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Study suggests that researching your symptoms online almost always delivers inaccurate diagnoses and medical advice

A new study published in The Medical Journal of Australia suggests that online symptom checkers only provide accurate diagnoses 1/3 of the time. A team of researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) evaluated the accuracy of 36 different symptom checkers, inputting symptoms of 48 different “patients.” They pulled clinical information…

Binge drinking is dropping significantly among college students in states where marijuana is legalized

A new study says binge drinking rates among college students are dropping significantly in states where marijuana is legalized. Researchers looked at data from seven different states and 135 colleges where marijuana was legalized by the year 2018 as well as 41 states and 454 colleges where recreational marijuana use…

MDMA could strengthen the bond between patient and therapist, thereby improving therapy as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

According to a new study “Distinct neural mechanisms for the prosocial and rewarding properties of MDMA,” published in Science Translational Medicine, MDMA (ecstasy) could improve trust between patient and therapist, thereby enhancing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine differentiated two molecular pathways, one responsible…

Women select lower paying majors than men, despite both sex’s desire to pursue a major with the highest potential earnings

Male students select higher paying majors than female students, even when both sexes report wanting to pursue a major with the highest potential earnings. The research team says that this might be due in part to women feeling that certain fields, like STEM, are not open or accessible to them….

Construction workers are the most likely out of all workforces to use cocaine and opioids; they are the second most likely to use marijuana, after those in the service industry

New research says that construction workers are more likely to use cocaine and opioids than workers in other industries; they are the second most likely to use marijuana. Researchers used the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to analyze a dataset of 293,492 adults, including 16,610 construction workers, from…

Certain NFL players, such as running backs and linebackers, are at an increased risk for mental health problems like depression and anxiety; players with longer careers are also at a higher risk for cognitive issues

New research suggests certain positions and longer careers increase an NFL player’s risk of developing cognitive and mental health issues.  Researchers analyzed career length, position history, head and neck injuries, concussion symptoms, depression and anxiety symptoms. They found that players with the longest careers were twice as likely to report…

Laughter makes jokes funnier (Video)

Laughter influences how well a joke is perceived. Researchers from UCLA rated 40 cheesy jokes on a scale of 1 to 7, 1 being unamusing and 7 being hilarious. Then, a professional comedian recorded each joke twice: in the first recording, canned laughter followed the joke, and in the second,…

Eating an excessive amount of spicy food might increase risk of dementia; study participants who consumed more than 50 grams of chili a day had double the risk of memory decline

New research shows that spicy food—chili in particular—might lead to a greater risk of dementia. Participants who ate more than 50 grams of chili a day had a higher risk of experiencing cognitive decline with age. Researchers analyzed 4582 Chinese individuals over the age of 55 for 15 years: the…

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