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Beauty sleep concept is not a myth, says study
(Dec 18, 2010)

The idea of people needing "beauty sleep" has acquired some scientific backing, according to a Swedish study. People deprived of sleep for long periods appear less attractive and more unhealthy than those who are well rested, say researchers. Volunteers were photographed after eight hours sleep and again after being kept awake for 31 hours.

Read more. Source: BBC

aspirin tablets
Small daily aspirin dose 'cuts cancer risk'
(Dec 7, 2010)

A small daily dose of aspirin substantially reduces death rates from a range of common cancers, a study suggests. Research at Oxford University and other centers found that it cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth. The study, published in The Lancet, covered some 25,000 patients, mostly from the UK.

Read more. Source: BBC

Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who is investigating the role of telomerase in aging
Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice – now for humans
(Nov 29, 2010)

Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the aging process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

The electrodes of Active Book close around spinal nerves like a book
Chip implant developed to help the paralysed exercise
(Nov 24, 2010)

A tiny, implantable chip that delivers electrical impulses to aid in exercising paralysed limbs has been unveiled by scientists. Similar attempts to promote muscle stimulation have been developed before, but have been too bulky to implant. Thanks to advances in the fabrication of small electronics, the new unit from University College London researchers is smaller than a fingernail.

Read more. Source: BBC

applying antiwrinkle cream
The nano-secret of youthful skin
(Nov 22, 2010)

Collagen growth has long been seen as the ultimate prize for makers of anti-ageing skin cream. Now there is a clue to how an ingredient in some anti-wrinkle treatments may stimulate this growth and restore skin's elasticity.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

red wine
Red wine packed with antidiabetes compounds
(Nov 20, 2010)

Red wine is a potent source of antidiabetic compounds but they might not get past your gut. The finding is sure to enliven the ongoing debate over the drink's health benefits.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

people exercising
Leisure-time exercise 'reduces depression risk'
(Nov 1, 2010)

People who take regular exercise during their free time are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety, a study of 40,000 Norwegians has found. But physical activity which is part and parcel of the working day does not have the same effect, it suggests. Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers said it was probably because there was not the same level of social interaction.

Read more. Source: BBC


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