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Even a Little Bit of Exercise Can Keep Your Brain From Shrinking, Study Suggests Even a Little Bit of Exercise Can Keep Your Brain From Shrinking, Study Suggests

Staying fit could help keep your brain from shrinking and aging in your older years, suggests a new study out Friday. It found that middle-aged and elderly Americans who regularly even got an hour of light exercise during their weekly routine had larger brains on average than those who didn’t.

The Best Personal Trainer Might Be a Dog The Best Personal Trainer Might Be a Dog

Your dog could very well make for a decent fitness coach, according to a new study out Thursday. It found that adults in the UK who owned a dog were fourfold more likely to get the recommended amount of weekly exercise as non-owners. The boost in exercise, however, might not necessarily be as dramatic for dog owners…

Should You, Your Mom, and Your Dog Be Using CBD?

They’re everywhere—in your supermarket, at the chain pharmacy, even in your local pet shop. The latest over-the-counter health fad for cannabidiol, or CBD (the main ingredient of cannabis that won’t make you high), has spawned a seemingly infinite stream of new products and dubious health claims.

News About Tragedies Makes Us Miserable—and Hungry for More, Study Finds News About Tragedies Makes Us Miserable—and Hungry for More, Study Finds

A new study out Wednesday might just reaffirm your worst fears about staying glued to Twitter or cable news during a mass tragedy like the latest school shooting. It suggests that getting exposed to media coverage of these events can create a vicious emotional cycle that not only sends you into despair, but also makes…

The Scientist Fighting the Dumbest Kind of Bad Science Reporting on Twitter The Scientist Fighting the Dumbest Kind of Bad Science Reporting on Twitter

Late last week, a Twitter account highlighting one of the cardinal sins of bad science journalism popped up online, catching the eye of scientists, reporters, and the public: @justsaysinmice.

A Weight Loss Aid That Makes Your Stomach Full With Less Food Just Cleared the FDA A Weight Loss Aid That Makes Your Stomach Full With Less Food Just Cleared the FDA

Overweight and obese people will soon have a new medical option to help them manage their weight. On Monday, the Boston biotech company Gelesis announced they had received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market their novel weight loss aid to the public, a pill-based medical device called Plenity…

If You Use Cannabis, It Could Take Twice As Much Anesthesia to Sedate You If You Use Cannabis, It Could Take Twice As Much Anesthesia to Sedate You

Like with all drugs we take, there are good and bad effects that come with cannabis. But a new study out Monday suggests that one of these bad side effects could be a strange tolerance to anesthesia. It found that Colorado residents who regularly use cannabis needed up to twice as many powerful sedatives before a…

Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs

Those adorably tame goats and other animals you love to touch at your local petting zoo might not be so harmless after all, according to some early research out this weekend. It suggests that many petting zoo animals could harbor and potentially spread dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including two strains of …

New CDC Report Shows Autism Is Still on the Rise New CDC Report Shows Autism Is Still on the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), released Thursday, offers little good news. It estimates that about one in every 59 children nationwide has the complex developmental disorder, a figure that seems unchanged from its previous estimate a year ago. But, for a…

Final Results of NASA Twins Study Show How Scott Kelly Changed After a Year in Space Final Results of NASA Twins Study Show How Scott Kelly Changed After a Year in Space

Last year, various media outlets fumbled their reporting of genuinely interesting research from NASA, one that hoped to start figuring out what happens to our bodies if we live in space for long periods of time. The study was a meticulous comparison of then 50-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard…

A 99-Year-Old Woman Lived and Died Without Ever Knowing Her Organs Were in the Wrong Places A 99-Year-Old Woman Lived and Died Without Ever Knowing Her Organs Were in the Wrong Places

A 99-year-old woman in Oregon lived a long life with one of the world’s rarest and often fatal conditions: a body in which most of her major organs were on the wrong side. Even more amazingly, the woman remained blissfully unaware of her unusual predicament. It was only after medical students and their professor got…

New York City Orders Williamsburg Residents to Get Vaccinated for Measles or Face $1,000 Fine New York City Orders Williamsburg Residents to Get Vaccinated for Measles or Face $1,000 Fine

If using the law to corral antivaxxers doesn’t work at first, try, try again. At least, that seems to be the lesson learned by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. On Tuesday, he declared a state of emergency and mandated residents of the Williamsburg neighborhood, where an outbreak of measles has been raging since…

Teeth-Whitening Products Might Be Riskier Than We Thought Teeth-Whitening Products Might Be Riskier Than We Thought

Those strips and gels you use to get your teeth as pearly white as possible may come with some previously unknown risks, according to new, preliminary research out this week. It found that the key ingredient in these products—hydrogen peroxide—could be capable of damaging dentin, the second, deeper layer of our teeth…

In a World of MRSA and Superfungi, You Need to Start Washing Your Hands Correctly In a World of MRSA and Superfungi, You Need to Start Washing Your Hands Correctly

A harrowing article in the New York Times this weekend has set plenty of people on edge. It details the rise of a fungal disease in hospitals that—like so many infections—has steadily become resistant to the drugs used to treat it. But for all our justified fears about superbugs, there’s a simple precaution against…

The HPV Vaccine Is Already Dramatically Lowering Rates of Cervical Disease The HPV Vaccine Is Already Dramatically Lowering Rates of Cervical Disease

A new study out Wednesday in the BMJ is the latest to showcase even the short-term benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It found that the routine vaccination of preteen girls in Scotland, starting in 2008, led to drastically lower rates of cervical disease by the time the girls turned 20. That included…

These Are the Drugs People Like to Mix With Sex, According to a New Study These Are the Drugs People Like to Mix With Sex, According to a New Study

Men and women across all sexual orientations are up for mixing drugs and sex, suggests the results of a new study out Tuesday. As part of a larger survey, it found that plenty of gay, bisexual, and heterosexual people admitted to having sex while on drugs, and some explicitly used drugs to enhance their sexual…

Great White Sharks Appear Perfectly Healthy Despite Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury Coursing Through Their Veins Great White Sharks Appear Perfectly Healthy Despite Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury Coursing Through Their Veins

Great white sharks aren’t the unstoppable killing machines of Hollywood’s imagination, but studies have continuously shown that they’re definitely badasses of evolution. A new paper out this week adds to that resume, finding that great whites can easily withstand levels of heavy metals that would kill most other…

Even the Most Minimal Exercise Can Drastically Improve Your Health, Yet Another Study Finds Even the Most Minimal Exercise Can Drastically Improve Your Health, Yet Another Study Finds

We know that regularly getting some exercise, no matter how little, can keep you alive longer. But new research out Monday suggests that even an hour’s worth of walking per week can help older adults with ailing knees avoid painful, isolating disabilities down the road.

A Major Change to How Doctors Talk About Mammogram Results Is Coming Soon A Major Change to How Doctors Talk About Mammogram Results Is Coming Soon

Doctors across the U.S. may soon be required to provide women with more information about their mammography results. This week, the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to update a rule that would mandate doctors tell patients if they have dense breast tissue, a complicated risk factor for breast cancer.

Mother Leaves Hospital With Newborn, Not Knowing She's Also Pregnant With Twins Mother Leaves Hospital With Newborn, Not Knowing She's Also Pregnant With Twins

A new mother in Bangladesh got quite a surprise last week: Less than a month after she had delivered a healthy baby boy, she returned to the hospital and delivered a set of fraternal twins, who, unbeknownst to her, had been growing inside a second uterus. Thankfully, all three children were delivered without…

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