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The Brain: An Amazing Piece of Art. See images of the brain as you have never seen before and learn some astonishing facts about those 85 or Billion neurons in your head.
Parents of children and teenagers and the teens themselves need to know about this study: Never mind using cell phones and other mobile electronics at bedtime: just knowing that the device is nearby can disrupt sleep and contribute to a slew of problems brought on by sleep deprivation.
Are we Raising Narcissists? New research indicates that parents who overvalue their children are more likely to raise narcissists.
Prolonged sitting increases mortality risks, determined a meta-study. Risk for all-cause mortality was most pronounced among people with lower levels of physical activity, the authors found. The relative risk for sedentary behavior for all-cause mortality among those with high levels of physical activity was 30% lower than for those with low levels of physical activity.
Confident Multitaskers are the most dangerous behind the wheel. A study reveals the dangerous psychology of texting and driving: How good are you at multi-tasking? The way you answer that question may tell you more than you think!
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.
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.
Frustrated with your New Year’s Resolutions? You’re not alone. Most people are. Read up on what to do about it (and, no, the answer is NOT to just not make any resolutions!)
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.
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.
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