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Why some decisions feel right while others don’t

Decisions feel right to us if we have compared the options as attentively as possible—and if we are conscious of having done so, according to a new study. This requires a capacity for introspection, researchers report. Buying a second-hand car at a good price feels good. But choosing a delicious-looking doughnut in the supermarket leaves us riddled...

‘Smart sutures’ monitor deep wounds to prevent problems

To detect wound complications as soon as they happen, researchers have invented a battery-free “smart suture” that can wirelessly sense and transmit information about wounds from deep surgical sites. Monitoring surgical wounds after an operation is an important step to prevent infection, wound separation, and other complications. However, when the...

Same baby odds when women with obesity lose weight pre-conception

New findings challenge the common advice for women with obesity to lose weight before trying to have a baby. The study found that women with obesity and unexplained infertility who lost weight prior to starting infertility treatments did not have a greater chance of having a healthy baby than those who did not lose weight prior to starting therapy....

Which countries offer the best (and worst) end-of-life care?

Many countries have much room for improvement in end-of-life care, including some high-income countries, researchers report. They ranked 81 countries on how well their health systems provide for the physical and mental well-being of patients at the end of life. Only six countries earned A grades while 36 earned Ds or Fs. “We spend billions trying...

Cilia’s push turns sperm into super swimmers

New research explains how hairs called cilia move fluids and small particles in the body. Sperm can’t claim all the credit for their strong swimming. Carpets of tiny hairs called cilia lining the inside of the fallopian tubes give them an extra boost, propelling them upwards. John Toner, a theoretical physicist at the University of Oregon, has created...

On-again-off-again love can bring you down

Over time, being in an on-again-off-again relationship can have a lasting negative influence on mental health, research shows. The negative effects sometimes linger on for more than a year, says researcher Kale Monk, assistant professor at the University of Missouri. “We’re seeing several consequences associated with remaining in these relationships,...

Parents with babies in NICU report emotional exhaustion during pandemic

Emotional exhaustion, isolation, and “nonsensical” visitor and other hospital policies contributed to parents of babies in neonatal intensive care units feeling less satisfied with care during the early days of COVID-19, researchers report. For a new study, researchers examined the effects on family and financial well-being of 178 parents whose infants...

Some people with macular degeneration may not need shots in the eye

As many as a third of people with “wet” age-related macular degeneration, a blinding retinal disease, may someday be able to safely stop eye injection therapy without further vision loss, a preliminary study shows. The findings fall short of setting a timeline for ending treatment or predicting precisely which patients can stop injections, the researchers...

Sensors could personalize treatment after traumatic hand loss

A new technique uses small wearable sensors to gather data on how people who have experienced a traumatic hand amputation use a prosthesis versus a transplant in everyday life. So far, the data shows people with a transplanted hand demonstrate a more balanced use of their hands than those who use a prosthesis. “Most activities performed by a typical...

Doomscrolling is a unique behavior, not just a trendy name

“Doomscrolling,” a term used to describe the concept of binging on negative news, is a new and unique behavior, and not just another trendy, clickbaity phrase, a new study finds. The study in Technology, Mind, and Behavior also developed a technique to measure doomscrolling, paving the way for researchers to further investigate the concept and make...

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