Women significantly more likely to develop long COVID than men

A new review article has discovered females are much more likely to suffer from long COVID than males. The findings are curiously distinct from earlier studies that show men more often experience severe acute disease from COVID-19 compared to women.

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Jumpsuit uses motion sensors to tracks infants’ neurological development

One of the best ways of tracking an infant's neurological development is to observe their movements as they play. A new "smart" jumpsuit is designed to do so automatically, providing consistently accurate data via machine learning technology.

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Sleep-tracking smart pillow powers itself through head movement

Scientists in China have developed a smart pillow designed to offer an accessible and accurate sleep-tracking solution, monitoring the quality of rest through head movements, which work to power the system at the same time.

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Best time of day to exercise seems to be different for men and women

A new study suggests that the best time of day to exercise differs by sex. Evening exercise was found to be more effective for men, while results for women varied, with different health outcomes improving with different exercise times.

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First at-home test for flu, COVID and RSV authorized by the FDA

A new direct-to-consumer test designed to detect a number of different respiratory viruses including COVID-19 and influenza has been authorized by the FDA. The test is the first of its kind to be approved that doesn't need a prescription from a doctor.

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Weight training burns fat as well as aerobic exercise, on the right diet

A team at Australia's Edith Cowan University have shown that when combined with the right diet, resistance training such as body-weight exercises or lifting dumbbells, can have similar effects to aerobic exercise when it comes to burning fat.

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New target to treat age-related hearing loss raised by large gene study

A newly published meta-analysis has uncovered 10 new genetic variants that contribute to age-related hearing loss. The findings indicate a part of the ear known as the stria vascularis may play a part in hearing impairment.

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Experts divided over who should get a 4th COVID vaccine dose

Two new studies indicate a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose can substantially boost immunity and reduce risk of infection compared to triple-dosed individuals but experts are divided on whether all age groups should be offered the extra booster.

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Trial finds insulin nasal spray may slow age-related cognitive decline

The results of a clinical trial offer promising signs that daily doses of an insulin nasal spray could be used to slow age-related cognitive decline. The trial found the treatment to be effective in elderly subjects with and without type 2 diabetes.

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Study finds seven hours of sleep to be optimal from middle-age onwards

A wide-ranging new study involving almost half a million subjects has provided compelling new insights into what constitutes healthy sleeping habits, suggesting seven hours per night is best for brain health during middle and old age.

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