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Saturday, October 11, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Mineralization of sand particles boosts microbial water filtration

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 08:17 AM PDT

Mineral coatings on sand particles actually encourage microbial activity in the rapid sand filters that are used to treat groundwater for drinking, according to a paper. These findings resoundingly refute, for the first time, the conventional wisdom that the mineral deposits interfere with microbial colonization of the sand particles.

Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 05:41 AM PDT

Adoption of a combination of five key healthy behaviors is associated with a reduction in the risk of developing bowel cancer. Researchers quantified the impact of combined multiple healthy lifestyle behaviors on the risk of developing bowel cancer, and found that this impact is stronger in men than in women.

Two-generation gender equality study shows career benefits for men

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 05:38 AM PDT

Couples in a research experiment launched in the 1970s shared the responsibility for home, family and work equally. Now, 30 years later, a follow-up study shows that the couples' strive for equality was beneficial not only for the family life but also for the fathers' careers. Despite this their sons, now themselves parents, have not chosen the same path.

The New 'Double Disadvantage:' where you're born doesn't matter as much as whether you're married and a woman

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 06:03 PM PDT

In the United States, your nationality has some effect on your likelihood to be employed - -but being married matters more. For women, it matters a lot more, one study shows.

Does my child need a flu shot or not?

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 12:38 PM PDT

It's a common question parents ask themselves this time of year: Does my child really need a flu shot? Though the flu may seem harmless, the truth is on average 20,000 children age 5 and younger are hospitalized due to flu symptoms each year.

Early signs of heart trouble in obese youth found in study

Posted: 08 Oct 2014 05:39 PM PDT

A study that used two-dimensional echocardiography to closely examine the hearts of 100 children and teens found physical and functional signs of future heart problems already developing in obese children.

Women who eat fried food regularly before conceiving at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy

Posted: 08 Oct 2014 05:37 PM PDT

Women who eat fried food regularly before conceiving are at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy, a study has shown. Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a complication that can arise during pregnancy, and is characterised by abnormally high blood glucose during the pregnancy (especially in the final 3 months). It can lead to increased birthweight of the child, as well jaundice and other complications. When left untreated, it can cause complications or stillbirth.

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