also improve your brain’s ability to function. From their recent trial, the researchers found that adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), were able to improve their ...

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Ultrasound scans appear to slow down brain ageing

Brain

If you’re an older person reading this, no doubt you’ve already experienced those moments where it seems that you almost have to drag the information you need from your brain. But this could all be a thing of the past, if the new research carried out at the University of Queensland is anything to go by. While treating the brain with scanning ultrasound ...

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