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Ultrasound offers a new way to perform deep brain stimulation
“Deep brain stimulation, by implanted electrodes that deliver electrical pulses to the brain, is often used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. However, the electrodes used for this treatment can eventually corrode and accumulate scar tissue, requiring them to be removed.”

New test detects more cases of cervical cancer
“Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of Innsbruck in Austria have developed a simpler and more effective screening method for cervical cancer than the method used today. The comprehensive study published in Nature Medicine shows that the test detects significantly more cancers and precancerous stages.”

Women who follow Mediterranean diet live longer
“In a study that followed more than 25,000 U.S. women for up to 25 years, researchers from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that participants who closely followed the Mediterranean diet had up to a 23 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality, with benefits for both cancer and cardiovascular health. The researchers found evidence of biological changes that may help explain the longevity gains. Results are published in JAMA.”

“More than a thousand studies (and growing) show that time spent in nature can have a reset effect, washing away the anxieties and stresses of everyday life. A 2019 study published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, for instance, found that exposure to natural environments improves memory, cognitive flexibility, and attentional control, while a 2022 study published in Cities & Health found that walking in an urban park can improve mood. There’s even a name for time intentionally spent in nature—forest bathing.”

Step aside BMI, body composition tests are on the rise. Here’s what to know
The scale has never been a friend to Mana Mostatabi. Even back in high school, when she ran a quick 100m on the varsity track team, her BMI – a ratio of weight to height – put her in the overweight category. “My dad always joked that I should be a wrestler,” Mostatabi says due to her build. Many professional athletes flunk BMI tests. Some are considered obese despite their fitness, and many doctors say it isn’t a helpful metric to focus on.”

Experts Recommend These 6 Foods to Boost Your Hydration
“It’s important to prioritize drinking water every day, especially as summer approaches. But water on its own isn’t enough; you need electrolytes in your diet, especially if you spend a lot of time in the heat. Electrolytes are found in sports drinks, supplements and certain foods to keep you hydrated and replenish any minerals lost through sweat.”

Eating Certain Emulsifiers Linked to Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk, According to New Study
“A new study found a link between certain types of emulsifiers and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Emulsifiers are used in a variety of food products to improve texture and consistency. The researchers only found an association between emulsifiers and type 2 diabetes, but experts say the best way to avoid emulsifiers is to limit intake of ultra-processed foods.”