Could flickering lights fight Alzheimer's? Early research looks promising

An early feasibility study finds a potential new treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

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For the past few years, Annabelle Singer and her collaborators have been using flickering lights and sound to treat mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, and they've seen some dramatic results.

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Caffeine isn't actually going to help you combat sleep deprivation

Participants were asked to complete a simple attention task as well as a more challenging "placekeeping" task.

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Relying on caffeine to get you through the day isn't always the answer, according to a new study.

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Havana syndrome: How a “directed-energy” weapon may be injuring American intelligence operatives

U.S. officials suspect a foreign adversary is targeting American personnel with some form of "directed-energy" weapon.

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  • In recent history, the first reports of a potential directed-energy attack on U.S. personnel came in 2016 from American diplomats working in Cuba.
  • There's no "smoking gun" evidence of who's behind the attacks, but some U.S. officials suspect the Russians.
  • Supporting that claim is the history of the so-called Moscow Signal, an event in which the Soviets blasted microwaves at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from 1953 to 1976.
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Single dose of psilocybin may treat migraines

Can the main psychoactive ingredient of magic mushrooms help treat the world's sixth most debilitating illness?

  • Migraines afflict more than ten percent of the U.S. population, yet treatments are often unreliable and there is no cure.
  • The new study involves giving migraine sufferers a placebo and, two weeks later, a single dose of pure synthetic psilocybin.
  • The results showed that participants reported significantly fewer migraines in the two weeks after the study.
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Baby's first poop predicts risk of allergies

Meconium contains a wealth of information.

  • A new study finds that the contents of an infants' first stool, known as meconium, can predict if they'll develop allergies with a high degree of accuracy.
  • A metabolically diverse meconium, which indicates the initial food source for the gut microbiota, is associated with fewer allergies.
  • The research hints at possible early interventions to prevent or treat allergies just after birth.
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