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Helping your brain stay sharp with age may be as simple as changing up the food on your plate at dinnertime, a new study suggests. The study focused on the healthy “Mediterranean” diet, a regimen reliant on olive oil, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with chicken and fish largely replacing red meat. Dairy…  read on >  read on >

Black people with hepatitis C develop liver cancer sooner than people in other racial groups and the cancer is often more aggressive, but current screening guidelines may not be broad enough to catch these cases early, according to a new study. Why? Despite often being more advanced, liver cancer in Black people is slower to…  read on >  read on >

People with Alzheimer’s disease often have a history of depression or anxiety, which might mean an earlier emergence of memory and thinking problems, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that of 1,500 Alzheimer’s patients at their center, 43% had a history of depression, while almost one-third had a history of anxiety disorders. Those patients also…  read on >  read on >

Contrary to what many believe, a new study finds that mental illness isn’t a factor in most mass shootings or other types of mass murder. “The findings from this potentially definitive study suggest that emphasis on serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or psychotic mood disorders, as a risk factor for mass shootings is given…  read on >  read on >

Pregnancy-related high blood pressure can lead to long-term heart risks, new research shows. Compared to those with normal blood pressure during pregnancy, women who developed blood pressure disorders such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension had significant differences in heart structure and function a decade after giving birth. These differences mainly affect the heart’s left ventricle…  read on >  read on >

Modern technology has unraveled an ancient mystery about the death of an Egyptian king. Computed tomography (CT) scans of the mummified remains of Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa II, the Brave, revealed new details about his head injuries not previously found in examinations since his mummy was discovered in the 1880s. Those examinations, including an X-ray study…  read on >  read on >

Stress is the No. 1 reason U.S. teachers left the profession before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll reveals. Nearly 1,000 former public school teachers were polled in December. Three-quarters said their job was often or always stressful during their final year in the classroom. Stress was nearly twice as common as poor…  read on >  read on >

Dental hygienists have a low rate of COVID-19, even though their jobs are considered high-risk, a new study says. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared hygienists at high risk for COVID-19, so researchers decided to investigate. They analyzed survey data collected in October from nearly 4,800 dental hygienists in all 50 states…  read on >  read on >