Sherilynn Soo

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Breast cancer researchers identify genetic 'switch'

Queensland scientists have identified a genetic "switch" that indicates whether breast cancer is aggressive and likely to spread.<p>The discovery may provide a clearer prognosis for breast cancer patients and pave the way for new treatments.<p>Teams from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and the …

10 Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Being Happy and Healthy Today, Backed by Science

I'm fascinated by the link between the way we live our daily lives and the health and happiness we enjoy.<p>There are choices that you make every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to your health and happiness, that dramatically impact the way you feel mentally and physically.<p>With that said, …

Happiness

Associated Press News

Heart attack risk identified by new scan

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1027000/1027136_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522300637_8f9d3d65efc74a73f6289e57ef4e1186<p><b>A new way of scanning the heart can identify those who may be at high risk of a heart attack, early tests suggest.</b><p>It can identify dangerous plaques …

Medical Research

Fascinating Hypothesis: The Whole Idea Of Species Doesn't Apply To Certain Organisms

One group of scientists is arguing that certain organisms, about a millimeter in size or slightly smaller, don't form species at all.<p>Meiofauna are pretty weird. That's the term for all organisms that are an in-between size, about one-half to one millimeter, so they're much bigger than bacteria, but …

Biology

Speaking a second language delays dementias, even in the illiterate, study finds

There’s more evidence that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia later in life — this time in a population where even illiterate people reaped the benefits of being bilingual.<p>Conducted in Hyderabad, India, the largest study of its kind so far found that speaking two languages …

Language Learning

Surgeons Discover Quirky Knee Ligament All Over Again

About 150 years ago, a prestigious surgeon in Paris found a new body part while dissecting cadavers. He described the structure as a pearly, "fibrous band" on the outside of the bones in the knee.<p>That sure sounds like a ligament. But nobody really gave it much thought. And poof! Over the next …

Ibuprofen Doesn't Provide Cold Symptom Relief As Well As Acetaminophen: Study

If you have a cold or sore throat, you might want to opt for the acetaminophen over the ibuprofen for symptom relief, a new study suggests.<p>Research published in the British Medical Journal shows that taking ibuprofen (commonly known by the brand name Advil) doesn't seem to relieve symptoms of upper …

Three Ways Modern Technology Increases the Likelihood of PTSD Among Veterans

Over the last decade or so, the American public's appreciation for soldiers has generally increased. I've witnessed dozens, possibly hundreds, of people thanking uniformed soldiers for their service, in stores, cafes, and airports. This commercial beautifully reflects that sentiment. We'll …

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Over the last decade yoga has become more popular than ever, just not in India. There, yoga is an unassuming, spiritual, and for some, a faithful religious practice.<p>Yoga in America, however, is a secular, multi-billion dollar industry. It is only a philosophical or spiritual practice when we want …

Yoga

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Voice-hearing is no longer seen merely as a psychiatric disorder, and could teach us a lot about how language operates in the brain<p>Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and …

Can We Eat Our Way To A Healthier Microbiome? It's Complicated

When our colleague Rob Stein got his microbiome analyzed recently in the name of science journalism, we were totally fascinated.<p>As Stein noted, it may be possible to cultivate a healthier community of bacteria on and inside us by modifying our diets.<p>Stein was advised to eat more garlic and leeks …