Left brain vs. right brain: How does one dominate?

The two hemispheres of our brain — left and right — specialize in different tasks. A recent study asks how this occurs and reaches a surprising conclusion. Hemispheric dominance, also known as lateralization of brain function, describes the tendency for either the left or the right side of the brain to carry out specific brain …

New African swine fever outbreak reported in China’s Guangdong province

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry on Tuesday reported a new outbreak of African swine fever in the city of Huizhou in the southern province of Guangdong, which has killed 11 pigs on a farm of 90 pigs. China has already reported more than 90 cases of the incurable disease since it was first detected …

People who understand the benefits of exercise may spend more time being active

(Reuters Health) – The more people understand about the benefits of exercise, the more time they’re likely to spend being physically active, an Australian study suggests. Researchers at Central Queensland University surveyed 615 people to explore their knowledge of the benefits of physical activity and the risks of inactivity. The survey also included questions to …

High-tech epilepsy warning device could save lives

Scientists have developed a high-tech bracelet called the Nightwatch, which detects 85 percent of all severe nighttime epilepsy seizures — a much higher percentage than similar devices on the market today. Brain scans check A new type of wearable technology may help prevent epilepsy-related deaths. Smartwatches are gaining popularity, and they often help users monitor …

Longer breastfeeding tied to lower risk of liver disease

(Reuters Health) – – Mothers who breastfeed for six months or more may have less fat in their livers and a lower risk of liver disease, a U.S. study suggests. Breastfeeding has long been tied to health benefits for women, including lower risks for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. The current study focused on …

Just a Little Weightlifting Can Help Your Heart

By Maureen Salamon | HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An hour or less of weightlifting each week might significantly cut your risk of heart attack or stroke, new research suggests. Evaluating nearly 12,600 adults over more than a decade, scientists found that small amounts of resistance exercise weekly were linked to …

Self-weighing, self-awareness may prevent holiday weight gain

(Reuters Health) – – A brief program that encouraged people to track their weight and to be mindful of the excess energy in every holiday cookie or cup of nog seems to have helped participants get through the holiday season without gaining weight. The trial in the UK recruited participants in November and December of …