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For decades, eyeglasses have been seen as a sign of intelligence. Put some frames with lenses on any face and, poof, instant intelligence. But a new study reveals that there may be some science behind that stereotype.

Looking at data from more than 300,000 people between the ages of 16 and 102, a research team at the University of Edinburgh discovered a connection between cognitive function and eyesight. Additionally, those with better cognition also showed improved reaction and longevity. The team found that intelligent people were 30 percent more likely to have genes that would lead to poor eyesight.

Although bad vision certainly isn’t a plus, the team found in other areas, smart people were at an advantage. The study linked poor cognitive function to lung cancer, depression, angina, and a host of other health issues.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 00:00

Muscle Memory Research Could Impact Athletes

If an athlete is caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, punishment often means being suspended for a set number of games, in part in order to ensure the medication is completely out of the athlete’s system. But a new study reveals that short-term suspensions may not be adequate, since the body’s muscles may have the ability to “remember” changes that have been made to them over time.

The discovery was made by a team of British researchers experimenting with the latest genome techniques. The team looked at more than 850,000 sites on human DNA, noting that genes were marked and unmarked with chemical tags whenever changes were made to a muscle, such as through periods of exercise and inactivity. These markings remain throughout a person’s life.

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:00

Stem Cells Could Make Plastic Surgery Safer

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with breast and butt augmentations especially trendy. But developments in stem cell research could permanently change the concept of cosmetic surgery.

Researchers in England say they’ve found a way to use a combination of a patient’s stomach fat cells and stem cells to perform augmentations like penis, breast, and buttock enlargements. The stem cells would serve as a replacement for silicon and other fillers. In doing so, researchers believe surgeons could provide a safer alternative to traditional procedures.

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