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Child Development Children's Health Parenting
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Poverty negatively impacts structural wiring in children's brains, study indicates      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study reveals that household and community poverty may influence brain health in children. Childhood obesity and lower cognitive function may explain, at least partially, poverty's influence on the brain.

Healthy Aging
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Follow the leader: Researchers identify mechanism of cancer invasion      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A cancerous tumor is the accumulation of cells uncontrollably dividing, some of which can invade other parts of the body. The process is difficult to predict in detail, and eradicating the cells poses even greater difficulty. Now, a research team has revealed how the exodus initiates, shedding light on a potential therapeutic target to halt the invasion and providing a prognostic marker to help clinicians select the best treatment option.

Depression Healthy Aging Mental Health Research
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Poor sense of smell linked to increased risk of depression in older adults      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In a study that followed more than 2,000 community-dwelling older adults over eight years, researchers say they have significant new evidence of a link between decreased sense of smell and risk of developing late-life depression.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Today's Healthcare
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Pain not perceived in the same way in people with Alzheimer's Disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research has found that in a mouse model mimicking Alzheimer's Disease (AD) pain signals are not processed in the same way as in healthy mice.

Children's Health Infant's Health
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RSV is a serious heath threat, but the public knows little about it      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new survey finds that the American public is ill-informed about RSV, unfamiliar with its most common symptoms, and more hesitant to recommend a vaccine against it to pregnant people than to older adults.

Healthy Aging
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Loss of Y chromosome in men enables cancer to grow      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

As men age, some of their cells lose the very thing that makes them biological males -- the Y chromosome -- and this loss hampers the body's ability to fight cancer, according to new research. The study found that loss of the Y chromosome helps cancer cells evade the body's immune system. This common impact of the aging process in men results in aggressive bladder cancer, but somehow also renders the disease more vulnerable -- and responsive -- to a standard treatment called immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging
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New findings show mitochondrial DNA fragments in blood as important biomarkers for aging and inflammation      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In an eight-year study of more than 600 community-dwelling older adults, researchers say they have further linked levels of cell-free DNA (DNA fragments resulting from cell death) circulating in the blood to chronic inflammation and frailty. The study is novel and expands on previous work, the investigators say, because it focused on mitochondrial DNA rather than solely genomic DNA, as previously reported.

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Dads are key in supporting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Fathers can make a huge difference in whether an infant is breastfed and placed to sleep safely, according to a recent survey of new fathers.

Healthy Aging
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Close up on aging reveals how different cell types in the body age at different pace      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A team or researchers reports the first Aging Fly Cell Atlas (AFCA), a detailed characterization of the aging process in 163 distinct cell types in the laboratory fruit fly. Their in-depth analysis revealed that different cell types in the body age differently, each cell type following a process involving cell type-specific patterns. AFCA provides a valuable resource for researchers in the fruit fly and aging communities as a reference to study aging and age-related diseases and to evaluate the success of anti-aging strategies.

Healthy Aging
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Ultra small molecule as a new target for Alzheimer's disease?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study shows that a very small molecule called microRNA-132 can have a significant impact on different brain cells and may play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

Children's Health Diabetes Today's Healthcare
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Machine-learning method used for self-driving cars could improve lives of type-1 diabetes patients      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The same type of machine learning methods used to pilot self-driving cars and beat top chess players could help type-1 diabetes sufferers keep their blood glucose levels in a safe range.

Healthy Aging
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Altered gut bacteria may be early sign of Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Alzheimer's disease causes changes to the brain that begin two decades or more before symptoms appear. A study reveals that the bacteria that live in the gut also change before Alzheimer's symptoms arise, a discovery that could lead to diagnostics or treatments for Alzheimer's disease that target the gut microbiome.

Children's Health Psychology Research
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Mouse models of adolescent binge drinking reveal key long-lasting brain changes      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Heavy alcohol consumption may cause permanent dysregulation of neurons, or brain cells, in adolescents, according to a new study in mice. The findings suggest that exposure to binge-levels of alcohol during adolescence, when the brain is still developing, lead to long-lasting changes in the brain's ability to signal and communicate -- potentially setting the stage for long-term behavioral changes and hinting towards the mechanisms of alcohol-induced cognitive changes in humans.

Diet and Weight Loss Fitness Healthy Aging Nutrition
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Taurine may be a key to longer and healthier life      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study finds that deficiency of taurine, a molecule produced in our bodies, drives aging, and taurine supplements can improve health and increase lifespan in animals.

Healthy Aging Skin Care
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The IL-17 protein plays a key role in skin aging      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A team of scientists has discovered that IL-17 protein plays a central role in skin aging. The study highlights an IL-17-mediated ageing process to an inflammatory state.

Healthy Aging Psychology Research
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A chance observation finds potential hearing biomarker for Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers found where plaques are found in the brain may impact hearing in Alzheimer's disease.

Children's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Exposure to 'forever chemicals' during pregnancy linked to increased risk of obesity in kids      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) during pregnancy was linked to slightly higher body mass indices and an increased risk of obesity in children, according to a new study.

Chronic Illness Diabetes Healthy Aging
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Sea cucumbers: The marine delicacy that can deter diabetes      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

They're a marine delicacy loved across Asia, but the humble sea cucumber is also proving to be a key ingredient in preventing diabetes, according to new research.

Birth Defects Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Psychology Research
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Poorly insulated nerve cells promote Alzheimer's disease in old age      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have shown that defective myelin actively promotes disease-related changes in Alzheimer's disease.

Healthy Aging
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Why do some people live to be 100? Intestinal bacteria may hold the answer      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Some people live longer than others -- possibly due to a unique combination of bacteria in their intestines, new research concludes.