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Irregular heartbeat linked to higher risk for dementia, faster cognitive decline

Atrial fibrillation was linked to an increased risk for dementia and faster cognitive decline, according to findings recently published in Neurology. “Growing evidence has suggested that [atrial fibrillation] may have an important role in cognitive dysfunction,” Mozhu Ding, MSc, from the Aging Research Center in Sweden and colleagues wrote. “However, so far, there is only […]

NASA shares spectacular, sun-splashed photo of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

NASA shares spectacular, sun-splashed photo of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The light is shining on Michigan. An amazing NASA image taken from space is enough to prove that. Taken on Sept. 3 and shared on Wednesday, the breathtaking image taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station depicts Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In the spectacular photo, morning sunglint silhouettes Lake Superior’s shoreline and highlights smaller lakes and mine […]

New shingles vaccine in short supply on the Central Coast

New shingles vaccine in short supply on the Central Coast

There’s a shortage of the shingles vaccine and it’s affecting the supply here on the Central Coast. If you’re in need of the shingles vaccine, there’s a wait list at the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Health officials say the shortage has to do with a major increase in demand. Nancy Hoyt of […]

Caltech time-traveling illusion tricks the brain into seeing things that aren't there

Caltech time-traveling illusion tricks the brain into seeing things that aren't there

The primary illusion developed by the research team is dubbed the Illusory Rabbit. Three beeps, 58 milliseconds apart are played but only the first and third beep are accompanied by a flash, on the left and then the right side of the screen. The study found that most people viewing the illusion perceived an extra […]

Zika virus resurfaces in India for the third time in two years

Zika virus resurfaces in India for the third time in two years

A Zika outbreak has been reported in India, the third time in less than two years. In the past few weeks, the virus has been detected in 22 people in Jaipur, capital of the western state of Rajasthan. The state of Bihar is also on alert as one person diagnosed in Jaipur is a native of Siwan […]

SpaceX rocket launch lights up sky over Mother Lode

SpaceX rocket launch lights up sky over Mother Lode

A–A+ A dazzling light that streaked across the night sky on Sunday had some Mother Lode residents wondering at first if what they were seeing was from this world. The spectacle that many rushed to social media to post about was actually the first West Coast launch of the Falcon 9 rocket […]

'Next month, I'm getting a double mastectomy. I'm only 24.'

'Next month, I'm getting a double mastectomy. I'm only 24.'

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in October, Yahoo Lifestyle will be publishing first-person accounts of those who have been affected by the disease, which will be responsible for the deaths of an estimated 40,920 women (and nearly 500 men) this year. All women have about a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing some form of […]

Mysterious 'ghost' radio emissions have been found – and no one knows what's causing them

Mysterious 'ghost' radio emissions have been found – and no one knows what's causing them

An artist’s depiction of a gamma ray burst, emitted in oppositely directed beams after a massive stellar explosion. While the beams often miss Earth, these explosions create a telltale transient radio glow that can be detected. (Credit: NRAO) Mysterious “ghost” radio emissions have been spotted by researchers, some that have lasted for 25 years, only […]

Breast cancer is 'not a death sentence': About 6000 take part in 2018 Race for the Cure

Breast cancer is 'not a death sentence': About 6000 take part in 2018 Race for the Cure

Patty Iddings sported pink, breast cancer’s signature color, on Sunday.  But Iddings wanted to stand out in the crowd at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. So she topped off her look with a pink ball cap covered in a pink feather boa. Iddings has been a breast cancer survivor for “nine years, […]

King tides are back, flooding South Florida streets

King tides are back, flooding South Florida streets

The annual king tides are right on time, flooding coastal streets with salty seawater that experts say will get higher with each decade. And this year, the water may be tinged with red tide, the toxic algae that kills fish and causes respiratory problems in people. Beaches from Miami to Lake Worth and beyond have […]