Author: Phil Jones

High blood pressure drugs impact depression, bipolar disorder

High blood pressure drugs may affect not only blood pressure but also mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, finds a new study published in the American Heart Association’s...

Simple computer model sheds light on sleeping brain 

Sleep science has progressed in leaps and bounds over recent decades. However, many difficult questions remain unanswered and its function is far from fully understood. Recent research gives new...

Sepsis deaths fell dramatically after hospital implemented simple steps –

By introducing simple tools and training ward nurses to use them, a Norwegian hospital cut deaths from sepsis – a condition where infection spreads to the bloodstream – by...

Reefer slackness: Does marijuana reduce motivation?

So-called stoner movies – such as Up in Smoke and Half Baked – have done little to combat popular public opinion that individuals who smoke marijuana lack motivation. Now, a new study published...

Obesity may not keep body warm, mouse study finds 

In contrast to popular belief, carrying extra fat may not play a role in keeping warm, according to an article published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and...

Pancreatic cancer: Study yields insight into effect of obesity 

A new study reveals how obesity appears to promote a microenvironment that favors tumor progression while blocking the effects of chemotherapy in patients with the most common form of...

Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning? Learn the Signs and Symptoms 

When most people feel sick in their stomach, they look for a cause. Many will wonder whether it is a stomach bug or something they ate that is behind...

Concussion leaves mark in brain’s white matter 6 months after injury

Concussions are an incredibly common injury, affecting millions of Americans each year. Despite their worrying regularity, the long-term impacts and health ramifications of a concussion are still not entirely...

‘It’s my turn!’ Value of turn-taking not understood until the age of 5 

Parents or caregivers of young children will know only too well the struggle of encouraging them to share toys and take turns during play. But according to a new...

Dissolving blood clots with magnetic nanoparticles 

Blood clots, which lead to heart attacks and strokes, are a leading cause of death worldwide. The main goal of emergency medicine in such cases is to dissolve the...