Pandemic putting Americans under great mental strain, poll finds

(HealthDay)—COVID-19, health care, the economy, systemic racism and the presidential election are a threat to the nation’s mental health, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) poll. Seventy-eight percent of adults polled said the pandemic is causing major stress and 60% called the array of issues facing the country overwhelming….

Smog Tied to Raised Risk for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 — As the air people breathe gets dirtier, their odds for serious neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other dementias rises, new research shows. The long-term study of more than 63 million older Americans can’t prove cause and effect, but does show a strong…

Research could lead to customized cochlear implants

Cochlear implants are a groundbreaking technology that has changed the lives of many people living with severe to profound hearing loss. University of Sydney School of Biomedical Engineering researcher, Dr. Greg Watkins, hears with the assistance of two cochlear implants after experiencing profound deafness in both ears following a 30-year…

Viral ‘molecular scissor’ is next COVID-19 drug target

American and Polish scientists, reporting Oct. 16 in the journal Science Advances, laid out a novel rationale for COVID-19 drug design—blocking a molecular “scissor” that the virus uses for virus production and to disable human proteins crucial to the immune response. The researchers are from The University of Texas Health…

Study hints that early morning exercise may reduce cancer risk

A new study has suggested that people who exercise in the morning between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. may be less likely to develop cancers than those who exercise later in the day. New research has suggested that people who exercise in the early morning may have a reduced risk…

Here’s why you’re really having night sweats

Why are you really having night sweats? Many of us have been there before, the odd mornings you wake up and appear to have run from some kind of monster, seeing how drenched in sweat you are. Your pajamas and sheets are soaked, but that’s about the only clue as…