Κυριακή, 25 Μαΐου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


Low-carb vegan diet may reduce heart disease risk, weight

Posted: 22 May 2014 07:51 AM PDT

In addition to weight loss, a vegan low-carbohydrate diet may also reduce the risk of heart disease by 10 percent over 10 years, researchers have demonstrated for the first time. The diet is a low-carbohydrate vegan diet. Many low-carbohydrate diets have been proven to improve weight loss but most emphasize eating animal proteins and fats, which may raise cholesterol. Diets that are high in vegetable proteins and oils may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering "bad cholesterol."

Have Diabetes, Will Travel: Plan of attack to help diabetics enjoy travel safely

Posted: 22 May 2014 07:47 AM PDT

If diabetes is your constant companion, that doesn't have to mean you can't enjoy traveling. A plan of attack for ensuring your next travel adventure is safe and successful has been compiled to help you safely enjoy yourself.

Different types of vinegar may benefit health, studies show

Posted: 21 May 2014 01:27 PM PDT

The earliest known use of vinegar dates back more than 10,000 years ago and has been used as a food and medicine. A new review article reports on recent studies showing different types of vinegars that may benefit human health. functional therapeutic properties include beneficial effects on cardiovascular health and blood pressure, antibacterial activity, reduction in the effects of diabetes and increased vigor after exercise. In addition, a few studies showed that people who consumed certain types of vinegar daily may have a decreased appetite.

Chemistry behind BBQ

Posted: 21 May 2014 01:27 PM PDT

It's that time of the year again when people are moving their kitchens outside in order to soak up the warm weather and smoky aromas of grilling. Researchers provide insight into the food science behind BBQ, and address how a marinade works to keep your meat tender, how smoking can infuses new flavors into meat, searing and more.

Failure of the couples gym membership: A self-control paradox?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:34 AM PDT

Couples often go grocery shopping together, make joint financial decisions, and choose entertainment options to share. Products and programs like shared gym memberships and joint credit cards are designed with couples in mind. According to a new study, how a couple succeeds or fails in these types of joint endeavors depends on their individual levels of self-control.

Shopping online: Why do too many photos confuse consumers?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:34 AM PDT

When shopping online, we often have the option of clicking on additional product photos taken from different angles or showing additional features. According to a new study, looking at more photos when making product comparisons can ultimately inhibit us from noticing what differentiates them in the first place.

Partners in crime: When do friends conspire to eat more chocolate?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:34 AM PDT

As a human race we strive for perfection, knowing that no one is perfect. A new study offers insight into why we surround ourselves with people who help bring out our best but don't make us feel terrible when we stray from perfection. "In a situation requiring two people to use self-control, either both indulge, both abstain, or one indulges while the other abstains. Our research looks at how these different outcomes impact people who are friends," write the authors.

Admitting our faults: When does self-acceptance trump self-destruction?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:33 AM PDT

When face-to-face with our failures, it's hard not to deny the consequences of our shortcomings -— and sometimes we make problems worse by engaging in the behaviors we have been trying so hard to avoid. According to a new study, practicing self-acceptance may be the best way to boost our self-worth and avoid self-deprecating behaviors and consequences.

Brand tourism effect: When do lower status consumers boost luxury brands?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:33 AM PDT

When people purchase luxury items like expensive watches and high-end automobiles, they often consider themselves members of a select group of consumers. According to a new study, when outsiders show an interest in a luxury brand, they help improve its overall value. The authors use the terms 'brand immigrant' and 'brand tourist' to differentiate between consumers who either claim group membership (brand immigrants) or do not claim group membership (brand tourists). They explain that while brand immigrants pose a threat to the image and distinctiveness of selective brands, brand tourists can actually reinforce the brand's prestige.

What makes things cool? When breaking rules can boost your cool factor

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:33 AM PDT

Coolness helps sell everything from fashion and music to electronics and cigarettes. According to a new study, people and brands become cool by understanding what is considered normal, obeying the rules considered necessary, and then diverging from the rules considered expendable.

Buying a bmw: How do social expectations influence your purchases?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:33 AM PDT

People who drive BMWs and wear expensive suits must surely occupy roles of power and authority. According to a new study, when we can separate societal expectations of power from how power makes us feel, we have better control over what it means to be powerful.

Too cute to resist: Do whimsical products make consumers overspend?

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:32 AM PDT

Babies are cute. Kittens are cute. But for some people, products that emphasize baby features like chubby cheeks and large eyes cause them to be more careful and restrained. According to a new study, products that are cute in a playful and whimsical way can bring out more indulgent behavior.

High cholesterol levels linked to lower fertility

Posted: 20 May 2014 10:32 AM PDT

High cholesterol levels may impair fertility in couples trying to achieve a pregnancy, according to a study. Couples in which each partner had a high cholesterol level took the longest time to reach pregnancy. Moreover, couples in which the woman had a high cholesterol level and the man did not also took longer to achieve pregnancy when compared to couples in which both partners had cholesterol levels in the acceptable range.

Parents of overweight kids more likely to give schools failing grades for fighting obesity

Posted: 20 May 2014 09:01 AM PDT

Parents of overweight kids are more likely to give schools a D or F when it comes to nutrition and physical education, concludes a national poll. Parents of overweight children were twice as likely to fail the school on opportunities for children to be physically active and much more likely to give a failing grade for nutrition education than parents without overweight children.

Breastfeeding initiation, success impacted by diabetes status of mother

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:09 PM PDT

Women diagnosed with diabetes before or during pregnancy are less likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding their newborns than women without diabetes, a new study suggests. Out of nearly 73,000 women included in the study, 8.8 percent had diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes, and 1.7 percent had diabetes prior to pregnancy. About 30 percent of women with pre-pregnancy diabetes cited illness or their use of medication as the top reasons they didn't breastfeed, which researchers said suggests that the disease and its related medications directly impacted women's decisions.

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