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# medical risk
Study looks at whether women who have had a C-section should attempt vaginal birth
Though absolute rates were low in mothers who had attempted this type of birth.
# good news
Enjoy saunas? New research finds they significantly lower risk of stroke
The study found people taking 4-7 saunas a week were 61% less likely to have a stroke than those taking one a week.
# Pregnancy
Women who eat fast food and little or no fruit take longer to become pregnant, study finds
Women who consumed fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to become pregnant than those who didn’t.
# living with hiv
'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative'
A new report details concerns Irish mothers had after being diagnosed with HIV.
# Mental Health
Mid-life anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life
The study does not say if active treatment could curb the risk.
# Astronomy
Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age, new study finds
“This is the first time we’ve shown shape and age are related for all kinds of galaxies.”
# Research
Saving a penalty: This is how science helps predict the match score
Researchers propose a new model to explain how a goalkeeper dives to the right corner at the right time in penalty kick situations.
# school students
Victims of bullying 'predominantly taunted about weight or body image'
Physical harassment was considerably more prevalent in the all-boys school.
# Concussion
A single concussion may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease by 56%
Researchers also found that those with a traumatic brain injury were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease an average of two years earlier than those without.
# Low Pay Commission
After we increased the minimum wage in 2016, unemployment didn’t go up (contrary to warnings)
It’s been argued that an increase in the minimum wage would lead to more unemployment among minimum wage workers.
# on fleek
This is why expressive brows might have mattered during human evolution
Mobile eyebrows gave us the communication skills to establish large, social networks.
# oh great
If you're a night owl, you're likely to die younger...
New research suggests that a person’s internal clock may be at odds with their external environment – and that they should be allowed start work later.
# Lancet
75% of chronic pulmonary disease cases linked to childhood illnesses and parental smoking
The findings were published in The Lancet journal this week.
# Study
Men perceive themselves as smarter, even compared to women whose grades are just as good
A new study has found that women are far more likely to underestimate their own intelligence than men.
# Research
Parts of the Amazon thought uninhabited were actually home to up to a million people
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that there were hundreds of villages in the rainforest away from major rivers.
# The Future
Banana plant extract could be key to creamier, longer lasting ice cream
Researchers have found that adding tiny cellulose fibres extracted from banana plant waste to ice cream could slow melting.
# illness
Sick air travelers are mostly likely to infect those in the next row, study reveals
Researchers also warned that infectious crew members could infect an average of 4.6 passengers per flight.
# deaf community
Two-thirds of Deaf community face difficulty finding out about their rights
A new report has been published detailing the experiences of Deaf people in accessing public and social services.
# Diets
Myth debunked: Neither the low-carb nor the low-fat diet is superior
Cutting either carbs or fats shaves off excess weight in about the same proportion.
# early development
New blood and urine tests can indicate autism in children earlier
The “first of their kind” tests measure damage to proteins that can be an early indicator of autism.
# Study
'A gender equality paradox': Countries with more gender equality have fewer female STEM grads
The researchers believe this might be because countries with less gender equality often have little welfare support.
# Science
Study finds possible link between cancer and ultra-processed foods like TV dinners
The study’s authors said this “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades”.
# Lancet
Single dads at higher risk of premature death than single mothers or couples - study
Single fathers ate fewer fruit and vegetables, and were more likely to binge drink than single mothers and partnered parents, the study found.
# food consumption
Organic food provides significant environmental benefits to vegetarian diets - research
The study of over 34,000 people is the first to examine the environmental impacts of both food choices and farm production systems.
# Toxic
People living in areas of high radon exposure at higher risk of lung cancer
The ESRI has linked cancer figures with geographical data on radon gas.
# Research
Why do we trust, or not trust, strangers? The answer is based on those we've previously known
Research has revealed that strangers resembling past individuals known to be trustworthy are trusted more.
# Fertility
Ibuprofen during pregnancy could harm fertility of unborn baby girls - study
One in three women are estimated to use ibuprofen in the first three months of pregnancy.
# Stroke
Migraine associated with heart attack, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rate
Around one billion people worldwide are affected by migraine.
# Research
Number of elderly people with four or more diseases to double by 2035
A third of these people will be diagnosed with dementia, depression or a cognitive impairment.
# Dementia
Irish researchers looking to develop wearable device for dementia patients who wander
Dementia is on the rise, with approximately 55,000 sufferers in Ireland.
# Monkey Business
Using monkeys and apes in film and TV is 'misleading' millions of viewers
A third of people surveyed think that chimpanzees are not endangered because they star in films and TV shows often.
# Don't sweat it
Bikram yoga is 'no more effective than yoga practiced at room temperature'
This type of yoga is carried out in a room heated to 35–42 degrees Celsius.
# Research
Myth debunked: Age isn't a risk factor for complications after surgery among older patients
Instead, frailty, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment and smoking were associated with postoperative complications.
# Research
Women who work nights have a strikingly increased risk of getting cancer
Overall long-term night shift work increased the risk of cancer by 19%.
# Changes Needed
PLC courses are training people for jobs that don't exist
Hairdressing, early childhood care, and community services courses show a far greater number of places available on PLCs compared to the actual number of jobs available.
# Ancient Beringians
Ancient DNA evidence reveals story of first Native Americans to enter the continent
A team of researchers made the discovery using DNA from a six-month-old Native American infant.
# tabby's star
We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
Tabby’s Star has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other for years.
# Scientific Study
How do different types of alcoholic drinks affect emotions?
Yes, someone’s finally done a scientific study.
# Study
Vampire bat rabies kills hundreds of cows a year as it spreads across Peru
It’s thought that raising awareness of the disease could reduce the cost associated with vampire bat rabies.
# Consent
Student sex survey: 8% of women have had non-consensual sexual contact in the last year
The study also focused on the role alcohol plays in young people’s sex lives.