Παρασκευή, 27 Ιουνίου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


Traffic light labels can give false sense of security

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:18 AM PDT

The labeling of product attributes using a traffic light system influences consumers in their purchasing decisions. A study reveals for the first time that this applies not only to food, but also to financial products -- but not always in the way intended. Test subjects paid less attention to the uncertainty associated with the return on an investment when a traffic light label was added to the product information.

Who's got food ingredient fears?

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:01 AM PDT

Researchers investigated who might be most prone to food fears, why, and what can be done to correct misperceptions. A phone survey of 1008 U.S. mothers revealed key findings about those who avoid specific ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), mono sodium glutamate (MSG), and others.

Mothers are more altruistic than fathers but only if they are acting alone

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 06:46 AM PDT

The assumption that mothers are more driven by altruism with regard to their children than fathers is more complex than once thought. The results add qualifications to an important evolutionary theory.

Peanuts don't panic parents as much as milk and eggs

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 06:29 AM PDT

A new study examined 305 caregivers of children allergic to milk, egg, peanut or tree nut. The researchers were surprised to discover that milk and eggs, not peanuts, were the largest source of anxiety and worry.

Increased nearsightedness linked to higher education levels and more years spent in school

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 06:29 AM PDT

Researchers have found strong evidence that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia. The research is the first population-based study to demonstrate that environmental factors may outweigh genetics in the development of myopia.

Some dogs could see a kennel stay as exciting

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:13 AM PDT

New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.

Helpful bouncing babies show that moving together builds bonds from the time we learn to walk

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 07:52 AM PDT

Researchers have shown that moving with others in time to music increases altruistic behavior in babies who have barely learned to walk.

Have you been unlucky -- or are you just lazy?

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 09:03 AM PDT

A new study challenges the conventional wisdom that Americans are particularly critical of the welfare state, while Danes are particularly enthusiastic supporters of it. The truth is that Danes and Americans agree in general about who they are prepared to support, because we are all driven by the same primitive instincts.

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