Does the Internet Produce “Cyberchondriacs”? Turning to the Internet to find out what ails you is common, but for folks who have trouble handling uncertainty, "cyberchondria" - the online counterpart to hypochondria - worsens as they seek answers.
The secrets of truly happy people is that they understand that sustaining happiness is not just about doing things that you already are familiar with and like. Rather, happiness also requires growth and exploration and adventuring beyond your own comfort zone. Research confirms that taking risks can promote happiness.
A long-term prospective study of more than a million adolescents has turned up a risk factor for early death and reduced quality of mental health: low levels of muscular strength in adolescence.
Are you seeking to learn how to MEDITATE? Research has shown many benefits to mind and body from the regular practice of meditation.
Follow this link for a nice introduction to
Click on the audio/video link part way down on the target page for a guided tour. Give yourself time to practice. Meditation is not a one-time deal, but an ongoing practice!
Can heterosexual men and women ever be just friends, or are we just fooling ourselves? New research uncovered large gender differences in how men and women experience opposite-sex friendships.
People multitask because it makes them feel good. The findings showed that multitasking often gave the students an emotional boost, even when it hurt their cognitive functions, such as studying. But the idea that we are more productive that way is actually a myth!
BPA is bad for your health! Food stored and sold in plastic containers, especially when heated, may absorb bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics. A new study examined if there is a connection between the amount of BPA in the body and heart disease. The results were quite clear: higher urinary concentrations of BPA metabolites are associated with an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease.
One third of cancers are caused by lifestyle choices. That also means that over one third of cancers are avoidable by choosing different life style options.
How’s your mood these days? A study of millions of tweets on the popular online Twitter service shows most people feel best in the morning.
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead Every hour spent on the sofa watching TV is bad for your heart.
Young Adults Who Exercise Have Higher IQ Scores Young adults who are fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to university.
Walking at the Right Pace New research tells us how you can improve your walking regimen with a pedometer: The magic number for most people is 100.
Internet Addiction: Make the Connection The Internet has revolutionized such things as shopping, politics and entertainment. But for many people going online is not just about convenience. It's about the need to be online. And it interferes with social, professional and personal activities and obligations. A recent study sheds some light on this under-reported condition.
Do you have an internet addiction? Take our one-minute screening here.
Cell Phones and Cancer
In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled radiation emitted from cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic”, and research supporting this conclusion was published subsequently. So, is it time to get rid of your cell phone? The scientific evidence so far is weak and inconclusive, but it should not be ignored completely. Hence the cautious label “possibly”. Interestingly, low and intermediate exposure to radiation appeared to decrease the risk for cancer. Only high exposure increased it. But we need to be careful: “... the effects that the researchers are looking for here may not be observable for 20 or 30 years. It could be similar to what was seen with cigarettes and cancer in which several decades of smoking behavior in patients were often necessary to uncover the linkage.”
Children and adolescents should be careful about excessive cell phone use, since their brains are smaller and still developing and more susceptible to radiation.
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And just when we thought, we had a reasonable answer... along comes another study that seems to completely contradict the results and recommendations of the WHO meta-study above. This study shows no correlation between cell phone use in kids and cancer.
The caution, however, is that there are no longitudinal studies out there. Kids and teenagers who grew up using cell phones just have not reached their 40s or 50s and we don’t know if and how radiation from cell phones will affect them later in life.