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Justin Bieber sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber and gets weekly IV infusions since he's gotten sober from weed, lean, and pills

Justin Bieber opened up about his substance abuse, mental health, and recovery process on his new YouTube documentary series "Seasons." During the most recent episode of the series, the singer opened up about how he manages his anxiety and substance abuse recovery through unconventional methods.  Bieber said sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber and getting weekly […]

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LH dipeptide may improve mental health

A research group led by Professor Tomoyuki Furuyashiki and Associate Professor Shiho Kitaoka (Graduate School of Medicine) in collaboration with researcher Yasuhisa Ano of Kirin Holdings has made discoveries regarding the effect of the dipeptide Leucine-Histidine (LH) in suppressing microglial activation and depression-associated emotional disturbances. LH dipeptide is found in fermented foods such as blue […]

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Damaged hearts rewired with nanotube fibers

Thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes have now proven able to bridge damaged heart tissues and deliver the electrical signals needed to keep those hearts beating. Scientists at Texas Heart Institute (THI) report they have used biocompatible fibers invented at Rice University in studies that showed sewing them directly into damaged tissue can restore […]

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Pupil dilation and heart rate, analyzed by AI, may help spot autism early: Study provides much-needed objective measures for predicting neurodevelopmental disorders

Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders often aren’t diagnosed until a child is a few years of age, when behavioral interventions and speech/occupational therapy become less effective. But new research this week in PNAS suggests that two simple, quantifiable measures — spontaneous fluctuations in pupil dilation or heart rate — could enable much earlier diagnosis of […]

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Body and mind need care in mental illness

The 18-year life expectancy gap between people with mental illness and the general population can only be bridged by protecting patients’ physical and mental health, according to a new study. As part of a Lancet Psychiatry Commission into mental illness, University of Queensland researchers found patients’ physical health was often overlooked in pursuit of treating […]

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Bipolar disorder may be linked to Parkinson’s disease

People who have bipolar disorder may be more likely to later develop Parkinson’s disease than people who do not have bipolar disorder, according at a study published in the May 22, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Previous studies have shown a relationship between depression and Parkinson’s […]

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Specific identification of chronic lung disease in premature babies

Infants born prematurely frequently develop a form of chronic lung disease known as Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Previously, this disease could only be diagnosed clinically and with a low degree of differentiation. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians University — partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) — […]

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Dengue research in the Philippines evolving over time

Communicable diseases including dengue continue to be major causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have reviewed 60 years of published literature on dengue in the country to identify trends in previous studies and areas where more research is needed. The Philippines is an archipelago of […]

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AI identifies risk of cholesterol-raising genetic disease

A new algorithm can determine whether a patient is likely to have a cholesterol-raising genetic disease that can cause early, and sometimes fatal, heart problems, reports a new study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their collaborators. The disease, known as familial hypercholesterolemia, is often misdiagnosed as garden-variety high cholesterol. […]