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High Blood Sugar May Affect Memory in Some People

Wed, Oct 23rd 2013, 17:31

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People who didn't have type 2 diabetes but had blood sugar at the high end of the normal range performed worse on memory tests than those with lower blood sugar, a study out Wednesday shows. Researchers in Germany recruited 141 people, average age 63, who did not have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and they showed no signs of memory problems. The study participants took a series of memory tests and had their blood sugar tested. They also had...


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3D Mini-Me Statues: "This Must Be What Z-List Celebrity Feels Like"

Wed, Oct 23rd 2013, 17:30

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3D printing has already shaken up the world of design. Now you can get a figurine made of yourself in the time it takes to do your shopping. So how does it feel to meet your double? Five Guardian writers find out Oliver Wainwright In the northwestern region of the Amazon rainforest, the Jivaroan tribes used to shrink the heads of their slaughtered enemies and mount them on sticks as triumphant hunting trophies. Sliced open to remove the skull,...


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For First Time, Most Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Wed, Oct 23rd 2013, 17:30

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For the first time, a clear majority of Americans say they favor legalizing marijuana, as recreational and medical use of the drug gains acceptance across the nation, a poll released on Tuesday showed. The Gallup poll found that 58 percent of those surveyed favored marijuana legalization, up from 50 percent two years ago. By contrast, when Gallup first asked the question in 1969, only 12 percent favored allowing the drug. ...


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Domestic Violence Victims May Also Face Chronic Health Conditions

Wed, Oct 23rd 2013, 17:30

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About one in four women and one in seven men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to government statistics. Another national study showed that almost 10 percent of adolescents admitted to committing some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. And experts warn the ongoing abuse is a public health problem that must end.


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China Challenged Over Human Rights Record at United Nations

Wed, Oct 23rd 2013, 17:29

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Activists say despite Beijing's claims of improvements, dissenters, minorities and the disabled still face state brutality China told a United Nations review of its human rights record that it had made progress, but was challenged over its curbs on free speech and treatment of ethnic minorities, activists and dissidents, at the session in Geneva on Tuesday. The UN human rights council reviews each nation's record once every four years. China's...


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Study Links Diabetes Predisposition to Alzheimer’s Disease

Wed, Oct 23rd 2013, 17:20

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Diabetes and dementia are rising dramatically in the United States and worldwide. In the last few years, epidemiological data has accrued showing that older people with diabetes are significantly more likely to develop cognitive deterioration and increased susceptibility to onset of dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease.


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Large Study Finds Psychotherapy Treats Anorexia Effectively

Tue, Oct 22nd 2013, 09:50

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A large-scale study has now shown that adult women with anorexia whose disorder is not too severe can be treated successfully on an out-patient basis. Even after conclusion of therapy, they continue to make significant weight gains. Two new psychotherapeutic methods offer improved opportunities for successful therapy.


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Learning New Skill Beats Puzzles for Boosting Seniors' Memory

Tue, Oct 22nd 2013, 09:49

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We are constantly reminded to "use it or lose it," and new research from the University of Texas at Dallas shows the same is true for keeping your brain up to speed. No one likes the idea of slowing down as they age, but a new study suggests that challenging yourself to learn a new skill can bring noticeable benefits to an aging mind. The Administration on Aging predicts that there will be 72.1 million Americans aged 65 and over by the year 2030...


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Australia Capital Backs Gay Marriage

Tue, Oct 22nd 2013, 09:49

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The Australian Capital Territory has become the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex marriage, but a high court challenge is expected.


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Theme Park Defends "Asylum" Horror Maze After Mental Health Criticism

Tue, Oct 22nd 2013, 09:35

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Petition claims annual Halloween attraction in which actors pretend to be asylum patients stigmatises mental illness A Halloween attraction at a theme park has been criticised for allegedly stigmatising mental illness. Campaigners said Thorpe Park bosses should consider changing the name of the Asylum, a horror maze that has featured as part of the Surrey attraction's annual Halloween event, Fright Night, for eight years. Mental health advocates...


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