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Sleeping Long Hours Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

February 26th, 2015
Emerging research suggests people who sleep more than eight hours a night may have an increased risk of stroke. The study has been published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers discovered people who slept more than eight ...

Wellness Advice Often Lacking for Mentally Ill

February 25th, 2015
A new study finds health care providers often fail to provide dietary and exercise advice to patients with diabetes, or to those who display symptoms of mental illness. People with mental illness are often at high risk for diabetes as well as other "lifestyle" ...

Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

February 25th, 2015
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get ...

Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

February 25th, 2015
A new study discovers working long hours while raising a family can take a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families. Dr. Amit Kramer, a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor also found that an increase in ...

Stress Influences Confidence, Can Lead to Inequalities

February 24th, 2015
A new study looks at the way in which stress influences our confidence in competing with others. European scientists say the behavioral investigation is the first to show how stress actually affects our degree of confidence. They believe stress can even be a ...

YouTube Videos Tend to Glamorize Intoxication

February 23rd, 2015
A new analysis discovers that the 70 most popular videos depicting drunkenness on YouTube account for more than 330 million views. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (CRMTH) discovered the videos rarely portray the negative ...

Unemployment Changes Personality — And Not For the Better

February 19th, 2015
A new study has found that unemployment can change peoples' core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable, and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs. "The results challenge the idea that our personalities are 'fixed' and show that ...

Vicious Cycle of Money Problems & Disordered Eating

February 18th, 2015
New research suggests experiencing financial difficulties while attending college may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder. Researchers from University of Southampton also discovered that having extreme attitudes about food and eating predicted short-term financial difficulties for female students, suggesting the ...

Study Finds Saliva Differences in Autistic Kids

February 17th, 2015
New research suggests a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein ...

Meditation Can Improve Sleep for Older Adults

February 17th, 2015
Emerging research suggests mindfulness meditation training helps improve sleep quality for older adults more effectively than traditional interventions. Mindfulness meditation practices were compared to a more structured program that focused on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine. Study results have been ...