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Writing a thank-you note is more powerful than you think

Writing thank-you notes is not just good manners. It can have a strong psychological effect for both the sender and receiver, suggests research published in the September 2018 issue of Psychological Science.

While most people consider showing an e... Read more

Writing a thank-you note is more powerful than you think
Giving thanks can make you happier

Each holiday season comes with high expectations for a cozy and festive time of year. However, for many this time of year is tinged with sadness, anxiety, or depression. Certainly, major depression or a severe anxiety disorder benefits most from prof... Read more

Eating Ultra-Processed “Ready-To-Eat-or-Heat” Foods Linked to Premature Death

A new study found that increased consumption of ultra-processed foods was associated with more than 10% of all-cause premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019. This is especially alarming, because Brazilians consume far less of these products t... Read more

Eating Ultra-Processed “Ready-To-Eat-or-Heat” Foods Linked to Premature Death
Study shows the power of 'thank you' for couples

Gratitude has been a trendy sentiment in recent years – sparking an industry of journals, knickknacks and T-shirts touting thankfulness as a positive force in individuals’ lives.

New research suggests that gratitude from one’s partner may be... Read more

Mini relaxation technique to overcome grief

Dealing with grief and loss is extremely stressful. During this time it may help to take mini-relaxation breaks. If you have three minutes, try this: While seated, take a break to check your body for tension. Relax your facial muscles and allow your ... Read more

Mini relaxation technique to overcome grief
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Scientists: Put Down Your Devices and Let Your Mind Wander

Taking some time to just sit and think might be far more enjoyable than you expect.

People don’t realize how enjoyable it is to sit and think.

According to research from the American Psychological Association, people often underestimate how m... Read more

Scientists: Put Down Your Devices and Let Your Mind Wander
Using digital media to relax is related to lower-quality parenting

Using digital media to relax is related to lower-quality parenting... Caregivers who consume digital media for relaxation are more likely to engage in negative parenting ... Read more

Using digital media to relax is related to lower-quality parenting
What Your Blood Type Reveals About You?

9. Life Span

Chances are higher you’ll live longer if you have type O blood. Experts think your lowered risk of disease in your heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease) may be one reason for this. Read more
Vitamin B6 supplements could reduce anxiety and depression

Taking high-dose Vitamin B6 tablets has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression by new research.

Scientists at the University of Reading measured the impact of high doses of Vitamin B6 on young adults and found that they reported f... Read more

Cyberbullying puts targeted adolescents at risk for suicide, study suggests

Beyond the many stressors that young adolescents face, being a target of cyberbullying is an independent risk factor for suicide -- above and beyond traditional offline bullying, according to a study.

That's the finding of a new study by researche... Read more

Cyberbullying puts targeted adolescents at risk for suicide, study suggests

ሽታዎችን ለመለየት ያለመ የአርቲፊሻል ኢንተለጀንስ ሥርዓት

  3 months ago (Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 05:11 PM)

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የአሜሪካ ተመራማሪዎች የተለያዩ ሽታዎችን ለመለየት የሚያስችል ቴክኖሎጂ ማበልፀጋቸው ተገለፀ፡፡

አርቲፊሻል ኢንተለጀንስ ላይ መሠረት ያደረገ ሲሆን በጉግል፣ ሞኔል ኬሚካል ሴንስስ ሴንተር በተባለ ተቋም እና በተለያዩ ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች አማካኝነት መበልፀጉን ቪ.ኦ.ኤ ዘግቧል፡፡

“Principal Odor Map” የሚል መጠሪያን በጉግል የአርቲፊሻል ኢንተለጀንስ ተመራማ...     Learn More ››

Teens Become More Exploratory With Age—A Behavior Linked to Greater Social Connectivity and Psychological Well-Being

  3 months ago (Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 05:03 PM)

Teenagers become more exploratory in their behaviors with age, becoming increasingly likely to visit new places over time.

Teenagers become more exploratory in their behaviors with age, becoming increasingly likely to visit new places over time, finds a new study. Its results also show that greater exploration is associated with enhanced psychological well-being and larger social networks.

Notably, the researchers also discovered that adolescents who explored their natural environments more also reported a greater number of risky behaviors.

“While adolescent risk taking is typically...     Learn More ››

Saturn’s rings and tilt could be the product of an ancient, missing moon

  3 months ago (Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 04:55 PM)

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Swirling around the planet’s equator, the rings of Saturn are a dead giveaway that the planet is spinning at a tilt. The belted giant rotates at a 26.7-degree angle relative to the plane in which it orbits the sun. Astronomers have long suspected that this tilt comes from gravitational interactions with its neighbor Neptune, as Saturn’s tilt precesses, like a spinning top, at nearly the same rate as the orbit of Neptune.

But a new modeling study by astronomers at MIT and elsewhere has found that, while the two planets may have once been in sync, Saturn has since escaped Neptune’s pull...     Learn More ››

High school students with disabilities achieve better outcomes in inclusive academic settings

  3 months ago (Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 04:51 PM)

Indiana high school students with disabilities who spent 80% of their educational time in general education classrooms scored higher on state reading and math assessments and were better prepared for postsecondary education and employment opportunities than their peers in less inclusive settings, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers.

"We are currently in a time when the experience of 'community' is being stressed in multiple ways in our society," said Hardy Murphy, study co-author and a clinical professor in the School of Education at IUPUI. "Changing an...     Learn More ››

Where do High-Energy Particles That Endanger Satellites, Astronauts and Airplanes Come From?

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 10:58 AM)

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New research by Columbia University astrophysicists Luca Comisso and Lorenzo Sironi shows how and when these particles form and offers clues to questions that have troubled scientists since the 1940s.

For decades, scientists have been trying to solve a vexing problem about the weather in outer space: At unpredictable times, high-energy particles bombard the earth and objects outside the earth’s atmosphere with radiation that can endanger the lives of astronauts and destroy satellites’ electronic equipment. These flare-ups can even trigger showers of radiation strong enough to reach pass...     Learn More ››

Scientists say the best way to soothe a crying infant is by carrying them on a 5-minute walk

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 10:38 AM)

Most parents have experienced frustration when their infants cry excessively and refuse to sleep. Scientists have found that the best strategy to calm them down is by holding and walking with them for five minutes. This evidence-based soothing strategy is presented in a paper published September 13 in the journal Current Biology.

"Many parents suffer from babies' nighttime crying," says corresponding author Kumi Kuroda of the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan. "That's such a big issue, especially for inexperienced parents, that can lead to parental stress and even to in...     Learn More ››

New study: Risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease increases by 50-80% in older adults who caught COVID-19

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 10:32 AM)

Older people who were infected with COVID-19 show a substantially higher risk—as much as 50% to 80% higher than a control group—of developing Alzheimer’s disease within a year, according to a study of more than 6 million patients 65 and older.

In a study published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers report that people 65 and older who contracted COVID-19 were more prone to developing Alzheimer’s disease in the year following their COVID diagnosis. And the highest risk was observed in women at least 85 years old.

The findings showed that the risk for develop...     Learn More ››

COVID was deadlier for those with intellectual disabilities, according to new research

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 10:26 AM)

Authors of a new peer-reviewed paper have discovered that COVID was the leading cause of death for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in 2020.

The study, “COVID-19 Mortality Burden and Comorbidity Patterns Among Decedents with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disability in the US”, looked at 2020 death certificate data to examine death patterns for people with or without IDD. They found that those without an IDD, COVID was the third leading cause of death, following heart disease and cancer. But for those with IDD, COVID was the number one cause of d...     Learn More ››


  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 10:21 AM)

A Good Night’s Sleep, Social Contact and Exercise Among Healthy Habits.

A combination of seven healthy lifestyle habits including sleeping seven to nine hours daily, exercising regularly and having frequent social contact was associated with a lower risk of dementia in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the September 14, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Type 2 diabetes is a worldwide epidemic that affects one in 10 adults, and having diabetes is known to increase a person’s risk of developing d...     Learn More ››

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Tuberculosis Treatments

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 10:09 AM)

Imagine you have 20 new compounds that have shown some effectiveness in treating a disease like tuberculosis (TB), which affects 10 million people worldwide and kills 1.5 million each year. For effective treatment, patients will need to take a combination of three or four drugs for months or even years because the TB bacteria behave differently in different environments in cells—and in some cases evolve to become drug-resistant. Twenty compounds in three- and four-drug combinations offer nearly 6,000 possible combinations. How do you decide which drugs to test together?

In a recent study,...     Learn More ››

'We can find life outside the solar system in 25 years,' researcher says

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 03:54 PM)

New instruments are currently being developed that will supercharge our search for life across the Milky Way galaxy.

We haven't found life on Mars yet, but one researcher believes we might be able to detect evidence of it on planets outside of the solar system within the next quarter of a century.

Sasha Quanz, an astrophysicist at Switzerland's federal technology institute ETH Zurich, made those remarks at a recent opening of the university's new Center for the Origin and Prevalence of Life.

Speaking at a press briefing on Sept. 2, Quanz detailed the technology projects that are now i...     Learn More ››

NASA will slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. This tiny witness will show us what happens.

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 03:44 PM)

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When NASA's DART spacecraft smashes into asteroid Dimorphos on Sept. 26, it will have a silent witness: An Italian cubesat called LICIACube will watch the ground-breaking experiment in real time for eager scientists on Earth.

LICIACube, or the Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids, is a 31-pound (14 kilograms) micro-satellite that has hitched a ride on DART (the Double Asteroid Redirection Test) to the Didymos-Dimorphos binary asteroid system. DART deployed the cubesat on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 7:14 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT) to give LICIACube 15 days to assume a safe position to observe DA...     Learn More ››

Sexual health is a big concern for men, survey finds

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 03:28 PM)

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When it comes to men's health as they age, a survey from Cleveland Clinic has found that sexual health is a big concern.

Of those polled, 44% are worried about erectile dysfunction, 39% with loss of sex drive and 36% with low testosterone.

"I think that this is something men realize can change with age, and many men may not realize that it can happen to men of all ages," said Petar Bajic, MD, urologist for Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bajic said the survey had some other interesting findings as well, like more than half of men, about 58%, incorrectly think low testosterone is the m...     Learn More ››

More than half of ICU survivors not fully recovered at one year

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 03:13 PM)

More than half of survivors of critical illness treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) do not make a full recovery at one year, according to a study published online Sept. 7 in PLOS ONE.

Lise F. E. Beumeler, from University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and colleagues evaluated changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the first year after ICU admission. The analysis included 81 adult patients with ICU stays of at least 48 hours.

The researchers found that 55 percent of patients did not make a full recovery. Patients in the nonrecovery group received home care more often ...     Learn More ››

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Research shows healthy communication after divorce should be all about the kids

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 03:09 PM)

When it comes to keeping the lines of communication open after a divorce, West Virginia University researchers Jonathon Beckmeyer and Jessica Troilo say you can have far too much of a good thing.

Their study of 708 divorced parents of children under 18 shows that even innocuous chitchat between divorced co-parents can put children's well-being at risk. Simply put, "limit any communication to shared parenting issues," the researchers suggest.

Beckmeyer, an assistant professor at WVU's College of Applied Human Sciences, and Troilo, CAHS interim associate dean for academic affairs...     Learn More ››

New study shines light on risk factors for suicidal thoughts in teens

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 03:04 PM)

A recent study led by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University is shedding new light on how genetic and environmental factors influence the risk of suicidal thoughts in adolescents.

As one of the leading causes of death for teens in the United States, suicide is a major public health concern; however, the underlying factors that contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors in this population are not well understood.

Previous studies on adults have suggested that a person's risk of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts are influenced by negative life events, family history and g...     Learn More ››

Weight loss: The time of day you eat your biggest meal has little effect says new study

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 02:57 PM)

Some of the most popular diet advice in recent years has centered around the idea that the right timing for your meals can make a big difference in the amount of weight you lose. It was long said that if you wanted to lose weight it was best to eat a large meal at the beginning of the day and keep any later meals smaller.

The logic behind this theory is understandable, especially given that almost every cell in the body follows the same 24-hour cycle that we do. Circadian clocks are found throughout the body and regulate the daily rhythms of most of our biological functions, including metab...     Learn More ››

Studies show children don't believe everything they are told

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 02:52 PM)

Children learn on their own through observation and experimentation. They also learn from what other people tell them, especially adults and authority figures like their parents and teachers. When children learn something surprising, they seek out additional information by asking questions or by testing claims. Prior research shows that whether children explore adults' surprising claims varies by age, with children over six years of age more likely to seek out additional information than four- and five-year-olds. However, there is limited research about why children seek information in respons...     Learn More ››

Problems persist for kids exposed to cannabis in the womb

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 02:44 PM)

Children who were exposed to cannabis in the womb continue to show elevated rates of symptoms of psychopathology (depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions), even as—at ages 11 and 12—they head toward adolescence, according to research from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences' BRAIN Lab, led by Ryan Bogdan, associate professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

The findings, published Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 in the JAMA Pediatrics, is a follow-up to 2020 research from the Bogdan lab that revealed younger children who had been prenata...     Learn More ››

Exploring how many drinks is too many

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 02:40 PM)

A new rodent study shows that even small quantities of alcohol can trigger epigenomic and transcriptomic changes in brain circuitry in an area that is crucial in the development of addiction.

What's more, the University of Illinois Chicago researchers who conducted the study say that the pathways involved in priming the brain for addiction are the same ones that are associated with the highs of drinking, like euphoria and anxiolysis, the clinical term for a level of sedation in which a person is relaxed but awake.

"This suggests that when the brain experiences the anti-anxiety effec...     Learn More ››

Daytime eating may benefit mental health

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 02:33 PM)

Beating the blues with food? A new study adds evidence that meal timing may affect mental health, including levels of depression- and anxiety-related mood. Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham health care system, designed a study that simulated night work and then tested the effects of daytime and nighttime eating versus daytime eating only. The team found that, among participants in the daytime and nighttime eating group, depression-like mood levels increased by 26% and anxiety-like mood levels by 16%. Participants in the daytime-only ...     Learn More ››

Recommended blood sugar levels to avoid diabetes-related damage

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 13, 2022 at 02:24 PM)

The levels of long-term blood sugar can be used to accurately determine the risk of a person with type 1 diabetes developing eye- and kidney complications. This level should be lower than 53 mmol/mol (7%), according to a study that has followed individuals for more than 30 years after the onset of type 1 diabetes.

People with diabetes may experience damage to the small blood vessels in various organs. The reasons for this are unclear, but it has been known since the 1990s that good control of blood sugar levels reduces the risk of complications. It has, however, not been clear what level of...     Learn More ››

Reduce Your Risk of Death by Up to 31%: New Study Examines the Impact of Exercise

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 05:17 PM)

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A study finds that adults who exercised 150-600 minutes each week had the lowest risk of death.

According to a recent study published in the American Heart Association’s flagship peer-reviewed journal Circulation, individuals who exercise two to four times the currently recommended level of moderate or vigorous physical activity each week had a much lower risk of death. The research analyzed more than 100,000 individuals over a 30-year follow-up period. People who participated in two to four times the recommended amount of vigorous physical activity each week had a decrease of 21-23%, wh...     Learn More ››

Researchers Find Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Heart Disease

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 05:06 PM)

A potential direct association between higher artificial sweetener consumption and increased cardiovascular disease risk, including heart attack and stroke has been uncovered by a large study of French adults published on September 7 by The BMJ.

These food additives are consumed daily by millions of people and are present in thousands of foods and drinks. The findings indicate that these artificial sweeteners should not be considered a healthy and safe alternative to sugar, in line with the current position of several health agencies.

Artificial sweeteners are widely used as no or low-ca...     Learn More ››

New polar ring galaxy discovered

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 03:05 PM)

Japanese astronomers report the detection of a new polar ring galaxy using the data obtained with the Subaru Telescope as part of the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program (HSC-SSP).

The so-called polar ring galaxies (PRGs) are systems composed of an S0-like galaxy and a polar ring, which remain separate for billions of years. In general, these outer polar rings, composed of gas and stars, are aligned roughly in a perpendicular orientation with respect to the major axis of the central host galaxy.

However, although more than 400 PRG candidates have been discovered to date, only doze...     Learn More ››


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ሰደድ እሳት በተለያዩ የዓለም ማዕዘናት የሚሰማ አጥፊ አደጋ ነው፡፡ አርቲፊሻል ኢንተለጀንስ ወደ አደጋው መከላከል ቢገባ ምን መልክ ይኖረዋል? ይህን አዲስ ግኝት ተጋበዙልን፡፡  

How does caffeine give us energy?

  3 months ago (Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 05:11 PM)

As our school and work schedules start returning to normal, many of us will find ourselves reaching for a pick-me-up to make it through the day. Often, this comes in the form of caffeine—say, in a cup of coffee or tea, or perhaps a can of Coke or Red Bull.

If this sounds like you, you're not alone. In the United States, 85% of people consume at least one caffeine-containing beverage per day, with an average daily intake of 165 mg of caffeine, equivalent to that found in nearly two cups of coffee. For U.S. adults, coffee is the most common source of caffeine, followed by tea, soda, energy ...     Learn More ››

Improving body positivity during and after pregnancy could lead to healthier mothers and children

  3 months ago (Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 05:08 PM)

Pregnancy is often thought of as a time of excitement and anticipation.

But for some pregnant and postpartum individuals, the normal physical changes that occur with pregnancy can increase the risk of body dissatisfaction.

Defined as a negative subjective view of one's body size or shape, body dissatisfaction can increase the risk of postpartum depression and eating disorders, both of which can have long term health consequences for mother and child.

A research team led by Rachel Vanderkruik, Ph.D., MSc, recently conducted a survey to learn more about the prevalence of body dissatisfa...     Learn More ››

Pregnant women of lower socioeconomic status more likely to not receive COVID-19 vaccine

  3 months ago (Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 05:02 PM)

A longitudinal study of 1,899 pregnant women nationwide representing all 50 states reveals that during the COVID-19 pandemic if a pregnant woman had lower socioeconomic status and/or were African American, she was less likely to have the intention of getting a COVID-19 vaccine and of actually receiving it. The study, led by Heidi Preis, MSW, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University, is published in Health Psychology.

Pregnant women are a vulnerable population for COVID-19 due to their risk for severe symptoms and adverse pregnancy outcomes. This study included women 18 and older who enrolled in the...     Learn More ››

A breakthrough discovery in carbon capture conversion for ethylene production

  3 months ago (Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 04:41 PM)

A team of researchers led by Meenesh Singh at University of Illinois Chicago has discovered a way to convert 100% of carbon dioxide captured from industrial exhaust into ethylene, a key building block for plastic products.

Their findings are published in Cell Reports Physical Science.

While researchers have been exploring the possibility of converting carbon dioxide to ethylene for more than a decade, the UIC team’s approach is the first to achieve nearly 100% utilization of carbon dioxide to produce hydrocarbons. Their system uses electrolysis to transform captured carbon dioxide...     Learn More ››

Food insecurity has lasting impacts on the brains and behavior of mice

  3 months ago (Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 04:37 PM)

While food insecurity is a problem for a growing segment of the U.S. population — made even worse by the coronavirus pandemic — few studies have looked at the effect that feast or famine has on the developing brain in isolation from other factors that contribute to adversity.

A new study by neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, simulated the effects of food insecurity in juvenile mice and found lasting changes later in life.

“We show that irregular access to food in the late juvenile and early adolescent period affects learning, decision-making and dopamine neu...     Learn More ››

Extreme temperatures fuel online hate speech

  3 months ago (Fri, Sep 09, 2022 at 02:45 PM)

Temperatures above or below a feel-good window of 12-21 degrees Celsius (54-70 °F) are linked to a marked rise in aggressive online behaviour across the USA, a new study finds. Analysing billions of tweets posted on the social media platform Twitter in the USA, researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research found hate speech increasing across climate zones, income groups and belief systems for temperatures too hot or too cold. This indicates limits to adaptation to extreme temperatures, and sheds light on a yet underestimated societal impact of climate change: conflict in ...     Learn More ››

Pregnant women with obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have a child with ADHD

  3 months ago (Fri, Sep 09, 2022 at 02:40 PM)

Study only finds this association in women with excessive weight gain during pregnancy

Children of women with gestational diabetes and obesity may be twice as likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to those whose mothers did not have obesity, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The estimated number of children aged 3–17 years ever diagnosed with ADHD is 6 million, according to data from 2016-2019. A major risk factor for ADHD in children is maternal obesity. Roughly 30% ...     Learn More ››

Astronauts' blood shows signs of DNA mutations due to spaceflight

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 08, 2022 at 05:32 PM)

The researchers stored astronaut blood for 20 years to see how short space shuttle flights affected spaceflyer health.

Astronaut cancer risk needs careful monitoring, concludes a study that stored spaceflyer blood for 20 years.

All fourteen astronauts in the study, from NASA's space shuttle program, had DNA mutations in blood-forming stem cells, a Nature Communications Biology study Aug. 31 concluded. The mutations, though unusually high considering the astronauts' age, was below a key threshold of concern, however.

While the study is unique for keeping astronaut blood around for so l...     Learn More ››

More people confident they know finances – despite the evidence

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 08, 2022 at 04:57 PM)

Research suggests financial literacy declining in America

literacy declined in America between 2009 and 2018, even while a growing number of people were overconfident about their understanding of finances, a new study finds.

The average score on a test of objective financial knowledge declined steadily when different groups of Americans were surveyed four times between 2009 and 2018.

And the percentage of people who believed they were above average in financial literacy – but actually scored lower than average on the test – increased from about 15% in 2009 to nearly 21% ...     Learn More ››

The way you talk to your child about math matters

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 08, 2022 at 01:10 PM)

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Parents’ responses to children’s math success, failure linked to motivation, anxiety

“You’re so smart!”

This encouraging response may actually do more harm than good to children’s math performance, according to a new study by the University of Georgia.

Co-conducted by Michael Barger, an assistant professor in the Mary Frances Early College of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, the study found that encouraging children with responses related to their personal traits or innate abilities may dampen their math motivation and achievement over time.

Parents w...     Learn More ››

Replacing social media use by physical activity

  3 months ago (Thu, Sep 08, 2022 at 01:01 PM)

If you spend 30 minutes less on social media every day and engage in physical activity instead, you do a lot to improve your mental health. This is shown in a study conducted by a team from the Mental Health Research and Treatment Center at Ruhr-Universität Bochum headed by assistant professor Dr. Julia Brailovskaia. Participants who followed this advice for two weeks felt happier, more satisfied, less stressed by the Covid-19 pandemic and less depressed than a control group. These effects lasted even six months after the study had ended. The researchers published their findings in the Journa...     Learn More ››

Young children who walk or bike to school are more likely to continue the habit as they age

  3 months ago (Wed, Sep 07, 2022 at 05:41 PM)

Children who walk or bike to school at a young age are more likely to continue the healthy habit as they age, according to a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher.

"The walk to school is a wonderful moment in the day that provides children a glimpse of living an active lifestyle," said David Tulloch, a professor of landscape architecture at Rutgers–New Brunswick and co-author of the study, which was published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports. "When people start walking early, it can have a lasting impact on their health."

In the United States, about 11...     Learn More ››

Boosting physical activity and curbing sitting time are highly likely to lower breast cancer risk

  3 months ago (Wed, Sep 07, 2022 at 05:35 PM)

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Boosting physical activity levels and curbing sitting time are highly likely to lower breast cancer risk, finds research designed to strengthen proof of causation and published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The findings were generally consistent across all types and stages of the disease, reveals the Mendelian randomization study, prompting the researchers to recommend a stronger focus on exercise as a way of warding off breast cancer.

Mendelian randomization is a technique that uses genetic variants as proxies for a particular risk factor—in this case lifelong phys...     Learn More ››

Cancers in adults under 50 are on the rise globally

  3 months ago (Wed, Sep 07, 2022 at 05:11 PM)

Over recent decades, more and more adults under the age of 50 are developing cancer. A study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital reveals that the incidence of early onset cancers (those diagnosed before age 50), including cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, kidney, liver, and pancreas among others, has dramatically increased around the world, with this drastic rise beginning around 1990. In an effort to understand why many more younger individuals are being diagnosed with cancer, scientists conducted extensive analyses of available data in the literature and online,...     Learn More ››

Pollution exposure in infancy alters gut microorganisms, may boost disease risk

  3 months ago (Wed, Sep 07, 2022 at 03:09 PM)

Exposure to air pollution in the first six months of life impacts a child’s inner world of gut bacteria, or microbiome, in ways that could increase risk of allergies, obesity and diabetes, and even influence brain development, suggests new CU Boulder research.

The study is the first to show a link between inhaled pollutants—such as those from traffic, wildfires and industry—and changes in infant microbial health during this critical window of development.

Previous research by the same group found similar results in young adults.

“This study adds to the growing body of literatu...     Learn More ››

Too often, diabetes and hearing loss go together

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 06:04 PM)

Though it's not clear how diabetes may be related to hearing loss, many people experience both conditions simultaneously.

About 37 million Americans have diabetes, estimates the American Diabetes Association. Meanwhile, about 34.5 million of them also have some type of hearing loss.

Experiencing hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don't have the condition, according to a recent study. Even for the 133 million people with prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in those with normal blood sugar.

The reason may be that high blood...     Learn More ››

People who lack compassion for the environment are also less emotional in general

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 06:01 PM)

People who respond less emotionally to images of damage to the environment are also less emotional and empathic in general, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Differences in political ideology can limit policy adjustments that address climate change. Researchers and practitioners often raise concern by appealing to people's empathy.

However, some people appear less emotionally impacted by environmental destruction—particularly those who are more ideologically conservative and less pro-environmental, the study showed.

In a series of online experiments in the U.S., U-M g...     Learn More ››

Teenagers more likely to vape if their parents smoke

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 04:27 PM)

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Teenagers whose parents are smokers are 55% more likely to try e-cigarettes, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In a large study of Irish teenagers, the researchers have also found that the proportion who have tried e-cigarettes has been increasing dramatically and that although boys are more likely to use e-cigarettes, the rate of use among girls in increasing more rapidly.

The researchers highlight the risks associated with nicotine addiction and call for more effective regulation to protect children and teenager...     Learn More ››

Can 'random noise' unlock our learning potential?

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 03:12 PM)

Though many of us may seek a quiet place in which to study, ‘noise’ may play a key role in helping some people improve their learning potential.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) has investigated the effects of transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) in a variety of settings and found the technology could have many applications.

Despite its name, tRNS doesn’t utilise noise in the everyday, auditory sense of the word.

Rather, it sees electrodes attached to the head so a weak current can pass through specific parts of the brain.

Study lead Dr Onno van der Groen said the study s...     Learn More ››

China approves world's first inhalable COVID-19 vaccine

  3 months ago (Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 03:08 PM)

Chinese drug regulators have approved the world's first inhalable COVID-19 vaccine, made by Tianjin-based manufacturer CanSino Biologics, boosting the company's share price by seven percent on Monday.

The National Medical Products Administration gave the go-ahead for the vaccine for emergency use as a booster, the company said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Sunday.

Following the announcement, company shares surged 14 percent on Monday morning before closing 7.1 percent higher than their opening value.

The needle-free vaccine—which can be stored and administered mo...     Learn More ››

Menstrual cups: Why the recent increase in popularity?

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 05, 2022 at 04:25 PM)

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Not quite sure what a menstrual cup is or how it works? You're not alone. Menstrual cups have been around since the early 1930s, but use has only recently gained popularity.

The flexible cup is made of silicone, natural rubber, latex or thermoplastic elastomers. The menstrual cup is inserted into your vagina during your period to catch and collect menstrual flow.

How often you empty the menstrual cup depends on the size of the cup and your menstrual flow. The cup can hold up to three times as much fluid as a regular tampon.

With the increased popularity of the menstrual cup, more opti...     Learn More ››

Dance opens up new opportunities for treating depression

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 05, 2022 at 04:16 PM)

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Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are currently studying the role of dance in the treatment of mild-to moderate depression. This August witnessed the release of an avatar-based dance choreography, illustrating the narratives of six study participants of their desired future.

"The underlying idea in future narratives is hope and finding good in everyday life. The participants experienced the dance project as a meaningful way of approaching their own life situation," says Senior Researcher, Doctor of Arts in Dance Hanna Pohjola, who also holds a title of Docent in mul...     Learn More ››

Low testosterone may increase risk of COVID-19 hospitalization for men

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 05, 2022 at 04:06 PM)

Boosting testosterone in men with low levels may reduce serious illness.

Men with low testosterone who develop COVID-19 are at elevated risk of becoming seriously ill and ending up in the hospital, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Among men diagnosed with COVID-19, those with low testosterone levels are more likely to become seriously ill and end up in the hospital than men with normal levels of the hormone, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medi...     Learn More ››

5 commonly held myths about end-of-life issues

  3 months ago (Mon, Sep 05, 2022 at 04:00 PM)

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Some people don't have a health care power of attorney or living will because they don't realize how important these documents are. Others worry that such documents mean they are signing their lives away. Not so.

These powerful documents make sure that you get the treatment you would want for yourself if you couldn't communicate your wishes. Here are a few myths that shouldn't get in the way of creating a health care power of attorney or living will:

1. Myth: More care is always better.

I.Truth: Not necessarily. Sometimes more care prolongs the dying process without respect for qualit...     Learn More ››


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