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Sexy Photos on Facebook May Harm Perceptions

July 15th, 2014
A new study suggests posting sexy or revealing photos by girls and young women on social media sites gives their female peers a bad impression. Oregon State University researchers discovered peers judged individuals who posted the photos as being less physically and socially ...

Retina Screening May Detect Alzheimer’s

July 14th, 2014
Preliminary findings suggest noninvasive optical imaging can provide early detection of changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery was made by investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia and will be reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. "In preliminary ...

Expressive Therapy Helps Women with HIV Avoid Isolation

July 14th, 2014
Emerging research suggest a group intervention technique can help women living with HIV disclose their health status and improve their social support. In turn, women gain self-efficacy and improve the safety and quality of their relationships. "Medication alone is totally insufficient," said the study's ...

Text Messages After ER Visit Can Reduce Binge Drinking

July 14th, 2014
A visit to the emergency room can end up a teachable moment when a tailored follow-up mobile text message is delivered the next day. Researchers discover young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more ...

Study IDs Teens Prone to Emotional Problems After Concussion

July 13th, 2014
A new study has found that after a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to have emotional symptoms such as anxiety. "While most people recover from a concussion within a week, a number of factors affect ...

New Health Ed Program Reduces Dating Violence

July 11th, 2014
A new health education program significantly reduces dating violence behaviors among high school youth. Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have shown that the “It's Your Game…Keep it Real (IYG)” intervention is particularly effective in reducing dating violence ...

Study of Consciousness Increasingly Focuses on Neural Basis

July 11th, 2014
New research from Northwestern University suggests that consciousness lies well within the realm of scientific inquiry -- as improbable as that may seem. Although scientists have yet to agree on an objective measure to index consciousness, progress has been made in several labs ...

Winning Not Essential for Having Fun in Sports

July 11th, 2014
Refreshing new research finds that for kids, having fun while playing organized sports means much more than winning. Winning ranked near the bottom of 81 determinants of fun, each of which falls into one of 11 big fun factors, according to a new ...

Depression Can Hinder Pulmonary Rehab

July 10th, 2014
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps improve functional abilities for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But if someone is depressed, they often have trouble sticking to the rehab program. Researchers from The Miriam Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Brown University's Alpert Medical School, found that depression ...

Perception of Exercise as Fun Helps to Control Diet

July 10th, 2014
For some, the caloric benefit of a good workout is often negated by increased consumption of calories afterward. That bowl of ice cream or chips and dip becomes a reward for the treadmill grind. New research suggests a remedy: the way you perceive the ...
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