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If you can’t pass this balance test, study says you’re twice as likely to die within 10 years

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Is better balance the key to a longer life? Middle-aged people who can’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds are nearly twice as likely to die within a decade, according to new research. Scientists in Brazil say the simple and safe balance test should become part of a routine …

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Single Brain Scan Can Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Quickly and Accurately

A new machine learning algorithm can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease from a single MRI brain scan, using a standard MRI machine available in most hospitals. New breakthrough research uses machine learning technology to look at structural features within the brain, including in regions not previously associated with[{” attribute=””>Alzheimer’s. The advantage of the technique is its simplicity …

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AI Detects Autism Speech Patterns Across Different Languages

Summary: Machine learning algorithms help researchers identify speech patterns in children on the autism spectrum that are consistent between different languages. Source: Northwestern University A new study led by Northwestern University researchers used machine learning—a branch of artificial intelligence—to identify speech patterns in children with autism that were consistent between English and Cantonese, suggesting that …

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Socially Isolated People Have Differently Wired Brains and Poorer Cognition

Summary: Social isolation is linked to alterations in brain structure and cognitive deficits. Additionally, social isolation can increase the risk of developing dementia as a person ages. Source: The Conversation Why do we get a buzz from being in large groups at festivals, jubilees and other public events? According to the social brain hypothesis, it’s …

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“Forever chemicals” linked to high blood pressure, study finds

Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, a condition that can cause heart attack or stroke if left untreated. Generally, this condition is believed to be caused mostly by diet. Yet now, a stranger potential culprit has emerged: a synthetic chemical that is in thousands of consumer products, kitchenware, and even microwave popcorn bags, and …

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Baby Boomers more likely to have multiple health issues than earlier generations

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Baby boomers are more likely to live with numerous chronic health conditions than earlier generations, according to new research from Penn State and Texas State University. Study authors warn that the growing rate of multiple chronic health conditions (multimorbidity) among older Americans represents a real health threat to the nation. If …

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Harvard Scientists Have Developed a Revolutionary New Treatment for Diabetes

Researchers have recently successfully treated Type 1 diabetes by transplanting insulin-producing pancreas cells into the patient. University of Missouri scientists are partnering with Harvard and Georgia Tech to create a new diabetes treatment that involves transplanting insulin-producing pancreatic cells Type 1 diabetes is estimated to affect around 1.8 million Americans. Although type 1 diabetes often …

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2nd Probable Case of Monkeypox Reported in Illinois, Health Officials Say – NBC Chicago

The first probable case of monkeypox has been detected in DuPage County, health officials announced Friday, which would make it the third reported in Illinois. The case was found in a man who had traveled internationally in the past month to a country which has also reported monkeypox infections recently, the DuPage County Health Department …

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Walking May Prevent New Knee Pain for Some, Study Suggestions

A promising new study suggests that walking could ward off knee pain for people with osteoarthritis. Researchers surveyed over 1,000 people ages 50 or older with knee osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the United States. Some had persist pain at the outset, while others did not. After four years, those who started …

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