Παρασκευή, 13 Ιουνίου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


When good people do bad things: Being in a group makes some people lose touch with their personal moral beliefs

Posted: 12 Jun 2014 07:49 AM PDT

Researchers find that being in a group makes some people lose touch with their personal moral beliefs. When people get together in groups, unusual things can happen -- both good and bad. Groups create important social institutions that an individual could not achieve alone, but there can be a darker side to such alliances: Belonging to a group makes people more likely to harm others outside the group.

Children showing signs of social withdrawal in risk of internalized distress

Posted: 12 Jun 2014 05:51 AM PDT

Children showing signs of social withdrawal are more susceptible to parental influences than others. These children were also more prone to distress caused by the impacts of guilt-inducing parenting.

Diet higher in protein may be linked to lower risk of stroke

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 02:07 PM PDT

People with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein, according to a meta-analysis. The meta-analysis looked at all of the available research on the relationship between protein in the diet and the risk of stroke. Seven studies with a total of 254,489 participants who were followed for an average of 14 years were included in the analysis.

Company man or family man? Fatherhood and identity in the office

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 10:20 AM PDT

There is no 'one size fits all' image of how men view their role as fathers within the context of the workplace. However, fatherhood is becoming a more serious and time consuming role for men to fulfill. Therefore employers must acknowledge that many fathers want to be more than just traditional 'organization men' who dedicate their life to their work.

Peer pressure is weaker for kids to quit smoking

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 08:28 AM PDT

Adolescents tend to be more powerful in influencing their friends to start smoking than in helping them to quit, according to sociologists. "What we found is that social influence matters, it leads nonsmoking friends into smoking and nonsmoking friends can turn smoking friends into nonsmokers," said one investigator. "However, the impact is asymmetrical: the tendency for adolescents to follow their friends into smoking is stronger."

Having authoritarian parents increases risk of drug use in adolescents, European study finds

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 07:22 AM PDT

A scientific study in six European countries has analyzed the role that parents play in the risk of their children consuming alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Both an irresponsible permissive attitude and demand are associated with higher drug use than those upbringings which encourage a good relationship with children.

Is background TV harming your toddler’s language development?

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 07:21 AM PDT

We already know how important parent input is in developing children's language skills, and that a reduction in child-directed language could have a negative impact on their language development. New research suggests that the presence of background TV is a significant factor in reducing this vital input, affecting both the quantity and quality of language spoken by parents to their children.

Estimated risk of breast cancer increases as red meat intake increases, study suggests

Posted: 10 Jun 2014 05:52 PM PDT

Higher red meat intake in early adulthood might be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and women who eat more legumes -- such as peas, beans and lentils -- poultry, nuts and fish might be at lower risk in later life, suggests a paper.

How much testosterone is too much for women after menopause?

Posted: 10 Jun 2014 11:47 AM PDT

Testosterone supplementation for women is a hot topic. A new pharmacokinetics study of a brand of testosterone cream reports that for women after menopause, it took 5 mg, the lowest dose of this product, to raise testosterone back to a premenopause level.

Antidepressant plus addiction medication are elements of new weight-loss drug

Posted: 10 Jun 2014 09:19 AM PDT

A new prescription weight-loss medication that combines a popular antidepressant with a medication for addiction will be reviewed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for potential approval. The new prescription medication is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs, bupropion, an antidepressant and naltrexone, which reduces the desire for drugs and alcohol. Both have been found to increase weight-loss in independent research trials and the partnering of the two in one capsule is believed to create a synergistic effect.

The ugly truth about summer allergies

Posted: 10 Jun 2014 07:02 AM PDT

Summer allergies can cause severe symptoms for some sufferers, and can be just as bad as the spring and fall seasons. Some unusual symptoms can leave you looking like you lost a round in a boxing ring. Even if you've never before had allergies, they can suddenly strike at any age and time of year. You might want to consider visiting your board-certified allergist if these undesirable signs accompany your sniffle and sneeze.

Exercise boosts diversity of gut bacteria, study show

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 05:56 PM PDT

Exercise boosts the diversity of the bacteria found in the gut, indicates the first study of its kind. Despite having significantly higher levels of creatine kinase -- an enzyme that indicates muscle/tissue damage -- athletes in this study had lower levels of inflammatory markers than any of the men in the comparison group. They also had a better metabolic profile than the men with a high BMI. But they had a significantly wider range of gut microbiota than men in the comparison group, particularly those with a high BMI.

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