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Low-Income Boys Fare Worse in Wealthier Neighborhoods

January 24th, 2015
Boys from low-income families who grow up alongside wealthier neighbors tend to fare worse, not better, according to a new 12-year study from Duke University. In fact, the greater the economic gap between the boys and their neighbors, the worse the outcome. “Our ...

First-Episode Psychosis Clinic Lessens Suffering, Financial Burden

January 24th, 2015
Offering early, clinical care to young people going through their first episode of psychosis would reduce the amount of suffering they experience, lower their financial burden and help them stay in work or school, according to a new study published in the ...

Meditation Shown to Alter Gray Matter in Brain

January 24th, 2015
Meditating for just eight weeks has been shown to alter the brain’s gray matter, which may be at least part of the reason why practitioners experience significant improvements in memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, according to a new study led ...

Okay to Cheat at Home but Not Okay to Cheat on the Field?

January 23rd, 2015
As the nation attempts to rebound from the latest sports ethics controversy, emerging research reviews public perceptions of on-the field ethics as compared to public opinion on interpersonal or moral behavior. In the research, University of Michigan investigators attempt to explain why ...

Painkiller Addiction Up Risk of Birth Defects

January 23rd, 2015
As painkiller (opioid) abuse permeates our country, many are unaware that medications such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine may increase the risk for serious birth defects. Prescription opioid-based medications are used to treat severe pain and are easily abused. Their use may ...

Fatty Acids in Fish May Protect Against Mercury

January 23rd, 2015
The benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy may override the much-feared risks of mercury exposure, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, the findings suggest that the nutrients found in fish have properties that ...

Good Sleep in Youth and Middle Age Linked to Better Memory in Old Age

January 23rd, 2015
Alluring new research suggests that obtaining adequate amounts of sleep during middle age may help to maintain mental functions 30 years later. Researchers have known that obtaining appropriate amounts of sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning. Also, ...

Email Pfishing Schemes Lure with Personal Information

January 23rd, 2015
New research finds that email phishing scams contain personal information presented in a manner that provokes a response. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found evidence that the incredible spread of email schemes is ...

Twitter Words May Predict A Region’s Risk of Heart Disease

January 22nd, 2015
The belief that social media platforms would improve the assessment of a community’s health or well-being has been promised for years. A new study suggests the prophecy may have been fulfilled as researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discover that Twitter can capture more ...

Losing Weight — And New Friends — In Support Group

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggests that while being in a support group may help you lose weight, you may lose your new friends as you approach your weight goals. Investigators reviewed popular weight loss groups and discovered that while the group setting is an ideal ...