Medicine

Monounsaturated fatty acids, a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados, are linked to general intelligence, a new study by University of Illinois researchers has found. Further, this relationship is driven by the correlation between monounsaturated fatty acids and the organization of the brain’s attention network, the researchers say. “Our goal is… Read more

Ever wondered why strenuous exercise often leads to a great night’s sleep? A new study could help researchers explain this. All mammals need to sleep, but why and how we sleep still remains largely a mystery. According to the ‘two-process model’, first proposed 35 years ago, the sleep-wake cycle is a product of two distinct… Read more

Babies who slept in separate rooms slept longer, got to sleep quicker, and were more likely to have a bedtime routine than those who slept in the same bed or room as their parents, a new study reports. Parents were also less likely to perceive bedtime as difficult. The international survey looking at sleeping locations… Read more

A tool that quickly and precisely identifies cancerous tissue during surgery has been invented by scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin. It is capable of delivering results in about 10 seconds, which is more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The MasSpec Pen is a unique handheld instrument that… Read more

Nortriptyline, an antidepressant drug that’s been around for more than 50 years, could slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, according to early research from Michigan State University scientists. In a proof-of-concept study, the drug, used to treat depression and nerve pain, stopped the growth of abnormal proteins that can build up in the brain and… Read more