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Richard Scott

Richard Scott
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Richard Scott is a health care reporter focusing on health policy and public health. Richard keeps tabs on national health trends from his Philadelphia location and is an active member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Married People Have Lower Levels of This Harmful Stress Hormone

A new study found that being married essentially reduces a person’s chances of facing stress-derived health problems, and the waning level of cortisol among spouses has a lot to do with it.

Sibling Rivalry: Are First-Born Children Smarter?

Researchers found that parents of multiple children routinely alter their treatment of non-first born children, which affects their IQ and perhaps even personality traits.

Scientists Mimic Deadly Rabies Virus to Destroy Brain Cancer Cells

Researchers have modeled nanoparticles the same size and shape as rabies to reach the brain's nerve cells, with the goal of targeting cancerous ones.

Peppertree Berries May Fight Deadly Superbugs

The ready abundance of the peppertree plant means that, should the treatment prove effective in human trials, the medical community would face no shortage of the disease-fighting berries.

Air Pollution Linked to Higher Diabetes Risk Among Kids

The study adds a new threat to the list of lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to diabetes, note the researchers.

Breathe, Breathe, Bite: Eating During Labor May Be Beneficial

New research finds that allowing pregnant women to ingest more than water or ice chips during labor is tied to a 16-minute shorter labor, on average.

New Technology Deciphers Thoughts of Paralyzed People Who Can’t Speak

By measuring a person’s electrical activity in the brain, the brain-computer interface allowed patients to communicate in response to simple questions.

Innovative Behind-the-Ear Technique Avoids Neck Scarring After Thyroid Surgery

The technique involves making an incision behind the ear instead of beneath the voice box, where thyroidectomy procedures traditionally occur.

Something Interesting Happens to Our Brains While We Sleep

Scientists believe that brain synapses shrink during sleep and expand when activated during one’s waking hours, and such expansion is a marker for learning and memory.

Hold the Paper: Fast-Food Wrappers Contain Harmful Chemicals

The substances have been tied to severe health problems, such as testicular and kidney cancer, and scientists warn that chemicals in fast-food wrappers may “leach” onto the food products.

Complications During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk in Children: Study

The researchers found a number of pregnancy-related complications that were associated with an elevated risk of developing autism after birth, like pre-eclampsia and birth asphyxia.

Party Danger: Balloons Pop Louder Than 12-Gauge Shotgun Blasts

The researchers hope their new study will create greater awareness about the hearing perils of balloons — similar to the acceptance of sunscreen as a normal part of life.

Scientists Uncover Key Fat-Burning Gene in New Study

While previous studies had found many links between the brain hormone serotonin and energy use, the core question remained: How does it impact metabolism?

Puzzling Wave of Amnesia Hits 14 Patients in Eastern Massachusetts

Researchers are still trying to figure out what happened to 14 people in Massachusetts who came down with amnesia from 2012-2016.

More Mushrooms in Your Diet May Help to Prevent Alzheimer’s: Study

Researchers have discovered that mushrooms have major brain-boosting and curative powers.

File, Print, Wear: New 3D Bioprinter Creates Human Skin

Scientists believe they may have found a fast, reliable method to reduce the need for costly procedures like skin grafts.

Not Enough Meat in Diet May Lead to Preterm Birth: Study

Researchers discovered a linear association between low levels of B12, a vitamin largely found in meat and animal products, and preterm birth.

Low Estrogen Levels Tied to Greater Chance of Developing PTSD

Researchers studied how women coped with traumatic episodes during different times of their menstrual cycle, when estrogen levels naturally ebb or increase.

Sugar Express: 30 Percent of Kids Have at Least Two Sugary Drinks Daily

32 percent of boys and 28 percent of girls between the ages of 2 and 19 consumed at least two sugary drinks daily, according to the CDC.

Memory Implants? New Research Could Make Them Possible

Successful tests on rodents showing the possibility of implanting memories are paving the way for the first memory implants for humans, which could help people overcome memory-deficit disorders.

Treating Chronic Pain With Cannabis Could Be Less Addictive Than Opioids

A research team is hopeful they have found a new path to less lethal pain relievers like opioids.

Promising Alzheimer’s Vaccine Moves Closer to Human Trials

The vaccine testing program is currently underway in pre-clinical trials, and the researchers plan to move forward with efficacy tests among human subjects once they conclude.

Could There Finally Be a Vaccine for the Common Cold?

A vaccine for the common cold may be available within the next decade.

Lab-Grown Mini Brains Shed Light on Autism

The researchers wanted to find out whether they could pinpoint changes in brain activity between the mini brains they created, which retained characteristics of a living, human brain.

What’s That? Lack Of Iron May Be Associated With Hearing Loss

The link between iron levels and hearing loss is a strong indicator for treating and avoiding auditory impairments.

Living Near Highways May Increase Dementia Risk

Here's how much your chance for developing dementia increases just by living near a busy road or highway.

Melanoma Drug Halts Spread of Cancer Cells by 90 Percent in Trials

A new drug compound therapy previously used to treat an autoimmune disorder shows promising results when targeting cancer-causing melanoma skin cells.

Stuttering Linked to Low Blood Flow in Brain

Using MRI technology, researchers are able to analyze blood flow to the part of the brain responsible for language and speech.

Parents’ Obesity May Cause Severe Developmental Delays in Children

Parental obesity has an alarming impact on children's developing fine motor and social skills.

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Slows Disease in Clinical Trials

The promising results of Phase III clinical trials for the drug Ocrelizumab revealed a significant decline in disease progression in human subjects.

New Study May Explain Mysterious Spike in Holiday Deaths

In the wake of Christmas, as families celebrate the coming new year, a curious phenomenon occurs – mortality rates spike to the highest levels of the year.

Vitamin D in Your Diet May Improve Your Gut Health

Researchers believe that extra vitamin D helps to improve gut health by replenishing good bacteria.

Groundbreaking Study Offers Glimpse of New Ways to Prevent Preterm Birth

Scientists have unlocked a longstanding mystery that may have important ramifications on maternal and infant health.

Light-Therapy Treatment Delivers Non-Surgical Alternative for Prostate Cancer Patients

A new treatment for early-stage prostate cancer uses light-sensitive drugs and laser therapy to obliterate cancer cells.

More Pregnant Women Are Using Marijuana

About 4 percent of pregnant women said they have used marijuana in the past month.

Groundbreaking Study Could Lead to Age Reversal Treatments

The research may have vast therapeutic implications if the age-reversement treatment can be transferred to humans.

13 Percent of Commercial Pilots May Be Depressed: Study

An anonymous survey of more than 1,800 pilots found that 13.5 percent of the pilots were depressed.

Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

Cholesterol-busting drugs known as statins may also protect patients from developing Alzheimer’s disease, says a new study in JAMA Neurology.

Hold, Breathe, Release: Yoga Can Improve Blood Pressure

Practicing yoga for an hour a day can help improve a person’s blood pressure and reduce the risk of serious health complications, according to a new study.

Optimism Increases Longevity, Reduces Risk of Cancer Death: Study

Seeing the glass half-full may be more than a way to view life – it may actually help you live longer.

Researchers Discover Possible Way to Block Migraines

Scientists have pinpointed a chemical in the brain tied to extreme migraine sensitivity, and their work could lead to new treatments.

Older Americans Are Happier, More Financially Stable: Study

Happiness in the U.S. is like a fine wine – it ripens as it ages – at least according to a new study.

Study Suggests Saturated Fats May Actually Be ‘Healthy’

A new study that defies conventional wisdom about the health effects of fat intake may soon have dieters asking, “Can you pass the butter, please?”

15 Extra Minutes of Sleep Could Boost Learning at School

A few extra minutes of sleep may provide a big boost to teens’ learning ability, a new study says.

Hallucinogenic ‘Shrooms’ Relieve Depression, Anxiety in Cancer Patients: Study

The active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, psilocybin, provides a significant boost to cancer patients facing depression, two studies found.

Marijuana Use Could Increase Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

Researchers found a significant reduction of blood flow to the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with creating and storing new memories.

Study Finds No Link Between Flu Vaccine and Autism

A study shows that there’s no link between receiving a flu vaccine during pregnancy and the child’s risk of being diagnosed with autism later in life.

School Air Quality May Be Worsening Children’s Asthma Symptoms

A concerning new study shows that poor air quality in schools may be compounding the dangerous effects of asthma in children.

Why Our Bodies Take Longer to Heal as We Age

A basic communication breakdown may be the culprit behind slower-healing wounds among older individuals, suggests a new study.

Breakthrough Gene-Editing Study Returns Sight to Blind Animals

Scientists have figured out a way to manipulate the DNA within adults cells, a technique that may prove especially useful against genetic diseases.

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