Feb 19, 2017

Advances in imaging could deepen knowledge of brain

New imaging techniques enable exploration of the brain in much more detail than ever before, opening the door to greater understanding of neurological problems and possibly new treatments, researchers say. Showcased at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ...

Feb 17, 2017

Air pollution is linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children’s lives and increases their risk of long-term physical and neurological problems, scientists said on Thursday. Fine particles in the air from diesel fumes, fires and other ...

Seagrass decline seen jeopardizing human, coral health

Feb 17, 2017

Seagrass decline seen jeopardizing human, coral health

Underwater meadows of seagrass offer important protection against pollution to both humans and coral reefs, but are in jeopardy worldwide due to climate change, sewage and agricultural runoff, researchers said Thursday. Places with healthy seagrass — where sponges, clams, small fish and other filter ...

Feb 16, 2017

Kids with ADHD have some smaller brain regions than normal

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have several brain regions that are slightly smaller than usual, more evidence that the disorder should be considered a neurological condition, a new study says. The study, the largest review of ADHD patients’ brain scans ever conducted, might also ...

Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study claims

Feb 16, 2017

Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study claims

Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, says a study that has reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements. A review of 25 clinical trials in 14 countries, some with conflicting results, yielded “the first definitive ...

| Feb 13, 2017

Let's discuss bans on smoking

The health ministry is considering a legal revision banning smoking in public areas to help bring Japan's battle against secondhand smoke in line with the global standard ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.