Sleep Deprivation Inhibits Production of Essential Brain Proteins
The Secrets of Happiness
Over one third of adults, and about 70% of teenagers, are sleep deprived - with measurable impacts on health and functioning.
Two recent studies show in great detail the important functions of sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation. Researchers found that the brain prepares for the production of essential proteins before bed-time and before waking. But in sleep-deprived brains, the actual production does not take place. It’s a process of “on your marks”, “get ready”, “stop!” This has serious consequences on the brain’s ability to function.
Low Muscle Strength In Adolescence Increases Mortality Risk Later In Life
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.
Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”?
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.
Multitasking Hurts Performance but Makes You Feel Better
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.
BPA is bad for your health!
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!
One Third of Cancers Caused By Life Style Choices
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.
Twitter Tracks Mood Swings
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.
Frustrated with your New Year’s Resolutions?
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.
Cell Phones and Cancer
Frustrated with your New Year’s Resolutions? You’re not alone. Most people are (and, no, the answer is NOT to just not make any resolutions!)
Internet Addiction: Make the Connection
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?
Common Prescription Drugs May Increase Risk for Depression
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.
More than one-third of U.S. adults are taking prescription medications that may have depression as a negative side effect, new research finds. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, warns that depression is a potential side effect of more than 200 commonly prescribed medications, including beta blockers for blood pressure, birth control pills, antacids, and painkillers.