Growing Up With Animals Dramatically Reduces Asthma and Allergies
Wednesday, June 19 2019 | Allergies
A child's risk of developing asthma is the smaller the more the microbiota of the child's home resembles that of a farm house. This was shown by a study conducted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that analysed indoor microbiota from 400 Finnish and 1,000 German homes.
Where We Carry Our Fat Linked To Cancer Risk
Wednesday, June 12 2019 | Cancer
In the first prospective study of directly measured body fat distribution and cancer risk, investigators found that higher levels of abdominal and thigh fat are associated with an increased risk of aggressive form of cancer.
We Understand The Minds of Others Because Our Cells Do
Tuesday, June 4 2019 | MentalHealth
Psychologists and philosophers have long suggested that simulation is the mechanism whereby humans understand the minds of others. However, the neural basis of this complex process had not been identified until a group of researchers identified a type of neuron that had not previously been described that actively and spontaneously learns from decision-making by other individuals and simulates their mental processes.
The Most Cancer Suppressing Compounds Are Found In These Veggies
Tuesday, May 21 2019 | Prevention
New research has linked a compound found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables to one of the body's most potent tumor-suppressing genes.
Anger More Harmful Than Sadness
Wednesday, May 15 2019 | MentalHealth
Although constructive anger can aid intimate relationships, work interactions and social expressions, it may be more harmful to an older person's physical health than sadness, potentially increasing inflammation, which is associated with such chronic illnesses as heart disease, arthritis and cancer, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
Disruptions In Our Internal Body Clock Increase Cancer Risk
Tuesday, May 7 2019 | Cancer
While it's reported that chronic disruptions of circadian rhythms, or internal body clocks, can lead to an increased risk of cancer, the underlying mechanisms by which the disturbances promote tumor growth had been largely unknown until now.
Pigging Out Is Fine, As Long As It Is Short-Term
Thursday, May 2 2019 | Lifestyle
Overeating has been found to impair blood sugar (glucose) control and insulin levels. A new study suggests that the duration of a bout of overeating can affect how the body adapts glucose and insulin processing when calorie intake increases.
Breastfeeding Boosts Metabolites Important For Brain Growth
Monday, April 29 2019 | Breastfeeding
Preemies who primarily consume breast milk have significantly higher levels of metabolites important for brain growth and development, according to sophisticated imaging conducted by an interdisciplinary research team at Children's National.
Experiences of an 'Ultimate Reality' Promote Lasting Benefits To Mental Health
Thursday, April 25 2019 | MentalHealth
In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with an ultimate reality during use of psychedelics, Johns Hopkins researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic.
An Anxiety 'Epidemic' Is Brewing
Wednesday, April 24 2019 | MentalHealth
The number of 18- to 26-year-old students who report suffering from anxiety disorder has doubled since 2008, perhaps as a result of rising financial stress and increased time spent on digital devices, according to preliminary findings released by a team of UC Berkeley researchers.
Smiling Really Does Make People Feel Happier
Wednesday, April 17 2019 | Happiness
Smiling really can make people feel happier, according to a paper examining thousands of participants in the Psychological Bulletin.