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How your clothes and jewelry affect your emotional state

2015-07-01 21:29

Researchers have discovered that clothes and jewelry are linked to people’s emotional states. In addition, formal wear has a strong connection to a person’s mood. Although you may not notice how much your outfit or jewelry affects you on a daily basis, scientists have found that your attire can reveal your state of mind.

A study from the University of Hertfordshire found that women’s clothing choices were being influenced by their mood.

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Study shows music shares same beat and purpose worldwide

2015-06-30 07:55
Music shares the same beat across the world, study finds.

Researchers from University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts recently explored why people make music. Is making music more than just individual expression?

Findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggest music has universal aspects that helps societies form bonds.

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First known study uncovers what fructose does to your brain

2015-06-26 19:57
Fructose and the brain

Researchers have shown for the first time how fructose affects our brain in ways that could be contributing to diabetes, obesity and more.

Fructose that includes high fructose corn syrup or HFCS behaves differently in the body despite the fact that they have similar chemical compositions.

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Online dating advice from scientists reveals profile tips

2015-06-15 19:11
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A study from Queen Mary University of London analyzed online dating and the art of attraction. The researchers found specific factors in a person’s profile could influence interest. They determined that multiple elements play a role in attraction, and the right profile can make a difference.

The research, published in Evidence Based Medicine, reveals that initial interest in an online dating profile is based on

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Chikungunya Update as Vacation Season Arrives

2015-05-14 10:31
chikungunya update as vacation season arrives

As we enter vacation season, concerns about what to pack should also be accompanied by awareness of mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya is one such disease, so here’s what you and your family should know about it.

The chikungunya virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

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Western lifestyle could be culprit for our disappearing healthy gut bacteria

2015-04-19 12:34
Is Western lifestyle to blame for our disappearing healthy gut bacteria?

Researchers are trying to understand more about bacteria in the gut and how diversity of microbes promote or adversely affect our health. A new study suggests Western lifestyle might be the culprit for disappearing bacteria in our intestines that can have implications for health.

Senior author Jens Walter of the University of Alberta Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science points out several factors that are thought to alter intestinal bacteria including

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How the probiotic Lactobacillus keeps us healthy uncovered

2015-04-16 09:09
First study shows how probiotics work with other intestinal bacteria

Probiotics are touted for their health benefits. Some evidence suggests taking supplements or eating foods containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), such as yogurt, can help stave off respiratory infections, boost immunity, aid weight loss and more. Researchers have been trying to understanding how so-called friendly gut bacteria work to keep us healthy.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have uncovered how LGG affects other bacteria in our gut to keep us healthy.

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Do negative health messages work?

2015-02-21 12:41
Negative health messages from doctors can be counterproductive

Cornell researchers warn that negative messages about health may be counterproductive. Instead of instilling fear about unhealthy lifestyle practices, people are more likely to be happier and healthier from positive messages.

A new paper published by Cornell Food & Brand Lab in Nutrition Reviews suggests the general public does not respond to health messages designed to cause fear.

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New option approved for treating GERD

2015-01-27 13:11
FDA approves generic version of drug for treating GERD

Options for treating gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) offer new hope for those suffering from the condition, including FDA-approved generic drugs that provide greater access to healthcare for Americans.

The FDA has approved the nation’s first generic version of the drug Nexium for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also referred to as GERD, which occurs when an excessive am

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