- Man's best friend: What does 'Fido's' behavior say about the relationship between you and your dog?
- Probiotics prevent deadly complications of liver disease, study finds
- Brain circuit problem likely sets stage for the 'voices' that are symptom of schizophrenia
- Couples sleep in sync when wife is satisfied with their marriage
- Harsh space weather may doom potential life on red-dwarf planets
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 09:04 AM PDT
For centuries, dogs have been described as man's best friend. This bond may be linked to your dog's behavior, according to a new study by a professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation. The study revealed that the more dogs demonstrate attention-seeking behavior with their adult owners, the more attached these owners are likely to be with their dogs. Interestingly, however, this made no difference to the children in the study.
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 07:20 AM PDT
Probiotics are effective in preventing hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis of the liver, according to a new study. The investigators conducted trial with cirrhosis patients who showed risk factors for hepatic encephalopathy, but had yet to experience an obvious episode. When comparing treatment with probiotics versus placebo, the researchers found that the incidence of hepatic encephalopathy was lower in patients treated with probiotics.
Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:19 AM PDT
Scientists have identified problems in a connection between brain structures that may predispose individuals to hearing the 'voices' that are a common symptom of schizophrenia. Researchers linked the problem to a gene deletion. This leads to changes in brain chemistry that reduce the flow of information between two brain structures involved in processing auditory information.
Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:18 AM PDT
Couples are more likely to sleep in sync when the wife is more satisfied with their marriage. Results show that overall synchrony in sleep-wake schedules among couples was high, as those who slept in the same bed were awake or asleep at the same time about 75 percent of the time. When the wife reported higher marital satisfaction, the percent of time the couple was awake or asleep at the same time was greater.
Posted: 02 Jun 2014 08:58 AM PDT
Life in the universe might be even rarer than we thought. Recently, astronomers looking for potentially habitable worlds have targeted red dwarf stars because they are the most common type of star, composing 80 percent of the stars in the universe. But a new study shows that harsh space weather might strip the atmosphere of any rocky planet orbiting in a red dwarf's habitable zone.
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