Big study uncovers 22 links between viral infections and brain disease

New research looking at health records from nearly half a million people has identified 22 different associations between viral infections and neurodegenerative diseases. Influenza, encephalitis and other viral infections all were linked to increased rates of brain diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Virus, Infections, Dementia, Brain, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, … [Read more...]

Scientists home in on 6 lifestyle choices that can slow memory decline

A study following nearly 30,000 older adults for more than 10 years has found six key healthy lifestyle factors can significantly reduce memory loss in old age. The findings revealed those adults engaging in between four and six of the healthy lifestyle behaviors could significantly reduce their risk of developing dementia, even when carrying genes that make them more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & … [Read more...]

CT scans reveal secret burial amulets in 2,300-year-old mummified body

A mummified body discovered over a century ago has been digitally unwrapped using CT technology, revealing the body of a teenage boy decorated with nearly 50 amulets highlighting a variety of different ancient Egyptian burial rituals.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: History, Mummies, CT scan … [Read more...]

First-of-its-kind study shows how traffic pollution impairs brain function

Researchers in Canada have, for the first time ever, demonstrated how acute exposure to traffic pollution can immediately impair human brain function, offering unique evidence of the connection between air quality and cognition. Healthy adults were exposed to diesel fumes before having their brain activity imaged in a fMRI machine.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Pollution, Air quality, Diesel, Traffic, Brain, … [Read more...]

Canarian Photo Awards deliver breathtaking images of the natural world

The Canarian Photo Awards is new photography competition, ostensibly founded to promote the magestic natural landscapes of the Canary Islands, the winning images also span the entire globe, delivering an epic assortment of spectacular shots.Continue ReadingCategory: Photography, TechnologyTags: Photography, Competition, Awards, Drone photography … [Read more...]

VR used to treat anxiety in adults with disabilities

A first-of-its-kind study has found adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities may experience improvements to symptoms of anxiety and depression after using specially designed virtual reality sensory rooms.Continue ReadingCategory: Virtual Reality, TechnologyTags: VR, Virtual Reality, Autism, Disability, Brain, Anxiety, Depression, Western Sydney University … [Read more...]