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Thursday, November 13, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 09:02 AM PST

Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to researchers. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger," said the lead investigator.

Self-inflation harms kids' relationships at school

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 09:02 AM PST

'I am the smartest kid in class.' We all want our kids to be self-confident, but unrealistic perceptions of their academic abilities can be harmful. These unrealistic views, a new study of eighth-graders finds, damage the a child's relationship with others in the classroom: The more one student feels unrealistically superior to another, the less the two students like each other.

Moderate consumption of sugary drinks has little impact on adolescents' metabolic health

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 09:01 AM PST

Short-term, moderate consumption of high-fructose and high-glucose beverages has little impact on the metabolic health of weight-stable, physically active adolescents, scientists have found. The study measured several aspects of metabolic health, including insulin sensitivity and cholesterol levels, after participants had consumed moderate amounts of either high-glucose or high-fructose beverages every day for two weeks.

Want to improve your putt? Try listening to jazz

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 07:25 AM PST

Listening to jazz music while putting can boost your performance on the putting green, according to new research. While any kind of music improves performance compared to listening to no music at all, jazz is the most effective musical genre for improving putting.

'Nudges' try to help college students live healthier

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 06:30 AM PST

Here's one way to try to get college students to live healthier lifestyles: They log onto their computer and get lessons and emails, telling them why they should eat better, exercise and sleep right. That's what researchers at 13 universities discovered.

A previously unrecognized flame retardant found in Americans for the first time

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 05:45 AM PST

A new study has found the carcinogenic flame retardant TCEP in the bodies of Americans. The study evaluated urinary levels of several phosphate flame retardant metabolites, like TCEP, which have been largely under the radar. Six metabolites were found in urine samples from California residents. People with the highest metabolite levels of two carcinogenic flame retardants also had the highest levels in their house dust, which were previously tested.

Mothers nurture emotions in girls over boys, new study finds

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 05:45 AM PST

Conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content, than the conversations they have with their sons, new research has found. "This inevitably leads to girls growing up more attuned to their emotions then boys. Having this edge to be more expressive and cope well with emotions may matter more than ever in the workplace, as more companies are starting to recognize the advantages of high emotional intelligence when it comes to positions such as sales, teams and leadership," authors note.

Why 'I'm so happy I could cry' makes sense

Posted: 11 Nov 2014 09:40 AM PST

The phrase 'tears of joy' never made much sense to one American psychologist. But after conducting a series of studies of such seemingly incongruous expressions, she now understands better why people cry when they are happy.

Mothers, babies benefit from skin-to-skin contact

Posted: 11 Nov 2014 08:17 AM PST

Research during the past 30 years has found many benefits of skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth, particularly with aiding breastfeeding. However, in some hospitals, skin-to-skin contact following cesarean birth is not implemented, due to practices around the surgery. A recent quality improvement project demonstrated that women's birth experiences were improved by implementing skin-to-skin contact after cesarean surgery.

Best sensory experience for learning a dance sequence

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 07:17 AM PST

How can a sequence of dance steps best be learned? This question was the subject of a recent project by a team of researchers working alongside dancers and dance instructors. Together they researched whether dancers learn a dance sequence better by seeing or by listening, that is, if a dance instructor first demonstrates the sequence, or if he or she first gives a spoken explanation.

School lunches offer better average nutrition than packed lunches, U.S. study finds

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 06:12 AM PST

Approximately 60% of the more than 50 million public elementary and secondary education students obtain a substantial portion of their daily calories from school lunches. The 2012–2013 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) nutritional standards govern what those students eat; for those who bring packed lunches, there are no nutritional standards, however. With that in mind, researchers in the U.S. compared school lunches with packed lunches and found that school lunches have greater nutritional quality.

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