Physical activity at any intensity linked to lower risk of early death

A multi-national team of researchers, including authors from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), have produced clear evidence that higher levels of physical activity—regardless of intensity—are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people. The findings, published in Continue Reading

How much sex is right for you and your partner?

(HealthDay)—Are you having enough sex? It’s a loaded question. “Enough,” like “a lot,” means different things to different people—it could mean every night, twice a week or twice a month. Many studies have tried to pinpoint how often the average couple has sex, how that number might change at various Continue Reading

Machine learning models help clinicians identify people who need advanced depression care

Researchers at Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University created decision models capable of predicting which patients might need more treatment for their depression than what their primary care provider can offer. The algorithms were specifically designed to provide information the clinician can act on and fit into existing clinical workflows. Depression Continue Reading

Painting a bigger biosociological picture of chronic pain

An integrated approach that unifies psychosocial factors with neurobiology sheds light on chronic pain traits and their underlying brain networks, according to a study published August 20 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by A. Vania Apkarian of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and colleagues. Unraveling the mechanisms of Continue Reading

Study identifies possible genetic link between children’s language and mental health

A new study suggests there may be genetic explanations for why some children with poor language also have poor mental health. The University of York-led study examined genetic variants in six genes that are thought to contribute to language development in children. The researchers used Polygenic scoring, a statistical technique Continue Reading

Researchers develop method for identifying aggressive breast cancer drivers

Precision cancer medicine requires personalized biomarkers to identify patients who will benefit from specific cancer therapies. In an effort to improve the accuracy of predictions about prognosis for patients with breast cancer and the efficacy of personalized therapy, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a Continue Reading