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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of 18 and ...

Smartphone Use Can Alter The Brain

December 25th, 2014
The finger movements we use to control our smartphones can actually change brain activity, according to a new Swiss study. Researchers at the University of Zurich teamed with colleagues at the University of Fribourg to research the day-to-day plasticity of the human brain based ...

Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

December 24th, 2014
A new study links physical violence against women by their male partners to disruption of a key stress hormone, which could lead to a variety of negative health effects. The study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center looked ...

Light-Emitting e-Readers Harm Quality of Sleep

December 24th, 2014
A new study has found that e-readers can detrimentally shift our circadian clock, making it harder to fall asleep at bedtime. "Electronic devices emit light that is short-wavelength-enriched light, which has a higher concentration of blue light -- with a peak around 450 ...

Seniors’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

December 23rd, 2014
New research has found that a lifetime of acquired financial expertise and knowledge offsets older people’s declining ability to efficiently process information when making financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Columbia University ...

Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

December 23rd, 2014
New research shows that employees who are highly prone to feel guilty for disappointing their co-workers are among the most ethical and hard-working partners. However, the study from researchers at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business also suggests that these ...

The Psychology of Gift Giving

December 22nd, 2014
Giving gifts can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy and how they build and maintain relationships. Researchers are exploring several different aspects of gift-giving and receiving, such as how givers choose gifts, how gifts are used by recipients, ...

Type I Diabetes Linked to Slower Brain Growth in Kids

December 22nd, 2014
New research has found that young children with type I diabetes (T1D) have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes. The new study, published in Diabetes, suggests that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to a child’s developing ...

Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black ...

Expectant Fathers May Face Prenatal Hormone Changes

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that impending fatherhood can lower two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol -- in men, even before their babies are born. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, previous studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they ...