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True grit? Doesn’t matter for resistance training in men or women

“Grit” is associated with courage and strength of character as exemplified by the 1969 American western classic “True Grit” starring John Wayne. This personality trait also reflects an individual’s perseverance and consistency for achieving their long-term goals. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the “grittier” an individual the better they will perform on an […]

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Researchers develop eardrum-contact hearing aid

Excessive noise, hearing loss, vascular constriction, old age—hearing difficulties can be caused by many factors. To help improve the quality of life of people with hearing impairment, Mannheim start-up Vibrosonic have developed a new, innovative hearing aid with an integrated loudspeaker that sits directly on the eardrum. This hearing contact lens is not an implant, […]

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British consumers complicit in 40-year healthy eating failure, new study suggests

Healthy eating campaigns have largely failed in Britain for the last four decades because consumers have adapted confusing advice, and incorporated fast and convenience foods into self-defined ‘balanced’ lifestyles, a new study argues. Supermarkets and food manufacturers have been excessively blamed for Britain’s unhealthy eating habits since the 1980s, according to Cambridge historian Dr. Katrina-Louise […]

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Women with heart failure from breast cancer treatment may fare better than previously thought

Women who develop heart failure following certain breast cancer treatments are generally healthier and have a better prognosis than those with heart failure from other causes, a new study finds. Two widely used treatments for breast cancer are known to harm the heart. A class of chemotherapy drugs called anthracyclines interferes with cancer cells’ DNA […]

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Why do 50% of studies find no connection between acute aerobic exercise and cognitive function?

Over the past 20 years, many studies have investigated the effects of acute aerobic exercise on cognitive performance. In recent years, meta-analyses of data from these previous research studies have demonstrated that these a single bout of moderate aerobic exercise temporarily improves cognitive performance. However, close examination of the individual research studies on this topic […]

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What is daydreaming? Parts of the brain show sleep-like activity when your mind wanders

Our attention is a powerful lens, allowing our brains to pick out the relevant details out of the overwhelming flow of information reaching us every second. However, scientists estimate we spend up to half our waking lives thinking about something other than the task at hand: our minds are wandering. This is striking considering the […]

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New drug shows real promise against celiac disease

An experimental drug can prevent intestinal damage caused by celiac disease, an early trial has found—raising hopes that it could become the first medication for the serious digestive disorder. With celiac disease, the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine when a genetically susceptible person eats gluten—a protein found in wheat, rye and […]