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Online Searches for ‘Health’ Information Occur Early in the Week

April 21st, 2014
Online Searches for 'Health' Information Occur Early in the WeekAn interesting new study discovers that Americans are more apt to search for "health" content at the beginning of the week. The pattern could be used to ...

Paternal Obesity Raises Child’s Risk for Autism

April 12th, 2014
Paternal Obesity Raises Child's Risk for AutismChildren with obese fathers may be 53 percent more likely to develop autism than children with average size dads, according to a Norwegian study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Previous research ...

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) ...

Weight-Loss Beliefs Jeopardize Anti-Obesity Drugs

April 6th, 2014
Weight-Loss Beliefs Jeopardize Anti-Obesity DrugsPsychologists recently have gained new insights into the factors affecting the success of anti-obesity drugs. Dr. Amelia Hollywood of Surrey University, UK, explains, "Weight-loss medication is widely prescribed, but with very mixed ...

Rat Study Shows Junk Food Diet Can Make You Lazy

April 6th, 2014
Rat Study Shows Junk Food Diet Can Make You LazyA new rat study shows that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary -- and not the other way around. Scientists at the University of California, ...

Dawn’s Early Light Linked to Less Weight

April 4th, 2014
Dawn's Early Light Linked to Less WeightA new study suggests the timing, intensity, and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight. Northwestern University researchers discovered people who had most ...

Depression in Youth May Lead to Sedentary Adult Behavior

April 3rd, 2014
Depression in Youth May Lead to Sedentary Adult Behavior Some experts say a lack of physical activity is more of a health hazard than obesity or smoking. New research now suggests that young men who ...

Can Obesity Influence Cognition?

April 2nd, 2014
Can Obesity Influence Cognition? A provocative new University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. Researchers say this ...

Health in Young Adulthood Influences Cognitive Health in Later Life

April 1st, 2014
Health in Young Adulthood Influences Cognitive Health in Later LifeNew research finds that young adults with high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels have significantly worse cognitive function in middle age. Researchers at University of ...

Peer-Group Approach Helps Teens Limit Sugary Drinks

March 27th, 2014
Peer-Group Approach Helps Teens Limit Sugary DrinksConsumption of sugary soft drinks is a behavioral trait often associated with overweight and obese younger adults. A new study finds teens can be persuaded to cut back on sugary ...