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Chronic Worriers at Higher Risk for PTSD

People who worry constantly are at greater risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new Michigan State University research published in the journal Psychological Medicine. Many people experience traumatic events such as the death of a loved one, being assaulted or witnessing violence, but only a small minority develop PTSD, said study author Naomi Breslau, [...]

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Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children

New research has answered one of the most common questions parents ask their doctors: How much milk should I be giving my children? The answer is two cups per day. “We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers,” said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, [...]

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Touch Therapy

Secrets of Gentle Touch Revealed

Dec. 9, 2012 — Stroke the soft body of a newborn fruit fly larva ever-so-gently with a freshly plucked eyelash, and it will respond to the tickle by altering its movement — an observation that has helped scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) uncover the molecular basis of gentle touch, one of [...]

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Iron Reduces ADHD in Low Birth Weight Infants

Dec. 10, 2012 — In a study published December 10 in Pediatrics, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden conclude that giving iron supplements to low birth weight infants reduces the risk of behavior problems like ADHD later in life. The study, Effects of Iron Supplementation on LBW Infants on Cognition and Behavior at 3 Years, [...]

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ADHD Linked to O2 Deprivation Before Birth

Dec. 10, 2012 — Children who had in-utero exposure to ischemic-hypoxic conditions, situations during which the brain is deprived of oxygen, were significantly more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in life as compared to unexposed children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Pediatrics. The findings suggest that events [...]

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The Older We Get, the Better We Feel?

ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2012) — Presently, there are about 40 million Americans over the age of 65, with the fastest-growing segment of the population over 80 years old. Traditionally, aging has been viewed as a period of progressive decline in physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning, and aging is viewed by many as the “number one [...]

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Putting Electronic Cigarettes to the Test

ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2012) — Are e-cigarettes harmful to users? An unresolved question. It’s harder still to judge the danger to bystanders. How many different substances do e-smokers exhale — and what are they? A new study brings light to the shadows. Electronic cigarettes are experiencing somewhat of a boom at the moment. An estimated [...]

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Fit Kids Finish First in the Classroom

ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2012) — Fit kids aren’t only first picked for kickball. New research from Michigan State University shows middle school students in the best physical shape outscore their classmates on standardized tests and take home better report cards. Published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, it’s the first study linking [...]

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New Antidepressant Acts Rapidly, is Long Lasting

ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2012) — A first-of-its-kind antidepressant drug discovered by a Northwestern University professor and now tested on adults who have failed other antidepressant therapies has been shown to alleviate symptoms within hours, have good safety and produce positive effects that last for about seven days from a single dose. The novel therapeutic targets [...]

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Flu more common in winter

Why is Flu More Common During Winter?

ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) — Influenza, commonly known as the flu, has distinct transmission patterns around the world. In temperate regions, influenza’s occurrence peaks during the winter season, while in some tropical regions, the disease’s occurrence tends to correspond with the rainy season. Linsey Marr, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, [...]

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