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Thursday, November 6, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers

Posted: 05 Nov 2014 07:12 AM PST

A child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study. The study is the first of its kind to show an association between musical rhythm and grammar.

Thinspiration: Why women buy magazines that promote impossible body images

Posted: 05 Nov 2014 07:10 AM PST

A new study reveals the secret of how some fashion and beauty magazines continue to attract devoted audiences, even though they glamorize super-thin models that would seem to taunt normal-sized women.

No link between movie, video game violence and societal violence? More violent video game consumption, less youth violence: Study

Posted: 05 Nov 2014 05:48 AM PST

Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO and at Sandy Hook Elementary followed this theme as media consumption came into the equation. But can consumption of violent media really be a factor in real-world violence? A recent study found that there were no associations between media violence consumption in society and societal violence.

Where'd you get that great idea?

Posted: 04 Nov 2014 11:19 AM PST

Is it better to 'think outside the box,' or to build on something more closely related to the problem one is trying to solve? Researchers have collected surprising evidence that nearer is better.

Secondhand smoke can cause weight gain

Posted: 04 Nov 2014 09:13 AM PST

New research is challenging the decades-old belief that smoking cigarettes helps keep you slim. A study finds that exposure to cigarette smoke can actually cause weight gain. But here's the kicker: Secondhand smoke is the biggest culprit.

Thinking about the long-term impact of your food choices may help control food cravings

Posted: 04 Nov 2014 09:11 AM PST

A new study adds evidence to the current thinking that individuals with obesity can successfully reduce cravings using distract tasks. For this study, researchers tested the effects of three, 30-second distraction techniques to reduce cravings for the study participant's favorite foods. They found that the effect of tapping one's own forehead and ear with their index finger, tapping one's toe on the floor, or a control task of staring at a blank wall, all worked significantly to reduce the cravings; however, forehead tapping worked best out of all techniques.

Future family, career goals evident in teenage years

Posted: 04 Nov 2014 08:15 AM PST

Career and family, often seen as competing parts of life, can actually complement each other, and when young people's goals for the future encompass family and career, the outcome is more likely to be success in both arenas, according to researchers.

Elderly face no added risk from cosmetic surgery, study finds

Posted: 04 Nov 2014 08:12 AM PST

Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients, according to a recent study by plastic surgeons. The doctors analyzed data from more than 129,000 patients during a five-year period and found no significant difference in the rate of complications for individuals older or younger than 65.

Election day: The saddest day of the year?

Posted: 03 Nov 2014 04:10 PM PST

Election Day is difficult for many political candidates. But it's no picnic for their supporters either. A new study shows just how tough election days can be. The study finds that winning elections barely improves the happiness of those from the winning political party.

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