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Sunday, November 2, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Fun and games make for better learners

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 12:00 PM PDT

Four minutes of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students, according to new research. A brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a 'FUNterval,' for Grade 2 and Grade 4 students reduced off-task behaviors like fidgeting or inattentiveness in the classroom.

Insomnia increases risk of motor vehicle deaths, other fatal injuries

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 09:12 AM PDT

Insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries, a new study shows. The results underscore the importance of the 'Sleep Well, Be Well' campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.

Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 06:36 PM PDT

Every one-point increase in a Mediterranean diet score was associated with a 17% decreased likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease, a study concludes. Dietary patterns that closely resembled the Mediterranean diet were linked with a 50% reduced risk of developing chronic kidney disease and a 42% reduced risk of experiencing rapid kidney function decline, the researchers add.

Universal helmet laws reduce traumatic brain injuries in young motorcyclists, according to trauma surgeons

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 06:38 PM PDT

Young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if they live in a state with universal motorcycle helmet laws instead of a state with age-restricted ones, according to new findings.

Rethinking Tylenol and rest: Movement is key to keep back pain at bay, physical therapist says

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 09:59 AM PDT

Statistics show that 75 percent of the population will have at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime. While the jury is still out on how and if medication can help with back pain, one expert says that we need to broaden our approach to include more than Tylenol and a few days rest.

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