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Thursday, October 30, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Breathe easier: Get your vitamin D

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 09:26 AM PDT

Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes -- catching some rays outside.

Baby boomers and scoliosis: Osteoporosis a risk factor

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 09:24 AM PDT

For many adults, the word scoliosis conjures up childhood memories of lining up in gym class for an examination by the school nurse. But scoliosis isn't just a pediatric condition. Curvature of the spine can develop in adults too, and the osteoporosis that can accompany menopause is a risk factor. An orthopedic surgeon explains how scoliosis develops, prevention and treatment options and a trend he is seeing in Baby Boomer women.

Don't bet on stinginess to keep stress low

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 07:16 AM PDT

Is generosity less stressful than being stingy? New research examined the physiological reactions of participants in a financial bargaining game and found that not only those receiving relatively low offers experienced stress but also those that make low offers, when compared to people who made more generous offers.

Replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat linked with lower risk of heart disease

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 07:16 AM PDT

People who swap 5 percent of the calories they consume from saturated fat sources such as red meat and butter with foods containing linoleic acid -- the main polyunsaturated fat found in vegetable oil, nuts, and seeds -- lowered their risk of coronary heart disease events by 9 percent and their risk of death from CHD by 13 percent, according to a new study.

When faced with higher prices, swimming is the activity most likely to take a dive

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 07:15 AM PDT

Swimming is the individual activity that most people would drop if they faced higher prices, a study concludes. But a similar increase in the cost of a workout or brisk walk would hardly dent enthusiasm.

Tea, citrus products could lower ovarian cancer risk, new research finds

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 05:25 AM PDT

Tea and citrus fruits and juices are associated with a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research. The research reveals that women who consume foods containing flavonols and flavanones (both subclasses of dietary flavonoids) significantly decrease their risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer, the fifth-leading cause of cancer death among women.

Does having children make us any happier?

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 05:24 AM PDT

The birth of a first and a second child briefly increases the level of their parents' happiness, but a third does not, according to new research. Those who have children at an older age or who are more educated have a particularly positive response to a first birth. Older parents, between the ages of 35 -- 49, have the strongest happiness gains around the time of birth and stay at a higher level of happiness after becoming parents, the research indicates.

Meditation makes you more creative, study suggests

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 05:23 AM PDT

Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking, even if you have never meditated before. The study is a clear indication that you don't need to be an experienced meditator to profit more from meditation. The findings support the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we conceive new ideas.

Prostate cancer risk reduced by sleeping with many women, but increased with many men, study finds

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 05:21 AM PDT

Compared to men who have had only one partner during their lifetime, having sex with more than 20 women is associated with a 28% lower risk of one day being diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, having more than 20 male partners in one's lifetime is associated with a twofold higher risk of getting prostate cancer compared to those who have never slept with a man.

Agave nectar, placebo both perceived better than doing nothing for cough in kids

Posted: 27 Oct 2014 03:28 PM PDT

Pasteurized agave nectar and placebo were both perceived to be better by parents for treating nighttime cough and the resulting sleep difficulty in infants and toddlers than doing nothing at all, according to a study.

Ibuprofen better choice to relieve fracture pain in children than oral morphine

Posted: 27 Oct 2014 11:47 AM PDT

Although ibuprofen and oral morphine both provide effective pain relief for children with broken limbs, ibuprofen is the recommended choice because of adverse events associated with oral morphine, according to a randomized trial.

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