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Saturday, November 1, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Researchers probe link between newborn health, vitamin A

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 06:38 PM PDT

The impact vitamin A has on newborns is virtually unknown, but nutrition researchers have published two papers that may provide a framework for future investigations of the vitamin and neonatal health.

Take a walk in the sun to ease time change woes, sleep expert says

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 01:30 PM PDT

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. As clocks turn back one hour, we gain an hour of sleep but often still feel groggy and sluggish. A sleep expert says this change in sleep schedule is exacerbated by our tendency to alter our sleep patterns on the weekends anyway.

What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom's socioeconomic background

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Dietary patterns of babies vary according to the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers, pediatrics researchers have found. For example, babies whose diet included more breastfeeding and solid foods that adhere to infant guidelines from international and pediatric organizations were associated with higher household income -- generally above $60,000 per year -- and mothers with higher educational levels ranging from some college to post-graduate education.

Could daylight saving time be a risk to diabetics?

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 10:33 AM PDT

Many will turn back the hands of time as part of the twice-annual ritual of daylight saving time. That means remembering to change the alarm clock next to the bed, which means an extra hour of sleep before getting up in the morning. But for some diabetics who use insulin pumps, researchers suggest that remembering to change the time on this device should be the priority.

Sadness lasts longer than other emotions

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 10:31 AM PDT

Why is it that you can feel sad up to 240 times longer than you do feeling ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored? It's because sadness often goes hand in hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents. You need more time to mull over and cope with what happened to fully comprehend it, say researchers. This is the first work to provide clear evidence to explain why some emotions last a longer time than others.

Size matters: Baby's size at birth may predict risk for disease later in life

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 08:49 AM PDT

Being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight, at least when it comes to infants. "These findings support the hypothesis that common long-term variation in the activity of genes established in the womb may underpin links between size at birth and risk for adult disease," said one of the authors.

BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 08:49 AM PDT

Scientists show, for the first time, that there is a link between perinatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at low doses and the risk to develop food intolerance in later life. "We may look back one day and see BPA exposure as one of the more important public health problems of our time," said one expert. "We know that too much exposure is bad, but exactly how much exposure is too much is still up for debate."

Device developed for running shoes that prevents injuries

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 08:48 AM PDT

A prototype running shoe has been designed with an integrated device that improves training management and prevents injuries. The device consists of a microelectronic measuring system capable of gathering biomechanical parameters that characterize the runner's technique during a race. This information is wirelessly transmitted to the runner's mobile phone and a mobile phone application provides real-time feedback, including level of performance and suggestions to change the running pattern or to stop running in case of detecting a high risk of injury.

Can parents make their kids smarter?

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 08:47 AM PDT

Reading bedtime stories, engaging in conversation and eating nightly dinners together are all positive ways in which parents interact with their children, but according to new research, none of these actions have any detectable influence on children's intelligence later in life. A criminology professor examined a nationally representative sample of youth alongside a sample of adopted children and found evidence to support the argument that IQ is not the result of parental socialization.

New tech aims to improve communication between dogs, humans

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 07:05 AM PDT

A suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans has been developed by researchers who say that it has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets.

Availability of tanning beds on, near college campuses

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 05:41 PM PDT

Among the top 125 colleges on a list compiled by US News & World Report, 48 percent have indoor tanning facilities either on campus or in off-campus housing despite evidence that tanning is a risk factor for skin cancer, according to a study.

Many home blood pressure monitors may be inaccurate

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 07:12 AM PDT

Home blood pressure monitors may be inaccurate in up to 15% of patients, researchers say, add: "we recommend all patients with home monitors get them validated with their health care providers at least once."

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