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For Music Pros, Performing Revs Up Learning and Memory Genes

For Music Pros, Performing Revs Up Learning and Memory Genes

March 30th, 2015
A new Finnish study finds that music performance by professional musicians stimulates the genes responsible for essential brain functions. Music performance is known to induce structural and functional changes to the human brain and enhance cognition. But the molecular mechanisms underlying music performance have been ...
Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

March 27th, 2015
Researchers have known that a high-fat diet is linked to a variety of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Emerging research suggests a high-fat diet may also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. As discussed in a ...
Military Report Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

Military Report Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

March 27th, 2015
A new study finds that veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder had a significantly greater risk of developing heart failure when compared with non-PTSD peers. For the research, Department of Veteran Affairs researchers studied more than 8,000 veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific ...
Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

March 26th, 2015
A new study suggests a pregnant woman's exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the toxic air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions, coal burning and smoking, may be bad for her child's brain. In a small study, researchers found a powerful relationship between ...
Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

March 26th, 2015
The argument on the role of nature (genetics) verse nurture (environment) for influencing a person’s intelligence has taken a new chapter. Pennsylvania State University researchers believe more schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the ...
Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids' IQ

Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids’ IQ

March 25th, 2015
A new study suggests a nurturing environment plays a strong role in enhancing a child’s intelligence. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the University of Virginia, and Lund University in Sweden discovered that young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher ...
Adding Gratitude to Wealth May Help With Happiness

Adding Gratitude to Wealth May Help With Happiness

March 25th, 2015
New research confirms that being born with a silver spoon in your mouth does not mean that you will live a happy, contented life. In fact, the wealthy often look for happiness in all the wrong places. In the study, Baylor University investigators ...
Autism Associated with Multiple Births after Aggressive Fertility Efforts

Autism Tied to Multiple Births After Fertility Treatments

March 23rd, 2015
A new paper reports the incidence of diagnosed autism was twice as high for assisted reproductive technology (ART) as non-ART births in a California study. ART includes a group of complex procedures that are often utilized if a woman does not become pregnant ...
Can Public Policy Reduce Obesity?

Can Public Policy Reduce Obesity?

March 23rd, 2015
As the obesity epidemic spreads across America, new public policies seek to incorporate environmental solutions as a method to improve health. However, the value or efficacy of the interventions are often obscure. New health policies include banning sodas from school vending machines, building walking ...
Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression in Young Women

Hostile Power Seekers May Have Increased Risk for Heart Disease

March 20th, 2015
Researchers from the University of Utah have determined that aggressive power-seekers may have a shortened life because of increased vulnerability to cardiovascular disease. The personality type, described by doing whatever it takes to climb the social ladder and gain power, is vividly represented ...