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Archive for May, 2013
It pays to be a happy, optimistic person — at least when it comes to your health, according to a small new study in the journal Psychological Science. “People tend to liken their emotions to the weather, viewing them as uncontrollable,” study researcher Barbara Fredrickson, of the University of North Carolina, said in a statement. […]
Kids who exercise regularly do better in school, attend more classes, score higher in tests and feel better about themselves. All of that is according to studies, experts and teachers themselves.
You spend so much time trimming, shaping, buffing and painting your nails (or having someone else do all of that for you), but you probably don’t spend much time looking at them bare. And that means you may be missing spots, stripes and odd colors that could indicate that something’s up — in a bad […]
Sometimes innovative science requires innovative machinery, like a moveable, four-legged robotic sled that can wear shoes, a contraption recently developed and deployed by researchers at the University of Calgary to test whether grippy athletic shoes affect injury risk. It’s well known, of course, that shoe traction influences athletic performance, especially in sports that involve sprinting […]
Most people know the age-old diet advice about grocery shopping when you are hungry: You are more likely to buy fattening, unhealthy foods. So avoid it. But the weight loss maxims found in diet books do not always hold up in the real world. So two researchers at Cornell University recently devised an experiment that […]
Although most types of cancers are declining, melanoma rates have been climbing in the United States over the last 20 years, mainly among older men and young, fair-skinned women. Melanoma rates have nearly doubled over the past several decades for teenage girls ages 15-19: from about 15 per 1,000,000 in the 1970s to nearly 30 […]
The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: Owning a dog may protect you from heart disease. The unusual message was contained in a scientific statement published on Thursday by the American Heart Association, which convened a panel of experts to review years of data on the cardiovascular benefits of owning […]
Do you see the proverbial glass half empty or glass half full? If you chose the latter, you’re not alone — most people around the world are optimistic about the future, according to a new study. The research, published in the Journal of Personality, shows that optimism’s benefits are seen in both high- and low-income […]
Fitness can protect you from cancer — even 20 or more years down the road, researchers report. And men who were the most fit in middle age were the least likely to die a quarter century later even if they were unlucky enough to get cancer, a new study finds. Men who were the most […]