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Medical Notes: Dangerous Heatwaves This Summer, New Devices for Fentanyl Testing, and Is Intermittent Fasting As Helpful as We Think?

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Is intermittent fasting as beneficial as we think?

A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine shows results that contradict the popularized benefits of time-restricted eating. It found that the time people ate meals doesn’t matter for weight loss. Instead, the researchers believe the benefit of this fasting comes from consuming less calories overall due to a restricted feeding window. However the scientists believe intermittent fasting could be beneficial for people who don’t want to count calories. (Johns Hopkins University)

Why older adults should take caution this summer

As the heat index continues to rise across the country, scientists are seeing more damage to vital organs caused by heat stress. A mice study published in Scientific Reports shows that extreme heat has a negative impact at a molecular level, which can lead to cognitive decline and worsen age-related diseases. The researchers hope this information can increase precise interventions for older adults before it becomes an epidemic. (UC Irvine)

We now have better drug tests

A new fentanyl sensor is more sensitive than any other electrochemical device available, according to research published in the journal Small. Fentanyl is one of the main reasons of overdose deaths in the U.S., and is often hidden in other drugs without the consumer’s knowledge. This new portable sensor can tell the difference between fentanyl and other opioids with a 91 percent success rate. (University of Pittsburgh)

Are parents too trusting of virtual reality?

As the rates of VR use rises in kids, a new study finds that many parents don’t recognize the security and privacy risks they’re exposed to. In fact, very few parents are actively addressing the concerns by using built-in parental controls. Many are worried about developmental and physical issues, like eyesight, but aren’t concerned with data surveillance or collection by the app developers. (NC State)

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