Category: SciTech » Medical Science

Boys Secure In Their Racial Identity Seek More Diverse Friendships

22 Mar 17:20 | SciTech

Kids often seek answers from parents, friends and media to better understand their racial identity. Middle school boys who feel secure about their race during this ongoing information gathering will likely befriend diverse people, according to a new University of Michigan study.read more »

How Can A Legally Binding Agreement On Human Cloning Be Established?

22 Mar 15:16 | SciTech

Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1996, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. read more »

People Remain Calm As The World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

21 Mar 17:28 | Entertainment

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing "Kumbayah" or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior?read more »

'No Fat' Or 'No Sugar' Label Equals No Guarantee Of Nutritional Quality

21 Mar 16:00 | SciTech

Terms such as no-fat or no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food, according to a new study.read more »

For A Modest Personality Trait, 'Intellectual Humility' Packs A Punch

20 Mar 16:07 | SciTech

"Intellectual humility" has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less scholarly attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. Yet this little-studied characteristic may influence people's decision-making abilities in politics, health and other arenas, says new research from Duke University.read more »

A Preference For Casual Sex Increases Risk Of Harassment

17 Mar 16:15 | SciTech

Adolescents who sexually harass others have had casual sex more often than those who do not harass others. They also fantasize more about casual sex and find it more acceptable to have sex without any commitment or emotional closeness.read more »

Cause Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Discovered

17 Mar 15:11 | SciTech

Some people have an extreme fear of dirt or bacteria. As a result, they may develop a habit of compulsive washing and repeatedly cleaning their hands or body. They are trapped in a vicious circle, as the fear of new contamination returns quickly after washing. Sufferers see no way out. read more »

Better Sleep Feels Like Winning The Lottery

17 Mar 11:01 | World

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick.read more »

Stress Of Major Life Events Impacts Women More Than Men, Shows Poll

16 Mar 16:08 | SciTech

New research has highlighted the potential gender gap in stress, with women reporting higher stress from life events such as death of a loved one, illness, losing their smartphone and Brexit.read more »

Nation's Physicians Act Against Climate Change; 'It's Making Patients Sick'

16 Mar 13:05 | U.S. News

More than half of the nation's physicians--including family doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians, allergists, geriatricians and internists--are launching a campaign to help patients, the public and policy makers understand the damage climate change is doing to people's health and what needs to be done to prepare and protect ourselves.read more »

Parenthood Linked To Longer Life

14 Mar 17:09 | SciTech

Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, when health and capacity may start to decline, finds new research.read more »

The Looming Threat Of Asian Tobacco Companies To Global Health

14 Mar 15:08 | World

There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.read more »

Poor Sleep In Early Childhood May Lead To Cognitive, Behavioral Problems In Later Years

13 Mar 18:04 | SciTech

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood.read more »

Gene Found To Cause Sudden Death In Young People

10 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Researchers from Canada, South Africa and Italy have identified a new gene that can lead to sudden death among young people and athletes.read more »

People Who Trust Their Doctor Tend To Feel Better

10 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Confidence in doctors, therapists and nursing staff leads to an improvement in subjectively perceived complaints, satisfaction and quality of life in patients. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis by psychologists at the University of Basel.read more »

Tooth Loss Linked To An Increased Risk Of Dementia

9 Mar 2017 | SciTech

In a study of 1566 community-dwelling Japanese elderly who were followed for 5 years, the risk of developing dementia was elevated in individuals with fewer remaining teeth.read more »

Playing Pokémon Go May Help People Reach 10,000 Daily Steps Goal

9 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go may increase people's daily steps, especially among young adults with low physical activity levels or those who are overweight or obese.read more »

High Number Of Deaths From Heart Disease, Stroke And Diabetes Linked To Diet

8 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Nearly half of all deaths in the United States in 2012 that were caused by cardiometabolic diseases, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, have been linked to substandard eating habits, according to a study.read more »

Ten Million Lives Saved By 1962 Breakthrough, Study Says

6 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, adenovirus, rabies and hepatitis A -- and approximately 450,000 deaths from these diseases -- were prevented in the U.S. alone between 1963 and 2015 by vaccination, researchers estimate. read more »

To Understand Others' Minds, 'Being' Them Beats Reading Them

3 Mar 2017 | SciTech

We tend to believe that people telegraph how they're feeling through facial expressions and body language and we only need to watch them to know what they're experiencing -- but new research shows we'd get a much better idea if we put ourselves in their shoes instead.read more »

Study Shows How Musical Cues Trigger Happy Or Sad Memories

1 Mar 2017 | Entertainment

Happy memories spring to mind much faster than sad, scary or peaceful ones. Moreover, if you listen to happy or peaceful music, you recall positive memories, whereas if you listen to emotionally scary or sad music, you recall largely negative memories from your past. read more »

Sleep Trackers Can Prompt Sleep Problems

1 Mar 2017 | SciTech

A 39-year-old man whom we'll call Mr. R received a sleep-tracking device from his girlfriend. Since starting a new job several years earlier, he sometimes had trouble getting a good night's sleep. Not surprisingly, the next day he'd feel tired, irritable and absentminded.read more »

More Mosquito Species Than Previously Thought May Transmit Zika

1 Mar 2017 | World

Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. read more »

Watching Birds Near Your Home Is Good For Your Mental Health

27 Feb 2017 | SciTech

People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research.read more »

High Levels Of Chemicals Found In Indoor Cats

27 Feb 2017 | SciTech

A study from Stockholm University has now established what was previously suspected, that the high levels of brominated flame retardants measured in cats are from the dust in our homes. read more »

Tired Teens 4.5 Times More Likely To Commit Crimes As Adults

24 Feb 2017 | SciTech

Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. read more »

Only One-Third Of Parents Think They Are Doing A Good Job Helping Kids Eat Healthy

22 Feb 2017 | SciTech

If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it's easier said than done, you're not alone.read more »

Child Obesity '35-40 Percent' Inherited From Parents, Study Finds

21 Feb 2017 | SciTech

Around 35-40 per cent of a child's BMI - how fat or thin they are - is inherited from their parents, a new study has found.read more »

Tis Better To Give - To Your Spouse

15 Feb 2017 | SciTech

We've all heard that it's better to give than to receive. Now there's empirical evidence to show that being compassionate to a spouse is rewarding in and of itself. read more »

How Eating Less Can Slow The Aging Process

14 Feb 2017 | SciTech

There's a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of aging, but moisturizers only go skin deep. Aging occurs deeper -- at a cellular level -- and scientists have found that eating less can slow this cellular process.read more »

Study Finds Naps May Help Preschoolers Learn

10 Feb 2017 | SciTech

Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in preschool-age children.read more »

Want To Help Your Mate Beat The Blues? Show Them The Love

9 Feb 2017 | SciTech

The more depressed your romantic partner may be, the more love you should give them, according to new University of Alberta research.read more »

Toxic Metals Found In e-Cigarette Liquids

8 Feb 2017 | SciTech

A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.read more »

Sitting Not Linked To Incident Diabetes: New Research

7 Feb 2017 | SciTech

Sitting may not be as deadly as previously thought, with new research led by the University of Sydney ruling out sitting as a direct cause of diabetes.read more »

E-cigarettes Safer Than Smoking Says Long-Term Study

7 Feb 2017 | SciTech

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.read more »

Personality Traits 'Contagious' Among Children

6 Feb 2017 | SciTech

When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others' personalities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers.read more »

New Study Confirms Pregnant Women Should Avoid Liquorice

6 Feb 2017 | World

A new Finnish study supports food recommendations for families with children in that women should avoid consuming large amounts of liquorice during pregnancy. The limit for safe consumption is not known.read more »

Peroxide Ingestion, Promoted By Alternative Medicine, Can Be Deadly

3 Feb 2017 | SciTech

High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called "natural cure," can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death itself, according to a new paper.read more »

Food And Beverage Industry 'Marketing Kids To Death'

2 Feb 2017 | World

Heart & Stroke wants Canadians to know as far as nutrition is concerned, the kids are not alright; our children and youth are bombarded with ads for unhealthy products all day, every day, influencing their food and beverage choices. It says this is having a devastating effect on their health and setting up conflict at home.read more »

Fast Food Packaging Contains Potentially Harmful Chemicals That Can Leach Into Food

2 Feb 2017 | SciTech

The greaseproof packaging holding your burger and fries may contain potentially harmful fluorinated chemicals that can leach into food, according to a new peer-reviewed study.read more »

Physically Active Children Are Less Depressed

1 Feb 2017 | SciTech

Previous studies have shown that adults and young people who are physically active have a lower risk of developing depression. But the same effect has not been studied in children - until now.read more »

We Dislike Hypocrites Because They Deceive Us

31 Jan 2017 | SciTech

We're averse to hypocrites because their disavowal of bad behavior sends a false signal, misleading us into thinking they're virtuous when they're not, according to new findings read more »

Death Clocks Should Come With A Health Warning, Says Top Economist

30 Jan 2017 | SciTech

John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust, uses online "death clocks" to calculate the date of his demise, but finds that his life expectancy varies depending on who he asks.read more »

Fat Shaming Linked To Greater Health Risks

27 Jan 2017 | SciTech

Body shaming is a pervasive form of prejudice, found in cyber bullying, critiques of celebrities' appearances, at work and school, and in public places for everyday Americans. read more »

Children's Menus Still Laden With Fat, Sodium And Calories

23 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Despite a 2011 pledge among United States chain restaurants to improve the nutritional value of children's menu options, a new study finds no significant improvements have been made to cut calories, saturated fat, or sodium. read more »

Too Much Sitting, Too Little Exercise May Accelerate Biological Aging

19 Jan 2017 | SciTech

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary.read more »

Children Gain More Weight When Parents See Them As 'Overweight'

17 Jan 2017 | SciTech

Children whose parents considered them to be 'overweight' tended to gain more weight over the following decade compared with children whose parents thought they were a 'normal' weight, according to analyses of data from two nationally representative studies. read more »

Exercise ... It Does A Body Good: 20 Minutes Can Act As Anti-Inflammatory

13 Jan 2017 | SciTech

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found how just one session of moderate exercise can also act as an anti-inflammatory. read more »

Study Explains How Western Diet Leads To Overeating And Obesity

12 Jan 2017 | SciTech

More than two in three adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese, with substantial biomedical and clinical evidence suggesting that chronic overconsumption of a "western diet" - foods consisting high levels of sugars and fats - is a major cause of this epidemic.read more »

New Framework Could Help Online Addicts Reduce Their Usage

10 Jan 2017 | SciTech

A new model developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could help online addicts realize that their usage is a problem and reduce it.read more »

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