A new genetic screen may predict a person’s future risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture, according to new research. Specifically, the study, one of the largest of its kind, identified 899 regions in the human genome associated with low bone-mineral density, 613 of which have never before been identified. PeopleContinue Reading

Although ice-cold drinks and ice cream can cause sharp, shooting mouth pain and the occasional “brain freeze,” the two reactions are completely unrelated, says neurologist Roderick Spears. “Brain freeze starts with a cold stimulus, such as ice cream, touching the palate, the roof of the mouth,” says Spears, a clinicianContinue Reading

When temperatures spike in the summer, it’s important to make sure you temper your workouts to stay safe, says Sandeep Mannava, a sports medicine specialist at University of Rochester Medicine. Here, Mannava offers tips to avoid overexertion on exceptionally hot days, which can lead to illness or potentially life-threatening issues.Continue Reading

Just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study. After statistically analyzing data from multiple peer-reviewed research papers on dehydration and cognitive ability, researchers found that that cognitive functions often wilt as water departsContinue Reading

Men bounce back more quickly from the flu because they produce more of a key lung-healing protein, a study suggests. Scientists infected live mice and human cells with influenza virus, and found that both the male mice and male human cells produced more amphiregulin, a growth factor protein important inContinue Reading

A woman’s emotional state does not have a strong connection with the success of infertility treatment, according to new evidence. “Our results offer hope and optimism to the many women who feel emotionally responsible…” This runs counter to the advice many women struggling with infertility report receiving from family andContinue Reading

People who engage in more substantive conversations tend to be happier, according to a new study. Researchers also found that idle small talk is not necessarily negatively related to well-being, contrary to previous findings, says coauthor Matthias Mehl, a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. The new research,Continue Reading

As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study,Continue Reading