Referral Banners

Friday, October 31, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Rolling back school nutrition standards would threaten progress against childhood obesity

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:43 PM PDT

Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program in the United States could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write the authors of an article. "The School Lunch Program provides meals to more than 30 million students a day, and few other programs that can protect against obesity and chronic diseases have such a broad reach," says an author.

Expectant mothers with epilepsy face tough choices over their medication

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:40 PM PDT

A new study highlights the difficult decisions women with epilepsy have to face when they become pregnant. Taking certain drugs used to control epilepsy during pregnancy may be linked to developmental problems in children. The authors of the study say evidence on the safety of anti-epileptic drugs is limited and that more research is needed to ensure women and their doctors make the most informed choices.

The science of charismatic voices: How one man was viewed as authoritarian, then benevolent

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:39 PM PDT

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi's perception among his party's followers -- from appearing authoritarian to benevolent. Now researchers think they know why.

Innovative study utilizing video games shows sleep apnea may affect memory of everyday events

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:37 PM PDT

Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research suggests. The study demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory in humans even when other sleep stages are intact.

Clean smell doesn't always mean clean air

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 11:12 AM PDT

Scientists are taking a closer look at aerosol formation involving an organic compound -- called limonene -- that provides the pleasant smell of cleaning products and air fresheners. This research will help to determine what byproducts these sweet-smelling compounds are adding to the air while we are using them to remove germs and odors.

Walking workstations improve physical, mental health, builds healthier workplace

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 09:46 AM PDT

Walking workstations can improve not only physical, but also mental health during the workday, a new study has found. With growing concerns regarding obesity in the United States, the author hopes the study encourages employers to examine methods to assist workers in in healthy living.

Liberal or conservative? Reactions to disgust are a dead giveaway

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 09:45 AM PDT

The way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image is enough to reliably predict whether he or she identifies politically as liberal or conservative. As we approach Election Day, the researchers say that the findings come as a reminder of something we all know but probably don't always do: 'Think, don't just react.'

Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 09:43 AM PDT

Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families faced with significant challenges such as parental deployment and frequent moves. New research supports the idea that, along with other key resources, strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits.

To reap the brain benefits of physical activity, just get moving

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 06:52 AM PDT

Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel more mentally alert at any age. But do you need to follow a specific training program to improve your cognitive function? Science has shown that the important thing is to just get moving. It's that simple.

Overuse injuries becoming more common in young athletes

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 06:49 AM PDT

From Little League players injuring their elbow ligaments to soccer and basketball players tearing their ACLs, sports injuries related to overuse are becoming more common in younger athletes.

Diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts among factors to lower first-time stroke risk

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:41 AM PDT

Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping your blood pressure under control can lower your risk of a first-time stroke, experts say. Additionally, these experts not updated prevention guidelines that focus on lowering stroke risk among women.

From age 8 to 80, expert reveals the price we pay for not sleeping

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:33 AM PDT

Most Americans who spend part of the year on daylight saving time look forward to the extra hour of sleep when it's time to "fall back" to standard time. We are a nation of sleep-deprived people, and experts say all ages suffer in various, unhealthy ways.

Heavy drinking in adolescence associated with lasting brain changes, animal study suggests

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 06:41 PM PDT

Heavy drinking during adolescence may lead to structural changes in the brain and memory deficits that persist into adulthood, according to an animal study. The study found that, even as adults, rats given daily access to alcohol during adolescence had reduced levels of myelin -- the fatty coating on nerve fibers that accelerates the transmission of electrical signals between neurons.

High milk intake linked with higher fractures and mortality, research suggests

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 06:40 PM PDT

A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests observational research. Women who drank more than three glasses of milk a day had a higher risk of death than women who drank less than one glass of milk a day.

No comments: