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Study finds a UV light that kills COVID-19 and is safe for humans

Study finds a UV light that kills COVID-19 and is safe for humans

Researchers with Hiroshima University in Japan have demonstrated that a UV light wavelength safe for use around humans is also capable of killing the virus that causes COVID-19. The newly published study is the first to show that Ultraviolet C light with a 222nm wavelength (Far-UVC) is effective against SARS-CoV-2 specifically, not just similarly-structured coronaviruses that pop up seasonally and cause less extreme illnesses.

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DIY face masks are effective against powerful sneezes, too, study finds

DIY face masks are effective against powerful sneezes, too, study finds

Early on in the pandemic, there was some controversy over the use of homemade and reusable face masks, with the public expressing concerns over whether these common materials could suitably slow the spread of airborne droplets. A number of studies have validated the use of these masks, though they've focused on smaller droplets, not the larger ones expelled forcibly when sneezing.

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Tropical fruit behind gluten-free flour is a sustainable ‘superfood’

Tropical fruit behind gluten-free flour is a sustainable ‘superfood’

A type of fruit that is commonly consumed and used to make gluten-free flour in tropical parts of the world is, in fact, a superfood, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. Called Breadfruit, this crop originates from the Pacific islands and is a staple food in South Pacific countries, according to the researchers, who note that the fruit is suitable for high levels of eco-friendly and sustainable production.

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Study details disturbing link between PTSD and spike in dementia risk

Study details disturbing link between PTSD and spike in dementia risk

If you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), you face more than double the risk of developing dementia later in life -- at least according to a new study from University College London. This study represents the first time a meta-analysis has been conducted on worldwide data related to PTSD and the related dementia risk, shedding light on yet another potential long-term health consequence associated with mental illness.

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The COVID-19 hangover scientists just don’t understand yet

The COVID-19 hangover scientists just don’t understand yet

Many people view COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in a very binary way: either they're sick or not, either they recover or they don't. These ideas don't paint a complete picture, however, and health experts are once again pointing out the complexity of this disease. A new study found that more than half of tested COVID-19 patients continued to suffer from neurological issues months after 'recovering.'

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First perfectly preserved prehistoric grown cave bear carcass found in Russia

First perfectly preserved prehistoric grown cave bear carcass found in Russia

The first-ever perfectly preserved grown cave bear carcass has been discovered in the Lyakhovsky Islands near Russia, scientists have announced. Though remains of this extinct prehistoric bear have been found numerous times in the past, those discoveries have been limited to bones. This time around, however, a full carcass has been found, one that includes all of its organs and more.

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Hypothyroidism study finds controversial desiccated thyroid as effective as synthetic drugs

Hypothyroidism study finds controversial desiccated thyroid as effective as synthetic drugs

When it comes to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormones, the standard treatment is to take a synthetic form of the T4 thyroid hormone. Called levothyroxine and sold under brand names like Synthroid, this drug replaced older, riskier treatments that involved consuming minuscule quantities of desiccated thyroid sourced from pigs. For many with hypothyroidism, this decision to use synthetic drugs over desiccated thyroid remains a big controversy.

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Study finds modified Mediterranean diet and fasting combo offers best results

Study finds modified Mediterranean diet and fasting combo offers best results

Combining two popular diets -- intermittent fasting and the Mediterranean diet -- may be the most effective protocol for reducing one's risk of developing a large number of health issues, according to new research published by the American College of Cardiology. Both diets have been separately linked to a number of potential health benefits; combining them may reduce inflammation, protect cognition, and more.

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Experts reveal top pandemic coping strategies based on months of data

Experts reveal top pandemic coping strategies based on months of data

Researchers with Penn State have analyzed months of pandemic data to uncover the best coping strategies, ones that have helped people cope with the COVID-19 outbreak thus far and ones that will, hopefully, help the public deal with the coming winter months. The findings were recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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Sleeping brain analysis quickly reveals which antidepressants work

Sleeping brain analysis quickly reveals which antidepressants work

A new pilot study has found that it is possible to analyze brainwaves during REM sleep to quickly determine whether a particular antidepressant is likely to work for any given patient suffering from depression. The findings may pave the way for more rapid treatment of major depression, which can -- in some cases -- take multiple months of trial-and-error to find the right solution.

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Migraine sufferers get surprising benefits from daily green light exposure

Migraine sufferers get surprising benefits from daily green light exposure

Are you one of the many people who regularly suffer from migraine headaches? If so, exposing yourself to green light on a daily basis may be an effective way to reduce how often you experience these attacks, at least according to a new study from the University of Arizona. The research builds upon a previous study implicating green light in the reduction of neuropathic pain in lab mice.

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Exercise found to rapidly trigger nootropic effect in younger adults

Exercise found to rapidly trigger nootropic effect in younger adults

Using supplements, dieting protocols, special sleeping schedules and more in an effort to boost one's cognitive abilities is a major trend at the moment. These efforts largely revolve around taking various substances, some lesser-known than others, but that may be overkill for some people -- at least if they're still under the age of 36. According to a new study, exercise in younger adults can rapidly boost one's ability to learn.

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