Σάββατο, 28 Ιουνίου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


Kids who know unhealthy food logos more likely to be overweight

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 10:49 AM PDT

The more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or obese. And, unfortunately, studies have shown that people who are overweight at a young age, tend to stay that way.

Youth regularly receive pro-marijuana tweets

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 10:30 AM PDT

Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, according to researchers. They said the tweets are cause for concern because young people are thought to be especially responsive to social media influences, and patterns of drug use tend to be established in a person's late teens and early 20s.

Adding sugar to high-fat Western diet could be worse than high-fat diet alone

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 08:27 AM PDT

A high-fructose, high-fat diet can cause harmful effects to the livers of adult rats, according to new research, providing new insight into the effects of adding fructose to a Western diet high in fat. The study showed that short-term consumption of a Western diet, rich in saturated fats and fructose, is more damaging for healthy liver development than following a high fat diet alone.

Sex hormone levels at midlife linked to heart disease risk in women

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 06:51 AM PDT

As hormone levels change during the transition to menopause, the quality of a woman's cholesterol carriers degrades, leaving her at greater risk for heart disease, researchers have discovered. The first-of-its-kind evaluation was done using an advanced method to characterize cholesterol carriers in the blood.

'Night owls' drive much worse in the morning

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 06:45 AM PDT

Researchers have shown that individual chronotype -- that is, whether you are a "morning-type" or an "evening-type", depending on the time of day when your physiological functions are more active -- markedly influences driving performance.

The secrets of children's chatter: research shows boys and girls learn language differently

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 06:45 AM PDT

Experts believe language uses both a mental dictionary and a mental grammar.  The mental 'dictionary' stores sounds, words and common phrases, while mental 'grammar' involves the real-time composition of longer words and sentences. For example, making a longer word 'walked' from a smaller one 'walk'.

Social pressure stops Facebook users recommending products on social media sites

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 06:44 AM PDT

Users of social media sites such as Facebook are less willing to recommend products and services online because of the perceived risks to their reputation.

Get insects to bug off this summer

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 03:42 PM PDT

Summer means an increase in bug and insect activity. How do you know which insects are harmful, what diseases they carry and how to safely avoid them? "Mosquitoes and ticks are the two pests you primarily want to avoid because they potentially carry infectious diseases," says an infectious disease specialist.

Are hormones causing children's weight gain?

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 12:12 PM PDT

The number of children who are obese remains alarmingly high in the U.S. and, unfortunately, diseases associated with obesity are on the rise. Worried about their overweight children, many parents wonder if other diagnoses, such as hypothyroidism, could be the reason behind their child's weight gain. But according to experts more often than not the underlying issues are more strongly influenced by environmental factors, such as largely sedentary lifestyle or a caloric intake.

Home sweet messy home: How do consumers cope with disorder at home?

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:22 AM PDT

From hanging up our coats to organizing our bookshelves and kitchen cupboards, some people keep their homes tidy and others seem to live in complete chaos. According to a new study, understanding how we organize our homes can help us cope with contradictions and disruptions occurring in our daily lives.

Achieving your goals: Does removing yourself from the big picture help?

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:21 AM PDT

Consider the case of the adult student attending night school to earn a degree that will result in a better job with higher pay. From sacrificing time with friends and family to missing a relaxing evening watching TV, this type of long-term gain often comes with short-term pain. According to a new study, people are more likely to achieve their goals and avoid temptations when they are able to remove themselves from the big picture.

Money in the bank: Why does feeling powerful help people save more?

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:21 AM PDT

In a materialistic culture, saving money is a challenge many of us face long before our retirement years. While many people think education, upbringing, and self-control are major contributors to a person's savings habits, a new study reveals that people save more when they feel powerful.

Make life jackets compulsory for all recreational boaters to save lives, urge experts

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 07:50 PM PDT

Life jackets should be compulsory for all recreational boaters, say experts, reporting on the differences in the death toll from boating incidents in Victoria, Australia, before and after legislation was introduced. Recreational boaters make up a sizeable proportion of drowning deaths, not only in Australia, but in many other developed countries, warn the authors.

Interactive tool takes mystery out of menopause

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 07:49 PM PDT

A revamped version of the "Menopause Map™," an interactive tool to help women learn about menopause and start important conversations with their health care providers and peers, has been launched for the public.

To help keep teen drivers safe, focus on the learner period

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 01:16 PM PDT

TeenDrivingPlan, a web-based intervention designed to help parents more effectively supervise driving practice, improved the driving performance of pre-licensed teenagers, researchers have found. Over a 24-week period participants were 65 percent less likely to fail a rigorous on-road driving assessment administered prior to licensure compared to those who followed a usual practice "control" condition.

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