Category: SciTech » Medical Science

There's More To Attraction Than Meets The Eye: Study

19 May 17:21 | SciTech

Attractiveness isn't just a matter of good looks, but also the right voice and scent, according to a mini review in Frontiers in Psychology.read more »

Loneliness In Young Adults Linked To Poor Sleep Quality

17 May 17:03 | SciTech

Researchers from King's College London have found a link between loneliness and poor sleep quality in a study of more than 2,000 British young adults.read more »

Personality May Change When You Drink, But Less Than You Think

16 May 17:15 | SciTech

People typically report substantive changes to their personality when they become intoxicated, but observations from outsiders suggest less drastic differences between "sober" and "drunk" personalities, according to research.read more »

Belief Increases Buzz: Mixing Energy Drinks And Alcohol

15 May 17:08 | SciTech

Participants of the study who believed they were drinking an energy drink and alcohol cocktail were more likely to believe themselves quite drunk and uninhibited.read more »

Smiling Makes You Look Younger? Not According To A New Ben-Gurion University Study

12 May 17:07 | SciTech

While conventional wisdom is that smiling makes you appear younger, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have scientifically proven otherwise.read more »

Pet Dogs Help Kids Feel Less Stressed, Study Finds

11 May 2017 | SciTech

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they're stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.read more »

Cannabis Reverses Aging Processes In The Brain: Study

9 May 2017 | SciTech

Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). read more »

Group Rituals Can Make Us Biased Against Outsiders

8 May 2017 | SciTech

From our greetings to our celebrations to how we take our coffee, everyday life is full of shared rituals. The effort and commitment involved in these rituals can help us bond with others - but new research suggests that they may also push us away from those who don't share the same practices. read more »

Handheld Screen Time Linked With Speech Delays In Young Children

5 May 2017 | SciTech

As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research suggests these children may be at higher risk for speech delays. read more »

Facebook Likes Don't Make You Feel Better

3 May 2017 | Entertainment

Receiving 'likes' on social media posts doesn't make people feel better about themselves or improve their mood if they are down.read more »

Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency Likely Due To Sunscreen Use

3 May 2017 | World

Results from a clinical review has found nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use.read more »

Common Antibiotics Linked To Increased Risk Of Miscarriage

2 May 2017 | World

Many classes of common antibiotics, such as macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole, were associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.read more »

Wanting More Self-Control Could Hinder Our Efforts To Exert Self-Control, Study Finds

1 May 2017 | SciTech

Turning down that delicious piece of chocolate cake. Resisting the temptation to buy clothes that we don't need. If we want to watch our weight and save our pennies, these enticements demand that we exercise some degree of self-control. read more »

The Upside Of Worrying

1 May 2017 | U.S. News

Worry - it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there's an upside to worrying.read more »

Bullying Linked To Increased Desire For Cosmetic Surgery In Teens

1 May 2017 | World

Adolescents who are involved in bullying--victims and perpetrators alike--are more likely to say they would want to undergo cosmetic surgery to be more attractive or fix perceived flaws, reports a new study. read more »

In A Neuro-Techno Future, Human Rights Laws Will Need To Be Revisited

26 Apr 2017 | World

New human rights laws to prepare for advances in neurotechnology that put the 'freedom of the mind' at risk have been proposed in the journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy.read more »

Study Finds Obesity As Top Cause Of Preventable Life-Years Lost

24 Apr 2017 | SciTech

A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine have found that obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.read more »

First Evidence For Higher State Of Consciousness Found

20 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex.read more »

Eye Expressions Offer A Glimpse Into The Evolution Of Emotion

18 Apr 2017 | SciTech

New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul.read more »

Understanding Money Reduces Worry About Old Age: Study

17 Apr 2017 | Business

People who possess a greater understanding of finance are less likely to fret about life in their twilight years.read more »

Pet Exposure May Reduce Allergy And Obesity

7 Apr 2017 | SciTech

If you need a reason to become a dog lover, how about their ability to help protect kids from allergies and obesity?read more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

Why We Remember Some Aviation Disasters And Forget Others

6 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Oxford University researchers have tracked how recent aircraft incidents or accidents trigger past events and how some are consistently more memorable than others.read more »

Deep Sleep May Act As Fountain Of Youth In Old Age

6 Apr 2017 | SciTech

As we grow old, our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed in youth.read more »

The Secret To Staying Motivated

4 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Have you ever started off well on a new goal such as losing weight or saving more money, only to find that motivation fizzles after a period of time?read more »

Being Overweight At Any Point In Adulthood Increases Risk For Death

4 Apr 2017 | SciTech

People who are obese or overweight at some point in their adult lives have an elevated risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other causes. read more »

It's True - The Sound Of Nature Helps Us Relax

3 Apr 2017 | SciTech

The gentle burbling of a brook, or the sound of the wind in the trees can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax. New research explains how, for the first time.read more »

Alcohol Abuse Even Before Pregnancy May Harm Offspring

3 Apr 2017 | SciTech

Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing diabetes as adults, according to a new study conducted in rats.read more »

Cold Symptoms Feel Worse When People Feel Lonely

31 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Having a cold is bad enough, but having a cold if you're lonely can actually feel worse, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.read more »

Dunedin Children's Exposure To Lead Linked To Lower IQ

29 Mar 2017 | World

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today's adults.read more »

Parents Who Play Pokemon GO With Kids Report Side Benefits

29 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

Parents who regularly play "Pokémon GO" with their children report a number of side benefits from playing the mobile device-based game, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding, according to new University of Washington research.read more »

Inactive Teens Develop Lazy Bones, Study Finds

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Inactive teens have weaker bones than those who are physically active, according to a new study.read more »

Cooking Family Meals, Skipping TV During Those Meals Linked To Lower Odds Of Obesity

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Adults who don't flip on the TV during dinner and those who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be obese, a new study has found. read more »

Boys Secure In Their Racial Identity Seek More Diverse Friendships

22 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Kids often seek answers from parents, friends and media to better understand their racial identity. Middle school boys who feel secure about their race during this ongoing information gathering will likely befriend diverse people, according to a new University of Michigan study.read more »

How Can A Legally Binding Agreement On Human Cloning Be Established?

22 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1996, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. read more »

People Remain Calm As The World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

21 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing "Kumbayah" or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior?read more »

'No Fat' Or 'No Sugar' Label Equals No Guarantee Of Nutritional Quality

21 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Terms such as no-fat or no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food, according to a new study.read more »

For A Modest Personality Trait, 'Intellectual Humility' Packs A Punch

20 Mar 2017 | SciTech

"Intellectual humility" has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less scholarly attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. Yet this little-studied characteristic may influence people's decision-making abilities in politics, health and other arenas, says new research from Duke University.read more »

A Preference For Casual Sex Increases Risk Of Harassment

17 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Adolescents who sexually harass others have had casual sex more often than those who do not harass others. They also fantasize more about casual sex and find it more acceptable to have sex without any commitment or emotional closeness.read more »

Cause Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Discovered

17 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Some people have an extreme fear of dirt or bacteria. As a result, they may develop a habit of compulsive washing and repeatedly cleaning their hands or body. They are trapped in a vicious circle, as the fear of new contamination returns quickly after washing. Sufferers see no way out. read more »

Better Sleep Feels Like Winning The Lottery

17 Mar 2017 | World

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick.read more »

Stress Of Major Life Events Impacts Women More Than Men, Shows Poll

16 Mar 2017 | SciTech

New research has highlighted the potential gender gap in stress, with women reporting higher stress from life events such as death of a loved one, illness, losing their smartphone and Brexit.read more »

Nation's Physicians Act Against Climate Change; 'It's Making Patients Sick'

16 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

More than half of the nation's physicians--including family doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians, allergists, geriatricians and internists--are launching a campaign to help patients, the public and policy makers understand the damage climate change is doing to people's health and what needs to be done to prepare and protect ourselves.read more »

Parenthood Linked To Longer Life

14 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, when health and capacity may start to decline, finds new research.read more »

The Looming Threat Of Asian Tobacco Companies To Global Health

14 Mar 2017 | World

There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.read more »

Poor Sleep In Early Childhood May Lead To Cognitive, Behavioral Problems In Later Years

13 Mar 2017 | SciTech

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood.read more »

Gene Found To Cause Sudden Death In Young People

10 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Researchers from Canada, South Africa and Italy have identified a new gene that can lead to sudden death among young people and athletes.read more »

People Who Trust Their Doctor Tend To Feel Better

10 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Confidence in doctors, therapists and nursing staff leads to an improvement in subjectively perceived complaints, satisfaction and quality of life in patients. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis by psychologists at the University of Basel.read more »

Tooth Loss Linked To An Increased Risk Of Dementia

9 Mar 2017 | SciTech

In a study of 1566 community-dwelling Japanese elderly who were followed for 5 years, the risk of developing dementia was elevated in individuals with fewer remaining teeth.read more »

Playing Pokémon Go May Help People Reach 10,000 Daily Steps Goal

9 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go may increase people's daily steps, especially among young adults with low physical activity levels or those who are overweight or obese.read more »

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