New digital tool to improve treatment for people with alcohol addiction

An online system to monitor symptoms and cravings will help combat heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders, which affect about a third of Australian men and a quarter of women at some point in their life. University of Queensland researchers and Queensland Health practitioners developed the system—known as iAx—which is being evaluated in alcohol and […]

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Thermal imaging enhances engineers’ understanding of breast tumors

Thermal imaging has been available for decades to detect temperature differences on the skin that could signal breast cancer without exposing patients to radiation, although the method is not as reliable as mammography. New research performed at the University of Texas at Dallas and published June 22 in Nature Research’s Scientific Reports takes a critical […]

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There’s no evidence that blue-light blocking glasses help with sleep

Health products, like detox teas and mood-boosting waters, rely on a lack of neuroscientific knowledge to make their claims. Some of these claims are unsubstantiated, while others are completely made up. My doctoral research investigates visual processing, but when I look at the big picture, I realize that what I’m really studying are fundamental aspects […]

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Buying lots of soft drinks linked to low socio-economic status and unhealthier food choices

Households purchasing high volumes of sugary or diet drinks are more likely to have low socioeconomic status, higher body mass index (BMI) and overall less healthy food purchases, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. The research, conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Exeter, […]

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Impact of returning to school on adolescent mental health the subject of a new study

Researchers from Oxford University have found that, during lockdown, teenagers mental health is struggling compared to their parents. The Oxford ARC study, launched in May, has found that teenagers consistently report higher levels of anxiety and depression than parents. Around 35% of teenagers are saying they feel lonely often or most of the time, compared […]

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