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Symmetry and strength: how to get guns like Sam Stosur’s

Nine out of 10 of us don’t do enough weight training, even though its bevvy of benefits include improved metabolism, bone density, reduced body fat, reduced blood pressure and reduced risk of diabetes. For inspiration to become stronger, we need not look further than the female athletes taking to court at the Australian Open this

How do genetic differences affect the risk of bipolar disorder?

So concluded the scientists at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge who carried out the novel research. In previous work, they had already shown that a protein called candidate plasticity gene 2 (CPG2) helps to regulate the strength of synapses in brain circuits. Synapses are the

How exercise reduces belly fat in humans

Some of you may have made a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym to tackle that annoying belly fat. But have you ever wondered how physical activity produces this desired effect? A signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, researchers report December 27 in the journal Cell Metabolism. As expected,

How socioeconomic status shapes developing brains

The relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and brain anatomy is mostly stable from childhood to early adulthood, according to a longitudinal neuroimaging study of more than 600 healthy young people published in JNeurosci. This finding draws attention to the importance of preschool life as a period when associations between SES and brain organization may first

How your imagination can help you overcome your fears

Our imagination is an incredibly useful tool. It can soothe us during difficult times and help us solve problems, create new things, and consider possible courses of action. Some researchers have argued that our imagination, which gives us the ability to consider different scenarios, is at the core of what makes humans different from the

How Australians perform on a global health check

A new tool shows that Australians are generally in good health, compared with other countries. For the first time, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has built a data tool, looking at health measures including our life expectancy, rates of cancer, obesity and smoking, and causes of death, in relation to 36 countries in

Here’s How You Can Win Free Starbucks for Life

Starbucks has never shied away from giving away free drinks, be it on a national holiday or to promote a new drink offering. It seems like every other week, there’s a way to get your hands on a Starbucks Frapp for next to nothing. But free Starbucks for life? This comes just once a year,

How does social media use affect our body image?

Recently, the effects of social media use on our mental health and well-being have been the topic of much debate. According to the social displacement theory, for example, the more time we spend socializing online, the less time we’re likely to spend socializing in the offline world. This could lead to a decrease in one’s

Here’s How High Blood Pressure Can Affect Your Eyes

High blood pressure can do critical damage to your heart. But it affects other parts of the body, too, including the eyes. Believe it or not, when you don’t take care of your heart, you may be causing harm elsewhere, too. Here’s how blood pressure can affect your eyes. High blood pressure can cause eye

How schools can optimise support for children with ADHD

New research gives the clearest guidance yet on how schools can best support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximise their academic outcomes. The study, led by the University of Exeter and involving researchers at the EPPI-Centre (University College London), undertook a systematic review which analysed all available research into non-medication measures to support