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Friday, October 3, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Study gauges humor by age

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 10:11 AM PDT

Depending on your age, you may or may not find certain types of humor funny, especially if it pokes fun at others. Now researchers have examined whether young, middle-aged and older adults found clips of inappropriate social behavior to be funny.

The larger your friends the larger your appetite, study shows

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 09:37 AM PDT

Have you ever ordered more food at a restaurant than you intended? There are elements of dining rooms that actually prime you to eat more food. One such element is the weight of those dining with or near you. A new study found that the body type of your dining partner, or that of those dining nearby, may actually influence how much you serve yourself and how much you eat.

How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 09:36 AM PDT

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. The findings could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions.

Teen Texting: Difference in girls, boys text talk, reflection on gender identity

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 09:34 AM PDT

Teenage years are a turbulent time of learning independence, developing social skills and experiencing sexuality and romance. Teens face peer groups pressure and have no micro guidance from parents. Texting is an important social communication channel for teens, giving the opportunity for anxiety free communication with the opposite sex. This study explores teenager's use of text, language differences between sexes and overall gender identity.

Parent coaching early intervention program benefits young children with autism

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 07:08 AM PDT

A parent coaching intervention brings meaningful benefits for preschool-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a clinical trial. The approach "fosters parents' interactional abilities and play skills to promote their children's functional development," according to the authors. Parents reported that they were able to engage their child in 15- to 20-minute play sessions and throughout daily routines, for a total of two hours per day.

Energy drinks cause insomnia, nervousness in athletes

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 05:43 AM PDT

A study analyzing the positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes has seen that, although in principle their sports performance was seen to improve by between 3% and 7%, there was also an increase in the frequency of insomnia, nervousness and the level of stimulation in the hours following competition, scientists report.

Dog waste contaminates our waterways: A new test could reveal how big the problem is

Posted: 01 Oct 2014 07:26 AM PDT

Americans love their dogs, but they don't always love to pick up after them. And that's a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria -- including antibiotic-resistant strains -- that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern.

Good working relationships between clients, bankers can reduce defaults

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 03:03 PM PDT

Banks that have good working relationships with their customers reduce loan defaults, a study shows. Using propriety data from a large bank in Chile, the study finds that when loan officers go on leave, their clients in good standing -- often small businesses -- increase their probability of becoming delinquent on loans by almost 22 percent. For already-delinquent clients, the probability of default on loans increases by 18 percent.

Recessions result in lower birth rates in the long run

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 12:45 PM PDT

While it is largely understood that birth rates plummet when unemployment rates soar, the long-term effects have never been clear. Now, new research shows that women in their early 20s during the Great Recession are likely to have fewer children both in the short and long term, largely in part because of the number of women who will remain childless at age 40.

Functional dry needling twitches knots away

Posted: 29 Sep 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Whether recovering from an injury or dealing with everyday aches, tight muscles can be a pain in the neck. Functional dry needling is a new therapeutic treatment that stimulates twitches to provide pain relief, some researchers are saying.

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