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This ‘watch’ may be the future of emergency allergy shots

This ‘watch’ may be the future of emergency allergy shots

Some allergies trigger severe reactions that require immediate medical treatment, and the first response in these situations is typically an EpiPen. The emergency allergy shot saves lives, but the syringe is bulky and inconvenient, resulting in many sufferers taking the risk of leaving them at home. In the future, individuals who have allergies may have a better alternative: a 'watch.'

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Cannabis users gain less weight despite the munchies

Cannabis users gain less weight despite the munchies

It's no secret that cannabis ("marijuana") can cause an increase in appetite typically referred to as the munchies, but that doesn't correlate with increased body weight, at least according to a new study out of Michigan State University. The results contrast with the popular belief that frequent cannabis use can result in weight gain due to increases in snacking activity.

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Blood pressure drug reduces build-up of toxic proteins behind dementia

Blood pressure drug reduces build-up of toxic proteins behind dementia

Felodipine, a drug used to treat high blood pressure, may also prevent the build-up of toxic proteins in the brain that are associated with dementia and some other neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. According to a newly published study, felodipine may induce autophagy, the process that removes toxic materials that would otherwise accumulate in the brain, causing irreversible damage.

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Reducing brain aging may be as simple as light physical activity

Reducing brain aging may be as simple as light physical activity

Even healthy brains age and that aging process is associated with a number of issues, including problems with working memory and, in worst case scenarios, the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A large body of research has looked for ways to reduce brain aging, some involving diets, others focusing on broader lifestyle factors and even medication. The latest study among this research points toward something simple, free, and readily available: light, consistent exercise.

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NASA finally launched bees into space

NASA finally launched bees into space

Robotic bees, oh god! This is just like that time Homer Simpson brought a bag of chips on a space flight and crashed into an ant farm! Actually it's not quite that intense - but it's nearly that entertaining. What we're looking at today is a pair of what NASA calls "Astrobees". These computers were made to assist ISS astronauts in their daily research tasks in microgravity.

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Data shows white sharks leave hunting grounds when orcas show up

Data shows white sharks leave hunting grounds when orcas show up

White sharks and orcas favorite prey is the same, both like to eat the elephant seal. Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and partner institutions have found that great white sharks may not be the most formidable predators in the ocean. The scientists found that when orcas confront white sharks, the sharks immediately leave the preferred hunting ground and may not return to the hunting ground for an entire year.

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Scientists discover millions of previously hidden SoCal earthquakes

Scientists discover millions of previously hidden SoCal earthquakes

Scientists have gone through seismic data for Southern California, and by looking intensely at the data, they have discovered two million previously unidentified tiny earthquakes in Southern California that happened between 2008 and 2017. Caltech seismologists performed a detailed study of seismic data.

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Researchers just figured out the best time of day to exercise

Researchers just figured out the best time of day to exercise

While exercising is known to be an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, questions have remained over whether exercising during a certain time of the day results in more benefits. A new study offers a potential answer, finding that night owls who schedule their recreational activities later in the day may get less beneficial effects from that exercise compared to people who exercise in the morning.

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Common blood sugar drug found to reverse heart failure in non-diabetics

Common blood sugar drug found to reverse heart failure in non-diabetics

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes called empagliflozin may also be an effective treatment for heart failure. The findings were revealed in a newly published study, which found that empagliflozin was able to reverse heart failure in non-diabetic animals. In addition, this particular medication was found to help the heart function more efficiently and produce more energy.

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SOFIA detects the first type of molecule ever formed in the universe

SOFIA detects the first type of molecule ever formed in the universe

NASA has announced an incredible discovery using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. It discovered the first type of molecule formed in the universe in space for the first time. SOFIA isn't a satellite or spacecraft, it's an instrument inside of an aircraft that flies high above the Earth's surface and points instruments into space.

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Cheap hydrogel patch may reduce damage after heart attack

Cheap hydrogel patch may reduce damage after heart attack

Researchers have developed an inexpensive patch that could help support the heart muscle following a heart attack. The patch was developed by researchers with Brown University, Fudan University, and Soochow University; their work involves a patch that was optimized using a computer model of a beating heart. In addition, the patch costs only around a penny to make due to the inexpensive material it utilizes.

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Sniffing these pleasant odors may cause smoking urges to plummet

Sniffing these pleasant odors may cause smoking urges to plummet

Despite anti-smoking campaigns, nicotine gum, vaping devices, and other methods to curb smoking, around 40 million people in the United States still smoke tobacco cigarettes. The known health risks associated with smoking are severe, but quitting is difficult and many smokers find themselves unable to resist the urge. Though a perfect solution to this problem remains elusive, a new study reveals a simple method found to reduce cigarette cravings.

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