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Green Tea Steeped in Bottled Water Increases Antioxidants

Here’s to sipping a cupful of health: Green tea steeped in bottled water has a more bitter taste, but it has more antioxidants than tea brewed using tap water.

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The Sleeping Brain Remains Attentive to Its Environment

Researchers report our brain can track the sounds in its environment while we sleep, and favor the most relevant ones. This aptitude could be one of the mechanisms that allow us to sleep in complete safety and wake up at the right moment.

The research is in Nature Human Behaviour. (full access paywall)

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Hundreds of Genes Affecting Tobacco and Alcohol Use Identified

Researchers found more than 500 genetic variants that affect the use of and addiction to tobacco and alcohol. Until now, only a few of such variants had been identified.

These results provide a solid starting point to evaluate the effects of these loci in model organisms and more precise substance use measures.

The research is in Nature Genetics (full access paywall)

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Muscle Stem Cells Can Drive Cancer that Arises in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

People with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) can develop an otherwise-rare muscle cancer, called rhabdomyosarcoma, due to the muscle cells' continuous work to rebuild the damaged tissue.

Researchers have demonstrated that muscle stem cells may give rise to rhabdomyosarcoma that occurs during DMD--and identified two genes linked to the tumor's growth.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

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Early Child Deprivation May Impair Memory and Executive Function at Age 16

Young children experiencing deprivation and neglect in institutional settings have impaired memory and executive functioning at ages 8 and 16 compared with peers placed early in quality foster homes.

The research is in PNAS. (full access paywall)

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B-Group Vitamins Can Improve Concentration In People With First Episode Psychosis

B-group vitamins may be beneficial for maintaining concentration skills among people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. A first episode of psychosis can be a precursor to developing schizophrenia but psychotic symptoms may also be associated with bipolar disorder or severe depression.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

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Stoke Drug May Also Prevent Alzheimer's

A drug currently being developed to treat stroke patients could also prevent Alzheimer's disease. The study shows that the genetically engineered protein 3K3A-APC protects the brains of mice with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, reducing the buildup of toxic peptides and preventing memory loss.

The research is in Journal of Experimental Medicine. (full access paywall)

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How Fasting Can Improve Overall Health

Researchers found evidence that fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against aging-associated diseases.

This study opens new avenues of investigation that could ultimately lead to the development of nutritional strategies to improve health in humans.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

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The 17 Different Ways Your Face Conveys Happiness

A new study reports humans have more universal ways of expressing happiness than any other emotion.

The research is in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. (full access paywall)
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