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A look at recent scientific studies and advances in medicine that could result from them.

ADHD and food sensitivity

Study subjects: 100 children aged 4 to 8 years
Location of study: Netherlands and Belgium
Results: After five weeks, 64 percent of children on a restricted diet group showed a clinical improvement of at least 40 percent on ADHD scores.
Significance: A restricted diet may help reduce symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and be an alternative to Ritalin or Adderall.

Benefits of sun exposure in reducing multiple sclerosis (MS)

Study subjects: Adults aged 18-59 with early MS symptoms
Location of study: Australia
Results: People who spend more time in the sun and those with higher vitamin D levels may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis.
Significance: Moderate sun exposure may help prevent multiple sclerosis.

Diet soda

Study subjects: 2,500 adults
Location of study: New York City
Results: Adults who drink diet soda every day have a higher risk for stroke and heart attack. Researchers took factors like lack of exercise, obesity and other risk factors like high blood pressure and smoking into account and found the trend remained.
Significance: Results were inconclusive. Experts issued a warning against drinking diet sodas and advised water instead.


Study subjects: Mice
Location of study: Australia
Results: Deaf mice injected with nasal stem cells showed improved hearing in comparison with those given a placebo injection.
Significance: Nasal stem cells may prevent or recover hearing loss.

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