Week in Health (23 – 29 Jan 2021)

Health News related to Trees May Reduce the Risk of Depression, Afternoon Napping Linked to Better Mental Agility, Observing Decision Making in The Brain, Touchscreens May Be More Distractible for Toddlers, Slowing Bone Loss and Aging, Predicting Early Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Relatives of Patients, Promising New Target for Diabetes Treatment


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1. Street Trees Close to The Home May Reduce the Risk of Depression


Source: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig 25 Jan 2021


Daily contact with trees in the street may significantly reduce the risk of depression and the need for antidepressants, according to a new study. Street tree planting in residential areas of cities can serve as a nature-based solution to reduce the risk of depression with added benefits of also addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.

2. Afternoon Napping Linked to Better Mental Agility


Source: BMJ 25 Jan 2021


Taking a regular afternoon nap may be linked to better mental agility, suggests a new research. It seems to be associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency, and working memory, the findings indicate.

3. Researchers Observe Decision Making in The Brain – And Influence the Outcomes


Source: Stanford University 25 Jan 2021


A team of neuroscientists and engineers has developed a system that can show the neural process of decision making in real time, including the mental process of flipping between options before expressing a final choice.


Original written by: Taylor Kubota

4. Toddlers Who Use Touchscreens May Be More Distractible


Source: University of Bath 26 Jan 2021


Toddlers with high daily touchscreen use are quicker to look at objects when they appear and are less able to resist distraction compared to toddlers with no or low touchscreen use – according to a new research. The research team says the findings are important for the growing debate around the role of screen time on toddlers’ development especially given the increased levels of screen time seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. A Compound That Slows Bone Loss, And A Resource for Developing Treatments to Slow Aging


Source: Buck Institute for Research on Aging 26 Jan 2021


A compound that extends lifespan in a tiny nematode worm slows bone loss in aging mice. The surprising result comes from a longitudinal and functional study of 700 aging mice, a project that provides a treasure trove of data for researchers aiming to develop therapeutics to slow aging and age-related diseases.

6. Machine Learning Tool Used to Predict Early Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Relatives of Patients


Source: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry 26 Jan 2021


Researchers have taken another step forward in developing an artificial intelligence tool to predict schizophrenia by analyzing brain scans. In recently published research, the tool was used to analyze functional magnetic resonance images of 57 healthy first-degree relatives (siblings or children) of schizophrenia patients. It accurately identified the 14 individuals who scored highest on a self-reported schizotypal personality trait scale.


Original written by: Gillian Rutherford

7. Scientists Discover a Promising New Target for Diabetes Treatment


Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health 27 Jan 2021


Researchers have discovered a novel and druggable insulin inhibitory receptor, named inceptor. The blocking of inceptor function leads to an increased sensitisation of the insulin signaling pathway in pancreatic beta cells. This might allow protection and regeneration of beta cells for diabetes remission.


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