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Sunday, October 5, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship: Mothers' brains respond differently to images of their child and their dog

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 06:43 PM PDT

How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? Researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.

A family meal a day may keep obesity away

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Increasing rates of adolescent obesity and the likelihood that obesity will carry forward into adulthood, have led to various preventive initiatives. It has been suggested that family meals, which tend to include fruits, vegetables, calcium, and whole grains, could be protective against obesity.  In a new study, researchers studied whether frequent family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood.

Hill training benefits distance runners

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 06:20 AM PDT

Most running magazines contain articles endorsing hill training for serious long distance runners, "but there was virtually no research to support it," explained one researcher. As part of his doctoral work in health and nutritional sciences, he confirmed that running on a 10 percent incline can improve the overall performance of long distance runners.

Moderate weekly alcohol intake linked to poorer sperm quality in healthy young men

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 07:12 PM PDT

Moderate alcohol intake of at least 5 units every week is linked to poorer sperm quality in otherwise healthy young men, suggests research. And the higher the weekly tally of units, the worse the sperm quality seems to be, the findings indicate, prompting the researchers to suggest that young men should be advised to steer clear of habitual drinking.

In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 09:30 AM PDT

When people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests. "One of the great appeals of social network sites is that they allow people to manage their moods by choosing who they want to compare themselves to," the authors said.

Knowledge empowers: Regular mammograms reduce breast cancer deaths

Posted: 01 Oct 2014 07:20 AM PDT

Thirty percent of the nearly 40,000 women who will die from breast cancer in the next year could have been helped if they had received a regular mammogram starting at age 40. And, for women looking to take charge of their breast health, is a good place to start. Mammography Saves Lives (MSL) is a public service campaign, which includes TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage women, 40 and older, to get a regular mammogram, and helps them find an accredited center near them.

Damaging legacy: Mothers who smoke affect the fertility of their sons

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:20 PM PDT

Mothers who smoke while they are pregnant or breast feeding may be damaging the future fertility of their sons, according to new findings. The study is the first comprehensive animal model to show the mechanism by which smoking can affect the fertility of male offspring. Until now, the effects on the fertility of male offspring and the mechanisms involved have been unclear -- a problem that has been confounded by the lack of animal studies in which the environment and exposure to toxic chemicals can be carefully controlled.

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