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BRAIN REGROWTH: Physical exercise was as important in staving off dementia as keeping your mind active, scientists said. Taking a brisk walk three or four times a week – or KICKBIKING like the fit gentleman to the right – could effectively “grow back your brain”, helping to reverse early signs of neurodegeneration and improve performance on memory tests, research had found, thetimes.co.uk reported.
BIG BUBS: AN infant’s hearty appetite might be seen as a healthy sign but could signal a predisposition to obesity, scientists said. Babies that displayed two key aspects of appetite grew unusually rapidly up to the age of 15 months, research had shown. This potentially increased their chances of becoming obese children, according to experts, Herald.ie reported.
STARVE A MELANOMA: New research suggested melanoma skin cancer might be controllable by starving its cells. Building on previous success with prostate cancer cells, scientists in Australia showed they could stop cell growth by blocking the pumps that melanoma cells use to acquire an essential cell nutrient, MedicalNewsToday,com reported.
MONEY OVER KIDS: Parents who were obsessed with their careers, bank balance and social standing did not view parenting as meaningful as those who could separate the two, a study found. And it was mums who were the most likely to lose sight of parental responsibilities if they were distracted by financial matters or social matters, NineMSN.com.au reported.
TOXINS SURGE: The number of industrial chemicals known to trigger brain development problems such as autism had doubled in just seven years, experts warned. A new study suggested toxic chemicals might be triggering increases in neurological disabilities among children, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia. The researchers warned that chemical safety checks needed to be tightened up around the world to protect our vulnerable youngsters from a ‘silent epidemic’ of brain disorders, DailyMail.co.uk reported.
ABUSER PAYS: Injured drunks and people who presented to emergency departments with milk bottles inserted in their bottoms should have to contribute to the cost of their care, a former Abbott adviser said. Terry Barnes, the architect of the controversial proposed $6 GP fee, told a Senate inquiry that charges for free medical care should be taken even further, News Corp reported.