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Human brains have progressed to ‘choose’ music and speech

What makes humans so different from other primates? Though our brains are similar, it seems that they react differently to various stimuli. New evidence suggests that human brains "listen" for musical pitch, a preference that scientists have not detected in monkeys. Human brains have a particular 'bias' for music and speech, a new study shows.…

Heart problem death: ‘White coat hypertension’ may double risk

New research suggests that untreated 'white coat hypertension' may be a major risk factor for heart disease and heart disease-related death. Blood pressure may spike when a doctor performs the reading. White coat hypertension describes a disorder in which a person develops high blood pressure only in the presence of doctors. Some doctors and researchers…

Unnoticed diabetes may double threat of cardiovascular disease, periodontitis

New research finds an intriguing link between undetected blood sugar disorders and the development of heart attacks and severe gum disease.Undetected blood sugar disorders may heighten the risk of heart attacks and periodontitis. Previous research has pointed to a connection between periodontitis — a chronic condition that affects the gums and bones that support the…

New report reveals total cancer death on the decline

Overall mortality rates continue to decline, according to the most recent Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.Cancer mortality has declined, but certain demographic groups are more at risk than others. This report, which appears in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was a joint effort among the National Cancer Institute,…

CBT might be reliable in managing menopause signs

A small study into the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy on menopause showed that it may reduce hot flashes, depression, and sleep disorders.CBT may be a valid alternative to other menopause treatments. Menopause marks the end of a person's menstrual cycles. During and after this process, they will no longer be able to conceive naturally.…

How ultrasound might assist suppress Parkinson’s

There are two major stumbling blocks to developing effective drugs for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases that destroy the brain. The first is overcoming the blood-brain barrier, and the second is delivering the drug to a precise location and ensuring that it does not spread to the rest of the brain.New research finds a way…

Type 1 diabetes: Drug hold-ups beginning by 2 years

New research finds that the immunotherapy drug teplizumab delays the onset of type 1 diabetes by 2 years, on average, in high-risk individuals. New research has significant clinical implications, particularly for young people with a high risk of type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease affecting about 1.25 million children and adults…

Night owls’ health may benefit from ‘simple’ routine adjustments

People who go to bed late and wake up late can often experience health problems because their body clock does not align with the regular rhythms of modern society. However, a new study suggests that a few easy routine adjustments could go a long way for night owls. A few easy adjustments could help night…