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Fruit flies can build resistance to toxins, found in deadly mushrooms: Study

Fruit flies can build resistance to toxins, found in deadly mushrooms: Study

A new study says fruit flies can build resistance to the toxins found in deadly mushrooms - Death Cap and Destroying Angel that may help them live longer.

According to researchers from Michigan Technological University in the U.S, fruit fly species have adapted many niche preferences, such as a tolerance for alpha-amanitin, a toxin found in the Amanita genus of poisonous mushrooms.

Their results were published by PLOS ONE.

Patients with chronic pain prefer marijuana over prescribed drugs: Study

Patients with chronic pain prefer marijuana over prescribed drugs: Study

Canadian researchers revealed many people with chronic pain and those taking mental health medicines prefer cannabis over their prescribed medication.

This may be due to the feeling that marijuana is safer than prescription drugs.

The study has appeared in journal of Drug Policy.

Lead author of the study, Philippe Lucas, from University of Victoria, reasoned as to why they switch to cannabis from prescribed meds.

Women should eat nutrient-enriched diet to have long term benefits!

Women should eat nutrient-enriched diet to have long term benefits!

A study finds, eating nutrient-enriched diet during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behaviour and learning among ladies.

It also added that it can even "rescue" females from the negative effects of behaviour, resulting from a poor maternal diet during pregnancy.

The study appeared online in The FASEB Journal.

"So many effects during pregnancy have been touted as irreversible--perhaps not always so,: said Thoru Pederson.

Alzheimer's drug shouldn't be prescribed for cognitive impairment, without genetic test

Alzheimer's drug shouldn't be prescribed for cognitive impairment, without genetic test

US researchers have warned, Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment, without a genetic test.

Researchers from the University Of California discovered that for people who carry a specific genetic variation, the K-variant of butyrylcholinesterase, or BChE-K donezpezil, could accelerate cognitive decline.

The study has been published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Want to stay fit? Interactive health apps may inspire you

Want to stay fit? Interactive health apps may inspire you

Good news for those who want to lose weight without hitting gym or consulting a dietitian!

An online risk assessment website with good but controlled communication skills can promote healthy lifestyles, suggest a study.

In a study, people who experienced a back-and-forth interaction with an online health risk assessment website, were more likely to follow the health behaviours suggested by the tool, according to S. Shyam Sundar from Pennsylvania State University in the US.

Live in green neighbourhood to cut depression, anxiety

Live in green neighbourhood to cut depression, anxiety

Your neighbourhood is linked to your mental well-being.

Briton researchers have revealed, living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.

The study, involving hundreds of people, found benefits for mental health of being able to see birds, shrubs and trees around the home, whether people lived in urban or more leafy suburban neighbourhoods.

Train your brain everyday to keep negative emotions at bay

Train your brain everyday to keep negative emotions at bay

Does recalling an unpleasant interaction with our boss make you demotivated?

Keep calm! A study reveals that self-guided positive emotional imagery training has great potential to improve the everyday emotional well-being overcoming negative emotions.

"The close relationship between the human imagery system and our emotions can cause deep emotional perturbations", said Dr Svetla Velikova of Smartbrain in Norway.

Dietary prebiotics improve sleep: Study

Dietary prebiotics improve sleep: Study

Health benefits of probiotics- the "good bacteria" found in fermented foods and dietary supplements- is known to almost all.

Now a first-of-its kind study by University of Colorado Boulder, scientists suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters called prebiotics, which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut, can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.

Good students are more into booze, smoking pots: Study

Good students are more into booze, smoking pots: Study

It's not only the peer pressure that makes kids try alcohol or smoke pot!

A new study reveals that students with higher marks are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke pot compared with teens with lower scores.

According to a study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal Open, students with higher marks tend more into pot than cigarettes.

Although some people believe smart students simply have a tendency to experiment, James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson, co-authors of the new study, say these patterns of substance use may continue into adulthood.

Students think it's 'normal' to use performance enhancing drugs: Study

Students think it's 'normal' to use performance enhancing drugs: Study

A European study has revealed that the majority of university students believe it is the social norm to use drugs like Ritalin to enhance academic performance - despite very few having used stimulants themselves.

The project looked at attitudes towards the 'nonmedical use of prescription medicines' among university students in seven EU countries and was co-authored by Dr Robert Dempsey, Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University, alongside colleagues across Europe.

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