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Watching Grandkids Helps Grandma Stay Sharp

April 9th, 2014
Watching Grandkids Helps Grandma Stay Sharp  A new Australian program finds that taking care of grandkids one day a week helps grandmothers' mental acuity. Researchers say that is good news for women after menopause, ...

Children Often Witness Domestic Violence, with Side Effects

April 9th, 2014
 Children Often Witness Domestic Violence, with Side EffectsA new report finds that domestic violence extends across socioeconomic boundaries and often involves children as innocent witnesses. In the nationwide study of children who have witnessed ...

Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts

April 9th, 2014
Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts A new study finds that most people experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts, and that the behaviors are not isolated to people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In ...

‘Green’ Exercise Can Offer Added Health Benefits

April 8th, 2014
'Green' Exercise Can Offer Added Health BenefitsNew research from the UK finds that children exposed to scenes of nature while exercising are more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after their activity. In the study, researchers asked ...

Tracking Neural Circuits That Help ID Popular People, Ideas

April 8th, 2014
Tracking Neural Circuits That Help ID Popular People, IdeasAs presented during the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), researchers are using technology to map how the brain recognizes popular people, reacts to ...

Video Game Frustration, Not Content, Fosters Aggression

April 8th, 2014
Video Game Frustration, Not Content, Fosters Aggression The disturbing imagery or violent themes of videos games like World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a ...

Twitter May Be Harmful to Your Romantic Health

April 8th, 2014
Twitter May Be Harmful to Your Romantic HealthNew research shows that Twitter use can damage users’ romantic relationships. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School, found that active Twitter users are ...

Bullying Persists Despite School Efforts

April 7th, 2014
Bullying Persists Despite School Efforts The most thorough analysis to date of studies on school bullying has found that K-12 schools’ attempts to curb bullying behavior have accomplished little. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ...

For Many Teens, Indoor Tanning Tied to Weight Control Issues

April 7th, 2014
For Many Teens, Indoor Tanning Tied to Weight Control Issues A new study discovers that high school students who use indoor tanning also have higher rates of unhealthy weight control behaviors, such as taking diet ...

Researchers Unsure About Safety of E-Cigarettes

April 5th, 2014
Researchers Unsure About Safety of E-CigarettesMany of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke are not present in e-cigarette vapor, and many believe that e-cigs are a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. But researchers ...
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