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Research finding in brain repairs; the link between BMI and prolapse prevention; and the cognitive effects of 'green' vs 'non-green' buildings.

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BRAIN REPAIRS


Researchers at the University of California have identified a molecule called GDF10 that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and start repairs. The finding could lead to a new treatment to promote brain repair and functional recovery in people who have ­suffered a stroke, which is a ­leading cause of long-term disability in adults.

PROLAPSE PREVENTION


Maintaining a normal body mass index (BMI) can be key to preventing pelvic organ prolapse after pregnancy, according to a new study from Yale School of Medicine. Researchers found the higher a woman’s BMI a year after delivery, the greater the risk of pelvic floor laxity. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition among women who have given birth vaginally, affecting up to half of those over 40.

GREEN WORKPLACES


People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy than those who work in offices with typical levels, according to a new study from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health’s Centre for Health. Researchers looked at people’s experiences in “green” versus “non-green” buildings.

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