Researchers create a child-friendly ‘gaze test’ to identify autism in young kids

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a very difficult condition to diagnose, particularly in young children. Previously, we’ve seen technology intended to detect it by ‘reading’ kids’ faces. A new system, however, also gets children to read the faces of others

Researchers create a child-friendly ‘gaze test’ to identify autism in young kidsCurrently, doctors determine if children have ASD based on interviews with them, or via questionnaires that the young patients complete. Unfortunately, both of these approaches can be quite tiresome for restless toddlers, potentially resulting in inaccurate diagnoses. With that in mind, scientists at Canada’s University of Waterloo have developed what is said to be a […]

How diet changes the brain and promotes overeating

Obesity is a worldwide problem, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that 650 million people across the globe were obese in 2016. Many experts point the finger at overeating and a sedentary lifestyle as the root causes of the obesity epidemic

How diet changes the brain and promotes overeatingHowever, any action that we take has consequences at the molecular level, and experts know little detail about how our brains behave as the readings on the scales slowly go up. Scientists have implicated specific neurons in the lateral hypothalamic area, a region involved in survival mechanisms such as food intake, in signaling to the […]

Why is yoga and meditation beneficial to the human body?

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reveals that yoga and meditation appear to have a positive effect on the central nervous system as well as the immune system

Why is yoga and meditation beneficial to the human body?Increasingly, yoga practice and meditation have been the focus of research aiming to test their benefits. Recently, Medical News Today have reported on a wealth of studies pointing to many different advantages of yoga and meditation, including countering cognitive decline, acting on genetic factors that predispose individuals to stress, improving lower back pain, and easing […]

Daily yoga practice can help benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis

According a study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, eight weeks of intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of physical and psychological symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating chronic auto-immune inflammatory disease

Daily yoga practice can help benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritisResearchers are now hopeful that yoga could be an effective way of reducing the severity of symptoms associated with this type of arthritis. Published in the Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience Journal, researchers explained that an eight-week intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of both physical and psychological symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Yoga has other […]

6 fingers per hand are better than 5, say researchers

Some people around the world have polydactyly, meaning that they are born with extra fingers on their hands or extra toes on their feet. Some doctors may refer to this as a ‘malformation,’ but does polydactyly actually bring benefits to an individual?

6 fingers per hand are better than 5, say researchersAn estimated one in every 700–1,000 babies is born with polydactyly, which means they have extra fingers on their hands or extra toes on their feet or both. Because polydactyly is so unusual, some people may consider it a malformation or anomaly. Many doctors may surgically remove any extra fingers or toes at birth, as […]

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

According to a new study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of complications related to their heart in the first 30 days after major surgery

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgeryPeople having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?

People who have had their appendix removed may be at an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to findings due to be presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?There seems to be a link between the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease and your appendix. Just what that relationship might be, nobody can agree upon, but here’s what we know so far. Late last year, an analysis of 1.7 million people found you were 25 per cent less likely to develop the condition if […]

Muscle-building protein shakes may threaten health, finds study

The protein shakes that health supplement stores sell, which people sometimes buy as a dietary aid to build muscle mass, may not actually be safe for health in the long run according to a new study in mice

Muscle-building protein shakes may threaten health, finds studyMany fitness protein powders that are commercially available consist primarily of whey proteins, which contain high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs, which are three essential amino acids called leucine, valine, and isoleucine, are meant to help increase muscle mass in people who are interested in bodybuilding, though some scientists believe this claim to […]

Can a blood pressure drug protect the brain from Parkinson’s?

A prescription drug already in use for the treatment of high blood pressure could be effective against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s, in which toxic proteins build up in brain cells

Can a blood pressure drug protect the brain from Parkinson’s?Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health in China suggest that the hypertension drug felodipine could be a promising candidate for ‘repurposing’ as a treatment for neurodegenerative conditions. In experiments with zebrafish and mice, they showed that felodipine can prompt a cellular recycling process […]

How to improve memory in just 40 days

This mode of strategic training lead to the greatest amount of recall in the Neuron study, which means it, might be your best bet to never forgetting an important date, name, or appointment again. Start practicing

How to improve memory in just 40 daysThe hot panic of realizing you forgot something is trickling and awful. What makes the feeling worse is the sinking thought that, yep, this probably could have been avoided if you had been more mindful or intentional in remembering. Now, new research seems to indicate you can head off that horrible forgetting sensation with sheer […]