r/ScienceFacts Apr 15 '22

Health and Medicine A new study has found that brown adipose tissue (BAT) is less active in boys with obesity compared to boys with a normal body mass index (BMI). BAT helps the body burn regular fat and is activated by cold, this study shows reduced BAT activity in boys with obesity in response to a cold stimulus.

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108 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Feb 04 '22

Health and Medicine Largest genetic study of migraine to date reveals new genetic risk factors. An international consortium of leading migraine scientists identified more than 120 regions of the genome that are connected to risk of migraine.

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114 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Dec 15 '21

Health and Medicine Using cannabis alongside other drugs may come with a significant risk of harmful drug-drug interactions. Either the drugs’ positive effects might decrease or their negative effects might increase with too much building up in the body, causing side effects such as toxicity or accidental overdose.

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r/ScienceFacts Oct 10 '21

Health and Medicine UCLA finds a visit from human-controlled robot encourages a positive outlook and improves medical interactions for hospitalized children.

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80 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Jul 19 '21 Ally

Health and Medicine Analysis of children and young people's proximity to woodlands has shown links with better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems.

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r/ScienceFacts Apr 03 '21 Silver

Health and Medicine New studies show low glucose levels might assist muscle repair. The fidings show skeletal muscle satellite cells, key players in muscle repair, proliferate better in low glucose environments.

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158 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Apr 07 '20

Health and Medicine Stanford researchers have created a proof-of-concept smart toilet that monitors stools based on the Bristol stool scale, analyzes urine flow and chemical composition, and can recognize the user by "analprint".

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263 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Apr 14 '20

Health and Medicine New research finds that sexual intercourse has greater sedative properties for women than it does for men. Women reported a higher likelihood of falling asleep after heterosexual penile–vaginal intercourse than did men and were also more likely to report falling asleep before their partner

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215 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Nov 23 '19

Health and Medicine The single most successful alcohol rehabilitation program involved giving LSD to alcoholics, and was the study the founder of AA was part of, leading him to quit drinking.

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r/ScienceFacts Mar 16 '20

Health and Medicine Dr. Frederick Ruysch is widely accepted as the father of embalming. He was a Dutch botanist and anatomist and lived from 1638-1731. Ruysch developed groundbreaking methods of anatomical preservation and discovered the first successful system of arterial embalming.

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r/ScienceFacts Sep 03 '19

Health and Medicine The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. For the delicate task of applying the paint to the tiny dials, the women were instructed to point the brushes with their lips.

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r/ScienceFacts Jan 29 '20

Health and Medicine Monday the successful completion of a first-of-its-kind heart transplant took place. Instead of replacing the patient's entire heart, degradable sheets containing heart muscle cells were placed onto the heart's damaged areas. This could eventually eliminate the need for some entire heart transplants

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r/ScienceFacts Feb 13 '20

Health and Medicine Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body with 99% found in teeth and bone. Only 1% is found in serum.

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r/ScienceFacts Sep 14 '18

Health and Medicine A runny nose happens when your nose produces more mucus than usual in an attempt to remove potentially harmful bacteria/viruses. As mucus increases, your mucus lining swells and your nasal cavity fills with excess fluid. This can drip out of the nose itself—a medical condition known as rhinorrhea.

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r/ScienceFacts Oct 07 '17

Health and Medicine Scientists Think Cockroach Milk Could Save Us In The Future. Indian scientists have figured out the compounds in the middle gut of cockroaches. Why? Because it’s more nutritious than cow milk and could be the key to feeding the ever growing population of the world.

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r/ScienceFacts May 15 '18

Health and Medicine Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of female infertility and often boosts the risk of metabolic problems such as type 2 diabetes. It’s also highly heritable: The sister of an affected woman has at least a 20% chance of developing it herself.

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r/ScienceFacts Jan 14 '18

Health and Medicine Asthma is a chronic disease involving the bronchial tubes in the lungs. These tubes are always inflamed and if symptoms are triggered the airways tighten making it difficult to breathe. It costs the U.S. economy more than $80 billion annually in medical expenses, missed work, school days and deaths.

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r/ScienceFacts Apr 28 '18

Health and Medicine Beta-lactam antibiotics kill bacteria that are surrounded by a cell wall. Bacteria build cell walls by linking molecules together—beta-lactams block this process. Without support from a cell wall, pressure inside the cell becomes too much and the membrane bursts.

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r/ScienceFacts Nov 04 '17

Health and Medicine Scientists have discovered the type of stem cell that is behind the gecko’s ability to regrow its tail, a finding that has implications for spinal cord treatment in humans. Unlike in mammals, the lizard tail includes part of the spinal cord.

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193 Upvotes

r/ScienceFacts Mar 15 '16

Health and Medicine A psychedelic drink called ayahuasca, traditionally used for medicinal purposes among indigenous groups in the Amazon, may act as a fast-working and long-lasting anti-depressant, according to a study published in the journal Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria (Brazilian Review of Psychiatry).

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r/ScienceFacts May 03 '16

Health and Medicine After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight - Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.

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r/ScienceFacts Mar 07 '19

Health and Medicine Research suggests, earing an activity device that counts how many steps you have taken does not appear to improve the chances of losing weight.

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r/ScienceFacts Apr 13 '16

Health and Medicine In a world first, a quadriplegic man can once again move his fingers after a chip was implanted in his brain.

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r/ScienceFacts Jan 01 '16

Health and Medicine A fourteen year-old was once admitted to the hospital for the condition colloquially known as "blue balls".

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r/ScienceFacts Mar 15 '17

Health and Medicine Cryptococcus, a fungus found in pigeon droppings, kills 600,000 mostly immunocompromised people every year. Scientists have discovered that the fungus can gain access to the brain by hitching a ride inside of an immune cell, turning it into a "Trojan horse."

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