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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Fertility and Preconception Health in the News

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Menshould stay away from microwaves and vacuum cleaners.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Obese People Have 'Severe Brain Degeneration' | LiveScience

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A study found that "the brains of obese people looked 16 years older than the brains of those who were lean, and in overweight people looked 8 years older."

Obese people had "8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals" and overweight people had "4 percent less brain tissue."

Friday, August 14, 2009

‘Bumpaholics’ crave the belly-rubbing high - TODAY Health

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Some women may love pregnancy a little too much.

Feeling pain? Finger your cash - TODAY Health

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Fascinating article about our weird relationship to money.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Morning sickness tied to higher child IQ | BabyCenter

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Morning sickness tied to higher child IQ | BabyCenter

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Prenatal exposure to common pollutant may lower IQ | BabyCenter

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A study found that "[f]etal exposure to high levels of a common airborne pollutant compound seems to threaten the intellectual development of children ...[translating] into lower IQ scores by the time a child reaches the age of 5 years.

This linkage builds on prior research, which has suggested that exposure to these pollutants, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), while still in the womb can provoke developmental changes that damage lung health and boost the risk for developing childhood asthma.

...'Children exposed to prenatal or in-utero air pollution from traffic oftentimes have lower birth weights, somewhat smaller head circumferences, and a number of adverse outcomes'"

Memory may form at 30 weeks in the womb | BabyCenter

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Memory may form at 30 weeks in the womb | BabyCenter: "Fetuses as young as 30 weeks demonstrated a short-term memory of 10 minutes, and fetuses at 34 weeks seemed able to remember information they stored four weeks prior"

Monday, July 13, 2009

Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds - Yahoo! News

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Household cats use a special type of purring to get human owners to feed them.

"This meow is actually a purr mixed with a high-pitched cry....The study showed that humans find these mixed calls annoying and difficult to ignore."

Researchers say that "[t]he embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response. Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom... [and that] the purr-cry may subtly take advantage of humans' sensitivity to cries they associate with nurturing [human] offspring."

BBC NEWS | Health | Obesity 'link to same-sex parent'

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"There is a strong link in obesity between mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, but not across the gender divide, research suggests....[Researchers] said it was probably because of some form of 'behavioural sympathy' where daughters copied the lifestyles of their mothers and sons their fathers."

Their findings suggest "that obese adults led to obese children...[implying that policies addressing obesity] should be targeting the parents."

BBC NEWS | Health | Right ear is 'better for hearing'

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BBC NEWS | Health | Right ear is 'better for hearing': "If you want to get someone to do something, ask them in their right ear, say scientists."

The Big Money: The Pennies Add Up at Swoopo.com - washingtonpost.com

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Swoopo.com is "an online auction site that fiendishly plays on every irrational impulse buyers have to draw them in to what might be the crack cocaine of online shopping sites,...[combining] the addictiveness of auctions and the chance of lotteries into what may be the most devious way to separate folks from their money yet devised.

...Some of the ideas behind Swoopo have been explored in a theoretical way by game theorists. The reluctance of bidders to say goodbye to their "sunk cost"... has been found to draw bidders deeper into the game. Swoopo plays off those insights to efficiently get people to make bad choices. It's the evil stepchild of game theory and behavioral economics."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Surprising number of teens think they'll die young - Yahoo! News

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Surprising number of teens think they'll die young - Yahoo! News: "A surprising number of teenagers — nearly 15 percent — think they're going to die young, leading many to drug use, suicide attempts and other unsafe behavior"

11 Health Myths That May Surprise You - Well Blog - NYTimes.com

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11 Health Myths That May Surprise You - Well Blog - NYTimes.com