News Archive

Music 'Nurtures' Premature Babies
May 29, 2009
Hospitals that play music to premature babies help them grow and thrive, mounting evidence suggests.

Your Skin's Ecosystem Largely
Depends on Flourishing Bacteria

May 29, 2009
Human skin hosts a huge, diverse population of bacteria that changes based on local skin conditions such as dry, moist and oily.

Gas Stoves and Fireplaces May
Influence ADHD, Cognitive Development

May 28, 2009
According to a groundbreaking new study, preschoolers with gas appliances in their homes scored lower on cognitive tests and were more likely to have ADHD than their peers.

Acid Reflux Drugs Linked To Pneumonia
May 28, 2009
An estimated 33,000 deaths a year from hospital-acquired pneumonia may result from the practice of routinely prescribing proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs during hospitalization to patients who don't need them.

We Identify Gender Based
On Facial Cues And Coloring

May 27, 2009
Our brain is wired to identify gender based on facial cues and coloring, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vision. Psychology Professor Frédéric Gosselin and his Université de Montréal team found the luminescence of the eyebrow and mouth region is vital in rapid gender discrimination.

Weight Training And Muscular Strength
Can Reduce Risk of Cancer By 40 Percent

May 27, 2009
Men with stronger muscles from regular weight training are up to 40 per cent less likely to die from cancer than men who do not pump iron, according to new research.

Multivitamins Linked To
Younger ‘Biological Age’

May 27, 2009
The cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users, according to new research from the US.

It's Safe To Exercise At Any Age
May 27, 2009
All the current scientific evidence shows that geezers should exercise, even though many older people think it could harm them. Study after study demonstrates that seniors hurt their health a lot more by being sedentary.

Strict Maternal Feeding Practices
Not Linked To Child Weight Gain

May 27, 2009
A new study published online in the journal Obesity provides further evidence that strict maternal control over eating habits such as determining how much a child should eat and coaxing them to eat certain foods, during early childhood may not lead to significant future weight gain in boys or girls. Instead, this behavior may be a response to concerns over a child's increasing weight.

Girls Are Entering
Puberty Earlier Than Ever

May 26, 2009
Although there is a naturally wide range in the age that healthy girls enter puberty, a new study finds the age may be shifting younger for the entire population.

Oligofructose Boosts Weight Loss
May 26, 2009
Daily consumption of prebiotic oligofructose may lead to weight loss by suppressing levels of hormones linked to hunger, says a new study from Canada.

Earliest Driving Forces Behind
Cancer Are Vitamin D Deficiency

May 26, 2009
In studying the preventive effects of vitamin D, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new model of cancer development which suggests genetic mutations and Vitamin D deficiency as the earliest driving forces behind cancer.

Compound In Turmeric Spice
May Stall Spread Of Fat Tissue

May 25, 2009
There may be a new way to spice up your weight loss routine, according to results from a new animal model study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists and colleagues.

Humans Are Optimistic By Nature
May 25, 2009
Despite current economic woes, a new study based on global survey data finds optimism to be universal. Sunny outlooks are most prevalent in Ireland, Brazil, Denmark, and New Zealand.

Pregnany Women Need To Be Cautious When Adopting 'Eating For Two' Mentality
May 25, 2009
There is more medical evidence that pregnant women should steer clear of advice to 'eat for two.'

Opposites Attract: How Genetics
Influences Choice For Mates

May 25, 2009
New light has been thrown on how humans choose their partners, a scientist will tell the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics.

Orange Juice Shelf-Life May Be Extended Without Danergous Preservatives
May 22, 2009
Using chitosan, an emerging ingredient extracted from fungi cell walls, may act as an anti-microbial ingredient for orange juice, and remove the need for pasteurization, says a new study.

BPA Leaches From
Polycarbonate Drinking Bottles

May 21, 2009
A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that participants who drank for a week from polycarbonate bottles, the popular, hard-plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles, showed a two-thirds increase in their urine of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

Speaking With Emotion Leaves Distinct Signature In The Brain Of The Listener
May 21, 2009
If somebody was reading this sentence aloud, your brain would be able to interpret whether I was speaking in anger, joy, relief, or sadness. That's because emotions in speech leave distinct "signatures" in the brain of the listener.

Vitamin D Is Key For A Healthy Brain
May 21, 2009
Scientists have produced more evidence that vitamin D has an important role in keeping the brain in good working order in later life.

What Areas In Your Brain
Determine How Social You Are?

May 20, 2009
Scientists say they have located the brain areas that may determine how sociable a person is.

Epigenetics: Rethinking Genetics
May 20, 2009
For years, genes have been considered the one and only way biological traits could be passed down through generations of organisms. Now research into epigenetics has shown that environmental factors affect characteristics of organisms. These changes are sometimes passed on to the offspring.

Child Brains Organized
Differently Than Adult Brains

May 20, 2009
It's hard to say what's going on in the heads of children, but a new study shows how it's going on.

Magnesium May Control
Your Blood Pressure

May 19, 2009
Supplemental magnesium may reduce blood pressure people with high blood pressure, but seemingly normal magnesium levels, says a new study from Korea.

Of Body and Mind, and Deep Meditation
May 19, 2009
Chinese researchers have unlocked the mechanism of an emerging mind-body technique that produces measurable changes in attention and stress reduction in just five days of practice.

Involved Dads Lower Their Kids' Sex Risks
May 19, 2009
Dads don't typically go ballistic when they find out their teenage son or daughter is having sex. Instead, fathers respond by becoming more involved in their childrens' lives, according to a new study.

Happiness May Be Inherited
May 18, 2009
Many parents fret about ensuring their childrens' happiness, but those worries could be too late if happiness is mainly inherited, as a researcher now suggests.

Antioxidants Needed
By Exercising Populations

May 15, 2009
Conclusions that supplements of vitamins C and E may blunt the positive effects of exercise are a "gross over extrapolation of the experimental findings", says a nutrition expert.

Letting Your Mind Wander
Really Works For Your Brain

May 15, 2009
Contrary to the notion that daydreaming is a sign of laziness, letting the mind wander can actually let the parts of the brain associated with problem-solving become active, a new study finds.

Chemicals Are Threatening Male Fertility
May 15, 2009
Chemicals found in many food, cosmetic and cleaning products pose a real threat to male fertility, a leading scientist has warned.

Common Genetically Modified
Food Propaganda and Myths

May 15, 2009
Biotechnology companies love to talk about how safe and effective their technologies are. If you’ve been paying attention to the news about genetically modified plants, you’ve probably heard corporate shills repeat at least some of the following myths.

Change Your Indoor Lighting
To Improve Your Health

May 14, 2009
Change the lighting; improve your health. It's a strategy researchers have begun to test in a long-term care facility where daylight, which has proven health benefits, is not readily available.

Certain Foods Prevent Vision Loss
May 14, 2009
A new study suggests that older adults who eat diets rich in citrus fruits, leafy greens and fish oil, but low in "glycemic index," may have a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration -- the leading cause of vision loss.

H1N1 Virus: Manufactured
or Result of “Human Error”?

May 13, 2009
World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the swine flu virus may have been created as a result of human error.

Medicinal Plant, St John's Wort,
May Reduce Neuronal Degeneration

May 13, 2009
A research team from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) has carried out a study entitled, “Hypericum perforatum. Possible option against Parkinson's disease”, which suggests that this plant with antidepressant properties has antioxidant active ingredients that could help reduce the neuronal degeneration caused by the disease.

Acupuncture, Real Or
Fake, Helps Back Pain

May 13, 2009
Acupuncture brought more relief to people with back pain than standard treatments, whether it was done with a toothpick or a real needle, U.S. researchers said in a study that raises new questions about how acupuncture works.

Probiotics May Help Women
Regain Their Figures After Pregnancy

May 11, 2009
Probiotic supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy may help women lose weight after the infant’s birth, say new findings presented today at the European Congress on Obesity.

Genetic Make-up Influences Biased
Economic Decision-making, Study Shows

May 11, 2009
How would you respond if you were told that you had an 80% chance of surviving an operation – would you give consent? How about if you were told you had a 20% chance of dying? The answer may partly depend on your genetic make-up, according to new research from UCL (University College London) and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Almost 30 Percent Of Cancer
Studies Report Conflict of Interest

May 11, 2009
Nearly one-third of cancer research published in high-impact journals disclosed a conflict of interest, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Babies Are Much Smarter Than We Think
May 8, 2009
A new study from Northwestern University shows what many mothers already know: their babies are a lot smarter than others may realize.

Work Breaks, Posture Shifts
Ward Off Low Back Pain

May 8, 2009
People who do work that requires them to spend lots of time with their backs bent should take frequent walking and standing breaks to avoid lower back pain, the authors of a new study conclude.

Women More Vulnerable
To Tobacco Carcinogens

May 7, 2009
Swiss researchers studied 683 lung cancer patients who were referred to a cancer centre in St Gallen between 2000 and 2005 and found women tended to be younger when they developed the cancer, despite having smoked on average significantly less than men.

Vitamin D Often Low
In Mothers and Newborns

May 7, 2009
More than one third of mothers and more than half of their infants have vitamin D deficiency at the time of birth, investigators report.

Why Are So Many Of Us Always Sick?
May 6, 2009
The swine flu outbreak this spring is just the latest in the mountain of ailments that seem to beset humanity, from the incurable common cold to each potentially deadly cancer that is diagnosed at increasingly alarming rates.

Many Baby Foods On The Market
Are Worse Than Our Junk Food

May 6, 2009
Some baby foods contain as much sugar and saturated fats as chocolate biscuits or cheeseburgers, a British food pressure group said.

Vitamin B6 May Reduce
Your Colon Cancer Risk

May 5, 2009
Increased intake of vitamin B6 from dietary and supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by over 50 per cent, suggests a new study.

Children Exposed To Cigarette Smoke
Have Lower Levels of Antioxidants

May 5, 2009
Children exposed to cigarette smoke have lower levels of antioxidants, which help the body defend itself against many biological stresses.

Could White Tea Be One
Solution To The Obesity Epidemic?

May 4, 2009
Researchers have now shown that an extract of the herbal white tea brew effectively inhibits the generation of new adipocytes and stimulates fat mobilization from mature fat cells.

Swine Flu Hype: Political Lies and
Media Disinformation are Rampant

May 4, 2009
Governments worldwide are now determined to stockpile large caches of vaccines, antibiotics, chemical antidotes, and antitoxins to protect the people of every nation from the swine flu. However, media reports are twisted, realities are turned up side down and policy statements are not backed by medical and scientific evidence. So why the hype?

How Sunlight Fights Psoriasis
May 1, 2009
Ultraviolet light is a proven treatment for psoriasis, one of humanity's oldest known diseases. Sunshine can also beat back the chronic autoimmune disorder of the skin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce
The Risk Of Heart Failure

May 1, 2009
Eating fatty fish and marine omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, seems to protect men from heart failure, according to one of the largest studies to investigate the association.

Vitamin D Can Dramatically
Increase Athletic Performance

May 1, 2009
According to a new review of research, evidence suggests that adequate treatment of vitamin D deficient athletes could dramatically improve their performance.